The 2022 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes new documentary films that fight for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today.
Independent Lens is America’s home for documentaries, airing Mondays on PBS.
Missing in Brooks County
Missing in Brooks County is a 5-year project of School of Theatre, Film & Television faculty Lisa Molomot and Jacob Bricca. The film tracks the journey of two families who have come to Brooks County, Texas, to look for their loved ones who went missing. Located 70 miles north of the border with Mexico, Brooks County is the site of an estimated 3000 deaths since 2008, as migrants try to circumvent the state's busiest interior immigration checkpoint and find themselves lost in the vast private ranch lands that surround it.
In a fading Georgia town, a community recalls its dark past and faces a grim present. An undocumented immigrant, caught in legal limbo and facing deportation, contemplates his future. In the midst of it all, a massive, private immigration prison generates millions in profits. Where these stories meet, the hidden epicenter of America’s immigration crackdown is revealed—a place called Lumpkin, GA.
Udaan (Soar) follows a young Pakistani woman as she immigrates from Karachi, Pakistan to a small town in Arkansas to begin her first year of college. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she prepares to live in isolation with her family and to attend classes remotely. But when her mother is turned away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she must learn to navigate her new life in the U.S. alone.
The number of women in U.S. prisons has grown by 800% over the past 40 years. And the vast majority are mothers. In a Midwestern state caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration for women, three unforgettable mothers—Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda— return home from prison and rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women, run by Malika, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison.
Character in Custody
“Character in Custody” explores the character-based approach utilized at Allendale Correctional Institution (ACI) and the transformative effect that approach is having on inmates. One of 21 state correctional institutions, ACI opened in 1987 as a Level 3, maximum security facility. Shortly after its opening, ACI earned a reputation for being “the worst of the worst” among the state’s prisons. It had its share of riots, escapes and violence against staff. But, in 2011, the new administration had a change of heart about the way it operated and decided to shift to becoming a more character-based facility focused on peer-to-peer accountability.
Writing with Fire
In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the conﬁnes of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.
Filmmaker Debbie Lum profiles five gifted students of the prestigious Lowell High School in San Francisco as they face the often brutal and rigorous process of college applications.
Screening - Try Harder!
SCETV will host a screening of the new documentary Try Harder! following the SC College and Career Decision Day Rally at 12:30 pm on May 4th at Town Theater. This Indie Lens Pop-Up screening will be attended by students from across the state that are celebrating admission into post-graduation education paths or careers.