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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 3, Episode 2 Secrets of Silicon Valley

First Aired: September 14, 2001

Silicon Valley activists struggling to bridge the digital divide are profiled in "Secrets of Silicon Valley." Magda Escobar, the director of Plugged In, a non-profit computer-training center in East Palo Alto, Cal., networks easily with high-tech heavyweights, but worries: "What happens when Plugged In is no longer the sexy thing to fund?" Raj Jayadev's worries are here and now. A temporary employee at a printer-assembly plant, he began protesting working conditions and was soon fired.