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.
The Overnighters (#2802) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming, busloads of newcomers find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm, allowing hundreds of job-seekers, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. When opposition to the "overnighters" reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. By Jesse Moss.
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 5:00am
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 11:00am
Tough Love (#2803H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG
Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes, both contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance.
Web Junkie (#2804H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use.
- KQED 9: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 -- 4:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 6:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 -- 4:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Herman's House (#2603) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States -- he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. "Herman's House" is an account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art.
Return to Homs (#2805) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Witness the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad's regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story (#2707) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a US Supreme Court decision could set him free. This film follows Young's struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society's most dangerous criminals.
Tea Time (#2806H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Observe five Chilean women who gather monthly for a ritual that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. See how a routine of tea and pastries helped them commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death.
- KQED 9: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 4:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 -- 6:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 4:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
Steam of Life (#2407H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
From a land of long, dark winters comes "Steam of Life," a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. Beautifully and hauntingly shot, the acclaimed film provides a surprising glimpse into the lives of Finnish men and a remarkable depiction of the troubled and often reticent hearts of contemporary Western men.
Beats of the Antonov (#2807) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Learn how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where the people of the Blue Nile celebrate their survival and fight to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them.
When I Walk (#2701) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything -- and inspired him to make another film. "When I Walk" is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man's struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S., while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva's spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother's tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (#2702) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 15, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me
Neuland (#2808) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Meet the young migrants in a Swiss integration class, who have made long and arduous journeys for a new life. Separated from their families, they struggle to learn a new language, prepare for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.
Out in the Night (#2801) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Examine the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.
Sun Kissed (#2511H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? "Sun Kissed" follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: the consequences of the Navajos' Long Walk -- their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 --are far from over.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 23, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
Point and Shoot (#2810) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Ride shotgun with Matt VanDyke, who films his self-transformation from a timid 26-year-old to a motorcycle-driving rebel, fighting in the Libyan revolution. Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry tells his amazing story.
I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (#2508) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In 2005, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. When he met Carolyn Parker, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a vibrant character study of the courage and resiliency of this fearless matriarch and civil rights activist. "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful" is Demme's account of Parker's five-year crusade to rebuild her beloved neon-green house, her church, her community -- and her life.
Getting Back to Abnormal (#2704) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for "Getting Back to Abnormal," a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see.
The Storm Makers (#2809H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14
See a chilling expose of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld; hear the stories of a peasant girl sold into slavery at 16 and two traffickers who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country's borders.
- KQED 9: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me