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Independent Lens Returns with Powerful Documentary


On the heels of receiving ten News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Independent Lens announced today that its new season opens with the critically-acclaimed documentary Bully. Directed by Sundance and Emmy Award-winner Lee Hirsch, the film brings human scale to this emotional issue, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how the most common form of violence experienced by young people in our nation has touched the lives of five kids and their families. Bully premieres on Monday, October 13, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.

This fall Independent Lens takes viewers around the globe to explore fascinating human stories, from a tale of twins growing up a world apart, to the role that Japanese cultural attitudes may have played in a devastating train crash, to what will happen in a remote Bhutanese village when television comes to town.

“We’re proud to kick off our 13th season with Bully,” said Lois Vossen, Deputy Executive Producer, Independent Lens. “In addition to our national broadcast, which falls during Bullying Prevention month, we will be supporting the Mayors Campaign to End Bullying, a groundbreaking partnership between The BULLY Project and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which will see over 220 mayors in all 50 states host screenings of the film and convene strategy sessions as part of their commitment to National Bullying Prevention Month. We’re pleased to be part of this transformative campaign and look forward to the conversations we’ll spark throughout our fall season with documentaries from the U.S., Norway, Japan, Bhutan, and India — bringing viewers into communities they wouldn’t otherwise get to know.”

Independent Lens launches this new season with a fresh look and logo, designed to reflect the energy and evolution of the series. Remaining true to its original focus of offering the best documentary films to viewers, Independent Lens now brings these immersive stories to an even more diverse audience, engaging communities in conversations, and providing an authentic space for many voices to be heard.

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Hassahn is no stranger to the power of words. Just as Lebron took his talents to South Beach, the Chicago native has taken his talents to Hollywood and beyond. His ability to manipulate the English language has led to a career using his gift. He currently writes songs for TV/Film; he has co-written a book alongside Dr. Kerby T Alvy Ph.D; Hassahn produced and wrote DEMOs documentary film, and of course he scribes for Radio Facts on the daily.

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