List of Independent Lens films

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This is a list of films from the Independent Lens series on PBS. All airdates are relative to this series as many of these films screened, either in theaters or on television, prior to becoming a part of the Independent Lens series. After the third season, PBS expanded and relaunched the series in 2003 declaring what is technically the fourth season as the new first season. As a result, any reference made by PBS or ITVS to a season number will be three less than the number represented in this list. For example, PBS declares the 2007-2008 season as season 6, but this complete list shows it as season 9. The 2014-2015 season is regarded as the 13th season for the series.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 9, 1999 (1999-08-09)October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)
210October 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)December 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)
310September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)November 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)
414February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
528October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)
627October 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
729October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)June 22, 2006 (2006-06-22)
827October 24, 2006 (2006-10-24)June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)
926October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16)June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
1025October 22, 2008 (2008-10-22)June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
1127October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
1225October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
1327October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26)
1418October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)
1522September 30, 2013 (2013-09-30)June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)
1619October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)June 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)
1720October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)August 1, 2016 (2016-08-01)
1821October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)June 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)
1920October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)May 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)
2020October 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)
21TBAOctober 28, 2019 (2019-10-28)TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
101"Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small-Town Gang"John WhiteheadAugust 9, 1999 (1999-08-09)
102"Nothing But the Truth"Mark Steven ShepherdAugust 16, 1999 (1999-08-16)
103 "Visas and Virtue" (short) Chris Tashima August 23, 1999
"I Am Viet Hung" (short) Diep N. Bui
104"The Man Who Drove with Mandela"Greta SchillerAugust 30, 1999 (1999-08-30)
105"The Jew in the Lotus"Laurel ChitenSeptember 6, 1999 (1999-09-06)
106 "Holy Tortilla" (short) Lauren Ivy Chiong September 13, 1999
"Lock and Key" (short) Kisha Cameron
107"And Baby Makes Two"Oren Rudavsky and Judy KatzSeptember 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
108"Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle"Jon H. ElseSeptember 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
109"Secret People"John Anderson and Laura HarrisonOctober 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
110"I Can't Believe I Married A Lesbian"Stuart PerkinOctober 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
201"Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors"Daniel Geller and Dayna GoldfineOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)
202"No Hair Day"Bob BurnsOctober 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)
203"Short Stories"Robert ByrdOctober 16, 2000 (2000-10-16)
204"Born in the USA"Marcia JarmelOctober 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)
205"Girl Gone Bad"Louis YansenOctober 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
206 "Passing Through" (short) Nathan Adolfson November 6, 2000
"Graham's Diner" (short) Courtney Byrd
207"The Return of Navajo Boy"Jeff SpitzNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
208"Music in Their Bones"Norton DillNovember 20, 2000 (2000-11-20)
209 "In Harm's Way" (short) Jan Krawitz November 27, 2000
"Carved From the Heart" (short) Ellen Frankenstein
210"A Wok in Progress"Paul Kwan and Arnold IgerDecember 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
301"Confederacy Theory"Ryan DeussingSeptember 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
302"Secrets of Silicon Valley"Alan Snitow and Deborah KaufmanSeptember 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)
303"Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants"David Belle and Nicholas WrathallSeptember 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)
304"Good Kurds, Bad Kurds"Kevin McKiernanSeptember 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)
305"Who Owns the Past?"Jed RiffeOctober 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
306"The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America"Taggart SiegelOctober 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
307"Undetectable"Jay CorcoranOctober 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)
308"Gibtown"Melissa ShachatOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
309"Open Outcry"Jon ElseNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
310"Romancing the Throne"Dominic OzanneNovember 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)

Season 4 (2003)[edit]

Note: After the third season, PBS expanded and relaunched the series in 2003 declaring what is technically the fourth season as the new first season. As a result, any reference made by PBS or ITVS to a season number will be three less than the number represented in this list. For example, PBS declares the 2007-2008 season as season 6, but this complete list shows it as season 9.

# Title Directed by Original airdate
401"Maggie Growls"Barbara Attie and Janet GoldwaterFebruary 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
402"Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story"Jamie MeltzerFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
403"On This Island"Stephanie SlewkaFebruary 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)
404"Downside Up"Nancy KellyFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
405"Los Trabajadores/The Workers"Heather CourtneyMarch 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)
406"Chiefs"Daniel JungeApril 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
407"Strange Fruit"Joel KatzApril 8, 2003 (2003-04-08)
408"Bird by Bird with Annie"Freida Lee MockApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
409"Sisters in Resistance"Maia WechslerApril 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
410"Heart of the Sea"Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa DenkerMay 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)
411"Guns & Mothers"Thom PowersMay 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
412"Razing Appalachia"Sasha WatersMay 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)
413"Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer"Nancy SchiesariMay 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)
414"Daddy & Papa"Johnny SymonsJune 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)

Season 5 (2003-04)[edit]

Episode 510 is a short film block titled "Man Bites Shorts".
Episode 518 "T-Shirt Travels" was first broadcast on PBS on June 1, 2002, but not as part of the Independent Lens series.[1]
* The New Americans is a seven-hour, three-part special, and therefore does not have an episode number.

# Title Directed by Original airdate
501"Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz"Anne-Marie RussellOctober 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
502 "Foto-Novelas 2: Broken Sky" (short) Carlos Avila October 21, 2003
"Foto-Novelas 2: Junkyard Saints" (short) Carlos Avila
503"Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America"Martha Burr and Mei-Juin ChenOctober 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
504"A Wedding in Ramallah"Sherine SalamaNovember 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
505"Be Good, Smile Pretty"Tracy Droz TragosNovember 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)
506"Livermore (subject: Livermore, California)"Rachel Raney and David MurrayNovember 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)
507"Eroica!"Alan MillerDecember 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
508"Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson"Jim WolpawDecember 16, 2003 (2003-12-16)
509"Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad"Nancy du PlessisDecember 23, 2003 (2003-12-23)
510 "Compulsory Breathing" (short) David Munro December 30, 2003
"Don't Nobody Love the Game More Than Me" (short) Martha Pinson
"Sergi" (short) Paul Sullivan
"Dilly Dally" (short) Mark Pellington
"Tom Hits His Head" (short) Tom Putnam
"Bike Ride" (short) Tom Schroeder
511"Make 'em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story"John WhiteheadJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
512"Life Matters"Kyle BoydJanuary 20, 2004 (2004-01-20)
513 "Why Can't We Be a Family Again?" (short) Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel January 27, 2004
"Downpour Resurfacing" (short) Frances Nkara
514"Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property"Charles BurnettFebruary 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)
515"A Place of Our Own"Stanley Nelson Jr.February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
516"Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew"Matthew BuzzellFebruary 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
517"Sentencing the Victim"Liz OakleyMarch 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)
518"T-Shirt Travels"Shantha BloemenMarch 23, 2004 (2004-03-23)
*"The New Americans" Episode OneTBAMarch 29, 2004 (2004-03-29)
*"The New Americans" Episode TwoTBAMarch 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)
*"The New Americans" Episode ThreeTBAMarch 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
519"Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas"Jonathan RobinsonApril 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)
520"Love Inventory"David FisherApril 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)
521"Ram Dass: Fierce Grace"Mickey LemleApril 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)
522"The Weather Underground"Sam GreenApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)
523 "One Night at the Grand Star" (short) Natasha Uppal May 4, 2004
"Double Exposure" (short) Kit-Yin Snyder
524"Refugee"Spencer NakasakoMay 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)
525"Death of a Shaman"Richard HallMay 27, 2004 (2004-05-27)
526"Cosmopolitan"Nisha GanatraJune 1, 2004 (2004-06-01)
527"Sumo East and West"Ferne PearlsteinJune 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
528"The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out"Jay RosensteinJune 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)

Season 6 (2004-05)[edit]

Episode 608 is a short film block titled "Short, Not Sweet".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
601"The Political Dr. Seuss"Ron LamotheOctober 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)
602"Polka Time"Lisa BlackstoneNovember 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
603"Afghanistan Unveiled"Brigitte BraultNovember 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
604"Los Angeles Now"Phillip RodriguezNovember 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)
605"The Day My God Died"Andrew LevineNovember 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
606"Girl Wrestler"Diane ZanderDecember 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)
607 "Fine." (short) Michael Downing December 21, 2004
"Doki-Doki" (short) Chris Eska
608 "The Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy" (short) Robert D. Slane December 28, 2004
"La Puppé" (short) Timothy Greenberg
"A Monster's Calling" (short) Louise Johnson
"The School" (short) Ezra Krybus and Matthew Miller
"Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner" (short) Jamie Travis
609"A Hard Straight"Goro ToshimaJanuary 4, 2005 (2005-01-04)
610"A Touch of Greatness"Leslie SullivanJanuary 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
611"Power Trip"Paul DevlinJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
612"February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four"TBAFebruary 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
613"On a Roll"Joanne CaputoFebruary 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)
614"Thunder in Guyana"Suzanne WassermanFebruary 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
615"Sisters of '77"Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen MondellMarch 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)
616"Sunset Story"Laura GabbertMarch 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
617"Let the Church Say Amen"David PetersenMarch 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
620"A Lion's Trail"François VersterApril 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
619"Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton"David G. Berger, Holly Maxson and Kate HirsonApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
621 "End of the Century: The Ramones" (short) Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields April 26, 2005
"Joe Strummer Rocks Again" (short) Dick Rude
622 "The Last Letter" (short) Frederick Wiseman May 3, 2005
"Zyklon Portrait" (short) Elida Schogt
"The Walnut Tree" (short)
623"Imelda"Ramona DiazMay 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
624"Vietnam: The Next Generation"Sandy NorthropMay 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)
625"Red Hook Justice"Meema SpadolaMay 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
626 "Double Dare" (short) Amanda Micheli May 31, 2005
"Piki and Poko: Taking the Dare!" (short) Mark Ewert and David Cutler
627"Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story"Jordan MechnerJune 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
628"Brother to Brother"Rodney EvansJune 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)

Season 7 (2005-06)[edit]

Episode 710 is a short film block titled "Short Stack: Lost & Found".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
701"Parliament-Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove"Yvonne SmithOctober 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
702"En Route to Baghdad"Simone DuarteOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
703"The Last Cowboy"Jon AlpertOctober 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
704"A Family at War"Jørgen Flindt PedersenNovember 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
705"Mirror Dance"Frances McElroy and María Teresa RodríguezNovember 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
706"Race is the Place"Raymond Telles and Rick Tejada-FloresNovember 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)
707"Maid in America"Anayansi PradoNovember 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
708"Seoul Train"Jim Butterworth, Lisa Sleeth and Aaron LubarskyDecember 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
709"Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community"John HansonDecember 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
710 "Agora" (short) Chris Newberry December 27, 2005
"John and Michael" (short) Shira Avni
"Miracle Mile" (short) Dong Hyeuk Hwang
"The Raftman's Razor" (short) Keith Bearden
"Reservation Warparties" (short) Angelique Midthunder
711"Sheriff"Daniel KrausJanuary 3, 2006 (2006-01-03)
712"Girl Trouble"Lexi Leban and Lidia SzajkoJanuary 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)
713"Almost Home"Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa GildehausJanuary 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)
714"Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power"Sandra Dickson and Churchill RobertsFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
715"July '64"Chris Christopher and Carvin EisonFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
716"The Loss of Nameless Things"Bill RoseFebruary 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
717"Troop 1500"Ellen SpiroMarch 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
718"Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City"Bann RoyMarch 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
719"Trudell"Heather RaeApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)
720"La Sierra"Scott Dalton and Margarita MartinezApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
721"A League of Ordinary Gentlemen"Chris BrowneApril 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)
722"Music from the Inside Out"Daniel AnkerMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
723 "Fishbowl" (short) Kayo Hatta May 9, 2006
"American Made" (short) Sharat Raju
724"Frozen Angels"Eric Black and Frauke SandigMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)
725"The Devil's Miner"Kief Davidson and Richard LadkaniMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
726"The Great Pink Scare"Tug Yourgrau and Dan MillerJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
727"The Real Dirt on Farmer John"Taggart SiegelJune 13, 2006 (2006-06-13)
728"A Lion in the House" (Part 1)Steven Bognar and Julia ReichertJune 21, 2006 (2006-06-21)
729"A Lion in the House" (Part 2)Steven Bognar and Julia ReichertJune 22, 2006 (2006-06-22)

