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.
Muscle Shoals/Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story (#1517) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations.
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Facing The Storm: Story of the American Bison (#1320H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V
The bison is an enduring symbol of America and yet it stands on the brink of collapse. Cattle ranching, urban sprawl and sport hunting has squeezed the beast from the Great Plains it once dominated. Is there room for the American bison in America anymore?
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Revenge of the Electric Car (#1319) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same auto companies that built them. Today, fewer than six years later, the electric car is back...with a vengeance. Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever. This program follows the race among major car-makers to be the first, the best and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It's not just the next generation of green cars that's on the line; it's the future of the automobile itself
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies (#1518) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This film tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. This program is paired with the short film "Lies.
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The Revolutionary Optimists (#1417H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums -- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change.
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.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (#1506H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG
Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world's greatest sushi chef, is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearance, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make pilgrimages. "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is a meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection.
Left by the Ship (#1325) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
JR, Charlene, Margarita and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992. Like most Filipino Amerasians, they were left behind by their biological fathers and largely forgotten. Over the course of two years, they delve into the psychological and social consequences of the U.S. military presence and its legacy.
God Loves Uganda (#1520H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVM
This film explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.