KQED is proud to celebrate Women's History Month starting in March with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below.
Tues, 3/1 11:30pm POV Shorts: Team Meryland In the projects of Watts, Meryland Gonzales, a twelve-year-old female boxer trains to be crowned the 2019 Junior Olympics champion. Meanwhile, her immigrant parents work tirelessly to give their child a shot at achieving her dreams.
Wed, 3/2 1am Quest for Beauty (NEW) When model Cris Saur leaves an abusive relationship, she starts making a film about beauty that ends up saving her life. She travels the world meeting with a yogi, philosophers, a mathematician, a fashion designer, a therapist, a top model and even a visually impaired woman, to find self-worth and understand beauty in a more meaningful manner.
Wed, 3/9 11:30pm Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways For Health & Spirit At its heart, Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways For Health & Spirit is a film about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did - nutritiously and locally. Return explores the food sovereignty movement occurring across the country through the stories of women championing the return to traditional food sources. The documentary features the charismatic Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, whose Pueblo Food Experience project is transforming lives in her community. Her efforts to reclaim ancient foodways are echoed across the continent by Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee and Seneca women who share Roxanne's passion and drive.
Thurs, 3/10 11:30pm On Story: A Conversation with Gina Prince Bythewood Award-winning director/writer/producer Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about her character-driven work in The Old Guard, Love & Basketball, and Beyond the Lights.
Mon, 3/14 10pm Independence Lens: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project Activist Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day from 1975 to 2012, creating an invaluable comprehensive archive of the medium. Her 70,000 VHS tapes reveal how television shaped - and continues to shape - our world.
Tues, 3/15 9pm When Patsy Cline Was Crazy When Patsy Cline Was Crazy is an acclaimed documentary about American music icon Patsy Cline. From humble roots, she grew into that rare and mythical artist - a self-taught singer with a distinctive, precise, disciplined voice and a unique depth of emotional expression.
11:30pm Beyond Recognition After decades struggling to protect her ancestors' burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco's sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Shattering stereotypes, Beyond Recognition explores the quest to preserve one's culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.
Thurs, 3/16 11pm Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani (NEW) Explore the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, prior to her untimely death at age 40, she became both the first woman and the first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, often equated in stature with the Nobel Prize.
Fri 3/17 11:30pm This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer (NEW) A poor, Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964
Mon, 3/21 10pm Bring Her Home (NEW) Bring Her Home follows three Indigenous women - an artist, an activist and a politician - as they work to vindicate and honor their relatives who are victims in the growing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. As they face the lasting effects of historical trauma, each woman searches for healing while navigating the oppressive systems that brought about this very crisis.
11pm Without a Whisper: Konnon:Kwe Kanon:Kwe is an untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality. Mohawk Clan Mother Louise Herne and Professor Sally Roesch Wagner shake the foundation of the established history of the women's right movement in the United States. They join forces on a journey to shed light on the hidden history of the influence of Haudenosaunee Women on the women's rights movement, possibly changing this historical narrative forever.
Tues, 3/22 8pm Finding Your Roots: Hollywood Royalty Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.
10:30pm In Their Own Words: Angela Merkel Follow Merkel's meteoric rise from pastor's daughter to Time’s Person of the Year. As a young woman emerging from East Germany, she successfully navigated the male-dominated sphere of German politics to become first female Chancellor of Germany.
Thurs, 3/24 11:30pm Kea's Ark (NEW) In the 1980s, a three-story ark was built in Newark's devastated Central Ward. Self-taught artist and engineer Kea Tawana designed and constructed the massive boat by herself. She used salvaged materials from nearby 19th-century buildings being torn down, in an area fast becoming an urban wasteland. Kea's Ark features archival clips of the ark's construction and removal, and interviews with artists, historians and friends who speak to the legacy of Kea's rich body of artistic work.
Fri, 3/25 8pm Story of Queen Victoria #101 (NEW) The Story of Queen Victoria, narrated by Miriam Margolyes (Call The Midwife; Blackadder), uses Queen Victoria's diaries, journals, letters and archive treasures to reveal a highly complex individual and give an exciting fresh perspective on her remarkable achievements and dramatic life.
9pm Great Performances: The Conductor (NEW) Follow Marin Alsop's journey to become the first female music director of a major symphony despite repeated rejection by the classical music industry. Features footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein set to a soundtrack of her performances.
Mon, 3/28 10pm Independent Lens: Writing with Fire (NEW) Meet the women journalists of India's only all-female news network, who risk everything in a male-dominated world to uncover their country's political inequities.
Tues, 3/1 2pm Hawaiiana Hawaiiana examines the enduring legacy of Winona "Aunty Nona" Beamer, a venerated educator, storyteller, composer and hula expert who dedicated her life to preserving and celebrating traditional Hawaiian culture. In her 20s, Aunty Nona formed a Hawaiian dance troupe that toured the U.S., eventually performing at Carnegie Hall and bringing the ancient art of hula to the wider public. Later, as a teacher at the Kamehameha Schools, she became a pivotal force in bringing Hawaiian culture back into the classroom. She coined the now well-known term "Hawaiiana" to represent a curriculum that included the best of Hawaiian culture, history and knowledge.
Wed, 3/2 2pm Not Done: Women Remaking America Chart the last five years of the women's movement and its re-energized, intersectional fight for equality. Activists, journalists, entertainers, athletes and politicians report from the frontlines of the feminist tidal wave.
9:30pm Betty White: First Lady of Television The definitive look at Betty White's life and career. Thanks to exclusive access, you'll see Betty behind the scenes at work, entertaining at home and interacting with her close friends, one of whom is a 900-pound grizzly bear.
Thurs, 3/3 2pm Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare The first woman appointed to a U.S. Presidential cabinet, Frances Perkins created the social safety net that continues to shape the lives of Americans today. In her 12 years as Labor Secretary under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Perkins created the Social Security program, a federal minimum wage, the 40-hour work week and unemployment compensation, and ended the legal use of child labor. Summoned: Francis Perkins and the General Welfare tells the story of Perkins' life through rare archival recordings of her voice, and interviews with Nancy Pelosi, George Mitchell, David Brooks, Lawrence O'Donnell and Amy Klobuchar.
Fri, 3/4 2pm Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race Beyond the Powder is a documentary film that follows the female pilots of the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the first women's cross-country air race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby. The first Women's Air Derby in 1929-which was comprised of 20 women, including Amelia Earhart-was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation. Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic, with modern day racers carrying out the legacy and the adventurous spirit of the original racers.
Mon, 3/7 2pm Aldyth: Fully Assembled (NEW) Aldwyth is a single-named South Carolina artist who defies categorization. She is a painter, a sculptor, a box constructionist, and an intricate collagist. Like her artwork, the trajectory of Aldwyth's artistic life has been anything but simple. Aldwyth: Fully Assembled follows her remarkable creative journey, documenting her challenges and obstacles and telling the story of her inspiring "second act."
Tues, 3/8 2pm Keep Talking Follow four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language spoken by fewer than 40 remaining fluent Native elders. On remote Afognak Island, they inspire young people to learn the language and dances of their ancestors.
Wed, 3/9 2pm Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century Hidden in American history, all women's medical schools began to appear in the mid 19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property. "Daring Women Doctors" highlights the intrepid, pioneering and diverse women who faced hostility and resistance in their pursuit of medical education. This documentary examines how these women physicians greatly impacted their communities around the United States and internationally. It also demonstrates how women doctors exerted a long-lasting influence on the movement towards women's rights.
Thurs, 3/10 2pm American Experience: The Codebreaker Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down Al Capone and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work helped lay the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).
5pm Skindigenous: Alaska – Marjorie Tahbone Marjorie Tahbone, an Alaskan artist of Inupiaq heritage, was first among the living women of her family to get her traditional chin tattoo.
