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.
Old South (#401) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Hope is 30 years old and fighting to save her historic African American neighborhood from encroachment by an elite white fraternity, one known to fly a Confederate flag and hold an annual antebellum parade. On one block in Athens GA two communities steeped in history - one black, one white - strive to keep their respective legacies relevant in a changing American South, and the nation as a whole. "Old South" provides a window into the underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communities. And ultimately inspires hope, reflection, and a crucial step forward.
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American Arab (#402) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
In Kartemquin's American Arab, Iraqi-born Director Usama Alshaibi takes a provocative look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America, weaving his own life's journey and "coming-of-Arab" experiences into the life stories of several diverse characters. Exploring the values, passions, and hopes of his fellow Arab-Americans, Usama tries to make peace with his conflicted chosen homeland. Arab-Americans are not one monolithic group, but rather a diverse and complex array of many voices and cultures. This film weaves sadness and humor, anger and satire, provocation and understanding, embracing the multifaceted Arab American experience of post 9/11 America. By shedding light and giving clarity to a recent and difficult time for Arabs living in the US, American Arab shows how the struggles over identity within this documentary are universal.
The Mosque In Morgantown (#403) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
"The Mosque in Morgantown" chronicles the unfolding drama within a Muslim mosque in small-town West Virginia and its struggle for identity in a changing world. The verite-style documentary follows the stories of mosque members, among them Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal correspondent, as she pushes for change at the mosque her father founded three decades ago and also the path being driven by moderates and conservatives for change in a different direction. The film provides perspective on people determining the shape of their religious community.
Adama (#404) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
In March 2005, Adama Bah a 16-year-old Muslim girl growing up in Harlem was detained by the FBI after she was accused of being a potential suicide bomber. Although no evidence was ever produced to support the claim, Adama had to wear an ankle bracelet and live under partial house arrest after she was released from detention. As Adama nervously awaits the outcome of a pending deportation order, the film follows the efforts of a Muslim activist, an ex-FBI agent, and Adama's 10-year-old brother as they each attempt to unravel the web of post-9/11 politics surrounding her arrest and the potential collapse of her family and future.
Revolution '67 (#405) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
This program is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history -- the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, New Jersey, outbreak in mid-July, "Revolution '67" reveals how the disturbance began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice. Voices from across the spectrum -- activist Tom Hayden, journalist Bob Herbert, Mayor Sharpe James and other officials, National Guardsmen and Newark citizens - recall lessons as hard-earned then as they have been easy to neglect since.
Dog Days (#409) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Dog Days is directed and produced by Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby, a filmmaking duo based in Washington, DC. After losing his job in 2009, Coite Manuel sets off to build his dream business with the help of two unlikely women: Deane, his harp-playing aunt, and Siyone, an East African hotdog vendor and single mother of four. Staking his meager life savings on a vision to revive Washington, D.C.'s dwindling hotdog vending community, Coite faces bewildering challenges, from hostile city regulations to an entrenched local monopoly to the sudden popularity of food trucks. Even though success doesn't come easily, the characters fight to maintain hope in the face of adversity. Filmed over the course of four years, Dog Days follows its colorful characters as they navigate the contentious underworld of street food in the nation's capital. A captivating portrait of American entrepreneurship, Dog Days explores themes of immigration, vocation, and the power of perseverance. Featuring original songs by indie artists such as Sleeping at Last, Zach Williams, Andy Zipf, and others, Dog Days journeys to a world where the top dogs of big business meet the underdogs of street food in a comically serious caper about the promise and struggle of the American Dream.