The new season of the Emmy Award–winning series includes four new documentaries and five shorts about life in California.
|Sunday, October 25, at 6pm on KQED 9
Last Day of Freedom by Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
When Bill realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over calling the police, but stands by his brother through war, crime and capital punishment.
|Truly CA Shorts: State of Discovery
Sunday, November 1, at 6pm on KQED 9
|Last Stop in Santa Rosa by Elizabeth Lo
A hospice for dying animals offers an alternative to euthanasia and gives pets a new life.
|Full-Time Ministry by Helen Hood Scheer
An ice sculptor and high-school art teacher, Paul shares the gospel in his own unique way.
|Reborning by Yael Bridge & Helen Hood Scheer
Jean works meticulously on each of her dolls in the hopes that her creations will be so lifelike that they could pass for real babies.
|SLOMO by Josh Izenberg & Amanda Micheli
Once a highly successful neurologist, Dr. John Kitchin traded his lab coat and fast cars for a pair of roller blades. Now he is known only as Pacific Beach regular “SLOMO.”
|Sunday, November 8, at 6pm on KQED 9
Darwin by Nick Brandestini
Propelled from conventional society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin, CA (population 35) must find ways to coexist in a place without a government, a church, jobs, or children. ogether with their fellow outsiders and eccentrics, they enjoy the freedom of isolation in California's Death Valley.
|Sunday, November 15, at 6pm on KQED 9
Big Joy by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha & Dawn Logsdon
West Coast poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton (1913-1999) lived by the motto “follow your own weird." His remarkable story spans the Beat generation, his escape to Europe during the McCarthy years and his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.
|Sunday, November 22, at 6pm on KQED 9
First Friday by N'Jeri Eaton & Mario Furloni
Oakland has been rated a Top-Five travel destination… and one of the five most dangerous cities in the U.S. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday.
KQED is proud to announce the 11th season of its Emmy Award-winning series, Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories, featuring independent documentaries about life in California. Truly CA’s signature diversity and quality of films is on display with its four documentaries and five shorts of Season 11, which are as wildly eclectic in style and content as the Golden State itself. The 11th season premieres on Sunday, October 25, at 6pm on KQED 9 and continues the following four Sundays at 6pm. For more information, film descriptions and previews of Truly CA films, please visit kqed.org/trulyca.
The 11th season's broadcast premiere is the award-winning documentary Last Day of Freedom. The powerful animated documentary film is a very personal exploration of how capital punishment impacts the families of those who are executed. It is directed & produced by Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman.
When Bill realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision- should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and capital punishment. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice. Original music by Fred Frith.
Last Days of Freedom investigates the ways individuals manage power systems from the mundane to the extreme. The blending of animation and documentary forms in the film yields heart-wrenching results -- challenging entrenched attitudes and moving beyond dehumanizing statistics to engender empathy and critical reflection.