Season 8 (2006-07)[edit]

Episode 803 "Still Life with Animated Dogs" was first broadcast on PBS on March 29, 2001, but not as part of the Independent Lens series.
Episode 809 is a short film block titled "Short Stack 2006".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
801 "The World According to Sesame Street" Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan October 24, 2006
803 "Still Life with Animated Dogs" (short) Paul Fierlinger
802"Muskrat Lovely"Amy NicholsonOctober 31, 2006 (2006-10-31)
804"Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire"Barbara Multer-WellinNovember 7, 2006 (2006-11-07)
805"Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press"Cal SkaggsNovember 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)
806"Two Square Miles"Barbara EttingerNovember 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)
807"A Sad Flower in the Sand"Jan LouterDecember 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)
808"Revolucion: Five Visions"Nicole CattellDecember 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)
809 "Paris, 1951" (short) Jasmin Gordon December 26, 2006
"Someday Flowers Bloom" (short) Mai Heiselmann
"The Zit" (short) Mike Blum
"My Life Disoriented" (short) Eric Byler
810"A Fish Story"Courtney Hayes and Tim GallagherJanuary 2, 2007 (2007-01-02)
811"Shadya"Roy WestlerJanuary 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)
812"Beyond the Call"Adrian BelicJanuary 23, 2007 (2007-01-23)
813"Twisted"Laurel ChitenJanuary 30, 2007 (2007-01-30)
814"Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life"Robert LeviFebruary 6, 2007 (2007-02-06)
815"Motherland Afghanistan"Sedika MojadidiFebruary 13, 2007 (2007-02-13)
816"Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes"Byron HurtFebruary 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)
817"Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?"Frank PopperFebruary 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)
818"Stolen"Rebecca DreyfusMarch 20, 2007 (2007-03-20)
819"Race to Execution"Rachel LyonMarch 27, 2007 (2007-03-27)
820"China Blue"Micha X. PeledApril 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)
821"Black Gold"Marc Francis and Nick FrancisApril 10, 2007 (2007-04-10)
822"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"Alex GibneyApril 24, 2007 (2007-04-24)
823"The Cats of Mirikitani"Linda HattendorfMay 8, 2007 (2007-05-08)
824"Sentenced Home"Nicole Newnham and David GrabiasMay 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
825"Knocking"Joel P. Engardio and Tom ShepardMay 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)
826"The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"Judy IrvingMay 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
827"La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul"Ela TroyanoJune 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)

Season 9 (2007-08)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
901"Wordplay"Patrick CreadonOctober 16, 2007 (2007-10-16)Crossword puzzle solvers
902"Please Vote for Me"Weijun ChenOctober 23, 2007 (2007-10-23)Chinese primary school election
903"Storm of Emotions"Yael KlopmannOctober 30, 2007 (2007-10-30)TBA
904"Red White Black & Blue"Tom PutnamNovember 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)TBA
905"Miss Navajo"Billy LutherNovember 13, 2007 (2007-11-13)Seven girls compete the Miss Navajo Nation pageant
906"The Creek Runs Red"Bradley Beesley and Julianna BrannumNovember 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)Picher, Oklahoma
907"Sisters in Law"Kim Longinotto and Florence AyisiNovember 27, 2007 (2007-11-27)TBA
908"The Paper"Aaron MatthewsDecember 11, 2007 (2007-12-11)TBA
909"An Unreasonable Man"Henriette Mantel and Steve SkrovanDecember 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)Ralph Nader
910"Today's Man"Lizzie GottliebJanuary 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)TBA
911"Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita"Maria FinitzoJanuary 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)Stem cell research
912"A Son's Sacrifice"Yoni BrookJanuary 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)TBA
913"How Is Your Fish Today?"Xiaolu GuoJanuary 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)Part drama, part documentary about screenwriting
915"Banished"Marco WilliamsFebruary 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)Banishment of blacks in post-Civil War America
916"Hard Road Home"Macky AlstonFebruary 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)TBA
917"Iron Ladies of Liberia"Daniel Junge and Siatta Scott JohnsonMarch 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)Beauty pageant
918"Compañeras"Matthew Buzzell and Elizabeth MassieApril 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)TBA
919"Water Flowing Together"Gwendolen CatesApril 8, 2008 (2008-04-08)TBA
920"King Corn"Aaron WoolfApril 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)Industrialization of maize farming
921"Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula"Lisette Marie FlanaryMay 6, 2008 (2008-05-06)TBA
922"A Dream in Doubt"Tami YeagerMay 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)TBA
923"New Year Baby"Socheata PoeuvMay 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)TBA
924"Writ Writer"Susanne E. MasonJune 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)TBA
925"The Cool School"Morgan NevilleJune 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)TBA
926"Deep Water"Louise Osmond and Jerry RothwellJune 15, 2008 (2008-06-15)Donald Crowhurst's attempted circumnavigation
927"Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story"Chris Sheridan and Patty KimJune 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)North Korean abduction of Megumi Yokota

