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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 11, Episode 9 Scenes From a Parish

First Aired: December 29, 2009

The efforts of Father Paul O'Brien in Saint Patrick Parish, Lawrence, Mass., to balance the needs of longtime Irish-American parishioners with those of newcomers to the parish, immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Vietnam and Cambodia. That includes building a meal center for Lawrence's hungry, a cause for which he recruits his old Harvard classmate Conan O'Brien, and introducing services in Spanish. Longtime church members, however, aren't sure if the changes are for the good.