Season 13 (2014)
About This Season
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series featuring documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service.
In Fall 2014, Independent Lens takes viewers around the globe to explore fascinating human stories, from a tale of twins growing up a world apart, to the role that Japanese cultural attitudes may have played in a devastating train crash, to what will happen in a remote Bhutanese village when television comes to town.
Independent Lens: Bully
Offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five schoolchildren and their families. The film captures the different ways adults respond to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, as part of a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools and communities.
Independent Lens: Twin Sisters
The poignant story of two girls from China adopted as infants by two separate sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway — who grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Despite being on different paths, the magical bond between them grows deeper.
Independent Lens: Brakeless
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, the film poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues — punctuality and compliance — become dangerous?
Independent Lens: Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.
Independent Lens: Happiness
A Himalayan village in Bhutan, the nearest road a three-day walk away, is connected to electricity for the first time. A 9-year-old monk leaves for the city in search of a TV, in a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.