‘Independent Lens’ to air “Wham! Bam! Islam!”, “Donor Unknown”

Other doc programming slated for the 10th season of the PBS strand includes Eric Neudel's Lives Worth Living and Connie Fields five-part examination of the global anti-apartheid movement, Have You Heard from Johannesburg? (Pictured: Wham! Bam! Islam!)
September 13, 2011

PBS has announced the line-up for the 10th season of its indie film strand ‘Independent Lens.’

The season kicks off on October 13 with Wham! Bam! Islam!, which focuses on the first Muslim superhero comic book, The 99, created by Kuwaiti entrepreneur Naif Al-Mutawa. The following week, October 20, will feature Donor Unknown, the audience award winner at the recent Silverdocs documentary conference and festival.

The film follows JoEllen Marsh as she searches for the anonymous sperm donor who is her biological father and meets 13 half-siblings as well as the father that she previously only knew as Donor 150.

October 27′s edition of the program will feature Lives Worth Living, Eric Neudel’s examination of the disability rights movement in America, while November will begin with Deaf Jam, airing on November 3. The film, by Judy Lieff, documents the poetry collaboration between Aneta, a deaf Israeli immigrant living in Queens, NYC, who enters the spoken word poetry slam scene; and Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet.

We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân from Anne Makepeace debuts on November 17, recounting the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in the U.S.

December will feature The Woodmans, a portrait of late photographer Francesca Woodman directed by C. Scott Willis and airing on December 22; and These Amazing Shadows, an exploration of the National Film Registry directed by Paul Mariano and Kurt Horton and airing on December 29.

In January, Have You Heard from Johannesburg, Connie Fields’ five-part series looking at the global anti-apartheid movement, debuts, with the first part airing on January 5.

Encore presentations for Independent Lens this season include Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun, Doug Pray’s Art & Copy, Ellen Spiro’s Troop 1500 and Lioness from Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.