Independent Lens

A Fragile Trust | Film Clip 3

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After viewing this film clip from A Fragile Trust, students will consider the trust that journalists have with their readers, interview subjects, and the news organizations that employ them. Students will also examine the checks and balances that organizations must implement in order to prevent plagiarism by journalists.

A Fragile Trust | Film Clip 1

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In this film clip from A Fragile Trust, we learn how technological advances impacted news institutions like The New York Times, as they extended journalism across new platforms, such as the Internet, cable, and television.

Focus on LGBT Youth Homelessness: Film Module | The Homestretch

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This is a short film module adapted from The Homestretch, as seen on PBS's Independent Lens, about youth homelessness, with a focus on LGBT youth.

For more information about The Homestretch, visit the Independent Lens website.

A Fragile Trust | Film Clip 2

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In this film clip from A Fragile Trust, former New York Times reporter, Jayson Blair explains how he used the electronic tools at his disposal to pull archival photos and excerpts from other people’s news articles to file stories from locations where he’d never been. Students will consider how technology has made it easier for people to plagiarize and why Jayson Blair’s actions are unethical.

Friendly Fire | Peace Officer

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In this excerpt from Peace Officer, “Dub” Lawrence, a former Sheriff in Utah and now a private investigator, uncovers evidence indicating that a police officer killed in a 2012 shootout was hit by friendly fire. Police maintain the officer was shot by a suspect who opened fired while being served a drug search warrant.

Police Serve Warrant to the Wrong House | Peace Officer

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In this excerpt from Peace Officer, the Hill family of Ogden, Utah recalls their harrowing encounter with officers after a case of mistaken identity led law enforcement to bang on their door in the middle of the night to serve a warrant. Facing drawn guns while his wife and daughter cowered inside, Eric Hill learns that if he’d come to the door with his legally-owned gun instead of a baseball bat it might have ended differently.

The Sanctity of Life | The Armor of Light

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In an emotional scene from The Armor of Light, the Rev. Rob Schenck meets Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was shot to death by a Florida man who attempted to justify the killing by the state’s “stand your ground” law. Schenck and McBath find common ground in their strong Evangelical faith, which they agree should emphasize nonviolence.

A Sermon on Gun Violence | The Armor of Light

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In this excerpt from The Armor of Light, the Rev. Rob Schenck gives a powerful sermon in which he urges Evangelicals to look beyond Fox News and the NRA when it comes to the issue of gun violence. He concludes with a resonant verse from Romans 13:12.

The Militarization of Police | Peace Officer

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In this excerpt from Peace Officer, the militarization of police is revealed to accelerate alongside the escalation of the War on Drugs, especially after the implementation of the “1033 program” following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in 1990 that authorized the U.S. military to donate equipment to police departments.

Film Clip 1 | The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then. 

 

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