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Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film, airing Monday nights on PBS member stations.

Coded Bias

1h 25m

Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

Episodes

  • Coded Bias: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Coded Bias

    S22 E10 - 1h 25m

    Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

  • Mr. SOUL!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mr. SOUL!

    S22 E9 - 1h 25m

    Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.

  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    9to5: The Story of a Movement

    S22 E7 - 1h 24m

    When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but as seen in 9to5: The Story of a Movement, their fight that inspired a hit would change the American workplace forever.

  • A Day in the Life of America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Day in the Life of America

    S22 E6 - 1h 9m

    Director Jared Leto crafts a sweeping yet intimate cross-section of America shot on a single July 4th in 2017 with 92 film crews fanning out across each of the United States and Puerto Rico to capture A Day in the Life of America. A gargantuan production shot over a single 24-hour period across the country, the film weaves a wide range of beliefs and backgrounds into a rich tapestry of life.

  • Jonathan Scott's Power Trip: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

    S22 E3 - 1h 23m

    In Jonathan Scott's Power Trip, the HGTV home makeover guru shines a light on the obstacles and opportunities for America’s solar industry, following fossil fuel monopolies that halt the growth of renewable energy while visiting with politicians, coal miners, solar panel installers, the Navajo Nation building its own solar plant, and others at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.

  • Represent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Represent

    S22 E2 - 1h 25m

    Represent follows three women running for office in the heart of the Midwest leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, as they take on entrenched local political networks and fight to reshape politics on their own terms.

  • Feels Good Man: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Feels Good Man

    S22 E1 - 1h 24m

    Feels Good Man is the story of how artist Matt Furie, creator of a once-benign comic character named Pepe the Frog, fought an uphill battle to reclaim his iconic creation from those who turned it into a symbol of hate. Feels Good Man is a thought-provoking, wild ride through an Internet that transformed an unlucky cartoon frog, and then the rest of the world.

Extras + Features

  • Independent Lens 2020 - 2021 Season Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Independent Lens 2020 - 2021 Season Promo

    S22 E26 - 1m

    "It is shown that history repeats itself if we don't learn from it." This season, from fall to spring, Independent Lens presents a new group of impressive films that delve deep into the most pressing issues facing our nation, through the eyes of some of the most talented and incisive documentary filmmakers working today.

  • Women in Blue | Trailer

    S22 E22 - 32s

    With the national conversation around police reform still resonating, Women in Blue shines a spotlight on women within the Minneapolis Police Department to reform it from the inside by fighting for gender equity. Filmed from 2017 to 2020, Women in Blue focuses on MPD’s first female police chief and three women in her department as they each try to redefine what it means to protect and serve.

  • Official Trailer | Philly D.A.: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Official Trailer | Philly D.A.

    S22 E13 - 2m 35s

    His promise to use the power of the District Attorney’s office for sweeping reform is what got civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected. Now, that stubborn idealism threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most. Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A. and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.

  • Official Teaser | Philly D.A.: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Teaser | Philly D.A.

    S22 E13 - 30s

    Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic District Attorney Larry Krasner and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.

  • Official Trailer #2 | Philly D.A.: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Official Trailer #2 | Philly D.A.

    S22 E13 - 30s

    His promise to use the power of the District Attorney’s office for sweeping reform is what got civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected. Now, that stubborn idealism threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most. Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A. and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.

  • Trailer | Down a Dark Stairwell: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Down a Dark Stairwell | Trailer

    S22 E12 - 32s

    Down a Dark Stairwell chronicles the tragic shooting of Akai Gurley, an innocent Black man, in Brooklyn, and the trial and subsequent conviction of the Chinese American police officer, Peter Liang, who pulled the trigger, casting a powerful light on the experiences of two marginalized communities thrust into an uneven criminal justice system together.

  • 'Til Kingdom Come - Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    'Til Kingdom Come - Trailer

    S22 E11 - 32s

    A rare and unflinching look at the unlikely alliance between America’s Evangelical Christians and the State of Israel, ‘Til Kingdom Come by filmmaker Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure) exposes the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews in a story of faith, power, and money.

  • Coded Bias | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Coded Bias | Trailer

    S22 E10 - 32s

    Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

  • Trailer | Mr. SOUL!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

    S22 E9 - 32s

    Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.

  • Trailer | Women in Blue

    S22 E8 - 32s

    With the national conversation around police reform still resonating, Women in Blue shines a spotlight on women within the Minneapolis Police Department to reform it from the inside by fighting for gender equity. Filmed from 2017 to 2020, Women in Blue focuses on MPD’s first female police chief and three women in her department as they each try to redefine what it means to protect and serve.

  • Trailer | 9to5: The Story of a Movement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | 9to5: The Story of a Movement

    S22 E7 - 32s

    When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but as seen in 9to5: The Story of a Movement, their fight that inspired a hit would change the American workplace forever.

  • Trailer | A Day in the Life of America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | A Day in the Life of America

    S22 E6 - 30s

    Director Jared Leto crafts a sweeping yet intimate cross-section of America shot on a single July 4th in 2017 with 92 film crews fanning out across each of the United States and Puerto Rico to capture A Day in the Life of America. A gargantuan production shot over a single 24-hour period across the country, the film weaves a wide range of beliefs and backgrounds into a rich tapestry of life.

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    Out of State

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    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    Native Hawaiian inmates are sent to a private prison thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert.
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    Decade of Fire

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    Community leaders unite to save their neighborhoods after an epidemic of fires rage through the South Bronx in the 1970s.
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    Independent Lens

    Out of State

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    Native Hawaiian inmates are sent to a private prison thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert.
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    Independent Lens

    Out of State

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    Native Hawaiian inmates are sent to a private prison thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert.
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    Independent Lens

    Decade of Fire

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Community leaders unite to save their neighborhoods after an epidemic of fires rage through the South Bronx in the 1970s.
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    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour

    What happens throughout a year in the farming cycle; interviews with farmers and community members discuss agrarian life.
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    Independent Lens

    Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour

    What happens throughout a year in the farming cycle; interviews with farmers and community members discuss agrarian life.
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    Independent Lens

    Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    What happens throughout a year in the farming cycle; interviews with farmers and community members discuss agrarian life.
  • Image
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    Independent Lens

    Decade of Fire

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    Community leaders unite to save their neighborhoods after an epidemic of fires rage through the South Bronx in the 1970s.
  • Image
    Independent Lens: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
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    Coded Bias

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's Algorithmic Justice League highlights racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.
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    Independent Lens

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Two communities navigate an uneven criminal justice system after an unarmed Black man is killed by a Chinese American police officer at a Brooklyn housing project.
  • Image
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    Independent Lens

    Coded Bias

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's Algorithmic Justice League highlights racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.
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    Bedlam

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Psychiatrist Kenneth Rosenberg visits emergency rooms, jails, and homeless camps, to investigate the national health crisis of mental illness.

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