Independent Lens

Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film.


  • Apart

    Three formerly incarcerated mothers fight to rebuild their lives outside of prison.
  • Bulletproof

    A provocative look at what it means to feel safe in an American classroom.
  • Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

    Exposé on how American housing policy has been manipulated in discriminatory ways.
  • Missing in Brooks County

    An activist detective searches for missing migrants in rural South Texas.
  • A Reckoning in Boston

    A filmmaker teams with Clemente Course students to reckon with Boston's racial history.
  • Home From School: The Children Of Carlisle

    Native Americans recover the remains of children who died at an Indian boarding school.
  • Duty Free

    After losing her lifelong job, a mom teams up with her son to fulfill her bucket list.
  • Storm Lake

    Inside the family-run newspaper keeping local journalism alive.


  • Senior Prom

    For residents of an LGBTQ+ retirement home, “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning.
  • The Dancing Man of L.A.

    A one-man dance party and fixture of the LA concert scene copes during the COVID pandemic.
  • The Great World of Gregory Blackstock

    The richly obsessive life and work of a renowned autistic artist comes to life.
  • American Nomads Short Film

    Meet these American Nomads, who made their homes while living their best life on the road.
  • Daughters of Addiction

    Over the last decade, the rate of female incarceration in Tennessee has jumped a whopping
  • Driver Radio: Jamaica, Episode 1

    Don and Ron head from Kingston to rural Jamaica, for cooler temps and good fishing.
  • Driver Radio: Jamaica, Episode 2

    The Brodies take a tour of reminiscence with an old acquaintance in Jamaica.
  • Driver Radio: Jamaica, Episode 3

    How hard is it to run a taxi service in Kingston, Jamaica? The Brodie brothers find out.

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film.