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.
Happiness (#1605H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Pyanki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world will come to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki's eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity? By Thomas Balmes.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 1:00pm
- KQED Life: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 10:00pm
- KQED Life: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 4:00am
Twin Sisters (#1602H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In China in 2003, twin babies Mia and Alexandra were found in a cardboard box and placed in an orphanage, where authorities separated the infants and concealed their sibling relationship. Two sets of prospective adoptive parents - one from California and the other from Norway - meet during the adoption process and launch an investigation that reveals that the girls are sisters. The girls grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. When the girls are eight, Mia and her family go to Norway to visit Alexandra, and discover that the girls not only look and act alike, but are unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other. By Mona Friis Bertheussen.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 3:00pm
Powerless (#1604H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 4:00pm
Seeking Asian Female (#1414H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.
- KQED World: Sun, May 31, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
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.
We Were Here (#1326) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14-L (Secondary audio: none)
When AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, the city became a war zone. Friends and family members were struck down in their prime by a mostly mysterious illness for which there was no cure. But the community -- hippies, drag queens, lesbians, moms and dads, doctors and nurses -- came together when the nation's leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care, and compassion. Their tireless fight is a testament to the capacity of people working together to rise to an unthinkable occasion.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 7, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Mon, Jun 8, 2015 -- 10:00pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 -- 4:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me
- KQED World: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 -- 11:00am Remind me
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 12, 2015 -- 10:30pm Remind me
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 -- 4:30am Remind me
Limited Partnership (#1617) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.
Love Free Or Die (#1403H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Robinson is a man whose two primary passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration by the Episcopal Church in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir. He becomes the focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.
The New Black (#1521H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.
How to Survive A Plague (#1507H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: DVI)
This film is the story of two grassroots coalitions -- ACT UP and Treatment Action Group -- made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
God Loves Uganda (#1520H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVM (Secondary audio: DVI)
This film explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 -- 9:30pm Remind me