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Independent Lens Season 3 episodes

Romancing the Throne Season 3, Episode 10

“Romancing the Throne” follows Prince Mohato of the South African kingdom of Lesotho as he assumes the crown in 1996 upon the sudden death of his father. An important requirement for the single prince: finding a suitable bride. That's no small task for the prince, who had been living a bachelor's lifestyle in London. Filmmaker Dominic Ozanne is a personal friend of the Prince Mohato. read more

Undetectable Season 3, Episode 7

“Undetectable” follows the physical and psychological ups and downs of six Boston-area AIDS patients who take a “cocktail” of drugs to survive. Directed by Jay Corcoran. read more

The Split Horn Season 3, Episode 6

“The Split Horn” chronicles the 17-year odyssey of a Hmong shaman and his family from Laos to Wisconsin. Filmmaker Taggart Siegel focuses on the cultural transformation the family undergoes as the father struggles to maintain ties to the old ways. read more

Open Outcry Season 3, Episode 9

“Open Outcry” follows traders in action at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Filmmaker: Jon Else. read more

Who Owns the Past? Season 3, Episode 5

“Who Owns the Past?” concerns the conflict between anthropologists and Native Americans over the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash. At issue: the control of human remains found on ancestral Indian lands. Linda Hunt narrates. read more

Good Kurds, Bad Kurds Season 3, Episode 4

“Good Kurds, Bad Kurds” explores the contrasting situations faced by Kurds living in Iran and Turkey. Both chafe under their own governments' rule, but they're treated differently by the U.S. Government. Filmmaker: Kevin McKiernan. read more

Gibtown Season 3, Episode 8

“Gibtown” explores life in a central-Florida town (Gibsonton is its real name) that's home to many circus and carnival performers. Included: stills and clips depicting the heyday of “carny” life in the 1920s and '30s. Melissa Shachat is the director. read more

Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants Season 3, Episode 3

“Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants” focuses on the impact of 1996 immigration legislation on permanent residents who have been convicted of minor crimes. David Belle is the producer-director. read more

Secrets of Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 2

Silicon Valley activists struggling to bridge the digital divide are profiled in "Secrets of Silicon Valley." Magda Escobar, the director of Plugged In, a non-profit computer-training center in East Palo Alto, Cal., networks easily with high-tech heavyweights, but worries: "What happens when Plugged In is no longer the sexy thing to fund?" Raj Jayadev's worries are here and now. A temporary employee at a printer-assembly plant, he began protesting working conditions and was soon fired. read more

Confederacy Theory Season 3, Episode 1

“Confederacy Theory” examines the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in South Carolina. Included: a history of the Confederate flag since the Civil War. Filmmaker: Ryan Deussing. read more

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
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