At 9 pm ET today, April 20, PBS’ Independent Lens begins a rare multi-episode docuseries with the premiere of Philly D.A., an eight-part dive into what happens when a progressive becomes district attorney of a major city. You can see it over the air on PBS stations (but check local listings) and streaming on the PBS Video app.
In 2017, civil rights attorney Larry Krasner, campaigning on a promise to stop mass incarcerations by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within, gets elected as D.A. of Philadelphia. But what will happen after he takes office a few months later and needs to work with the police and prosecutors who have been his enemies for years?
In the first episode, previewed recently as part of the Teaneck International Film Festival, director Ted Passon first lets us get to know Krasner, both on the campaign trail and at home with his wife, a judge. Then the tension builds as he and his team begin the tough job of reforming an entrenched system.
(Top image: photography by Ryan Collerd, composition by Tynell Marcelline, courtesy ‘Independent Lens’)
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