Equality for All
About This Collection
Equality for All stands for human rights which "are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status...without discrimination" (United Nations Human Rights).
Throughout the month of June, which is also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, WORLD Channel showcases nineteen compelling stories of humans fighting for their own rights and the rights of others. The focus on civil and gay rights is presented in Australian Story: On the Precipice, Independent Lens: The New Black, American Experience: Freedom Summer, Broken Heart Land from our series, America ReFramed and more.
Episodes In This Collection
Australian Story: On The Precipice
Scott Johnson was a young man with everything going for him - a math genius with a bright future. But on a trip to a Sydney beach in 1988, everything changed. The search for the truth of what happened that day has brought together a wealthy internet pioneer, an international super sleuth, and the New South Wales Police Cold Case Unit.
A Voces Special: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle
An examination of the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is his transformation from Los Angeles Times reporter to supporter and chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed by a law enforcement officer, Salazar became an instant martyr.
Independent Lens: We Were Here
When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together to support and care for one another and to fight for dignity and a cure. We Were Here illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic, as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed.
The Day It Snowed in Miami
A chronology of the LGBT-rights movement in Florida's Miami-Dade County, just before the AIDS epidemic. The documentary focuses in on its early days when gay rights activists and conservative singer Anita Bryant tangled over the passage of the human rights ordinance, which prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Slavery By Another Name
Challenging one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary tells a harrowing story of how in the South, new forms of involuntary servitude, including convict leasing, debt slavery and peonage, took its place with shocking force.
One Night In March
In 1963, a basketball game captured the national imagination and influenced a state - and sport - for years to come. This is the story behind an unwritten rule that fostered segregation and how a university president, basketball coach and players risked their safety and future by defying that rule, a governor and a legislature in 1963 Mississippi.
Independent Lens: Two Spirits
Fred Martinez, brutally murdered at the age of 16, was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history. Two Spirits interweaves the story of the life and death of a boy, who was also a girl, a mother’s loss of her son, and the spiritual nature of gender.
The inside story of the fight to stop California’s wildly controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage and ignited a national movement. The Campaign follows ordinary people compelled by a passionate belief in equality to go far beyond their everyday selves.
Independent Lens: Love Free or Die
Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson is a man devoted to God and his partner, Mark. Love, Free or Die follows him, the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom, as he calls for all to stand for equality.
Great Conversations: John Lewis & Rachel Maddow
U.S. Congressman John Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format to discuss the Civil Rights Movement with "March," a vivid first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Interview by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
Independent Lens: The Powerbroker - Whitney Young and the Fight for Civil Rights
Follow the story of Whitney Young Jr. as he took the fight to the boardrooms of the largest corporations and to the Oval Office of presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, navigating a society divided by war, race and poverty.
The story of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, told by the people who organized and participated in it. Includes interviews with such key players as inner circles of core organizational groups, civil rights campaigners, and ordinary people who became part of the crowd of thousands, who marched to D.C. by any and all means.
The stakeholders of the Grove, a National AIDS Memorial, seek broader public recognition through an international design competition and a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?
Independent Lens: The New Black
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables to look at how the African American community grapples with the gay rights issue.
Anyone and Everyone
Across the country, parents of diverse backgrounds and religious denominations share stories of their child's coming out. Anyone and Everyone documents the recalling of initial reactions and the sometimes difficult journeys to acceptance.
Global Voices: Tales of the Waria
Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, is home to a transgender community known as the warias, biological men who live openly as women. Tales of the Waria uncovers a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love — whatever the consequences.
American Experience: Freedom Riders
The powerful, harrowing and inspirational story that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives as they traveled together through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with racism and violence, testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
Broken Heart Land
On an autumn afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, his parents -- both conservative Republicans and military veterans -- are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son's death.
American Experience: Freedom Summer
Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.