Through the lens of independent films, this series tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. It takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes. The series showcases films that will give viewers a "snapshot" of the transforming American life - the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America. From contemporary life on Native American reservations to stories of recovery on the Gulf, from hardships and revitalization in towns big and small, to stories from city streets across the country, these independent, personal and opinionated films document the times in which we live.
America Reframed Previous Broadcasts
Operation Popcorn (Episode #415)
KQED World: Wed, May 18, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
During the Vietnam War, the CIA recruited Hmong tribesmen in the hills of Laos to fight the Communists, then brought them as refugees to America. Forty years later in California, someone who might be a CIA operative approaches a Hmong human rights activist about buying weapons to continue the fight.
- KQED World: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 18, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
The Grace Lee Project (Episode #414)
KQED World: Wed, May 11, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
When Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. Once she left the Midwest however, everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were reserved, dutiful, piano-playing overachievers? The filmmaker plunges into a funny, highly unscientific investigation into all those Grace Lees who break the mold -- from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, The Grace Lee Project puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, "What's in a name?"
- KQED World: Sun, May 15, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 11, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
Winning Girl (Episode #319)
KQED World: Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Teshya Alo is 16 years old and 125 pounds. But on the judo and wrestling mats, she throws women twice her age and pounds heavier. And she beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on taking gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships. If she does, she'd be the first and youngest athlete ever to win world championships in two different sports in the same year. But it won't be easy. The story of Hawaiian female teen wrestler/judoka Teshya Alo.
- KQED World: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
In An Ideal World (Episode #413)
KQED World: Sun, May 1, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
At an infamous prison in California, a warden, a white Mafioso murderer and a black ex-gang member struggle to move beyond the stark reality of America's locked down racial order. Challenged for the first time by a U.S. Supreme Court desegregation ruling and a novel mixed-race program, their stories reveal the hope and the hidden risks of transformative change, and the institutional nature of racial hierarchies.