Fri, 3/11 12am Roadtrip Nation: A Single Mom's Story Roadtrip Nation: A Single Mom's Story follows three single mothers driven to succeed despite the odds stacked against them. Along the way, they hear the inspiring stories of other single mothers who have made it through raising children on their own while paving their own career path. Roadtrippers Gabby, Kiera and Maliaq learn from other single moms working in the fields of law, clothing design science, and more. They meet Amy Yeung, the founder of Orenda Tribe, a clothing line dedicated to helping Native American designers pursue their fashion goals; Elisa Peterson, a visual artist and writer who also co-hosts the Cool Moms podcast; and Felicia Rice, a microbiologist at the Mayo Clinic.
2pm Life in Synchro Synchronized ice skating is a cold and unforgiving world, but to the women and girls who find family here, it's home. Beauty, brutality, grace and guts; the ice reveals all in this largely overlooked, but electrifying sport. Journey alongside incredible women around the country as they push their teams and themselves beyond the routine and up towards greatness.
4:30pm To Dine For with Kate Sullivan: Misty Copeland Misty Copeland is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theater. She is also the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the ABT's 75 year history. Despite starting at the age of 13, Misty's journey to prodigy and ballet stardom has been a long and arduous one. Fighting body issues and pressure to conform, Misty faced much opposition as she blazed a trail in the dancing world. At her favorite restaurant in Manhattan, The Mermaid Inn, Misty shares her journey from homeless youth to child ballerina to one of the most celebrated dancers in the world. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. As she steps her way into finding her voice, Misty shares some of her most hard-earned wisdom and insights over her favorite meal and offers advice for any young creative.
Mon, 3/14 2pm Irma: My Life in Music The life and career of Grammy Award-winning artist Irma Thomas and her impact on R&B, featuring archival concert footage from performances filmed at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
3:30pm Amazing Grace "Amazing Grace" explores the treatment of women in the legal industry from the late 1940's through today. Specifically, it follows the story of Missouri Attorney Grace Day who was the lone woman in her law school class in 1948 and endured torment from her professors and peers. You'll fall in love with Grace Day, a woman who won over her enemies and helped blaze a path for future women lawyers.
Tues, 3/15 4pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: Mama Africa: Miriam Kaeba! Using archival performance footage and interviews with those who knew her best, and with Makeba herself, the documentary examines the life of the iconic South African singer and activist.
Thurs, 3/17 3:30pm Orchard House: Home of Little Women This captivating new documentary that transports viewers to a 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts with literary and historical significance unlike any other. It is here that the classic novel, Little Women, was written and set. With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women at a desk in her room that her father made especially for her. The documentary uncovers a fascinating piece of living history - a pilgrimage site for scholars and fans alike. This enduring and lively house speaks to the power of place in a way few American homes ever have. It also reveals the powerful historical, literary, and very human elements of the home and the people who lived there.
10pm Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents #101 William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster, intercepts a conspiracy to assassinate the queen. When he learns that Elizabeth's own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, is behind the plot, he lays a trap to capture and execute her.
11pm Annie Oakley: American Experience Meet the Ohio sharpshooter who won fame and fortune in a man's world for never missing a shot. Born into poverty, the self-taught Oakley picked up a gun at age 15 not to become a superstar, but to save her family from destitution.
Fri, 3/24 3:30pm Charlotte Mansfield: A Woman Photographer Goes to War This half-hour program tells the remarkable story of the pioneering military career of Charlotte Dee Mansfield, a photographer and photo analyst in the Women's Army Corps. The film draws from her personal writings, archival film resources, historian interviews, and a conversation with Charlotte's lifelong companion, Chief Master Sgt. Lorraine Caddy, to add context to Charlotte's career and the legacy of women's military service during WWII. The program not only provides a look at how women navigated new roles in the military, but also offers an opportunity to expand the popular conversation around women's contributions during the war.
4pm Stories I Didn’t Know In the hour-long documentary Stories I Didn't Know, Rita Davern examines an ugly reality at the heart of a Minnesotan family legend. While her family members have always been proud to say that their ancestors once owned Pike Island, a beautiful piece of land in Minnesota, the story of its acquisition is far less glorious than its profitability. Rita's attempts to understand what happened and why leads her on a journey that requires facing the complicated legacy of westward expansion in the United States.
10pm Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents #102 Elizabeth's enemies grow in strength, but her spymaster Robert Cecil also fights an enemy within. An ambitious aristocrat is trying to take over his network. At stake is control over the aging queen and the power to choose the next King of England.
11pm American Experience: Amelia Earhart Explore the life of the trailblazing pilot who broke records but then mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on a solo flight around the world. An enduring American hero, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Sun, 3/27 3:30pm Renaissance Woman Restored (NEW) Renaissance Woman Restored documents the restoration of a magnificent mural created by a 16th-century nun who is considered the first great woman artist of the Renaissance. As the half-hour documentary follows the restoration of the mural by a team of female art conservationists, experts speak to the scope of the art Plautilla Nelli created, the significance of her work, and the importance of highlighting women artists who have largely been ignored.
4pm Black Ballerina Black Ballerina is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the over- whelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson (the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's first black ballerina) confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America.
7pm We’ll Meet Again: The Fight for Women’s Rights Join Ann Curry help two women search for their friends and colleagues who fought for equal rights. One of the first female commercial pilots wants to thank her mentor, and an advocate hopes to find the woman who inspired her to join a movement.
9pm Independent Lens: 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement Go inside the inspiring movement for women's workplace equality in the 1970s. Started by a group of Boston secretaries, the 9to5 movement used humor to attract press attention, shame bosses into giving better pay, and end sexual harassment.
10:30pm Independent Lens: A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem NFL cheerleaders revolve their lives around their sport, but most earn less than minimum wage. Three of them decide they deserve more. In high-stakes lawsuits, these courageous women take a stand against the massive, male-dominated sports league.
11:30 Marie Suize Pantalon: Itinerary of a Pioneer Marie Suize came from France in 1850 during the Gold Rush in California. In a cosmopolitan and essentially masculine universe, she became a successful gold miner and wine maker. She was arrested many times for wearing men's clothes. She decided to appropriate this as part of her identity and claims her nickname: Marie Pantalon. A woman who was extremely famous and much talked about in the newspapers, but completely fell into oblivion. She was forgotten until 2004, then Amador County celebrated its 150th anniversary, and decided to honor the memory of Marie Pantalon by naming her Sesquicentennial Woman of the Year. Historians, researcher and author, describe the outstanding and entertaining life of this daughter of both France and California.
Tues 3/29 1:30pm To Dine For with Kate Sullivan: Catherine Reitman (NEW) Becoming an actress in Hollywood is no easy feat, no matter who you are or where you came from. Catherine Reitman learned that the hard way after years of trying to break into Hollywood, taking bit parts and having no real luck despite being the daughter of famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman. Catherine was able to change her luck and her career trajectory by taking one important step. In 2017, she wrote, created, and starred in her own TV series "Workin' Moms" first broadcast on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company). The program has since been picked up by Netflix to international acclaim and 6 subsequent seasons. Her funny and fearless portrayal of the life of working mothers has struck a chord with viewers everywhere and has sparked a national dialogue on the difficulties working mothers face.
Thurs, 3/31 3:30pm Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up The documentary Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up examines the life of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, offering first-hand accounts by those who knew her and worked side by side with her in the struggle for voting rights.
4pm Warrior Women Warrior Women is the untold story of American Indian Movement activists who fought for civil rights in the '70s, anchored by one of the Red Power Movement's most outspoken Lakota leaders, Madonna Thunder Hawk, and her daughter Marcy Gilbert.
11pm American Experience: Emma Goldman For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on government, big business, and war. To the tabloids, she was "Red Emma, queen of the anarchists," but many admired Goldman for her defense of labor rights, women's emancipation, birth control, and free speech.
Tues, 3/1 11am Portraits for the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black Leaving a promising art career behind, Pittsburgh native Elizabeth Black (1912-1983) joined the American Red Cross at the height of World War II. On special assignment, she sketched hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and sent the treasured portraits to worried families back home. Seventy years later, Black's son uncovered photographs of her sketches, scrapbooks, news clippings and other memorabilia from her forgotten foot locker. Through Black's unforgettable sketches, rare archival images and interviews with the veterans and their families, Portraits From The Home Front explores Black's lost art career and her distinguished service during World War II. It also captures memorable scenes of amazed families finally receiving the lost portraits, some of which capture loved ones killed in action.
12pm Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers The 2013 documentary Portraits For The Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black first introduced viewers to Elizabeth Black, a Pittsburgh artist who sketched charcoal portraits of American soldiers across Europe during World War II. Her story lives on in the follow-up documentary Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers. This half-hour sequel explores efforts to find homes for dozens of soldiers' sketches found among Elizabeth's memorabilia. Through detailed searches, detective work and the kindness of volunteer genealogists and other researchers, WQED in Pittsburgh is working to find the soldiers and/or their survivors. From Philadelphia to San Francisco and points in between, the film features encounters with both amazed and appreciative families.
12:30pm POV: We Are the Radical Monarchs Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice. Follow the group as they earn badges for completing units on such subjects as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment and disability justice.
Wed, 3/2 4:30pm POV: Unapologetic Meet Janae and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Told through their lens, Unapologetic offers an inside look into the movement and ongoing work that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Thurs, 3/3 11am POV: Advocate Meet Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel, a political firebrand who is known by her opponents as "the devil's advocate" for her decades-long defense of Palestinians who have been accused of resisting the occupation, both violently and non-violently.
5pm America ReFramed: For the Love of Rutland Through the lens of independent films, this series tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. It takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes. The series showcases films that will give viewers a "snapshot" of the transforming American life - the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America. From contemporary life on Native American reservations to stories of recovery on the Gulf, from hardships and revitalization in towns big and small, to stories from city streets across the country, these independent, personal and opinionated films document the times in which we live.
12:30pm Independent Lens: Leftover Women Meet three Chinese women labeled "leftover," a derogatory term for unmarried women in their mid-20s and 30s. Follow them as they struggle to stay true to their ambitions amid a state-sponsored campaign that stigmatizes women who aren't married.
Sat, 3/5 9pm POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
10:30pm Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote Perfect 36: When Women Won The Vote chronicles the dramatic vote to ratify this amendment, and the years of debate about women's suffrage that preceded it. On July 17, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, arrived to spend a few days in Nashville. She was traveling on the heels of Tennessee Governor A.H. Roberts' announcement of a special session of the state legislature, called at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. One more state needed to ratify the proposed amendment, and that duty rested solely on the shoulders of Tennessee.
Sun, 3/6 4pm Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets: Elizabeth I, Warrior Queen Join Lucy Worsley for an exploration of how Elizabeth I's image as a warrior queen, created by a series of myths and secrets about her victory over the Spanish Armada, shaped British national identity for centuries.
6pm Finding Your Roots: Reporting on the Reporters Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling that the stories within their own family trees are every bit as compelling as the news stories they have been covering for the world.
Mon, 3/7 11am POV: Still Tomorrow A village woman without a high school diploma has become China's most famous poet. Meet the breakout writer Yu Xihua, a woman with cerebral palsy, poignantly weaving her personal story with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.
12pm POV: The Apology Meet three of the 200,000 former "comfort women" kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment, they give their first-hand accounts of the truth.
1:30pm Reel South: Outspoken LGBTQ West Virginians fight to live free from discrimination, calling us to reimagine the power and longevity of a small town queer community.
5pm Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story is a documentary that delves into the life of experimental film curator Sally Dixon. Her story began in the 1960's when she received a small hand-held movie camera from her father-in-law and started making films, that she later called "Film Poems." Sally is known as a trailblazer in the "film as art" movement and created the film program at The Carnegie Museum of Art in 1970. She founded the program with the purpose of "promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of film as an art form and the filmmaker as an artist." It was one of the first museum-based film programs in the country
6:30pm Stories from the Stage: She Persisted In Afghanistan, Mahboba Akhtarzadah journeys to her classroom against all odds. Crystal Williams climbs the ladder of higher education, aided by some secret admirers. Joan Anderman learns that it's never too late to radically change her life. Three stories, three interpretations of “She Persisted.”
Tues, 3/8 11am Independent Lens: Represent Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections in the heart of the Midwest, three women take on entrenched local political networks in their fight to reshape politics on their own terms.
12:30pm Independent Lens: Coded Bias When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers most facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy, she joins the fight to expose the threats to civil liberties posed by an increasingly data-driven, automated world.
Wed, 3/9 11am Queen of Swing Queen Of Swing recounts the true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer - 95-year-old entertainer Norma Miller. The engaging biography highlights the life, career and indomitable spirit of the Harlem-born actress, dancer and choreographer known as "The Queen of Swing."
12pm American Experience: Voice of Freedom Explore the fascinating life of celebrated singer Marian Anderson. In 1939, after being barred from performing at Constitution Hall because she was Black, she triumphed at the Lincoln Memorial in what became a landmark moment in American history.
4pm Reel South: Santuario After 25 years of living in the United States, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega is threatened with deportation and soon takes sanctuary in a small North Carolina church. As time passes, and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family's pleas for a stay on her deportation, Juana's spirits slowly sink. And yet, Juana is patient that in God's house, God will answer her prayers.
4:30pm Independent Lens: Women in Blue Under the leadership of the Minneapolis Police Department's first female chief, women officers seek gender equity, redefining what it means to protect and serve. But a fatal shooting and a new male chief imperil their progress.
Thurs, 3/10 11am POV: Chez Jolie Meet Sabine, a charismatic, larger-than-life personality crammed into a tiny shop in Brussels. She and her employees style extensions and glue on lashes while sharing rumors about programs to legalize migrants and talking about life back in Cameroon.
12pm American Experience: Sandra Day O'Connor: The First When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as the Supreme Court's first female justice in 1981, the announcement dominated the news. Time Magazine's cover proclaimed "Justice At Last," and she received unanimous Senate approval. During her 25 years on the Supreme Court, O'Connor was the critical swing vote on cases involving some of the 20th century's most controversial issues, including abortion, affirmative action - and she was the tiebreaker on Bush v. Gore. Forty years after her confirmation, this biography recounts the life of a pioneering woman who both reflected and shaped an era.
4pm Reel South: First Lady of the Revolution Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. First Lady of the Revolution portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.
5pm America ReFramed: Sisters Rising Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. Sisters Rising follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
6pm Reel South: Fiesta Quinceañera Life for a Latinx immigrant family in the New South can be challenging and sometimes terrifying, but thankfully, there's always a fiesta to take you through the night. Three Latina girls and a seasoned drag artist host their own quinceanera, a complex and colorful rite of passage, showcasing the creative spirit of Latinx communities and their struggles to retain their roots and traditions.
Fri, 3/11 4pm Secrets of the Six Wives: Divorced Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn.
5pm Secrets of the Six Wives: Beheaded, Died Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour. Anne's fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son.
6pm Secrets of the Six Wives: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called "ugly"; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr.
Sat, 3/12 5pm Independent Lens: Dolores Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant - and unheralded - feminist activists of the 20th century.
Sun, 3/13 4pm Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets: Queen Anne, the Mother of Great Britain Investigate why Queen Anne's powerful role in the forging of Great Britain has often been forgotten. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Anne's love life that helped destroy her image and legacy.
6pm Finding Your Roots: Secrets and Lies Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado and Amy Ryan unearth surprising revelations about their family histories, forever altering how they see themselves.
Mon, 3/14 11am American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page Follow the journey of the award-winning author of the best-selling "Little House" series in this exploration of her life and legacy and her little-known, secret collaboration with her daughter on the books that shaped American ideas of the frontier.
12:30pm American Masters: Flannery Explore the life of Flannery O'Connor whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered journals and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als and more.
4pm Pacific Heartbeat: Power Meri Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet. Proud, strong and hopeful, these women have overcome more challenges than most to take the field in their much-loved national sport. But after years playing at grassroots level with no coaches, funding or support, they have just three months to transform themselves into a competitive national team to take up an invitation to compete on the world stage.
5pm Women Outward Bound Women Outward Bound profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965, and chronicles their experiences in the wild. It also captures how one month in the woods taught them they could do more than they ever thought possible. During their experience, the young women forged a special bond, and at a reunion 47 years later, the group reminisce about the lessons they learned and the memories they made, with some surprising revelations.
Tues, 3/15 11am Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's International Air Derby In August of 1929 twenty women pulled on britches, snapped on goggles and climbed into their cockpits to race across the country. It was the first women's national air derby. There was the media darling, the Hollywood starlet, the aviatrix record breakers and the unforgettable foul-mouthed wife of a preacher. Together these women were flying in the face of anyone who believed women belonged on the ground.
12:30pm American Masters: Althea Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Interviews include Wimbledon champion Dick Savitt and Billie Jean King.
5pm Secrets of the Dead: Lady Sapiens Incredible scientific investigations from across the globe are helping piece together the untold story of prehistoric women. The latest research separates fact from fiction and sheds new light on our ancient foremothers.
Wed, 3/16 12pm Eva A-7063 EVA: A-7063 is the incredible true story of an Auschwitz survivor's journey to forgiveness and healing. At the age of 10, Eva Mozes Kor fought to stay alive inside the concentration camp where she and her sister Miriam were being experimented on as one of "Mengele's twins." After decades of torment and pain following her liberation, she came to the epiphany that she needed to forgive the Nazis to move forward with her life. She has since emerged as arguably the best-known and most-active Holocaust survivor in the world. Despite her body failing her, the 4-foot-9, 83-year-old, who lives in Terre Haute, Indiana, circles the globe delivering her messages of healing and self-empowerment.
1:30pm Justice in Chester During the 1990s, residents in Chester, Pennsylvania, a predominantly poor, African American community, organized a movement to stop the ongoing permitting of waste treatment facilities in their city. Between 1986 and 1996, the PA Department of Environmental Protection issued seven permits for commercial waste facilities in the county, and five of them were in the 4.8 square miles of Chester. Concerned citizen Zulene Mayfield led a group called Chester Residents Concerned With Quality Living (CRCQL) as they stood up for the well-being of their community, becoming a national symbol for the growing environmental justice movement.
Thurs, 3/17 4pm Reel South: Ingrid A successful fashion designer who gave up her big-city career, Ingrid Gipson discovered a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in Arkansas' rural Ouachita Mountains. As if through poetry, she opens up her world again to those of us willing to listen.
5pm America ReFramed: Busy Inside Karen Marshall is a respected therapist who specializes in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), a condition formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Karen has a unique therapeutic perspective on this disorder, as she juggles seventeen personalities of her own. Busy Inside sensitively explores the intricacies of DID and its treatment as Karen helps her client, Marshay, confront past trauma and embrace her different personalities.
6pm Her Voice Carries Her Voice Carries shares the stories of five quietly heroic women, told through their own words and the street art of international mural artist Sarah Rutherford. The film chronicles Sarah's unique creative idea: to identify ordinary-yet-extraordinary women whose voices are inspiring and uplifting, and create large-scale murals representing each woman and her experiences. The intent is to celebrate different women from diverse communities and to paint their portraits in neighborhoods outside the ones they call home.
Fri, 3/18 4pm American Masters: Unladylike2020 Explore the stories of pioneering women in American politics who advocated for suffrage and civil rights over 100 years ago, including the first women in the U.S. Congress and State Senate, and a co-founder of the NAACP.
5pm American Experience: The Vote, Pt. 1 Learn about the first generation of leaders in the decades-long battle to win the vote for women. In the 19th century, a time when women had few legal rights, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton galvanized thousands to demand equal citizenship.
6pm American Experience: The Vote, Pt. 2 Explore the strategies used by a new generation of leaders determined to win the vote for women. Internal debates over radical tactics and the place of African American women in the movement shaped the battle in the crucial period from 1906-1915.
Sat, 3/19 5pm American Masters: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club,” Amy Tan. American Masters’ new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is an intimate portrait that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation and original interviews to tell the inspiring story of Tan’s life and career.
Mon, 3/21 11am POV: La Casa de Mama Icha Decades ago, Mama Icha moved to the United States to help her daughter, but she never lost sight of her hometown of Mompox, spending years sending money to build her dream house there. Now, at the end of her life, Mama Icha returns to Colombia.
12:30pm Independent Lens: Belly of the Beast Hear the horrifying truth about modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons through intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people filmed over the course of seven years.
Tues, 3/22 11am Hedy Lamarr: American Masters Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, who was also an ingenious inventor. Her pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
12:30pm American Masters: Mae West Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.
Wed, 3/23 4pm: POV Shorts: Water Warriors When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.
Thurs, 3/24 4pm Reel South: You Gave Me a Song At 84, folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding groundbreaking moments of her past. 5pm America ReFramed: Finding Kukan
Filmmaker Robin Lung documents her 7-year journey to uncover the efforts of Li Ling-Ai, the visionary but uncredited producer of Kukan. Lung discovers a damaged film print of Kukan, and pieces together the untold tale of the two renegades behind its making -- Li Ling-Ai and Rey Scott. A landmark film, Kukan showcased China's resistance to Japanese occupation during World War II, and was the first American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942.
6pm Massacre River: The Woman Without a Country Massacre River: The Woman Without a Country is told through the eyes of Pikilina, a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with over 250,000 others.
Fri, 3/25 4pm By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South When Tennessee legislator Harry T. Burn followed his mother's advice and cast his fateful vote to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, he ensured the state would forever be associated with bestowing the right to vote, a fundamental civil right, on U.S. women. But the short story of this vote belies the irony of this state and region's late and reluctant participation in the suffrage effortBy One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South examines the tactics and attitudes of Tennessee and Southern suffragists, exploring how the shadow of the Confederacy and values of the "Lost Cause" shaped the fight for full female enfranchisement. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, NPT's original documentary chronicles the events leading up to the turbulent, nail-biting showdown of August 1920.
5pm American Experience: The Vote, Pt. 3 Discover how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women's fight for the vote during the final years of the campaign. Stung by a series of defeats in 1915, the suffragists concentrated on passing a federal amendment.
6pm American Experience: The Vote, Pt. 4 Meet the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at U.S. polls on the basis of sex. Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt advocated different strategies, but their combined efforts led to the amendment's passage in 1920.
Sat, 3/26 3:30pm American Masters: Hedy Lamarr Join author, activist and political commentator Margaret Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas among the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum.
9:00pm American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.
Sun, 3/27 7pm POV: The War to Be Her In the Taliban-controlled area of Waziristan in Pakistan, where women's sports are decried as un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their homes, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy to compete freely.
Mon, 3/28 5pm POV: Through the Night Explore the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a childcare provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center in New Rochelle, New York.
Wed, 3/30 1pm Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inanyat Khan Story In August of 1943, the last surviving clandestine radio operator in Paris desperately signaled London. Everything depended on her and the Gestapo was at the door. How did a Sorbonne educated musician and author of a book of fairy tales become a daring spy who died fighting the Nazis? With an American mother and Indian Muslim father, Noor Inayat Khan was an extremely unusual British agent, and her life spent growing up in a Sufi center of learning in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come
Thurs, 3/31 4pm AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange: Mama Colone Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the program follows Honorine Munyole, known as Mama Colonel, as she leads a special police force charged with addressing violence against children and women in a country struggling to heal the wounds of war.
5pm America ReFramed: 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the program follows Honorine Munyole, known as Mama Colonel, as she leads a special police force charged with addressing violence against children and women in a country struggling to heal the wounds of war.