This Emmy award-winning series is like an independent film festival in your living room. Each episode introduces new documentaries and dramas made by independent thinkers: filmmakers who are taking creative risks, calling their own shots and finding untold stories in unexpected places.
Little White Lie (#1610) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she's always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father's identity.
Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream (#1401H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
If income inequality were a sport, the residents of 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan would all be medalists. This address boasts the highest number of billionaires of any apartment building in the United States, many of whom actively lobby and finance political campaigns to lower taxes on the wealthy. Less than four miles away Park Avenue runs through New York's 16th Congressional District in the South Bronx, which has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. Minutes away from one another as the crow flies these New Yorker's face dramatically different economic realities.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 9, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
American Denial (#1609) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
"American Denial" uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today. By Llewellyn Smith.
Spies of Mississippi (#1511) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.
Solar Mamas (#1404H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Welcome to India's Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy to provide rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. Rafea -- a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four -- is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend Barefoot's solar engineering program. Once there, she will join women like her from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia to learn concrete skills to change their communities.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 16, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (#1408) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.
Through a Lens Darkly (#1608) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers - men and women, celebrated and anonymous - who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.
The Great Invisible (#1613) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Explore the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature. The film includes unprecedented access to footage from the oil rig before the spill. By Margaret Brown.
Powerless (#1604) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good. By Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa.
Blood Brother (#1509) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
This film is a portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn't know it but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of unspeakable hardship, where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear.
Bully (#1601) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, "Bully" shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with "kids will be kids" cliches, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (#1516) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
This film covers Muhammad Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. It explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 12, 2015 -- 6:00am Remind me
Brakeless (#1603) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
On April 25, 2005, a West Japan Railway (West JR) commuter train crashed into an apartment building and killed 107 people. Afterward, an official report concluded the cause of the accident was over-speeding when the train's driver tried to make up an 80-second delay. What made the train's driver risk so many lives for an 80-second delay? "Brakeless" looks at Japanese society and asks if it is bound to the pursuit of efficiency at all costs. Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan? By Kyoko Miyake.
The Undocumented (#1413) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVM (Secondary audio: none)
Border Patrol agents, Native Americans, smugglers, ranchers, retirees and samaritans form a constellation of people engaged with the Arizona/Mexico border on a daily basis -- policing it, inhabiting it, crossing it, working it, making it safer or simply feeling its consequences. But at the center of it all is the migrant. "The Undocumented" tells the story of the migrants who die while trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life.
The State of Arizona (#1510) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This film captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration.
Las Marthas (#1512H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country -- its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America's colonial period.
The Graduates (#1501) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
The Graduates (#1502) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
This mini-series is a journey into the heart of American education. More than a survey of contemporary policy challenges, it is an intimate and honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate, and during an unforgiving global economy. This is a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation's public education system, but it is also a story about the American future.