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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 10, Episode 16 Lakshmi and Me

First Aired: March 24, 2009

In "Lakshmi and Me," Mumbai filmmaker Nishtha Jain explores the role that caste and class play in India via her relationship with her maid, an uneducated 21-year-old woman who works seven days a week cleaning Jain's and other people's luxurious homes. The documentary details the difficulties Lakshmi endures, including sharing an overcrowded shanty with her family and developing tuberculosis, before deciding to join with fellow maids to demand better working conditions, benefits and pensions.