WHRO Public Media's Emerging Leaders Board is once again partnering with a national public media documentary company to create opportunities for community dialogues around crucial topics. Throughout the year, the board will be working with Independent Lens, America’s home for independent documentary film, to provide Indie Lens Pop-Ups, “a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.”

Through its roster of films this season, Indie Lens Pop-Up will spark conversations on pressing issues like widespread access to renewable energy, equality in the workplace, the criminal justice system, diversity in the arts, and the new meaning of the American Dream. This year's lineup includes six new documentaries that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today.

2021 Schedule:

Thursday, November 4 - Storm Lake - Register to attend (screening will be virtual)

A dogged family-run paper in Iowa gives citizens the scoop on forces threatening to overwhelm their precarious small-town existence.

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Photo Credit: Jerry Risius

At The Storm Lake Times, five of the 10-person staff are members of the Cullen Family.

Register to attend. Screening will be virtual.


2022 Schedule:

Thursday, January 20 - Missing in Brooks County
Migrants go missing in rural Brooks County, Texas more than anywhere else in the U.S. For many families, community activist Eddie Canales is the last hope for finding loved ones.


Thursday, February 17 - Apart
U.S. prisons and jails lead the world in incarcerating women—what happens when they return to their families?


Thursday, March 24 - Writing with Fire
In the midst of a patriarchal news landscape, the reporters with Khabar Lahariya – India’s only all-female news network – are taking it upon themselves to redefine power.


Thursday, April 28 - Try Harder!
At a prestigious public high school, fiercely competitive seniors share the dream, and the stress, of getting into a top university.


About Indie Lens Pop-Ups

These events will be premiere screenings of upcoming Independent Lens broadcasts to include local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.

As communities continue to find ways to come together and learn from one another, Indie Lens Pop-Up events provide a space to watch and discuss timely topics explored in its documentaries at hundreds of events hosted by partners across the nation. Since its inception in 2005, more than 6,500 Indie Lens Pop-Up events have brought an estimated 380,000 participants together to discuss issues that impact local communities.

For more info on our Emerging Leaders Board, visit whro.org/elb.