Season 10 (2008-09)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
1001"Chicago 10"Brett MorgenOctober 22, 2008 (2008-10-22)Chicago Seven trial
1002"Dinner With the President"Sabiha Sumar and S. SathananthanOctober 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)Pervez Musharraf
1003"Knee Deep"Michael ChandlerNovember 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)TBA
1004"Lioness"Meg McLagan and Daria SommersNovember 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)Women in the United States armed forces
1005"March Point"Annie SilversteinNovember 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)Swinomish (tribe)
1006"The Atom Smashers"Clayton Brown and Monica Long RossNovember 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)Fermilab
1007"Doc"Immy HumesDecember 9, 2008 (2008-12-09)Harold L. Humes
1008"Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic"Jon H. ElseDecember 16, 2008 (2008-12-16)Opera based on Trinity (nuclear test)
1009"Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway"Albert Maysles Albert MayslesDecember 23, 2008 (2008-12-23)Making of Grey Gardens (musical)
1010"Operation Filmmaker"Nina DavenportDecember 30, 2008 (2008-12-30)Making of Everything Is Illuminated (film)
1011"Lakshmi and Me"Nishtha JainMarch 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)TBA
1012"Helvetica"Gary HustwitJanuary 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)Helvetica
1013"Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene"Loren MendellFebruary 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)TBA
1014"Tulia, Texas"Cassandra Herrman and Kelly WhalenFebruary 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)TBA
1015"Order of Myths"Margaret BrownFebruary 24, 2009 (2009-02-24)Mobile, Alabama's Carnival celebration
1016"Arusi Persian Wedding"Marjan TehraniMarch 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)TBA
1017"Recycle"Mahmoud al MassadMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)TBA
1018"Milking the Rhino"David E. SimpsonApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)TBA
1019"Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai"Alan Dater and Lisa MertonApril 14, 2009 (2009-04-14)Wangari Maathai
1020"Steal a Pencil for Me"Michèle OhayonMay 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)TBA
1021"At Home in Utopia"Michal GoldmanApril 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)TBA
1022"Wings of Defeat"Risa MorimotoMay 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)TBA
1023"Crips and Bloods: Made in America"Stacy PeraltaMay 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)TBA
1024"Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors"Gonzalo ArijónMay 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)TBA
1025"Ask Not"Johnny SymonsJune 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)Don't ask, don't tell

Season 11 (2009-10)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
1101"Herb & Dorothy"Megumi SasakiOctober 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)TBA
1102"Butte, Montana"Pamela RobertsOctober 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)Butte, Montana
1103"Journals of a Wily School"Sudeshna BoseOctober 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)TBA
1104"Power Paths"Bo BoudartNovember 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)TBA
1105"D Tour"Jim GranatoNovember 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)TBA
1106"No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos"James ChressanthisNovember 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)TBA
1107"Objectified"Gary HustwitNovember 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)TBA
1108"Between the Folds"Vanessa GouldDecember 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)Origami
1109"Scenes from a Parish"James RutenbeckDecember 29, 2009 (2009-12-29)Lawrence, Massachusetts
1110"Young@Heart"Stephen WalkerJanuary 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)Young@Heart
1111"Copyright Criminals"Benjamin FranzenJanuary 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)Ramifications of music sampling in hip-hop[2]
1112"P-Star Rising"Gabriel NobleFebruary 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)P-Star
1113"Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness"Llewellyn SmithFebruary 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)TBA
1114"Mine"Geralyn PezanoskiFebruary 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)TBA
1115"Behind the Rainbow"Jihan El TahriFebruary 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)TBA
1116"The Eyes of Me"Keith MaitlandMarch 2, 2010 (2010-03-02)TBA
1117"Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)"Monika NavarroMarch 23, 2010 (2010-03-23)TBA
1118"Whatever It Takes"Christopher WongMarch 30, 2010 (2010-03-30)TBA
1119"Unmistaken Child"Nati BaratzApril 7, 2010 (2010-04-07)TBA
1120"Blessed Is the Match"Roberta GrossmanApril 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)TBA
1121"Dirt! The Movie"Bill Benenson and Eugene RosowApril 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)TBA
1122"Garbage Dreams"Mai IskanderApril 27, 2010 (2010-04-27)Zabbaleen
1123"Sunshine"Karen SklossMay 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)TBA
1124"The Horse Boy"Michel ScottMay 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)TBA
1125"Project Kashmir"Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. PatelMay 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)TBA
1126"A Village Called Versailles"Leo ChiangMay 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)TBA
1127"Goodbye Solo"Ramin BahraniJune 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)TBA

Season 12 (2010-11)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1201"The Parking Lot Movie"Meghan EckmanOctober 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)Parking lot workers
1202"Art & Copy"Doug PrayOctober 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)Advertising
1203"Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian"Neil DiamondNovember 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)Portrayal of Native Americans in Film
1204"The Longoria Affair"John J. ValadezNovember 9, 2010 (2010-11-09)Felix Z. Longoria Jr.
1205"Lost Sparrow"Chris BillingNovember 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)Child abuse
1206"Deep Down"Sally Rubin and Jen GilomenNovember 23, 2010 (2010-11-23)Mountaintop removal mining
1207"45365"Bill Ross and Turner RossDecember 14, 2010 (2010-12-14)Sidney, Ohio
1208"The Calling: Part 1"Danny AlpertDecember 20, 2010 (2010-12-20)Religion in the United States
1209"The Calling: Part 2"Danny AlpertDecember 21, 2010 (2010-12-21)Religion in the United States
1210"Men Who Swim"Dylan WilliamsJanuary 4, 2011 (2011-01-04)Synchronized swimming
1211"Children of Haiti"Alexandria HammondJanuary 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)Orphans in Haiti
1212"For Once in My Life"Jim Bigham and Mark MoormannFebruary 1, 2011 (2011-02-01)Spirit of Goodwill Band and Disability
1213"When I Rise"Mat HamesFebruary 8, 2011 (2011-02-08)Barbara Smith Conrad and Desegregation
1214"William S. Burroughs: A Man Within"Yony LeyserFebruary 22, 2011 (2011-02-22)William S. Burroughs
1215"Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story"Daniel BirmanMarch 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)Juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse
1216"Pushing the Elephant"Beth Davenport and Elizabeth MandelMarch 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)Congolese American activist Rose Mapendo
1217"The Desert of Forbidden Art"Amanda Pope and Tchavdar GeorgievApril 5, 2011 (2011-04-05)Igor Savitsky
1218"Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"Tamra DavisApril 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)Jean-Michel Basquiat
1219"Waste Land"Lucy WalkerApril 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)Vik Muniz land fill recycling "pickers"
1220"Marwencol"Jeff MalmbergApril 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)Mark Hogancamp / Outsider art
1221"A Film Unfinished"Yael HersonskiMay 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)History of a Nazi propaganda film on the Warsaw Ghetto
1222"Bhutto"Duane Baughman and Johnny O'HaraMay 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)Benazir Bhutto
1223"Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo"Jessica OreckMay 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)Insect aficionados in Japan
1224"Welcome to Shelbyville"Kim A. SnyderMay 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)Immigration to the United States
1225"Two Spirits"Lydia NibleyJune 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)Two-Spirit people

