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Independent Lens

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Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

Premiered: August 9, 1999

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 12, Episode 13 When I Rise

First Aired: February 8, 2011

"When I Rise" relates the story of mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad, who entered the University of Texas in 1957 as part of its first racially integrated undergraduate class only to be removed from the lead of a university opera because of her color. She went on to become a celebrated opera singer, starring in productions all over the world. The inspirational documentary features remarks from the charismatic diva; Harry Belafonte; and New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel.