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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 19 Trudell

First Aired: April 11, 2006

Director Heather Rae's poignant profile of Native American poet-activist John Trudell examines Trudell's efforts to gain equality for indigenous people. The film recalls Trudell's leadership in the American Indian Movement and his role in the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island. Included are comments from Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson (who has celebrated Trudell in song) and Robert Redford, who says, “the conversations I've had with [Trudell] were explosive in their insights.”