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
The Medicine Game (Episode #203)
KQED World: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 -- 5:59 AM
This program shares the remarkable journey of two brothers from the Onondaga Nation driven by a single goal; to beat the odds and play lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University. The obstacles in their way are frequent and daunting. In their darkest hour, and with their dreams crumbling around them, the boys must look to their family and to their Native teachings for guidance and stability. It is their search for identity that transitions this film from a playful coming of age story, into an important study of modern Native American life. It follows their story over the next six years as they struggle to rebuild their friendship, rescue a fading childhood dream, and gain a more resolute understanding of their identity and culture, both as athletes and the next generation of the Onondaga people.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 5:57 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 -- 11:59 AM
Radio Unnameable (Episode #202)
KQED World: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation for nearly 50 years. Long before today's innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly and take the program in surprising directions. Fass and his committed group of friends, peers, and listeners proved time and time again through massive, planned meetups and other similar events that radio was not a solitary experience but rather a platform to unite communities of like-minded, or even just open-minded, individuals without the dependence on large scale corporate backing. Radio Unnameable is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Bob Fass's immense archive of audio from his program, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now. Revealing the underexposed world of independent radio, the film illustrates the intimate relationship Fass and, by extension, WBAI formed with their listeners that were strong enough to maintain the station?s role as one of the most successful listener-sponsored programs in the United States.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Building Babel (Episode #201)
KQED World: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
The film follows a year in the life of Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," a Muslim-led community center two blocks from the World Trade Center. With unlimited access to his home and office, the film paints a portrait of a Muslim-American businessman up against impossible odds. A passionate Brooklyn-born Muslim, Sharif El-Gamal sees Park51 as a centerpiece of his own Muslim American identity. Born of a Polish-Catholic mother and Egyptian-Muslim father, El-Gamal only turned to Islam after 9/11 shook his faith to the core, and sees Park51 as a way to give back to the Lower Manhattan community. Married to a Muslim convert and the father of two daughters, Sharif represents an Islam that remains foreign to most Americans, especially given the way the media and politicians have continued to use Park51 as a point of controversy. Despite a principle goal of helping to rebuild Lower Manhattan, opposition to the plan has been virulent and non-stop. Thousands of Americans have rallied against the prospect of a Muslim institution being constructed in such proximity to Ground Zero, and Park51 has become an internationally discussed symbol of Islam's relationship to the Western world. Building Babel follows Park51?s development through the daily experiences and struggles of the men and women trying to make it a reality.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Follow The Leader (Episode #126)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
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, Sep 8, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman| Part 2 (Episode #122)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
In this two part documentary, master storyteller Jennifer Fox lays bare her own turbulent life to penetrate what it means to be a free woman today. As her drama of work and relationships unfolds over four years, our protagonist travels to over seventeen countries to understand how diverse women define their lives when there is no map. Employing an ingenious new camera technique, called "passing the camera", Fox creates a documentary language that mirrors the special way women communicate. Over intimate conversations around kitchen tables from South Africa to Russia, India and Pakistan, she initiates a groundbreaking dialogue among women, illuminating universal concerns across race, class and nationality.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 6:00 AM