This series presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America' s and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.
56 Up (#2613H) Duration: 2:25:55 STEREO TVPG
In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, "Seven Up." Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of "49 Up" in 2007, returns with "56 Up" to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the "kids" have come to terms with both hope and disappointment.
- KQED Life: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 -- 8:30pm
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 -- 2:30am
Neurotypical (#2606) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
"Neurotypical" is an exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the "neurotypical" world -- the world of the non-autistic -- revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.
The City Dark (#2503H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, "The City Dark" provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.
Listening Is An Act of Love: A Storycorps Special (#2614H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
This first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. It features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life's important questions. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his inquisitive 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable visual style of The Rauch Brothers.
Fallen City (#2706H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
In today's go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt - boasting new and improved civic amenities - in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as this film reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Bichuan to the new Bichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss - most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren - and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Zhao Qi offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 11:00pm email reminder
The World Before Her (#2610H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
This is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant - a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment - and of two women who hope to shape its future. By Nisha Pahuja.
- KQED World: Sun, May 31, 2015 -- 3:00pm email reminder