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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 7, Episode 18 Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City

First Aired: March 28, 2006

The challenges faced by female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department are examined in director Bann Roy's film, narrated by Susan Sarandon. Included are profiles of Brenda Berkman, an FDNY captain who founded the United Women Firefighters organization; and Patricia Fitzpatrick, a retired firefighter who was injured on the job. Also: remarks by Battalion Chief Rochelle Jones and author Terry Golway (“So Others Might Live”).