Season Premiere Monday, January 2, 10:00 PM ET on PBS
Join Independent Lens for a brand new season of award-winning, thought-provoking documentaries from some of the world's best filmmakers. From explorations of love and living history, from racism in America to teenagers overcoming the odds, from the reclamation of Native American artifacts to the dangers of containment, these great documentary films will stay with you and spark conversations.
Monday, January 2, 10:00-11:00 PM ET
“Best and Most Beautiful Things” by Garrett Zevgetis
Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman lives with her mother. Legally blind and on the autism spectrum, Michelle has big dreams and quirky passions. Searching for connection, she explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative sex-positive community. “Best and Most Beautiful Things” tells Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery as a celebration of outcasts everywhere.
Monday, January 9, 10:00-11:30 PM ET
“Containment” by Peter Galison and Robb Moss
How can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering a vast amount of land. Part wake-up call, part sci-fi graphic novel, “Containment” explores our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and reveals the startling failure to manage waste in the present, epitomized by the Fukushima disaster.
Monday, January 16, 10:00-11:00 PM ET
“What Was Ours” by Mat Hames
For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. A young Northern Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel with an Eastern Shoshone elder to search for missing artifacts in the vast archives of a museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost.
Monday, January 23, 10:00-11:30 PM ET
“The Witness” by James Solomon
On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on a street in Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows — and did nothing. “The Witness” follows the efforts of Kitty’s brother Bill as he launches his own investigation into his sister’s life and death. In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.