About This Program
Independent Lens is television's largest showcase of independent documentary films made by some of the best independent filmmakers working today. The award-winning series introduces an incredible array of unique characters from in the United States and around the world, bringing their rich stories to even wider, more diverse audiences while engaging communities in conversations and providing an authentic space for many voices.
Independent Lens is produced by the Independent Television Service.
Episodes from Season 2017-2018
Independent Lens: Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary
Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
Independent Lens: Shadow World
Based on "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film exposes how a defense industry that is supposed to enhance security instead gives us the opposite: a more dangerous world.
Independent Lens: Supergirl
Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish preteen, until her talent of breaking world powerlifting records turns her into an international phenomenon and transforms her family. Follow Naomi as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence. Can she still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records?