Independent Lens 1999 | TV Show

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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 5, Episode 24 Refugee

First Aired: May 11, 2004

“Refugee” follows Mike Siv, a Cambodian-American in his 20s, as he returns to his homeland with two friends to get to know the father and brother he barely knows, more than two decades after fleeing with his mother during the Khmer Rouge terror. Siv, who also coedited, narrates the video diary with an engaging combination of honesty and empathy. He's a one-time student of its director, Spencer Nakasako, an Emmy winner for “A.k.a. Don Bonus,” which aired on PBS's “P.O.V.” in 1996 and is also about a young Cambodian-American's return to his homeland.

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Season 5, Episode 23

May 4, 2004

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Death of a Shaman

Season 5, Episode 25

May 27, 2004