Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories
The Emmy Award-winning showcase of independent documentaries about life in the Golden State.
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (#103) Duration: 58:25 STEREO TVPG
It's a hot August night in San Francisco in 1966. Compton's Cafeteria, in the seedy Tenderloin district, is hopping with its usual assortment of transgender people, young street hustlers, and down-and-out regulars. The management, annoyed by the noisy crowd at one table, calls the police. When a surly cop, accustomed to manhandling Compton's clientele, attempts to arrest one of the queens, she throws her coffee in his face. Mayhem erupts -- windows break, furniture flies through the air. Police reinforcements arrive, and the fighting spills into the street. For the first time, the drag queens band together to fight back, getting the better of the cops, whom they kick and stomp with their high-heeled shoes and beat with their heavy purses. For everyone at Compton's that night, one thing was certain -- things would never be the same again.
This documentary introduces viewers to a diverse cast of former prostitutes, drag entertainers, police officers, ministers and neighborhood activists, all of whom played a part in the events leading up to the Compton's Cafeteria riot. With extraordinary candor and from differing points of view, the subjects recount the difficulties they encountered in the Tenderloin, as well as the sense of community they created there in the mid-1960s. The doc also goes on to show the connection between transgender activism and the larger social upheavals affecting the United States in the 1960s: the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, the youth counterculture, urban renewal, and Great Society antipoverty programs. It sets out to foster a better understanding of the experiences of transgender people and to inform a broad audience of their often-difficult lives and unheralded accomplishments. Along the way, the program also illuminates the interplay of urban politics, community mobilization and social services in creating the modern inner city. By Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 31, 2016 -- 7:00pm Remind me
Darwin (#1103H) Duration: 56:17 STEREO TVG
The people of Darwin, CA (population 35) coexist without government, a church, jobs or children. Together as fellow outsiders and eccentrics, they enjoy the freedom of isolation in California's Death Valley.
Stable Life (#903H) Duration: 53:47 STEREO TVG
Dionicia lives in the stables at a California racetrack and works long hours caring for racehorses, while her teenage son Jose Luis is turning heads as a hotshot apprentice jockey. Dionicia and Jose Luis have gambled their futures on the hardscrabble sport of horse racing. Will they succeed or will their lack of immigration papers prevent them from achieving the stable life of their dreams?
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me
Rabbit Fever (#901H) Duration: 58:20 STEREO TVG
Join the hare-raising fun as five teenagers compete to win the top titles of Rabbit King and Queen at the National American Rabbit Convention. Offering a candid glimpse into the background and lifestyle of the rabbit showing industry, it's also a unique tale of youth giving this underappreciated hobby everything they've got.
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me
Impossible Light (#1003H) Duration: 58:46 STEREO TVG
Transforming the Bay Bridge into the world's largest LED light sculpture, visionary artist Leo Villareal leads a small team through the trials and tribulations of actualizing The Bay Lights installation.
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me
Fred Lyon - Living Through The Lens (#1005H) Duration: 54:11 STEREO TVG
An intimate expose of one of America's leading photographers that takes the viewer inside Fred Lyon's world and showcases his best known photos of the streets of San Francisco.
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 -- 6:00pm Remind me