Philly D.A. | Independent Lens

Apr 16, 2021

Tuesdays, Apr. 20–Jun. 1, at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Go inside the emotional, high stakes work that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and an ensemble of idealistic outsiders from different walks of life take on as they attempt a fundamental overhaul of an entrenched criminal justice system.

Philly D.A. is the most expansive docuseries Independent Lens has premiered to date, with new episodes airing over the course of seven weeks. In the vein of Knock Down the House and Flint Town, Philly D.A. brings viewers behind the scenes, giving them a vivid, firsthand look at a district attorney’s office attempting to transform the future of mass incarceration, the culture of prosecution and the fundamental meaning of justice.

In 2017, Krasner, a civil rights attorney who sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times throughout his career, mounted a longshot campaign supported by activists and organizers and ultimately won the district attorney’s seat in a city that has the highest incarceration rate of any large city in the United States. From Krasner’s win in 2017 up to the present moment, Philly D.A. brings viewers inside the work that Krasner and others take on as they grapple with detractors, political opposition and a skeptical public.

Episode One | Tue. Apr. 20 | 9 p.m.
The new Philadelphia district attorney uncovers a secret the police are desperate to hide.

Episode Two | Tue. Apr. 20 | 10. p.m.
Krasner and his team battle to obtain the complete police misconduct files.

Episode Three | Tue. Apr. 27 | 9 p.m.
The murder of a police sergeant tests the D.A.’s resolve to never seek the death penalty.

Watch each episode at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

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