Season 13 (2011-12)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1301"Wham! Bam! Islam!"Isaac SolotaroffOctober 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)The 99
1302"Donor Unknown"Jerry RothwellOctober 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)Donor conceived person
1303"Lives Worth Living"Eric NeudelOctober 27, 2011 (2011-10-27)Disability rights movement
1304"Deaf Jam"Judy LieffNovember 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)Deaf Poetry slam
1305"We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân"Anne MakepeaceNovember 17, 2011 (2011-11-17)Saving the language of the Wampanoag people
1306"The Woodmans"C. Scott WillisDecember 22, 2011 (2011-12-22)Francesca Woodman
1307"These Amazing Shadows"Paul Mariano and Kurt NortonDecember 29, 2011 (2011-12-29)National Film Registry
1308"Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 1: The Road to Resistance"Connie FieldJanuary 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)South Africa under apartheid
1309"Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 2: The New Generation"Connie FieldJanuary 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)South Africa under apartheid
1310"Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 3: From Selma to Soweto"Connie FieldJanuary 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)South Africa under apartheid
1311"Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 4: The Bottom Line"Connie FieldJanuary 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)South Africa under apartheid
1312"Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 5: Free at Last"Connie FieldJanuary 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)South Africa under apartheid
1313"Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock"Sharon La CruiseFebruary 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)Daisy Bates (civil rights activist)
1314"Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"Goran Hugo OlssonFebruary 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)Black Power movement
1315"More Than a Month"Shukree Hassan TilghmanFebruary 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)Black History Month
1316"You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't"Scott KirschenbaumMarch 29, 2012 (2012-03-29)Living with Alzheimer's disease
1317"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey"Constance MarksApril 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)Kevin Clash and Elmo
1318"When the Drum is Beating"Whitney DowApril 12, 2012 (2012-04-12)Septentrional and the Music of Haiti
1319"Revenge of the Electric Car"Chris PaineApril 19, 2012 (2012-04-19)The re-emergence of the Electric car
1320"Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison"Doug Hawes-DavisApril 26, 2012 (2012-04-26)American bison
1321"Circo"Aaron SchockMay 3, 2012 (2012-05-03)Mexican Circus family
1322"Summer Pasture"Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Tsering PerloMay 10, 2012 (2012-05-10)Nomads in Eastern Tibet
1323"Precious Knowledge"Ari Luis PalosMay 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)Controversy over Ethnic studies in Arizona
1325"Left by the Ship"Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto VendemmiatiMay 24, 2012 (2012-05-24)Amerasian children in the Philippines
1324"Hell and Back Again"Danfung DennisMay 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)Sgt. Nathan Harris, veteran of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
1326"We Were Here"David WeissmanJune 14, 2012 (2012-06-14)The AIDS crisis in San Francisco
1327"Strong!"Julie WymanJuly 26, 2012 (2012-07-26)Former U.S. Olympic weightlifting team member Cheryl Haworth

Season 14 (2012-13)[edit]

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" was a special co-presentation between Independent Lens and Show of Force.
Episode 1410 "Kind Hearted Woman" is a co-presentation with the PBS series Frontline (U.S. TV series).

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
--"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"Maro Chermayeff, Jamie Gordon, and Mikaela BeardsleyOctober 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)Half the Sky movement and Women's rights
1401"As Goes Janesville"Brad LichtensteinOctober 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)Controversy over 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and effects of 2008–2012 global recession in Janesville, Wisconsin
1402"Love Free or Die"Macky AlstonOctober 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)Gene Robinson and Homosexuality and Anglicanism
1403"Solar Mamas"Jehane Noujaim and Mona EldaiefNovember 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)Barefoot College and Women's rights
1404"Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream"Alex GibneyNovember 12, 2012 (2012-11-12)Wealth inequality in the United States and power
1405"Soul Food Junkies"Byron HurtJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)Soul food and Obesity in the United States
1406"Beauty is Embarrassing"Neil BerkeleyJanuary 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)Wayne White (artist)
1407"The Revisionaries"Scott ThurmanJanuary 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)Texas Education Agency and Intelligent design in politics
1408"The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights"Bonnie Boswell, Christine Khalafian, and Taylor HamiltonFebruary 18, 2013 (2013-02-18)Whitney Young
1409"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"Alison KlaymanFebruary 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)Ai Weiwei
1410"Kind Hearted Woman"David R. SutherlandApril 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)Domestic violence in Oglala Lakota community.
1411"The House I Live In"Eugene JareckiApril 8, 2013 (2013-04-08)America's War on Drugs
1412"Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines"Kristy Guevara-FlanaganApril 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)History of Wonder Woman and other female super heroes.
1413"The Island President"Jon ShenkApril 22, 2013 (2013-04-22)Mohamed Nasheed and Climate change
1414"The Undocumented"Marco WilliamsApril 29, 2013 (2013-04-29)Illegal immigration to the United States
1415"Seeking Asian Female"Debbie LumMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)Asian fetish and Mail-order bride
1416"The Invisible War"Kirby DickMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)Sexual assault in the United States military
1417"Detropia"Heidi Ewing and Rachel GradyMay 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)Detroit and Urban decay
1418"The Revolutionary Optimists"Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-MonsenJune 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)Children working to alleviate effects of Poverty in India

