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This week on America ReFramed...
America ReFramed films present personal viewpoints and a range of voices on the nation’s social issues – giving audiences the opportunity to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore new frameworks for America’s future.
With weekly 60- to 90-minute independent films, followed by provocative conversations
led by host/moderator Natasha Del Toro, this weekly series offers an unfiltered look
at people rarely given a voice on national television.
Episodes from Season 3
U.S. Army veteran Tina Garnanez realizes that her home on the Navajo Reservation has become a battleground in a protracted war over nuclear proliferation. In an effort to advocate against further contamination of Navajo land, Tina and a group of Navajo grandmothers lobby Congress and the nation for a just and equitable energy policy.
In the Colvard family, a sacred trust was violated; three sisters survived severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of their father. Thirty years later, Chico Colvard, armed with his camera, seeks to understand how his father has manipulated and controlled a family for life, and the depth of his sisters’ capacity to forgiveness.
The Perfect Victim
Four incarcerated women were beaten, raped, sold, abused, and nearly killed by their husbands. Collectively, they spent over eighty-five years in prison, convicted for having killed their husbands to save their lives. Will the judicial system and a notoriously secretive Missouri parole board give them a chance to renew their lives?
A documentary about visionary cattleman, Kirk Hanna. Part eulogy, love letter and wake up call, learn about Hanna through the memories and anecdotes from family members, colleagues and friends. When Hanna's dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land, he lost hope.
What lies beyond the art of giving and receiving? Ellie, a liberal Democrat and kind-hearted masseuse, decides she wants to share the gift of life with a stranger. Five hundred miles away, Kathy loses hope of receiving a transplant until she hears from Ellie. Over the course of four years, both women face unexpected challenges.
Leaving politics aside, Rodrigo Reyes’s Purgatorio looks anew at the U.S./Mexico border and the people caught in its spell. The evocative Dantesque essay film presents the border as a mythical place exploring the vulnerability of the human soul, the violence man creates and the destruction left in its wake.
Allison Orr found inspiration in the movement of garbage trucks and graceful dynamics of the workers who operate them. She transforms the skepticism and reluctance of her subjects into a complete commitment to dance. On an abandoned runway, the sanitation professionals and their trucks perform a stunning spectacle, awing an audience of thousands.
In Minnesota, devoted doctors in a primary care clinic meet the health care needs of refugees and immigrants wrestling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as chronic and compounded prognoses. In addition to medication, they treat their patients with spoonfuls of hope, cultural competency and compassion.
Gaucho del Norte
Gaucho del Norte tells the story of a Patagonian sheepherder recruited to work in Idaho. The nomadic journey follows Eraldo Pacheco and his herd of more than a thousand sheep across a lonely, rugged landscape. He faces the ups and downs of a psychologically and physically demanding job far away from family, questioning whether or not it's worth it.
In the '80s, the desegregation of U.S. public schools peaked, but since then, schools have become even more segregated (Civil Rights Project). Our Mockingbird highlights the experiences of teens from two Birmingham, Alabama high schools -- one all black and one all white -- who collaborate on a production of the play, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Set upon building a new school, New Haven claims eminent domain over the Upper Hill neighborhood. With community leaders and a lawyer, a group of neighbors, mostly low-income African-American families, take the case to court. The Hill is a fascinating look at the complex issues surrounding urban planning, gentrification and economic renewal.
New Orleans is one of the "murder capitals" of the U.S.; statistics show murder rates are 4-6x higher than the national average. 80% of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years. Shell Shocked starts at the surface of the teen murder epidemic and delves into the hearts and minds of those whose lives are most deeply impacted.
A Will for the Woods
Musician & psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and partner Jane have inspired a local cemeterian, and together they aim to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.
Out in the Silence
When Joe Wilson announces he is to wed a man, a firestorm of controversy ignites in his hometown. Drawn by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being bullied at school, Wilson’s journey illustrates the possible transformation of those who have been constrained by a traditional code of silence to summon the courage to break it.
Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury
At 45, Laury, an actress and mother of two children, had a reputation as the quickest wit in the room. At 46, she began forgetting words and soon could barely speak. Follow Laury in her descent to fronto-temporal dementia in a personal portrait of a woman who is facing the unthinkable and the impact her progressive disease has on loved ones.
Dionicia and her son, José Luis, have gambled their futures on horse racing. Much like 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, she is trying to find a way out of poverty. In fact she lives and works in the stables at a racetrack. But with the racetrack closing, Dionicia must rethink her family's chances of finding a stable life.
Learning to Swallow
The portrait of Patsy Desmond, an "it girl” who seemingly had it all yet struggled with bipolar disorder; a failed suicide attempt leaves her unable to swallow. Learning to Swallow captures Patsy’s raw honesty and wit even as she becomes increasingly frail. However, hope and an undying spirit prevail, renewing Patsy's pact with art and life.