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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 2, Episode 7 The Return of Navajo Boy

First Aired: November 13, 2000

“Return of the Navajo Boy,” an update of a 1952 documentary about Navajo life in Utah's Monument Valley, follows the first filmmaker's son as he visits the family his father profiled. One highlight: the family's reunion with a brother (named for John Wayne) who was separated from the family when he was a baby. The hour also explores the effect of uranium mining on the family. Lorenzo Begay narrates.