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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 17 Recycle

First Aired: March 31, 2009

"Recycle" explores the Jordanian city of Zarqa, considered a hotbed of Islamic extremism, through the eyes of fortysomething Abu Ammar, a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War who struggles to support his two wives and eight children by selling discarded cardboard to a recycling plant. Shot over 2 1/2 years, the documentary tracks his falling fortunes; and also sheds light on Zarqa's most infamous son, the notorious terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (who was killed by U.S. forces in 2005).