"Independent Lens: Storming Caesars Palace" premieres Monday, March 20 at 10pm on KQED 9.
KQED is proud to celebrate Women's History Month starting in March with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below.
Wed, 3/1 1pm Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom
Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout, and a spy.
Tues, 3/14 11pm Bring Her Home 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.
Fri, 3/17 8pm Isabel and Roy (NEW)
While Roy Lichtenstein's impact on the art world is well documented, the story of his pre-pop days in Cleveland and the woman who supported him as he developed his signature style is largely unknown. Isabel and Roy traces that tale. The program features rarely seen archival photos and interviews with their clients, friends and family members, including Roy and Isabel's son Mitchell.
8:30pm Flannery: American Masters
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.
10pm Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind (NEW)
After tragedy strikes, acclaimed poet Ruth Stone retreated to the margins of the literary world, working tirelessly to provide for her children, and transforming her grief into poetry, using simple, startling language.
Mon, 3/20 10pm Independent Lens #2410: Storming Caesars Palace (NEW)
Meet activist Ruby Duncan, who led a grassroots movement of mothers who challenged presidents, the Vegas mob, and everyday Americans to fight for a universal basic income and rethink their notions of the "welfare queen."
Tues, 3/21 11pm Alpha Kappa Alpha: A Legacy of Service (NEW)
Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, Alpha Kappa Alpha: A Legacy Of Service, documents the 115-year history of one of the nation’s oldest African American women’s organizations. Since its founding at Howard University in 1908, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha have empowered communities across the globe.
Fri, 3/24 8pm Ida B. Wells: American Stories
There are few historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader, and passionate suffragist.
9pm American Masters #3601: In the Making (NEW)
This documentary shorts series from American Masters and Firelight Media follows eight emerging cultural icons – creators who bring insight and originality to their craft – on their journeys to becoming masters of their artistic disciplines.
Sat, 3/25 10:15 POV #2702: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs 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 for 75 years in 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.
Sun, 3/26 6pm Kasturba Gandhi: Accidental Activist (NEW)
Kasturba Gandhi lived her life in the shadow of her iconic husband, but now her story is finally being told. Activist and master of nonviolent protest Mahatma Gandhi credited Kasturba with teaching him about the peaceful path to change prior to him leading the civil disobedience campaign against British occupation.
7pm Olympia (NEW) Olympia is an intimate look into the life and career of beloved Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and her courageous journey to find her own voice.
Mon, 3/27 10pm Independent Lens #2411: Hidden Letters (NEW)
The bonds of sisterhood, and the parallels of struggles among generations of women in China, are drawn together by the once-secret written language of Nushu, the only script designed and used exclusively by women.
Tues, 3/28 11:30pm Dignidad: Domestic Workers’ Journey for Justice in California (NEW)
Coming to this country with dreams of a better life, frontline caregivers, nannies and house cleaners risk it all to support their families while fighting for workplace protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through grit, activism and unbending solidarity, these mostly female and largely undocumented workers show how change can happen-even when the odds are stacked against them. Led by Kim Alvarenga, the daughter of a Salvadoran domestic worker in San Francisco, the California Domestic Workers Coalition helps lead a turbulent campaign that would bring domestics under OSHA protections for the first time in our nation's history.
Wed, 3/29 10pm 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.
Fri, 3/31 8pm When Patsy Cline Was Crazy When Patsy Cline Was Crazy is an acclaimed documentary about an American music icon. 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.
9pm The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (NEW)
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.
10pm American Masters #3505: Roberta Flack
The documentary follows the music icon from a piano lounge through her rise to stardom. From “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” to “Killing Me Softly,” Flack’s virtuosity was inseparable from her commitment to civil rights. Detailing her story in her own words, the film features exclusive access to Flack’s archives and interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Peabo Bryson and more.
Wed, 3/1 2pm Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story Revolution Of The Heart: The Dorothy Day Story traces Dorothy Day's journey from a young communist journalist, to a Catholic convert, to the co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and the first "houses of hospitality," which sheltered New York City's homeless during the Great Depression. The documentary uses extensive archival footage from Day's own collection, and features interviews with actor Martin Sheen, public theologian Cornel West, Senator Tim Kaine, biographer Robert Ellsberg, and Day's granddaughters.
4:30pm Anne Morgan’s War
From 1917-1924, a team of approximately 350 American women, appalled by news of wartime destruction, left comfortable lives at home to volunteer in the devastated regions of France. Anne Morgan's War chronicles how American heiress Anne Morgan poured both her own fortune and the fruits of intense fundraising into rebuilding Picardy, a region in northern France which had been devastated by the Great War.
Thurs, 3/2 5pm Scigirls Stories: Latinas at Work
These Latinas are innovators, problem-solvers and science superstars who celebrate their heritage and culture. They're passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies and pathways in jobs where Latinas are under-represented, and motivate girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.
Mon, 3/6 2pm Swimming in Auschwitz Swimming In Auschwitz interweaves the stories of six Jewish women imprisoned inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. The women maintained a spiritual resistance against their Nazi aggressors through prayer, community, music and even humor. They speak of camp families and faith, uplifting one another while trying to retain their humanity. Their compelling testimonials reveal the power of laughter and community, even in the face of evil.
Tues, 3/7 2pm Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story
Although professional athletics were deemed improper for women in the 1930s, trailblazing golfer Marion Miley's exceptional talent and winning personality captivated sports fans across the country. But at age 27, Marion was tragically murdered in her home at the Lexington Country Club in Kentucky. Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story tells the story of the headline-grabbing crime that cut short the life of this pioneering athlete.
Wed, 3/8 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 educations. 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, 3/9 5pm Scigirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs
Inspiring real-life stories for all ages featuring successful women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who are passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They motivate girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths
Sun, 3/12 9pm Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years
Marian Anderson (1897-1993) is considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The celebrated contralto was born in South Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 1897, and played a vital role in the acceptance of African Americans in classical music and other segregated performing arts genres. Marian Anderson: Once In A Hundred Years traces the arc of Anderson's life and her struggles against racism and poverty. The program culminates with her battle against the Daughters of the American Revolution, which led to her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
Mon, 3/13 2pm Big Sonia
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski-great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor-runs the tailor shop she's owned for more than thirty years. But when she's served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
Tues, 3/14 8pm Queen and Her Prime Ministers
Using archive footage and personal accounts, The Queen And Her Prime Ministers shows how the Queen has accompanied her prime ministers through their time in office. Much has changed in Britain during the last 70 years, but there is one constant - governments come and go, but the Queen remains.
10pm Great Performances: Ann
Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.
Thurs, 3/16 9pm Mae West: American Masters
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.
10:30pm American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page
An unlikely author who helped shape American ideas of the frontier. A Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65, Laura Ingalls Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the best-selling "Little House" series.
Tues, 3/21 5:30pm Pacific Heartbeat #902: 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.
8pm Picturing Elizabeth: Her Life In Pictures (NEW)
Sophie Raworth explores the stories behind the most iconic images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. From Cecil Beaton's gloriously regal 1953 coronation portrait to David Bailey's refreshingly informal 2015 photograph, Sophie Raworth explores how images of The Queen are a powerful legacy that both fix The Queen's place in history and record the changing times through which she lived. Sophie meets artists and photographers, including David Bailey, who talk about their experiences of painting and photographing The Queen.
10pm Great Performances: Gloria: A Life
Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
Thurs, 3/23 9pm What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Featuring the voice of actor Sarah Jessica Parker, What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael is a feature-length documentary about the person Roger Ebert declared the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century.
11pm Stella – A History of War
Stella Andrassy fled the Red Army invasion of Hungary in 1945. Born in Sweden, she married into one of Hungary's most influential families. Her world torn apart from the war, she wrote a book about her experiences. The film is based on Stella's own narrative with perspective on the fate of women including abuse and suffering, but also of solidarity, courage and hope.
Sun, 3/26 5pm Awakening In Taos – The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story (NEW)
Mabel Dodge was an independently wealthy writer, early feminist, social activist, and champion for women and native America rights. In 1917 she moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico where she met and eventually married Tony Lujan a full blooded Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo. She was responsible for bringing major modern artists to New Mexico including Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and D.H. Lawrence.
9:30pm Odessa’s Reign (NEW) Odessa's Reign tells the story of the Crowned “Queen of the Underworld”, a Black female gangster runs the most lucrative gambling ring in D.C. in the 1950s, keeping the D.C. police in her back pocket.
Tues, 3/28 10pm 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.
Wed, 3/29 4:30pm Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story
From her first glimpse of Alaska as a young girl, Margaret "Mardy" Murie had a special connection to the Northland. After her Yukon wedding to naturalist Olaus Murie, Mardy joined her husband for years of wilderness adventure, becoming his partner in a lifetime of conservation efforts. For more than seventy years, Mardy Murie tirelessly championed the environment. Her work led to the founding of The Wilderness Society and the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has been known for years as "the mother of the conservation movement," and ultimately received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Narrated by Harrison Ford, this program concludes with John Denver performing "A Song for All Lovers, " a waltz that he wrote for Mardy and her husband, Olaus.
Thurs, 3/30 4:30pm Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani Secrets Of The Surface: The Mathematical Vision Of Maryam Mirzakhani examines 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.
9pm Toni Morrison: American Masters
Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers and critics on an exploration of the powerful themes she confronted throughout her literary career in this artful and intimate meditation that examines the life and work of the legendary storyteller.
Fri, 3/31 4:30pm 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.
Wed, 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 footlocker. 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.
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.
12:30pm 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.
1pm 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.
4pm POV #3303: 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.
5:40pm POV #3411: 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, 3/2 11am Secrets of the Six Wives #101: 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.
12pm Secrets of the Six Wives #102: 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.
1pm Secrets of the Six Wives #103: 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.
4pm Unreined (NEW)
Nancy Zeitlin, an American-Israeli equestrian champion, is fearless when adapting to a new country, breaking stereotypes and jumping barriers. Horses are her companion through an unstable world that allows her to do the unthinkable, start the first Palestinian Equestrian team in Jericho.
5pm America Reframed #610: 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, 3/3 5pm Schille
The film weaves together the narrative of Alice Schille's life told through archival photos, journal entries, and her paintings- with the story of the Keny Family's multi generation connection to the artist. Jim Keny and his twin brother Tim run Keny Galleries in the historical German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.
Mon, 3/6 11am Vote: American Experience #3209: Hour One
Learn about the first generation of leaders in the decades-long battle to win the vote for women. In the 19th century, a time women had few legal rights, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton galvanized thousands to demand equal citizenship.
12pm Vote: American Experience #3210: Hour Two
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.
1pm By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South
In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee legislators cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women in the United States the right to vote. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, "By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South" chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.
4pm Unladylike2020: American Masters #3304
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 Girl Talk: A Local, USA Special (NEW)
Set in the cutthroat, male-dominated world of high school debate, where tomorrow's leaders are groomed, GIRL TALK tells the compelling and timely story of five girls on a top-ranked Massachusetts high school debate team as they strive to become the best debaters in the United States.
6:30pm Stories from the Stage #611: The Power of Name
A given name is just that - one we have no choice over. But our names can provide us with such unexpected strength. Szifra Birke discovers the hidden meaning of her Jewish name; U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo celebrates her name as she sows seeds of renewal in the U.S.; and Sofia Colombo-Abdullah finds that her name carries both power and identity.
Tues, 3/7 11am Vote: American Experience #3211: Hour Three
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.
12pm Vote: American Experience #3212: Hour Four
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.
1pm Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior For Women tells the story of Carrie Chapman Catt, the women's suffrage movement and the passing and ratification of the 19th amendment. Catt, raised in Charles City, Iowa, devoted most of her life to the expansion of women's rights around the world - and is recognized as one of the key leaders of the American women's suffrage movement.
4pm NOVA #4803: Picture a Scientist
Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But a growing group of researchers is exposing longstanding discrimination and making science more inclusive.
Wed, 3/8 11am Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets #101: Queen Elizabeth I: The 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.
12pm Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets #102: 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
1pm Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets #103: Marie Antoinette: The Doomed Queen
Find out why Marie Antoinette is often blamed for causing the French Revolution by saying "let them eat cake" to her starving subjects. Lucy Worsley uncovers the myths and secrets that led the doomed queen to the guillotine.
4pm POV #3512: Midwives
Meet two women running a makeshift clinic in western Myanmar torn apart by ethnic violence. The Buddhist owner helps her apprentice part of a Muslim minority group denied their basic rights become a steady health care provider for her people.
5:30pm POV #3507: Love & Stuff
Experience Judith's multigenerational love story. As a daughter caring for her terminally ill mother and an "old-new mom" adopting a baby in her 50s, this film ultimately asks: "what do we really want to leave our children?"
Thurs, 3/9 11am Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem
Narrated by actress Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Julia Robinson And Hilbert's Tenth Problem presents the inspiring life story of the pioneering American mathematician Julia Robinson (1919-1985) and charts her major contribution to solving one of the 20th century's most vexing mathematical questions - Hilbert's Tenth.
Fri, 3/10 5pm Women and the Vote
On November 3, 2020, local filmmakers at five New York cemeteries in Rochester, the Bronx, Auburn, Buffalo, and Sleepy Hollow interviewed visitors about why they chose to honor the suffragists buried there, their reasons for voting, and their vision for the country. Their perspectives capture the excitement and concern present during a historic election year and spotlight the need for respectful civil discourse to unite a divided nation.
6pm Red State, Blue Governor (NEW)
A documentary featuring former Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius. This is a story of a woman in a male-dominated political field and a Democrat in a Republican state, finding the right balance to bring two differing parties together to get things done.
Sat, 3/11 4pm Her War, Her Story: World War II
Narrated by actress Jane Lynch, Her War, Her Story: World War II tells the stories of more than two dozen women's experiences during the war. From members of the U.S. Women's Army Corps to the civilian witnesses to the war in Europe, this hour-long film shows how women were equal to men in patriotism, service and steadfastness in critical moments.
5pm American Masters #3212: Becoming Helen Keller
Revisit Helen Keller's rich career and explore how she perpetually put her celebrity to use to advocate for human rights in the pursuit of social justice for all, particularly women, the poor and people with disabilities.
6:30pm Kea’s Ark
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.
Sun, 3/12 7pm American Experience #3302: 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.
Mon, 3/13 11am Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
In August 1943, the last 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 become a daring spy in Nazi-occupied France?
12pm 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.
12:30pm A Harpist's Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sounds of Change A Harpist's Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot And The Sound Of Change profiles the inspirational life and distinguished career of the revered harpist. This compelling documentary follows Ann Hobson Pilot's journey as the first black female principal player in a major symphony orchestra and also as an international soloist, teacher, mentor and driving force behind music-education programs for underserved minorities.
1pm Reel South #508: 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. LOCAL ANGLES: NC / Durham based director and film subject, folk music, trailblazing women, Ohio, Pennsylvania, DC, NC regions referenced in film.
4pm American Experience #3502: Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space
Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also, an anthropologist, Hurston collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean - reclaiming, honoring and celebrating Black life on its own terms.
6pm POV Shorts #202: 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.
6:30pm Stories from the Stage #612: Turn the Page (NEW)
With every step forward, we carry history with us as we are shaping our future. Raul The Third moves from El Paso to Boston and finds his artistic voice; Hannah Harlow buys a beloved community bookstore on the eve of the pandemic; and Rita Zoey Chin makes a bold decision about her lifelong search for a mother. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Turn The Page, hosted by Wes Hazard.
Tues, 3/14 11am Aldwyth: Fully Assembled
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."
12pm 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.
1pm Queen of Swing
The true story of a Jazz Age 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." Discovered at the age of 12, Miller's show business career has spanned seven decades (and counting).
Wed, 3/15 11am Eva: A-7063
Survivor of Auschwitz, survivor at age 10 of inhuman experiments by notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, Eva Mozes Kor has emerged as the leading global figure in the fight to keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive, delivering a message at once controversial and immensely powerful: Forgiveness.
12:30pm Independent Lens #2209: 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, 3/16 11am POV #3305: Chef Jolie Coiffure
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 POV #3408: 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.
1:30pm POV Shorts #407: 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.
4pm 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. Justice In Chester chronicles the decades-long history of increasing pollution and grievances, and the grassroots struggle to halt the city's clustering of commercial and hazardous waste facilities.
4:30pm Reel South #705: Madame Pipi
Madame Pipi follows the lives of Haitian bathroom attendants working in Miami's hottest nightclubs. Often invisible, underpaid, and underappreciated, their stories showcase a custodial world built on the backs of women of color, in a city known for debauchery, diversity, and exceptionalism.
6:30pm Reel South #704: Florida Woman
When the media gets wind of Mary Thorn's alligator story, she's characterized as just another crazy "Florida Man." Florida Woman peels back the curtain on the media's portrayal of a nurturing woman --an ex-pro wrestler turned animal lover, who challenges the state in order to save her pet alligator. Mary and her gator Rambo reveal the humanity and complexity behind the viral headlines.
Sat, 3/18 6:30pm Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up
The documentary 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.
Sun, 3/19 8pm Her Voice Carries Her Voice Carries shares the stories of quietly heroic women, told through their own words and the street art of international mural artist, Sarah C. Rutherford. Sarah’s aim is to create a connected community exhibit to honor the work of these women, and all women who are changing their worlds, one corner at a time. The film seeks to discover what inspires these women, what drives them, what they have seen, why they do what they can.
Mon, 3/20 4pm Reel South #506: 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 POV #3304: 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.
Tues, 3/21 11am 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.
12pm POV #3314: 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, 3/22 11am American Masters #3403: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait. Archival imagery, home movies, photographs, animation and original interviews create a vivid, colorful journey through Tan's inspiring life and career.
1pm The Queen at War
Princess Elizabeth was a child of thirteen on September 3, 1939, when her father King George VI informed the people that Britain was at war. This revelatory documentary tells the story of the Queen's experiences during WWII and how the longest-reigning monarch in British history was shaped by the war.
4pm This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
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.
Thurs, 3/23 11am Independent Lens #2206: 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.
12pm Independent Lens #2208: 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 cause used humor to attract press attention and shame bosses into giving better pay and ending sexual harassment.
5pm America Reframed #911: Meltdown in Dixie
In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. Meltdown In Dixie explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in 21st century America and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.
Sat, 3/25 4pm Singular
Singular tells the story of Cecile McLorin Salvant, a talented jazz singer with a timeless voice, who developed an inimitable vocal style and earned three Grammy Awards before the age of 30. Interviews with fellow jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Bill Charlap, along with Cecile, her mother Lena, her sister Aisha and her bandmates, tell the story of Cecile's success in the insular world of jazz. The program chronicles her childhood as a Haitian-American in Miami, her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, and her 2010 victory at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
5pm American Masters #2907: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
Sun, 3/26 6pm Finding Your Roots #606: Secrets & 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, 3/27 4pm Soldier On: Life After Deployment
In Soldier On: Life After Deployment three women - Natasha Young, Amanda Tejada and Lyndsey Lyons - confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Once back in the United States, the women cope with the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and employment difficulties.
5pm Independent Lens #2203: 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.
Wed, 3/29 4pm Independent Lens #2311: Writing with Fire
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.
Thurs, 3/30 5pm America Reframed #904: 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.
Fri, 3/31 4pm Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race
The film follows the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the original race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby.