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.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (#1411) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, the film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
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Brakeless (#1603H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
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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.
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.
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We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean (#1305H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America, and lived to regret it. This documentary tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back. Linguist Noam Chomsky discusses the importance of Jessie Little Doe's work at MIT with some of the finest linguists in the world.
Young Lakota (#1504H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena and their neighbor, Brandon Ferguson, share a common dream of helping to create a better future for their tribe. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, their tribal President, Cecelia Fire Thunder, challenges it with a threat to build a clinic on the reservation, drawing Sunny, Serena and Brandon into a political storm that changes the course of each of their lives.
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.
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Indian Relay (#1503H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this story about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today. From the bitter cold of winter on the Rocky Mountain front to the heat and mayhem of the summer's championship races in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon, "Indian Relay" follows several teams from three different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning this year's National Championships.
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.