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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 12, Episode 21 A Film Unfinished

First Aired: May 3, 2011

The powerful "A Film Unfinished" unreels a never-completed Nazi propaganda film about the Warsaw Ghetto, where half a million Jews were forced to live in dire conditions prior to being shipped to the death camps, which began a few months later. Despite staged scenes, the film reveals the horrors that the inhabitants endured. Interspersed throughout: diary excerpts; the reactions of survivors as they watch the footage; and a cameraman's testimony in the trial of the Nazi who oversaw the Ghetto.