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.
What Was Ours (#1805) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.
East of Salinas (#1704) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance. With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico - and he's on the cusp of understanding the implications of that. As we watch this play out, we begin to understand the cruelty of circumstance - for Jose and many millions of migrant kids like him. East of Salinas asks: What is lost when kids like Jose are denied opportunities?
In Football We Trust (#1708) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.
- KQED World: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
Medora (#1514) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary, following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team's struggle to compete parallels the town's own fight for survival.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me
The Witness (#1806) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York. Soon after, the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help. Follow the efforts of Kitty's brother as he re-examines his sister's life and death.
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.
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.
Birth of a Movement (#1807) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others.
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.
A Ballerina's Tale (#1709) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.
Accidental Courtesy (#1808) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion - meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time.
Tower (#1809) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. "Tower" reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years.
Welcome to Leith (#1713H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L
Explore how residents of a North Dakota town struggle against a notorious white supremacist. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.
Let The Fire Burn (#1519) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: none)
This film brings to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 -- 7:00am Remind me