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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 10, Episode 25 Ask Not

First Aired: June 16, 2009

"Ask Not" explores the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was implemented in 1993, which has resulted in some 12,500 gays and lesbians being discharged in the years since. The documentary recalls the cultural and political milieu that led to the policy and details the societal shifts about gays in the military that have occurred in the intervening years.