PBS doc strand Independent Lens will feature acclaimed docs such as Erika Cohn’s The Judge and Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World in its fall slate.
The season kicks off with Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski’s Young Men and Fire on October 29. The film follows a firefighting crew over the course of a challenging wildfire season.
Dawnland (pictured), from Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, airs on November 5, and provides a glimpse into the first truth and reconciliation commission sanctioned by the U.S. government, investigating the impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities.
Erika Cohn’s The Judge, airing on November 12, provides a portrait of Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a courts.
The Cleaners, meanwhile, from Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block, airs on November 19, and gives viewers a look at the process undertaken and the people employed by such tech platforms as Facebook and Google for “digital cleaning,” or content moderation.
Joel Fendelman’s Man on Fire airs on December 17, and tells the story of white Methodist minister Charles Moody, who, in June of 2014, set himself on fire in a parking lot in his home community of Grand Saline, Texas, to protest the racism he saw within the community and in the U.S. at large.
On January 28, Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World, from directors Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, chronicles the Native American musicians who have had an indelible impact on American blues, jazz and rock, with contributions from Robbie Robertson, Taj Mahal, George Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Van Zandt, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and many more.
The 2019 winter/spring slate for ‘Independent Lens’ will feature such renowned docs as Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Eugene Jarecki’s Elvis doc, The King.