Season 15 (2013-14)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1501"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey"Ramona S. DiazSeptember 30, 2013 (2013-09-30)How Arnel Pineda became lead singer of Journey
1502"The Waiting Room"Pete NicksOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)Health care in the United States and Highland Hospital (Oakland, California)
1503"The Graduates/Los Graduados"Bernardo RuizOctober 28, 2013 (2013-10-28)Latinos and high school
1504"Indian Relay"Charles DyeNovember 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)Native Americans in the United States and horse racing
1505"Young Lakota"Marion Lipschutz and Rose RosenblattNovember 25, 2013 (2013-11-25)Cecilia Fire Thunder and controversy over Planned Parenthood on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
1506"Playwright: From Page to Stage"Robert LeviDecember 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)Playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney and Rajiv Joseph
1507"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"David GelbDecember 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)Sushi master chef Sukiyabashi Jiro
1508"How to Survive a Plague"David France (writer)December 30, 2013 (2013-12-30)AIDS epidemic and grassroots activists ACT UP and TAG
1509"At Berkeley"Frederick WisemanJanuary 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)University of California, Berkeley
1510"Blood Brother"Steve HooverJanuary 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)AIDS orphans in India.
1511"The State of Arizona"Carlos Sandoval and Catherine TambiniJanuary 27, 2014 (2014-01-27)Arizona SB 1070 and the debate over immigration in Arizona
1512"Spies of Mississippi"Dawn PorterFebruary 10, 2014 (2014-02-10)Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and Civil rights movement
1513"Las Marthas"Cristina IbarraFebruary 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)The Laredo, Texas Society of Martha Washington Debutante ball
1514"All of Me"Alexandra LescazeMarch 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)Women who met via National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
1515"Medora"Andrew Cohn and Davy RothbartMarch 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)High school basketball team in Medora, Indiana
1516"Brothers Hypnotic"Reuben AtlasApril 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Phil Cohran
1517"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"Bill SiegelApril 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)Muhammad Ali’s refusal to serve in Vietnam War and subsequent ban from boxing
1518"Muscle Shoals"Greg CamalierApril 21, 2014 (2014-04-21)The famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama music studios FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
1519"A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times"Samantha GrantMay 5, 2014 (2014-05-05)Jayson Blair, The New York Times, and plagiarism
1520"Let the Fire Burn"Jason OsderMay 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)1985 standoff between MOVE and Philadelphia Police Department
1521"God Loves Uganda"Roger Ross WilliamsMay 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)International House of Prayer's efforts to spread Christianity and promote Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill
1522"The New Black"Yoruba RichenJune 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)African American divide on Same-sex marriage in Maryland and Maryland Question 6

Season 16 (2014-15)[edit]

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# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1601"Bully"Lee HirschOctober 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)Bullying in United States schools
1602"Twin Sisters"Mona Friis BertheussenOctober 20, 2014 (2014-10-20)Twins adoption from China to the United States and Norway
1603"Brakeless"Kyoko MiyakeOctober 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)Amagasaki rail crash in Japan
1604"Powerless"Fahad Mustafa and Deepti KakkarNovember 3, 2014 (2014-11-03)Kanpur, India and Electricity sector in India
1605"Happiness"Thomas BalmèsNovember 17, 2014 (2014-11-17)When television and internet came to Bhutan
1606"Rich Hill"Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz TragosJanuary 5, 2015 (2015-01-05)Challenges, hopes, and dreams of three young residents of a rural, impoverished American town
1607"Evolution of a Criminal"Darius Clark MonroeJanuary 12, 2015 (2015-01-12)Filmmaker explores the Bank robbery he committed as a teenager
1608"The Kill Team"Dan KraussJanuary 19, 2015 (2015-01-19)Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan
1609"A Path Appears"Maro ChermayeffJanuary 26, 2015 (2015-01-26)Sequel to the series based on Half the Sky, as Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn track stories of women overcoming gender-based oppression, sexual violence and sex trafficking
1610"Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"Thomas Allen HarrisFebruary 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)African American photography from American Civil War to present
1611"American Denial"Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly ThomsonFebruary 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)Gunnar Myrdal and unconscious racism in the United States of America
1612"Little White Lie"Lacey SchwartzMarch 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)A Jewish filmmaker discovers she may also be African-American
1613"Little Hope Was Arson"Theo LoveApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)2010 East Texas church burnings
1614"The Homestretch"Anne de Mare and Kirsten KellyApril 13, 2015 (2015-04-13)Homeless teenagers in Chicago
1615"The Great Invisible"Margaret BrownApril 20, 2015 (2015-04-20)BP oil spill in the Gulf in 2010 and its aftermath
?"After the Storm"?April 27, 2015 (2015-04-27)"tells the story of what happens in the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through central Alabama in 2011"
1616"Kumu Hina"Dean Hamer and Joe WilsonMay 4, 2015 (2015-05-04)Transgender Hawaiian teacher
1617"Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity"Catherine GundMay 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)Choreographer Elizabeth Streb
1618"1971"Johanna HamiltonMay 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, FBI and COINTELPRO
1619"Limited Partnership"Thomas G. Miller and Kirk MarcolinaJune 15, 2015 (2015-06-15)On one of the first Same-sex marriages, a couple then denied legal status by Immigration and Naturalization Service
?"In the Shadow of Ebola"Sarita Siegel and Gregg MitmanJune 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)TBA

Season 17 (2015-16)[edit]

