Community Engagement

Community Engagement is a key component that sets NET apart. We are committed to extending the reach of our television and radio broadcasts through collaborative activities and educational materials. These efforts are done in partnership with other community organizations and are designed to:

  • Connect viewers and listeners to statewide services and resources
  • Foster community participation and robust discussion
  • Raise awareness about issues that affect all Nebraskans

Ideas? Questions? Engage with us!

Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

2020-21 Season

For the 2020-21 season, Indie Lens Pop-Up is going virtual! All events will be held on OVEE. 

Please note that you will need to sign in to join the event and watch the screening. Sign in quickly and easily by using Facebook or Google (Gmail) or by creating an OVEE account. You can also sign in anonymously by entering your birthdate. 

Please give yourself a few extra minutes before the screening to get signed in and set up.

This year's slate of films includes: 

9to5: The Story of a Movement

By Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Virtual screening on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7pm CT

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When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the professional fate of American women. Parton was singing the autobiographical tale of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

The virtual screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Mary Jung, a 9to5 organizer featured in the film
  • Sue Martin, President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Nebraska State AFL-CIO
  • Caroline Waldron, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton
  • John Kretzschmar, Director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha

9to5: The Story of a Movement will also air at 10pm CT, Sunday, Feb. 7 on NET and premieres on the PBS Video App and, Monday Feb. 1 at 9pm CT.


By Melissa Haizlip
Virtual screening on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7pm CT

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Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to provide expanded images of Black Americans on television and recognize the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful TV shows in U.S. history. With participants’ recollections and archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. 

The virtual screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!
  • Jade Rogers, adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College, Iowa Western Community College, and University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the House of Afros, Capes, & Curls
  • Denise Chapman, Producing Artistic Director for Theatre at Omaha's Union for Contemporary Art
  • Deborah Bunting, arts consultant and Omaha Community Foundation board member

Mr. SOUL! premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00pm ET (check local listings) on PBS,, and the PBS Video App. 

Coded Bias
By Shalini Kantayya
Virtual screening on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7pm CT

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

Philly D.A.
By Ted Passon and Yoni Brook
Virtual screening in April 2021

In 2017, Philadelphia had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a longshot campaign to become District Attorney—and won—he pledged to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. With unprecedented access to Krasner’s office, Philly D.A. explores over the course of eight episodes the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of one man attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.

The Donut King
By Alice Gu
Virtual screening in May 2021

The Donut King is Ted Ngoy's rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall.






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