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.
A Will for the Woods (#308) Duration: 1:03:26 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. He has discovered a movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing toxic, wasteful funeral practices engineered to preserve the body at the ecosystem's expense. Clark, a spirited and charismatic advocate, sets out to save a tract of forest with the help of green burial pioneers and a compassionate local cemeterian.
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 10, 2016 -- 7:00pm
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 10, 2016 -- 11:00pm
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 11, 2016 -- 6:00am
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.
Our Mockingbird (#305) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A documentary that uses Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird as a lens to view race, class, gender and justice - then and now. Woven through the program is the story of two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama who collaborate on a remarkable production of the adapted play, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Perfect Strangers (#317) Duration: 1:26:25 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?
The Hand That Feeds (#419) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
At a popular bakery cafe, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma L?pez has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.
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.
City of Trees (#412) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A deeply personal story about the fight for good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital. With unemployment exceeding 25% in DC's Ward 8 during the Great Recession, nonprofit Washington Parks & People receives a $2.7 million stimulus grant to put long-term unemployed residents back to work through a new green job training program.
9-Man (#318) Duration: 1:59:23 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.