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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 15 Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

First Aired: March 1, 2011

The thought-provoking story of Cyntoia Brown, a young woman serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age 16. The documentary, which tracks her journey through the justice system, explores the role genetics may have played in shaping her, how her birth mother's alcohol abuse affected her prenatal development and her troubled life since. "This is a kid who had some horrible life experiences," says forensic psychiatrist William Bernet. "Many, many bad things happened to her."