When I'm Her

14m 30s

When I'm Her follows the double life of a dancer who inhabits an alter ego. A luminary figure at American Ballet Theatre in New York, Michael Cusumano had a stellar career ahead of him, but after past trauma prevented him from realizing his artistic and professional potential, he finds refuge and liberation by becoming Russian ballet instructor Madame Olga, the mentor he never had for himself.

Episodes

  • The Donut King: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Donut King

    S22 E22 - 1h 25m

    An immigrant story with a (glazed) twist, The Donut King follows the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in California in the 1970s and, through a mixture of diligence and luck, built a multi-million dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • Trailer | Independent Lens Fall 2021 Season: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fall Season Sizzle

    S23 - 1m 1s

    Independent Lens is America’s home for documentaries, airing Mondays on PBS. Watch live or stream anytime on the PBS Video app.

Schedule

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    Independent Lens

    The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Monday
    Sep 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    From 1967 to 1970, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from boxing after he refuses U.S. military service.
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    Independent Lens

    Black Memorabilia

    Saturday
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    Twentieth-century collectibles including signs and figurines that feature demeaning representations of blacks.
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    Independent Lens

    Black Memorabilia

    Sunday
    Sep 26

    1 Hour

    Twentieth-century collectibles including signs and figurines that feature demeaning representations of blacks.

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