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
Where God Likes to Be (Episode #323)
KQED World: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
This program focuses on 3 young protagonists full of hope and promise - Andi Running Wolf, Edward Tailfeathers, and Douglas Fitzgerald - following them over the course of a summer that marks a turning point in all of their lives. Each grapples with whether to leave, pursuing opportunities far from home, or stay behind with friends and family potentially struggling with limited opportunity and marginalization. A picture emerges of the Blackfeet Indian reservation as a cherished home that nurtures identity.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Reserved to Fight (Episode #221)
KQED World: Wed, Nov 11, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
In May 2003, Fox Company of Marine Reserve Unit 2/23 returned home from front-line combat in Iraq. Reserved To Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company for four years through their postwar minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life. The return to their communities proves as formidable a battle as the more literal firefights of previous months. Living among loved ones who don't yet understand them and how they have changed, contending with a media focused on the politics rather than the human experience of war, and suffering from a psychological disorder that is difficult to acknowledge, these young veterans grapple to find purpose and healing.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Nov 11, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Yellow Fever (Episode #313)
KQED World: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
Before You Know It (Episode #326)
KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
With humor and candor, thisprogram celebrates the bold and brave lives of active gay senior citizens who have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes: from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and gay marriage rights. The film introduces us to Dennis, a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s who explores his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women's clothing under the name "Dee," and becomes a resident at Rainbow Vista, a gay retirement community outside of Portland, Oregon. In Harlem, New York, we meet Ty, an impassioned activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage legislation passes in New York; and, Robert, known as "The Mouth," who was born and reared in Houston, Texas. The son of a Southern Baptist preacher, Robert always knew he was a "sissy." But in Galveston, Texas, he is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution is threatened.
Born before the modern gay rights movement, Dennis, Ty and Robert have become pioneers in an unprecedented "out" generation of elders. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million LGBT Americans over the age of 55. While some gay Americans adhered to the cultural norms of earlier times, others became activists and made it their mission to live out, loud and proud. Each has faced discrimination, neglect and exclusion. This film reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 6:00 AM