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| KQED AND KTEH EXPLORE WORLD WAR II WITH LOCAL PRODUCTIONS AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH
KQED and KTEH produce three new documentaries to accompany
Ken Burns's series THE WAR
August 6, 2007, San Francisco, CA -- This September, local public broadcasting stations KQED (San Francisco) and KTEH (San Jose) proudly present a multimedia initiative celebrating World War II and the premiere of the epic new Ken Burns series The War. KQED and KTEH are producing three new documentaries featuring poignant stories of Bay Area veterans and communities, from Japanese American soldiers from the South Bay and Central Coast, to Latino veterans and their families, including the family of the renowned Cesar Chavez, who served in the Navy during WWII. KQED Public Radio, KQED Interactive (www.kqed.org/thewar), and KQED-KTEH Education Network will also participate through extensive programs, content, and outreach.
The War, a new seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. Six years in the making, The War is reminiscent in scope and power of Burns's landmark series The Civil War, and focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns -- Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. These four communities stand in for -- and could represent -- any town in the United States that went through the war's four devastating years. Individuals from each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as the country they helped to save for generations to come.
Part of an unprecedented national community engagement campaign from PBS and WETA Washington, DC and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KQED and KTEH productions and educational outreach will supplement The War, broadening the scope of the national series with stories that delve into the local experience. All three local documentaries and The War will air this September and October 2007 on KQED Public Television 9, KTEH Public Television 54, and KCAH Public Television 25, as well as on related digital channels.
The local initiative will include:
The War: Bay Area Stories -- Produced by KQED, this one-hour documentary tells the compelling wartime stories of veterans and citizens on the homefront in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco has always been a destination for diversity and this documentary will reveal the impact of World War II on the wide mosaic of communities that comprise our region.
The War: Nisei Soldiers -- Produced by KTEH, this program tells the story of Japanese American veterans in the South Bay and Central Coast who fought valiantly for their country despite the internment of their families by the U.S. Government. This thirty-minute documentary will illuminate their bravery and struggles and ask the question, who can be called an American?
The War: Soldados -- Produced by KTEH, this thirty-minute documentary tells the story of the Latino veterans of the South Bay and Central Coast. Many of these brave young men, mostly farm workers, felt compelled to prove their patriotism. Changed by their experiences overseas, they came home to a new fight around social justice and community issues, to prove they deserved the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. Navy veteran Cesar Chavez, the celebrated labor leader, became a champion of farm workers and helped found the United Farm Workers union. Spanish translation available on SAP.
FAQ: Latino Stories from WWII -- An estimated half-million Latino servicemen answered the country's call during WWII, but their stories have remained largely untold and obscure. Produced by KQED, this thirty-minute program will explore this topic with a panel discussion and taped interviews that tell a sweeping story of immigration and patriotism, and a war that shaped homefront communities in decisive new ways. From prison cells in Berlin to the date fields of California's Coachella Valley, WWII changed a generation of American Latinos who developed a new vision for the future.
Forum -- Friday Host Dave Iverson will guide a discussion about the making of The War documentary and the controversy its early version spawned over the lack of material about the role of Latino citizens and soldiers in the war effort. A guest panel will explore how and why the documentary series was updated and whether changes made under pressure from Latinos in Congress and elsewhere constituted a distortion of an artist's work or a necessary correction for the sake of historical accuracy. Airs: Friday, September 21 at 10am.
"Share Your Story" -- KQED and KTEH websites are collecting stories from our community about the war. People can submit their stories about WWII in either written form online at www.kqed.org/thewar and www.kteh.org/thewar, or tell their stories over the telephone. These stories can reflect on life at the homefront or on the battlefield. Users can also browse or search for other stories about the war from their local community and from around the country. Videos, original photos, original letters and more can also be sent to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
The websites will also host information on the local documentary productions, the national series The War, and local organizations related to WWII. Streaming of the local documentaries is also expected to be available after broadcast.
Connecting Teachers -- KQED and KTEH will develop and distribute educator guides for the three locally-produced documentaries. Educator DVDs will be produced which will include all three documentaries and supplemental educator guides consisting of classroom lesson plans and activities. Professional development workshops for social studies and language arts teachers will be held throughout Northern California and the Central Coast during fall and spring semester.
Engaging Youth and Audiences -- KQED and KTEH will encourage youth to connect directly with history and deepen their understanding of WWII through "Share Your Story." Training sessions will be held for teachers on how to help students collect and record their own stories. Digital storytelling workshops will also be offered to diverse audiences, highlighting community-created digital stories on the website. In addition, these stories will be distributed via vodcasting and podcasting through iTunes.
Community Screenings and Public Forums -- Three screenings and public forums will be held focusing on issues such as Latino contributions and ways to inform the public; the African American experience during and after the war; the Japanese American experience in internment camps; and the representation of communities of color in mainstream media.
In addition, DOC Film Institute at San Francisco State University will present a 14-hour marathon screening of The War at Lucas Films Theater in the Presidio from Sept. 14 through 16. Ken Burns and co-director Lynn Novick will be present throughout the weekend to discuss with the audience their experiences making the series.
KQED will also supplement the national series The War with related programming throughout the month of September, underscoring the contributions of Americans from a diversity of backgrounds. Premieres of these programs on KQED 9 and KTEH 54 are detailed on the enclosed sheet. For more information about these programs or other outreach, please contact Yoon Lee at 415.553.3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KQED (www.kqed.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB), with over 780,000 weekly radio listeners and more than 1,000,000 monthly viewing households. KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime, is the producer of local and national series such as Quest; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way; and Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. KQED's digital television channels include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento). KQED Education Network brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources. KQED Interactive offers video and audio podcasts and live radio stream at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.
KTEH Public Television 54 (www.kteh.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB), broadcasting from San Jose in Silicon Valley. KTEH Public Television 54 (Comcast 10) was founded in 1964, serving its viewers with the best programming available from PBS, APT and other national distributors. Especially well known for its Mystery Night programs and popular British series and sitcoms, KTEH provides programming tailored to the needs and interests of its diverse viewing audience, while offering unique local productions such as the San Jose Mayoral Roundtable, video i, its long-running weekly independent film and video series, and community-focused documentaries like Return to the Valley, Dave Tatsuno, Movies and Memories, and Cadillac Desert.
THE WAR Premieres on KQED 9 and KTEH 54
The War on KQED 9
Sunday|| 9/23/07 || #101 || 8pm and 11pm
|Monday ||9/24/07 || #102 ||8pm and 10:30pm
|Tuesday|| 9/25/07 || #103 || 8pm and 10:30pm
|Wednesday|| 9/26/07 ||#104 ||8pm and 10:30pm
|Sunday|| 9/30/07 ||#105 ||8pm and 10:10pm
|Monday|| 10/1/07 || #106 || 8pm and 10pm
|Tuesday ||10/2/07 ||#107 || 8pm and 10:10pm
The War on KTEH 54 (Comcast 10)
Airs weekly on Wednesdays, from 10/3/07 - 11/14/07 at 8pm.
Local Productions on KQED 9
The War: Bay Area Stories (60 min), The Josh Kornbluth Show, and FAQ (30 min) are produced by KQED.
|9/21/07 || 9pm || The War: Bay Area Stories |
|9/23/07 || 10:30pm ||The Josh Kornbluth Show: Ken Burns (encore)|
|9/24/07 || 10pm || FAQ: Hispanic WWII Soldiers
Local Productions on KTEH 54 (Comcast 10)
The War: Nisei Soldiers (30 min) and The War: Soldados (30 min) are produced by KTEH.
|9/21/07 ||7:00pm ||The War: Soldados (repeats on KQED 9 on 9/29/07, 6:30pm)||9/21/07|| 7:30pm ||The War: Nisei Soldiers (repeats on KQED 9 on 9/29/07, 6pm)
Other WWII Programming on KQED 9
|9/7/07 || 2pm || California Gold: Manzanar (Japanese internment camp)|
|9/14/07|| 2pm|| California Gold: Sub Net|
|9/17/07 || 10pm || Most Honorable Son (First Japanese American WWII war hero)|
|9/20/07 || 8pm || City at War: London Calling (American journalists from London)|
|9/20/07 || 9:30pm || The Blitz: London's Longest Night|
|9/21/07|| 2pm|| California Gold: Mare Island|
|9/22/07 ||3pm || California Connected: California at War |
|9/28/07|| 2pm|| California Gold: Kaiser Shipyard|
|9/30/07 || 12pm || Untold Triumph (Filipino American WWII soldiers)|
|9/30/07 || 1pm || Government Girls of WWII|
|9/30/07 || 2pm || Borinqueneers (Puerto Rican American WWII soldiers) |
|9/30/07 || 6:30pm || Valentia: Mexican Americans in WWII|
For more information, contact Yoon Lee, Director, Media Relations 415.553.3338, email@example.com