‘Independent Lens’ tells unforgettable stories about people and history

The Emmy Award-winning anthology series “Independent Lens” featuring unforgettable people, communities and moments in history returns to Arizona PBS on Mondays at 9 p.m.

Dec. 23: “Supergirl”

Meet Naomi, a seemingly ordinary Orthodox Jewish preteen from New Jersey whose extraordinary talent — breaking world powerlifting records — turns her into an international phenomenon in this unique coming-of-age story. Watch online.

Jan. 20: “Accept the Call”

Yusuf Adburahman, who left Somolia as a refugee 25 years ago, had his worst fear realized when his son is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. Follow Yusuf as he strives to understand why his child would leave America and attempt to join ISIS. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 27: “The First Rainbow Coalition”

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the southern whites of the Young Patriots Organization. The First Rainbow Coalition tells the movement’s little-known story through rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members. Watch via Passport.

Feb. 3: “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code”

Learn the story of a heat wave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heat wave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city. Watch via Passport.

Feb. 10: “Leftover Women”

Meet three Chinese women labeled “leftover,” a derogatory term for unmarried women in their mid-20s and 30s. Follow them as they struggle to stay true to their ambitions amid a state-sponsored campaign that stigmatizes women who aren’t married. Watch via Passport.

Feb. 17: “We Believe in Dinosaurs”

Learn about the building of a $120 million Noah’s Ark exhibit, backed by the Creation Museum in Williamson, Kentucky, and designed to prove the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate, and hear from residents who support and oppose it. Watch via Passport.

Feb. 24: “Always in Season”

In 2014, African American teenager Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set. His mother believes he was lynched. Stark inconsistencies and few answers from officials drive her to leaf efforts in what has become an ongoing fight for the truth. Watch via Passport.

Mar. 16: “I Am Another You”

Join Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang and Dylan, a charismatic young homeless drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family, in this mysterious cross-cultural road trip that explores of the limits and meaning of freedom.

Mar. 30: “One Child Nation”

China’s one-child policy forever change the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother, and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment. Watch online.

Apr. 13: “Bedlam”

Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrist and filmmaker Kenneth Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine the national health crisis of mental illness.

Apr. 20: “The Hottest August”

Listen as ordinary New Yorkers attempt to answer the question “What were you doing while the planet burned?” During one sweltering month in 2018, they discuss the biggest issues they faced, from climate change to skyrocketing rents to mass shootings.

Apr. 27: “Jim Allison: Breakthrough”

Meet a visionary doctor on a journey to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks.

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