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Tuesday, August 3 at 10 p.m. – Independent Lens "Goodbye Solo"

(Rochester, NY) – The Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal, concludes its Fall 2009/Spring 2010 season with the broadcast premiere of Ramin Bahrani’s critically acclaimed Goodbye Solo. The film, an Independent Spirit Award nominee, and winner of the International Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival, premieres Tuesday August 3 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11).

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough, Southern, good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely, but unforgettable friendship, Goodbye Solo deftly explores the passing of a generation, as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

To learn more about the film and its subjects, visit the companion website for Goodbye Solo at pbs.org/goodbyesolo. Get detailed information on the film, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker, and explore the subject in depth with links and resources.

Pictured: William (Red West) and Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané) in Solo's cab.
Credit: Roadside Attractions

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