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“Philly D.A.”, “The Donut King” join ‘Independent Lens’ spring slate

PBS’s ‘Independent Lens,’ presented by ITVS, has laid out its spring slate of documentary programming, including the premiere of Ted Passon and Yoni Brook’s eight-episode docuseries Philly D.A. This spring will ...
April 8, 2021

PBS’s ‘Independent Lens,’ presented by ITVS, has laid out its spring slate of documentary programming, including the premiere of Ted Passon and Yoni Brook’s eight-episode docuseries Philly D.A.

This spring will also see additional programming under the strand’s recently announced Stories For Justice public media partnership.

Through a five-year pipeline of content centered on the issue of criminal justice, ‘Independent Lens’ and PBS will premiere more than 20 documentary films and docuseries centered around criminal justice reform.

Philly D.A. (pictured), the first multi-part series to premiere as part of the partnership, follows Philadelphia defense attorney Larry Krasner as he and his team attempt to institute sweeping change inside the criminal justice system. It premieres April 20.

Additional films premiering this spring include Ursula Liang’s Down a Dark Stairwell (April 12), a coproduction with the Center For Asian American Media (CAAM) and part of Stories for Justice which examines the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley by Chinese American NYPD officer Peter Liang; and Alice Gu’s SXSW-winning The Donut King (May 24), the untold perspective of Cambodian refugees building a donut empire, a co-presentation with CAAM.

Premiering June 21, Zeshawn Ali and Aman Ali’s Two Gods, also part of Stories for Justice, is a coming-of-age film centering on a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, NJ, who takes two young men under his wing; while The People Vs. Agent Orange (June 28), sees filmmakers Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna highlight the impacts of the herbicide “Agent Orange” decades after the U.S. military unleashed it as chemical warfare during the Vietnam War.

“Our extraordinary filmmakers this spring take us deep into communities across the U.S. to explore the long-term impacts of our local and national decisions and the intimate stories of those living in pursuit of the American Dream,” said Lois Vossen, executive producer of ‘Independent Lens.’ “We’re excited to be coproducing docuseries again, and eager for audiences to experience Philly D.A., an eight-part series that takes us to the front lines of policy-making and makes us witnesses to criminal justice reform in action. We hope the docuseries will spark constructive conversations around this multifaceted issue.”

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