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.
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (#1313Z) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This documentary tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis -- pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.
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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (#1408H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (#1516H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (#1314) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
This documentary examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African- American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. Combining fresh and candid 16mm footage that had lain undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, this film looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled an era of convulsive change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, the film is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America. Filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson brings this newly discovered footage to light and introduces it to a new generation across the world in an examination of the Black Power movement.
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More Than A Month (#1315) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, "More Than a Month" investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.
Through a Lens Darkly (#1608H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
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Soul Food Junkies (#1405H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)
Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it's relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.
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American Denial (#1609H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)
"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.
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Spies of Mississippi (#1511H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.