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 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: 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.
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: 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.
The Life of Muhammad: The Holy Peace
Journalist Rageh Omaar investigates key events during the later part of Muhammad’s life, including the introduction of the moral code known as Shari‘a and the concept of jihad.
The Life of Muhammad: The Holy Wars
Journalist Rageh Omaar shines a light on key events in Muhammad’s life, including the Night Journey to Jerusalem, his departure from Mecca and the eight-year war with the Meccan tribes.
American Experience: Klansville, USA
Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.
American Experience: Ripley: Believe It or Not
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a skinny, bucktoothed boy into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not!” franchise grew into an entertainment empire.
Independent Lens: A Path Appears
From the creative team behind the series Half the Sky, follow Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and a group of dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the U.S. as they uncover the harshest forms of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow.
Independent Lens: The Kill Team/Confusion Through Sand
Two stories: Venture behind closed doors to learn the harrowing story of a 21-year-old U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan who — with the help of his father — attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. The animated short story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.