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Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8

55m 48s

Krasner recruits law students to join the next generation of prosecutors leading reform from within. Meanwhile, activists who campaigned for his election make good on their promise to hold Krasner’s feet to the flames, warning him of consequences if he doesn’t accelerate plans to phase out cash bail. The D.A. must decide how bold he can be today without undoing the progress he hopes for tomorrow.

Episodes

  • Down a Dark Stairwell, Chinese Subtitles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Down a Dark Stairwell, Chinese Subtitles

    S22 E27 - 1h 26m

    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.

  • Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 8 | Philly D.A. | Episode 8

    S22 E20 - 55m 48s

    Krasner recruits law students to join the next generation of prosecutors leading reform from within. Meanwhile, activists who campaigned for his election make good on their promise to hold Krasner’s feet to the flames, warning him of consequences if he doesn’t accelerate plans to phase out cash bail. The D.A. must decide how bold he can be today without undoing the progress he hopes for tomorrow.

  • Part 7 | Philly D.A. | Episode 7: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 7 | Philly D.A. | Episode 7

    S22 E19 - 55m 45s

    When an on-duty officer shoots and kills a disarmed Black man as he’s running away, the victim’s family and activists cry out for justice. Krasner’s team scrutinizes the case, weighing whether to become the rare District Attorney’s office to pursue murder charges against a cop. As a decision nears, the police union plans to put Krasner on trial in the court of public opinion.

  • Part 6 | Philly D.A. | Episode 6: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 6 | Philly D.A. | Episode 6

    S22 E18 - 55m 45s

    The Kensington neighborhood, plagued by the opioid crisis, is derided by local media as the "Wal-Mart of Heroin," but to Philadelphia City Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez it’s home. The D.A. favors safe injection sites. Locals are fed up. Caught in the middle, Quiñones-Sánchez arranges a town hall, but will Krasner’s brassy style backfire and undermine community support for his unorthodox pla

  • Part 5 | Philly D.A | Episode 5: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 5 | Philly D.A | Episode 5

    S22 E17 - 55m 45s

    Convicted of homicide as a teen, Joseph Chamberlain prays for forgiveness while dreaming of a reunion with the love of his life. For years, Philadelphia led the country in sentencing juveniles like Chamberlain to life in prison without parole. Now the D.A.’s office is seeking second chances, but a murder spike that has local media pointing fingers at Krasner threatens to halt their plans.

  • Part 4 | Philly D.A. | Episode 4: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 4 | Philly D.A. | Episode 4

    S22 E16 - 55m 45s

    Activist LaTonya “T” Myers lands her dream job just as she’s beginning a 10-year probation sentence. Any slip could send her back to prison. While “T” petitions the court for freedom for herself and thousands more, the D.A.’s team pursues systemic probation reform, facing judges who embrace extended supervision. It’s a chance they believe will break a major cycle of mass incarceration in Philly.

  • Part 3 | Philly D.A. | Episode 3: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 3 | Philly D.A. | Episode 3

    S22 E15 - 55m 45s

    As a candidate, Larry Krasner pledged his office would never seek the death penalty. That promise is put to the test when a police sergeant is murdered while shopping for his son’s birthday. Krasner faces pressure from the police union, the slain officer’s family, and his own attorneys to pursue the death penalty. Lives—and his credibility—hang in the balance of the D.A.’s biggest decision yet.

  • Part 2 | Philly D.A. | Episode 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 2 | Philly D.A. | Episode 2

    S22 E14 - 55m 45s

    Krasner and his team battle for access to the complete police misconduct files as an angry public demands the District Attorney release the names of officers deemed unfit to testify in court. Meanwhile, tensions boil between new Assistant District Attorneys and seasoned veterans in the juvenile unit over new juvenile sentencing alternatives. How hard can the new guard lean on the old to change?

  • Part 1 | Philly D.A. | Episode 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 1 | Philly D.A. | Episode 1

    S22 E13 - 58m 59s

    Civil rights champion Larry Krasner defies precedent with a landslide win to become Philadelphia’s District Attorney. Pledging sweeping reform, the new top prosecutor in America’s most incarcerated city fires 31 resistant attorneys, alienating many he needs on his side to enact change. As the staff reels, his team uncovers a secret that shakes the police department.

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

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    S22 E12 - 1h 25m

    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.

  • 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.

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 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.

  • Binge Philly D.A. with PBS Passport: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Binge Philly D.A. on PBS Passport

    S22 E13 - 30s

    All eight episodes of Philly D.A. are streaming now for PBS station members via the PBS Video app. Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A., Larry Krasner, and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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