Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci hosts the series. 

Independent Lens: "Happiness"

Premieres Monday, Nov. 17, 10pm, WGBH 2

Peyangki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Peyangki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world comes to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Peyangki’s eyes.

He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity?

Happiness

Happiness

Independent Lens

See how television may affect a Bhutanese child isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity.

Powerless

Powerless

Independent Lens

See a man who provides illegal electrical services in India and the woman trying to dismantle them.

60 min.

Twin Sisters

Twin Sisters

Independent Lens

Examine the inextricable bond between adopted twins reared apart.

60 min.

Bully

Bully

Independent Lens

Get an unflinching look at the effects of bullying on the lives of five kids and their families.

90 min.

The New Black

The New Black

Independent Lens

The struggle over gay rights within the black community.

60 min.

Left by the Ship

Left by the Ship

Independent Lens

"Left by the Ship" tells the story of Amerasian children.

60 min.

Schedule

Saturday
11/29/14 2:00 AM
WGBX 44
Saturday
11/29/14 12:00 PM
WGBH World
Sunday
11/30/14 3:00 AM
WGBX 44
Monday
12/1/14 1:00 AM
WGBX 44
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