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.
Yellow Fever (#313) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice.
Family Affair (#314) Duration: 1:29:44 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Thirty years ago Chico David Colvard accidentally shot one of his three sisters in the leg. The fallout from the incident would reveal years of sexual and physical abuse, place his father in prison and him and his siblings with foster parents and resentful relatives.
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The Perfect Victim (#315) Duration: 1:59:43 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
The Perfect Victim follows the stories of women incarcerated for killing their abusers and explores the legal injustices of victims of domestic abuse.
Hanna Ranch (#316) Duration: 1:59:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A portrait of cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.
Perfect Strangers (#317) Duration: 1:59:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
What motivates an individual towards an extreme act of compassion? The documentary tells the story of two unique and engaging characters. One is Ellie, who embarks on an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Five hundred miles away, Kathy endures nightly dialysis and loses hope of receiving a transplant until Ellie reads her profile on an online website. Both women face unexpected challenges as their parallel stories unfold over the course of four years. Why are we unnerved by the idea of such an extreme gift?
9-Man (#318) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
9-Man is a story about streetball battle in the heart of Chinatown featuring a chaotic, Chinese-only game played competitively in parking lots and alleys since 1938. Through revealing verite scenes, archival material and primary source interviews, the film broaches conversations about Chinatown's Bachelor Society, the Chinese Exclusion Act, cultural belonging and loss, masculinity, genetic disparity in sports, immigrant culture, the Chinatown diaspora, microaggressions, reverse racism, Asian-American identity politics, self-doubt and social isolation.
Winning Girl (#319) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Teshya Alo is 16 years old and 125 pounds. But on the judo and wrestling mats, she throws women twice her age and pounds heavier. And she beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on taking gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships. If she does, she'd be the first and youngest athlete ever to win world championships in two different sports in the same year. But it won't be easy. The story of Hawaiian female teen wrestler/judoka Teshya Alo.
TBA (#320) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Endless Abilities (#321) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
In the spring of 2012, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film. From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.