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
Big Enough (Episode #125)
KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
In this intimate portrait, several dwarfs who appeared in Jan Krawitz and Thomas Ott's 1982 film Little People welcome the camera into their lives once again. Through a prism of "then and now," the characters in the film confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace, and sometimes, frustration.
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
New Muslim Cool (Episode #117)
KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza P?rez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through streets, slums and jail cells; following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
After Happily Ever After (Episode #119)
KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
Emmy winning filmmaker Kate Schermerhorn's quirky, funny and movingpersonal quest for the secret to a happy marriage and for answers to some timely questions about an institution which might just be due for some review. This engaging doc features an eclectic mix of long married couples - from a couple who dress alike every day; to a pair of nudists and a newlywed pair of mothers, to a feisty English widow. A lively and world-renowned group of marriage experts - including psychologist John Gottman (who can predict divorce with 90% accuracy), marrriage historian Stephanie Coontz, and a Beverly Hills divorce attorney, ground the film in fact as they piece together the history and possible future and motivations for marriage. Along the way, Schermerhorn chronicles the joys and heartbreaks of her own marriage and finds that even the best advice can?t always guarantee a happily ever after.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Meat Hooked (Episode #109)
KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
This film is part the history of butchering, but mostly an entertaining look at the current phenomenon of environmentally conscience twenty and thirtysomethings bringing butchering back as a kind of new green collar job.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Follow The Leader (Episode #126)
KQED World: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
A political coming-of-age documentary about three boys who want to be President. Over three life-changing years, each rethinks his beliefs and discovers who he truly wants to be as an adult.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 -- 11:00 AM