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May 08, 2023
In this coming-of-age documentary about generational trauma, follow Sam Harkness from age 11 to 36 as his middle-class Seattle family is heartbroken and unsure of what to do after his mother suddenly leaves them. Woven together with home movies lovingly crafted by Sam’s half brother, director Reed Harkness, witness a boy grow up grappling with the ripple effects of a singular traumatic event.
June 20, 2023
10:00PM | WFYI 1 (20.1)
June 21, 2023
2:00AM | WFYI 1 (20.1)
Matter of Mind: My ALS
May 1, 2023
Three people with ALS confront complex choices in this intimate exploration.
Free Chol Soo Lee
April 24, 2023
Rollercoaster story of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant wrongfully convicted of murder.
Trailer | Silent Beauty
April 3, 2023
A woman’s journey to heal from childhood sexual abuse and confront generational trauma.
Trailer | This Spring on Independent Lens
April 1, 2023
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March 27, 2023
Modern women in China keep alive the tradition of Nüshu, a secret written language.
Storming Caesars Palace
March 20, 2023
How Vegas activist Ruby Duncan's grassroots movement of moms fought for guaranteed income....
March 2, 2023
Survivors of subway harassment share their stories in hopes of changing the stigma.
Love in the Time of Fentanyl
February 13, 2023
A supervised drug injection site gives hope to a community ravaged by fentanyl deaths.
Outta the Muck
February 6, 2023
The people of Pahokee rise “outta the muck” to celebrate family history and football.
The Picture Taker
January 30, 2023
Meet Ernest Withers, iconic African American civil rights photographer—and FBI informant....
No Straight Lines
January 23, 2023
Five queer comic book artists journey from the underground comix scene to the mainstream.
The Big Payback
January 16, 2023
The passage of the first-ever reparations bill for Black Americans stirs up a debate.
Children of Las Brisas
January 2, 2023
A Venezuelan youth orchestra tests the power of music amidst poverty and politics.
November 7, 2022
A dancer paralyzed with a spinal cord injury adapts to life with a disability.
October 24, 2022
Gen Z influencers and experts help dissect influential social media platform TikTok.
September 12, 2022
Hazing reveals the tradition of underground rituals that are abusive and sometimes deadly....
July 6, 2022
A filmmaker's brother opens up about his recovery from opioid use disorder.
June 15, 2022
A transgender woman comes out to her old-school Ohio bowling league.
May 25, 2022
Two fronteriza women live in two cultures at the same time along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Scenes From The Glittering World
May 16, 2022
Indigenous teens going to a remote school on Navajo Nation reservation plan their futures....
AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness
April 25, 2022
Researchers take a mind-blowing journey to investigate the mysteries of consciousness.
Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
February 7, 2022
Exposé on how American housing policy has been manipulated in discriminatory ways.
Home From School: The Children Of Carlisle
November 23, 2021
Native Americans recover the remains of children who died at an Indian boarding school.
November 15, 2021
Inside the family-run newspaper keeping local journalism alive.
November 8, 2021
Michael Brown Sr. seeks justice after a white police officer kills his son in Ferguson.
When I'm Her
June 21, 2021
A former ballet prodigy finds refuge in his alter ego, a Russian ballet instructor.