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On ‘Independent Lens’ in November: Racial Justice, Family-run Newspapers and Bucket List Adventures

October 25, 2021 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

This month on Independent Lens – the award-winning anthology series of documentaries and fiction films – explore the unforgettable stories of Americans and their communities striving for equality, justice and a place to tell their stories.

Independent Lens: Ferguson Rises

9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8

Before the explosive global uprising condemning the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that rose up in protest after the Aug. 9, 2014, killing of Black teenager Michael Brown Jr. by a white police officer. It was this small town and its people that propelled Black Lives Matter to international prominence and inspired a new global civil rights movement. Ferguson Rises explores the depths of the aftermath and protests following Michael Brown Jr.’s killing through a wide range of community members: from Black and white residents to police officers, to business owners and those who chose to say “enough is enough” by taking to the streets for a record 400 days straight. This varied chorus of perspectives is interwoven with an intimate portrayal of a Black father’s grief and resilience that bears witness to the human capacity to find purpose within pain.

Independent Lens: Storm Lake

9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15

Go inside The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper serving an Iowa town that has seen its fair share of changes. Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Art Cullen and his team dedicate themselves to keeping the paper alive as local journalism across the country dies out.

Independent Lens: Duty Free

9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22

Seventy-five-year-old Rebecca loses the only job she’s ever known. She has no savings, no 401K safety net and no employment prospects. Rebecca teams up with son Sian-Pierre to take the trip of a lifetime, one bucket list adventure at a time. Her journey uncovers the economic insecurity faced by millions of Americans.

Independent Lens: Home from School – The Children of Carlisle

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23

Northern Arapaho tribal members travel to Pennsylvania to retrieve the stories and the remains of children who died at Carlisle Indian boarding school in the 1880s. More than a century later, will these Native American boys finally come home?

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