Season 11 - W/S (2013)
About This Season
Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies
Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they're passed on from generation to generation. Baffled by his dad's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.
Independent Lens: Beauty Is Embarrassing
For over 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world as a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician. Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur.
Independent Lens: The Revisionaries
Once every decade, the Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its schoolchildren. When it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the whole nation. The Revisionaries follows the rise and fall of controversial figures in American education through some of their most tumultuous intellectual battles.
Independent Lens: The Powerbroker - Whitney Young and the Fight for Civil Rights
Follow the story of Whitney Young Jr. as he took the fight to the boardrooms of the largest corporations and to the Oval Office of presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, navigating a society divided by war, race and poverty.
Independent Lens: Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
The inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Gaining unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei, director Alison Klayman's detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
Frontline/Independent Lens: Kind Hearted Woman
An unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Follow Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
Independent Lens: The House I Live In
While the Iraq War rages, another war continues unnoticed, and yet it has taken more lives than the Iraq war, destroyed more families and holds significant implications for the nation's future. The House I Live In will turn a penetrating lens to the War on Drugs, seeking to lay bare its mechanics, motivations, and contradictions.
Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
Independent Lens: The Island President
The Maldives is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise. President Mohamed Nasheed's unprecedented contingency plan is to save 385,000 people by moving them to a new homeland. Go behind the scenes with The Island President as he tries to convince world leaders to finally take serious action against looming danger of climate change.
Independent Lens: The Undocumented
Since 1998, more than two thousand dead bodies have been found in Arizona’s Sonora Desert — the remains of “border crossers” who perished en route to the U.S. As Marcos Hernandez searches for his father, who vanished while walking through the Sonora, this documentary exposes the little known consequences of current immigration policies.
Independent Lens: Seeking Asian Female
Two strangers — a white American man and a young Chinese woman — pursue a marriage brokered through the Internet. They get more than they bargained for when she moves to America to be his bride in this quirky documentary about facing and unlearning stereotypes and the judgments that stem from them.
Independent Lens: The Invisible War
The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The documentary paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem in which a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
Independent Lens: Detropia
There was a time when Detroit was heralded as the birthplace of the middle-class and where anyone who worked hard enough would achieve the “American dream.” Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. Detropia tells the story of the residents who refuse to abandon hope, and the people trying to create a new city for the postindustrial age.
Independent Lens: The Revolutionary Optimists
Amlan Ganguly is a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur who has transformed some of Kolkata's poorest slums by empowering children to become leaders. Instead of feeling powerless and doomed to perpetuate the cycle of poverty, these children are developing the tools and attitudes to create opportunities for themselves and their communities.