About This Collection
In a time when the country, and the world, is divided on the issues, there is still unity among its citizens. In July, as we celebrate Independence Day, WORLD Channel presents real-life stories of people coming together for their fellow man, woman and child. From the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, symbols of America for Americans and immigrants & refugees building a new home in a new place, to neighbors seeing beyond their differences to fight for and create a community of equality and inclusion, these films provide us hope for tomorrow and the next generation of civic-minded citizens.
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Episodes In This Collection
A Goat for a Vote
Follow three students in Kenya competing to become the next school president. Magdalene must prove herself in a male-dominated school, which has never elected a female president. Harry hopes to win so that he will be able to take care of his family in the future but struggles against the popular Said, a natural leader with a disarming smile.
Farewell Ferris Wheel
Carnivals have a delightful place in the American imagination. But rising expenses and changes in U.S. labor patterns mean this national pastime is nearly extinct. Farewell Ferris Wheel is an inside look at the struggles of an industry trying to stay alive by employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial visa.
Forgotten Ellis Island
During the great wave of immigration, a hospital, adjacent to Ellis Island, was the first line of defense against disease. Immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital and healed before becoming citizens. Forgotten Ellis Island is a reminder of the best and worst of America's dealings with its new citizens-to-be.
We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost
The story of the American urban core in a time when racism has gone underground, prejudice is glossed over and progress is built on the backs of the poor. We Are Superman is an emotional testament to a select few who are working tirelessly in the heart of Kansas City; working to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.
On the first Friday of every month, thousands gather in downtown Oakland. Rich & poor, young & old, black & white, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes attached to the city's cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril.
RFK: American Experience
After an assassin's bullet took his brother's life, Robert F. Kennedy was bereft. JFK's death plunged him into pain and grief, and left him struggling to find his own voice. In his suffering he began to empathize with Americans - impoverished, marginalized or disenfranchised. Just as he began to discover his own identity, he was assassinated.
100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice
Elouise Cobell's relentless pursuit of justice led her to find remedy for over half a million Native American account holders whose funds were held by the U.S. government in trust for a century. 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice is the compelling story of this little known hero, and petite Blackfeet warrior, and how she prevailed.
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
In 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.
American Beat: Cops and Refugees Join Forces in Boise
Since the 1970s, thousands of refugees have started new lives in Idaho. American Beat: Cops and Refugees Join Forces in Boise weaves together three heartwarming stories that rise above the divisive politics of immigration to show refugees from war-ravaged parts of the world that, in America, a united community can conquer tragedy and hate.
On a Knife Edge
The coming-of-age story of George Dull Knife, a Lakota teen growing up on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Inspired by his family’s history of fighting for justice for Native Americans, George is focused on shutting down liquor stores in Whiteclay, a tiny town nearby that exists only to sell beer to the reservation’s vulnerable population.
POV: Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2
For 20 years, Lindy Lou has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt. Committed to fulfilling her civic duty, Lindy sat with 11 other people on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. An overwhelming feeling of regret compels Lindy to track down her fellow jurors.
The Statue of Liberty
For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. Ken Burns's The Statue of Liberty explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself, and examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life.
Chronicling the ongoing conflict over the issue of tribal rights between the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Freedmen, descendants of African American slaves. By Blood explores a largely untold history and the impact of a battle over race, identity, and the sovereign rights of Native American people.
Raising Ms. President
Women make up more than half of the American population and workforce, yet the U.S. ranks 97th when it comes to the number of women in elected office. Raising Ms. President explores the reasons why more women don’t run for office, and investigates where political ambition begins and why society should encourage more women to lead.
Divide in Concord
Divide in Concord is an engaging tale about a contemporary debate: individual freedom vs. collective responsibility, and how this relates to American democracy. Driving the debate is a fiery 84-year-old grandmother, who presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic water bottles. But can one person take on the bottled water industry?