When doctors classified homosexuality as a mental illness to be “cured,” they employed cruel treatments like electroshock and lobotomies. LGBTQ+ activists and their allies fought back — and won a momentous victory when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental disorders in 1973.
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Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film, airing Monday nights on PBS member stations.
Independent Lens Episodes
S22 Ep24 | 1h 25m 10s
Two activists fight to hold the chemical industry accountable for a devastating legacy.
S22 Ep23 | 55m 50s
A Muslim mortician uses the rituals of death to teach two troubled teenagers how to live b
S22 Ep20 | 55m 45s
Frustrated Krasner supporters warn he must accelerate plans to phase out cash bail.
S22 Ep19 | 55m 45s
Krasner must decide whether to pursue a rarity—murder charges against a cop.
S22 Ep22 | 1h 25m 51s
Meet the Donut King, Ted Ngoy, the Cambodian refugee who built a donut empire.
S22 Ep18 | 55m 45s
A councilmember bridges constituents plagued by the opioid crisis with the unorthodox D.A.
S22 Ep17 | 55m 50s
A skeptical parole board and his own pride stand between a man and freedom.
S22 Ep16 | 55m 45s
LaTonya Myers fights for probation reform, but any slip-up could send her back to prison.
S22 Ep15 | 55m 45s
The murder of a police sergeant tests the D.A.’s resolve to never seek the death penalty.
S22 Ep14 | 55m 45s
Krasner and his team battle to obtain the complete police misconduct files.
S22 Ep13 | 58m 59s
The new Philadelphia District Attorney uncovers a secret that shakes the police department
S22 Ep12 | 1h 25m 32s
Sometimes the quest for racial justice isn’t black and white.
S22 Ep10 | 1h 25m 25s
Exposing prejudices and threats to civil liberty in facial recognition algorithms and A.I.
S22 Ep9 | 1h 25m 56s
Mr. SOUL! explores the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public TV.
S22 Ep8 | 1h 25m 56s
Female officers in the Minneapolis Police Department fight for gender equity and police re
S22 Ep7 | 1h 24m 54s
They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing — they organized.
S22 Ep6 | 1h 9m 28s
July 4th, 2017: 92 film crews, 24 hours, a snapshot of a nation on the verge of upheaval.
S22 Ep5 | 55m 36s
Meet the NFL's most exploited athletes — the cheerleaders.
S22 Ep4 | 1h 20m 8s
Two women investigate a shocking pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons.
S22 Ep3 | 1h 23m 1s
The “Property Brother” journeys across the U.S. to explore the battle over solar energy.
Independent Lens Extras
S23 Ep1 | 30s
When homosexuality was considered an illness to be “cured," LGBTQ activists fought back.
S23 Ep3 | 30s
Inside the family-run newspaper keeping local journalism alive.
S23 Ep5 | 30s
Native Americans recover the remains of children who died at an Indian boarding school.
S23 Ep2 | 30s
Michael Brown Sr. seeks justice after a white police officer kills his son in Ferguson.