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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 25 Death of a Shaman

First Aired: May 27, 2004

In “Death of a Shaman,” filmmaker Fahm Fong Saeyang traces the American “nightmare” of her immigrant father, a respected “spirit priest” in Southeast Asia's Mien community who was sucked into a life of poverty and drug abuse after fleeing the chaos of Laos in the late 1970s. Then Yoon died in an accident in 2000. But he left behind his videocam and a wealth of tapes. He also left behind a daughter on a redemptive mission.

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