The Choices We Make
6 Miles of 8 Feet
A tense standoff develops between a rural farmer, a highway construction crew and angry rush-hour commuters. When a new sheriff's effort to cool everyone down fails, tempers build until the situation reaches the boiling point.
Length: 21 minutes
A single, unemployed mother dreams of a better life. But how can she take care of a baby when she's not even old enough to take care of herself? As she watches her baby make her way to an open window in their high-rise tenement, she is faced with a dilemma. This shocking film will have you on the edge of your seat in its short three minutes.
Length: 3 minutes
Loving a racist White farmer's puppy comes easy to Thembile, a 12-year-old Black boy. The brutal owner trains the dog to hate the boy who lovingly reared it. Can his love survive the legacy of apartheid? Inja was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award for Best Short. Written, produced and directed by Steven Pasvolsky, a native South African whose family, fleeing apartheid, moved to Australia in 1978.
Length: 17 minutes
The Girl in the Lay-by
A young lady daydreams of a more glamorous life in New York, but reality tells her to get back to work at a roadside hot dog stand in the Scottish highlands. Mocked by her boss and frustrated with frankfurters, she begins to lose hope until a customer rekindles her imagination.
Length: 10 minutes
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.