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# Title Directed by Original airdate
?"Immigration Battle"Shari Robertson and Michael CameriniOctober 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)
1701"Stray Dog"[5]Debra GranikNovember 9, 2015 (2015-11-09)
1702"India’s Daughter"[5]Leslee UdwinNovember 16, 2015 (2015-11-16)
1703"Mimi and Dona"[5]Sophie SartainNovember 23, 2015 (2015-11-23)
1704"East of Salinas"[5]Laura Pacheco and Jackie MowDecember 28, 2015 (2015-12-28)
1705"Chuck Norris vs Communism"[5]Ilinca CalugareanuJanuary 4, 2016 (2016-01-04)
1706"Autism in Love"[5]Matt FullerJanuary 11, 2016 (2016-01-11)
1707"In Football We Trust"Tony Vainuku and Erika CohnJanuary 25, 2016 (2016-01-25)
1708"No Más Bebés (No More Babies)"[5]Renee Tajima-PeñaFebruary 1, 2016 (2016-02-01)
1709"A Ballerina’s Tale"Nelson GeorgeFebruary 8, 2016 (2016-02-08)
1710"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"Stanley NelsonFebruary 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)
1711"(T)ERROR"Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix SutcliffeFebruary 22, 2016 (2016-02-22)
1712"Wilhemina’s War"June CrossFebruary 29, 2016 (2016-02-29)
1713"An Honest Liar"Tyler Measom and Justin WeinsteinMarch 28, 2016 (2016-03-28)
1714"Welcome to Leith"Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. WalkerApril 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)
1715"Democrats"Camilla NielssonApril 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)
1716"My Nazi Legacy"David EvansMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)
1717"Peace Officer"Brad Barber and Scott ChristophersonMay 9, 2016 (2016-05-09)
1718"The Armor of Light"Abigail DisneyMay 10, 2016 (2016-05-10)
1719"Dogtown Redemption"Amir Soltani and Chihiro WimbushMay 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)
1720"Trapped"Dawn PorterJune 2016 (2016-06)
1721"T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"Drea Cooper and Zackary CanepariAugust 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)

Season 18 (2016-17)[edit]

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# Title Directed by Original airdate
1801"Best of Enemies"[7]Robert Gordon and Morgan NevilleOctober 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)
1802"Meet the Patels"[8]Ravi Patel and Geeta PatelDecember 26, 2016 (2016-12-26)
1803"Best and Most Beautiful Things"[9]Garrett ZevgetisJanuary 2, 2017 (2017-01-02)
1804"Containment"[10]Robb Moss and Peter GalisonJanuary 9, 2017 (2017-01-09)
1805"What Was Ours"[11]Mat HamesJanuary 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)
1806"The Witness"[12]James SolomonJanuary 23, 2017 (2017-01-23)
1807"Birth of a Movement"[13]Susan Gray and Bestor CramFebruary 6, 2017 (2017-02-06)
1808"Accidental Courtesy"[14]Matt OrnsteinFebruary 13, 2017 (2017-02-13)
1809"TOWER"[15]Keith MaitlandFebruary 14, 2017 (2017-02-14)
1810"The Bad Kids"[16]Lou Pepe and Keith FultonMarch 20, 2017 (2017-03-20)
1811"Ovarian Psycos"[17]Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna SokolowskiMarch 27, 2017 (2017-03-27)
1812"Newtown"[18]Kim A. SnyderApril 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)
1813"SEED: The Untold Story"[19]Jon Betz and Taggart SiegelApril 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)
1814"The Last Laugh"[20]Ferne PearlsteinApril 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)
1815"National Bird"[21]Sonia KennebeckMay 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)
1816"The Prison in Seven Landscapes"[22]Brett StoryMay 8, 2017 (2017-05-08)
1817"Forever Pure"[23]Maya ZinshteinMay 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
1818"They Call Us Monsters"[24]Ben LearMay 22, 2017 (2017-05-22)
1819"Farmer/Veteran"[25]D.L. Anderson, Alexandra Blair and Jeremy LangeMay 29, 2017 (2017-05-29)
1820"Real Boy"[26]Shaleece Haas and Charlotte LagardeJune 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)

Season 19 (2017-18)[edit]

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# Title Directed by Original airdate
1901"Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary"[28]John ScheinfeldNovember 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
The great saxophonist John Coltrane, the man and the musical artist.
1902"Shadow World"[29]Johan GrimonprezNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)
The billion-dollar global arms trade.
1903"Supergirl"[30]Jessie AurittDecember 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)
The story of Naomi Kutin, an ordinary Orthodox Jewish pre-teen with extraordinary powerlifting talent.
1904"The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin"[31]Jennifer KrootJanuary 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)
The story of writer Armistead Maupin, whose Tales of the City series inspired millions to claim their own truth.
1905"Unrest"[32]Jennifer BreaJanuary 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
1906"I Am Not Your Negro"[33]Raoul PeckJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)
The book James Baldwin never finished is envisioned to examine race in America then and now.
1907"The Force"[34]Peter NicksJanuary 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)
Inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles with demands for reform during tumultuous times.
1908"I Am Another You"[35]Nanfu WangJanuary 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)
A charismatic young homeless drifter who left a comfortable home life for a life on the road.
1909"Winnie"[36]Pascale LamcheFebruary 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)
The overshadowed life of Winnie Mandela and her contributions to bring down apartheid from the inside.
1910"Tell Them We Are Rising"[37]Stanley Nelson Jr. and Marco WilliamsFebruary 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)
The pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity.
1911"Rat Film"[38]Theo AnthonyFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)
The history of Baltimore via the rat and the city's connection between infestations and economic inequity.
1912"Dolores"[39]Peter BrattMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)
Activist icon Dolores Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice.
1913"When God Sleeps"[40]Till SchauderApril 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)
A rap-punk-rock documentary about Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death.
1914"The Art of the Shine"[41]Stacey TenenbaumApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)
An intimate look at the people around the world who restore dignity and delight to a forgotten profession.
1915"What Lies Upstream"[42]Cullen HobackApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)
The 2014 Elk River chemical spill (the unprecedented loss of clean water for over 300,000 people in West Virginia).
1916"Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky"[43]Laura DunnApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)
Rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, through the eyes of beloved poet and farmer Wendell Berry.
1917"True Conviction"[44]Jamie MeltzerApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)
After a combined 60 years in prison before exoneration, 3 Texans form a detective agency to free other innocent people.
1918"No Man’s Land"[45]David ByarsMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)
The 2016 standoff between protesters in Oregon’s Malheur Refuge and federal authorities.
1919"ACORN and the Firestorm"[46]Reuben Atlas and Sam PollardMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)
A sting to bring down community organizers sets off media frenzy affecting real people on all sides of political divide.
1920"Served Like a Girl"[47]Lysa HeslovMay 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)
A group of women veterans as they transition from active US military duty to civilian life with its challenges, and their participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition.

