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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 6, Episode 14 Thunder in Guyana/Unites States of Poetry

First Aired: February 22, 2005

“Thunder in Guyana” profiles Janet Rosenberg Jagan, the Chicago native who served as president of the small South American nation from 1997 to 1999. Jagan, who succeeded her husband, Guyanese progressive icon Cheddi Jagan upon his death, followed him to his homeland in 1943, and their story----told by her mother's cousin, filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman---is one of idealism and struggle. “Maybe it's boastful,” Jagan says sweetly, “but I would define myself as a freedom fighter.”