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
Endless Abilities (Episode #321)
KQED World: Wed, May 27, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
In the spring of 2012, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film. From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.
- KQED World: Sat, May 30, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 27, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Cambodian Son (Episode #320)
KQED World: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Born in a refugee camp in Cambodia, poet Kosal Khiev was lucky to escape the wartorn country before he was two years old. Granted asylum, Khiev grew up in the U.S. with his mother and siblings. By the age of 16, he was convicted of attempted murder and spent the next 14 years in jail-including 18 months of solitary confinement in the New Folsom State Prison in California. Fatefully, during his time in solitary Khiev experienced a breakthrough that forged his path to freedom. In jail, he found writing and spoken-word mentors and upon release became a student/participant in the inaugural class of "The Actors' Gang" led by Artistic Director and Founder Tim Robbins. As a refugee with no permanent resident status in the U.S., however, Khiev was deported to Cambodia, a country he's never known. "How do you survive when you belong nowhere?" The documentary follows a year in the life of Khiev, while he navigates his new fame as Phnom Penh's premiere poet and receives the most important invitation of his career-to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Later he visits France for the first time where his life comes full circle and he faces a past he never dreamed of.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Winning Girl (Episode #319)
KQED World: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 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 17, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
9-Man (Episode #318)
KQED World: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
9-Man is a story about streetball battle in the heart of Chinatown featuring a chaotic, Chinese-only game played competitively in parking lots and alleys since 1938. Through revealing verite scenes, archival material and primary source interviews, the film broaches conversations about Chinatown's Bachelor Society, the Chinese Exclusion Act, cultural belonging and loss, masculinity, genetic disparity in sports, immigrant culture, the Chinatown diaspora, microaggressions, reverse racism, Asian-American identity politics, self-doubt and social isolation.
- KQED World: Sun, May 10, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 10, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
- KQED World: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Perfect Strangers (Episode #317)
KQED World: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
What motivates an individual towards an extreme act of compassion? The documentary tells the story of two unique and engaging characters. One is Ellie, who embarks on an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Five hundred miles away, Kathy endures nightly dialysis and loses hope of receiving a transplant until Ellie reads her profile on an online website. Both women face unexpected challenges as their parallel stories unfold over the course of four years. Why are we unnerved by the idea of such an extreme gift?
- KQED World: Sun, May 3, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 3, 2015 -- 6:00 AM