Season 20 (2018-19)[edit]

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Title Directed by Original airdate
20011"Wildland"[50]Alex Jablonski and Kahlil HudsonOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
A firefighting crew training to battle nature's most extraordinary force.
20022"Dawnland"[51]Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-CudlipNovember 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)
An untold story of indigenous child removal, the stakes of family separation policy are no less than cultural survival.
20033"The Cleaners"[52]Moritz Riesewieck and Hans BlockNovember 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)
The shadow industry of "content moderators," hired by Silicon Valley leaders to control what we see online. (Duration: 86 min.)
20044"The Judge"[53]Erika CohnNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)
The story of the first-ever female judge in Palestine's religious courts who overcame a male-dominated tradition to change minds. (Duration: 81 min.)
20055"Man on Fire"[54]Joel FendelmanDecember 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)
A community deals with the aftermath of a shocking public suicide.
20096"My Country No More"[55]Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah HammerlingJanuary 7, 2019 (2019-01-07)
The human cost of the oil boom seen through the intimate lens of a family fighting for their agricultural way of life.
20077"Rodents of Unusual Size"[56]Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff SpringerJanuary 14, 2019 (2019-01-14)
The story of the introduction of nutria (20-pound rodents) to Louisiana and the creative efforts being used in the attempts to eradicate them.
20088"RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World"[57]Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso MaioranaJanuary 21, 2019 (2019-01-21)
The electric story of how Native American influence shaped rock and roll, a missing chapter in music history. (Duration: 86 min.)
20069A"The King"[58]Eugene JareckiJanuary 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)
Climb into Elvis’s 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip and meditation on modern America. (Duration: 107 min.)
-9B"Accident, MD"[59] (short)Dan RybickyJanuary 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)
A short documentary about America’s healthcare crisis as seen in the town of Accident, Maryland during the summer before the 2016 election. (Duration: 8 min.)
201010"Black Memorabilia"[60]Chico ColvardFebruary 4, 2019 (2019-02-04)
A look at those who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged memorabilia.
TBA11"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"[61]Morgan NevilleFebruary 9, 2019 (2019-02-09)
An intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Rogers.
201112A"Hale County This Morning, This Evening"[62]RaMell RossFebruary 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)
A journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, an intimate glimpse into the southern black experience. (Nominated for an Academy Award; Timeslot: 90 min.)
-12B"While I Yet Live"[63] (short)Maris CurranFebruary 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)
A short documentary about five acclaimed quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama as they are quilting and talk about love, religion and their fight for civil rights.
201213"People's Republic of Desire"[64]Hao WuFebruary 25, 2019 (2019-02-25)
The stunning but lonely world of Chinese live-streaming "showrooms." (Timeslot: 90 min.)
201314"Tre Maison Dasan"[65]Denali TillerApril 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)
Life with a parent in prison through eyes of their children. (Timeslot: 90 min.)
201415"The Providers"[66]Laura Green & Anna Moot-LevinApril 8, 2019 (2019-04-08)
Three rural healthcare providers try to make a difference in the lives of their patients against overwhelming odds. (Timeslot: 90 min.)
FRON 3710[67]16"Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore"[68]David SutherlandApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)
This documentary examines the US immigration system through the eyes of a couple (a decorated US Marine veteran and her undocumented husband) separated by deportation. (A special presentation of Independent Lens, FRONTLINE and VOCES; Timeslot: 120 min.)
201517"Charm City"[69]Marilyn NessApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)
Meet the people working to stem the tide of violence in Baltimore, in Marilyn Ness's acclaimed documentary. (Timeslot: 90 min.)
201618"Out of State"[70]Ciara LacyMay 6, 2019 (2019-05-06)
Follows the journeys of native Hawaiians in a prison thousands of miles from home.
201719"Harvest Season"[71]Bernardo RuizMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)
Documentary spotlights California’s Latino winemakers and the migrant workers behind every bottle. (Timeslot: 90 min.)
201820"Wrestle"[72]Suzannah Herbert & Lauren BelferMay 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)
An intimate and inspiring portrait of an Alabama high school wrestling team as they face challenges on and off the mat. (Timeslot: 90 min.)

Season 21 (2019)[edit]

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Title Directed by Original airdate
21011"Made in Boise"[74]Beth AalaOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)
Four surrogates carry children for intended parents, developing bonds like no other. (Timeslot: 90 min.)
2102[75]2"Decade of Fire"[76]Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen HildebranNovember 4, 2019 (2019-11-04)
Discover why the Bronx burned in the 1970s displacing a quarter-million residents and meet those who chose to resist, remain and rebuild.
21033"The Interpreters"[77]Andrés Caballero and Sofian KhanNovember 11, 2019 (2019-11-11)
Meet local interpreters who helped US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, now in danger themselves.
21044A"Conscience Point"[78]Treva WurmfeldNovember 18, 2019 (2019-11-18)
Development in the Hamptons of Long Island, including mega-mansions and the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club built atop a sacred burial ground, triggers a woman's relentless fight to protect her tribe, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, from the onslaughts of development. (Duration: 74 min.)
-4B"Jewel's Hunt"[79] (short)Alexandra StergiouNovember 18, 2019 (2019-11-18)
Sixteen-year-old high school student Jewel Wilson explores what it means to come of age as an Inupiat subsistence hunter in Unalakleet, Alaska. (Timeslot: 15 min.)
21055"Attla"[80]Catharine AxleyDecember 16, 2019 (2019-12-16)
The inspiring true story of the one-good-legged legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion George Attla is woven with his coming out of retirement to train his twenty-year-old grandnephew, Joe Bifelt, to compete in one of the world’s largest dogsled sprint races.

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