‘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.

June 15: “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”

Activist Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day from 1975 to 2012, creating an invaluable comprehensive archive of the media. Her 70,000 VHS tapes reveal how television shaped – and continues to shape – our world. Watch online.

June 22: “Pipe Dreams”

Follow four ultra-talented young people from all over the world as they play to win the Canadian international Organ Competition, which is open to virtuosi under age 35. Who will  master the “king of instruments” and come out victorious? Watch online.

Friday, July 10: “Dolores”

From the fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to the activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco police squad, Dolores Huerta’s life was overshadowed by the legacy of Cesar Chavez. After she was forced from the ranks of the all-male union leadership after his death, Huerta learns the painful truth — that her gender is the greatest obstacle of all. But she turns her defeat into inspiration, setting the course for a lifetime pursuit of equality for all. While tracing Huerta’s trajectory through the most radical social and cultural movements of the past 50 years, from brown power and feminism to LGBTQ rights and environmental justice, this film provides a look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they’re fighting for. Part of Arizona PBS’ “Trailblazers” programming. Watch via Passport.

July 13: “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 online.

Future programming to be announced. 


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