Rise Up, Stay Strong
About This Collection
Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men report that they have been victims of rape or sexual assault. These statistics are not accurate - '68% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police' (Justice Department, National Crime Victimization Survey: 2008-2012) - as many victims don't or can't tell their stories.
Throughout the month of April, WORLD Channel will showcase stories of resiliency from survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse. We will also explore the resiliency of people and the planet in documentaries about bullying, health, oppression and the environment.
Episodes In This Collection
What Love Is: The Duke Pathfinders
Somewhere between the successes of cancer treatment and its limitations is the person – the solitary individual whose medical needs may be tended, but whose needs for emotional support are overshadowed by cancer treatment. How does one navigate this foreign land with its whole new language and unfamiliar customs to find quiet peace and healing?
Seeds of Resiliency
From filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, Seeds of Resiliency helps us to understand that our darkest moments can contain a shining light. The documentary introduces us to twelve diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having great hope and helping others.
Independent Lens: Bully
Offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five schoolchildren and their families. The film captures the different ways adults respond to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, as part of a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools and communities.
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.
Out of Darkness, Into Light
Delving into the lives of three adult survivors of child sexual abuse, who through their own personal experiences, are committed to helping others affected by this unthinkable crime.
An unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. What it means to be normal? And what it means to be human?
Independent Lens: Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.
Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp home
In the 1930s, a group of German-Jewish refugees left behind their lives to immigrate to the U.S. They set out to create a supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution in Chicago, where they founded Selfhelp, an organization providing education and job placement as well as a home for elderly emigrés and Holocaust survivors.
Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered
The Emmy-winning Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Illinois, a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II.
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?
Making Light In Terezin
The true story of how Jewish prisoners held in a concentration camp during World War II fought back against the Nazis through song, dance and laughter. Follow a modern-day theater troupe from Minnesota as they travel to Terezin and attempt to re-stage the shows.
Independent Lens: The Homestretch
Follow three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Life on the Line: Heart to Heart
For the Escarcega family, their worst nightmare becomes a harrowing reality; their newborn baby is slowly dying from congenital heart disease. Doctors tell them it's the beginning of the end...unless a heart becomes available for transplant surgery.
Life on the Line: Out of the Rubble
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti brought utter destruction to the country. Trapped under the rubble for three days, 8-year-old Sebastian Lamothe is faced with the reality of losing his parents, his home, and his leg. Yet his courage prevails in the face of death.
Life on the Line: End It Now
Child abuse is much more common than we think. The statistics are staggering, with one in four girls and one in six boys molested by the age of 18. Three individuals uncover their childhood secrets of abuse while clinicians share the dramatic the dramatic effect it has one a person's life.
Life on the Line: Baby Blue
Each year in Egypt, 20,000 children are diagnosed with congenital heart disease. 2-year-old Roukaia received her death sentence the day she was born. Watch as doctors from opposite sides of the globe work together to save thousands of cyanotic children who are waiting in a line that is ultimately longer than their lifetimes.
Life on the Line: Armed for the Challenge
"One Arm Willie" Stewart is set to defy his physical limits while training for the physically challenged triathlon USA championships. Determined to help others with disabilities, this world-class athlete demonstrates that disability doesn't mean inability.
Life on the Line: Anchoring Hope
Access to healthcare is a challenge for many people living in the Amazon jungle. Antenor, who supports his family by producing agriculture, has been sick and is unable to bring enough food home. In a different village, 4-year-old Felipe has a heart problem that is getting worse. Watch what happens next as a mission boat leaves a wake of hope.
Escape from a Nazi Death Camp
In east Poland, at Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. This film travels back to the remote Nazi death camp with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The multi-layered plot unfolds like a movie yet every terrible and inspiring moment of this story is true.
Examining Rwanda's social experiment in government-mandated reconciliation following the genocide of more than half a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The compelling and heartbreaking stories of victims, perpetrators and witnesses illuminate the challenges of this policy while exploring difficult questions at the heart of the human experience.
Komora (To Heal)
What would it take you to forgive the murder of your family? Komora: to heal is about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and the people who stepped up to raise them, whether they were older siblings, orphanage caretakers, or the orphans themselves when they had no one but each other.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: The Struggle to Breathe
In the forgotten slums of Manila, thousands of children are struggling to breathe. Pneumonia kills more than ten thousand children under five in the Philippines every year. Now throughout the country, every day people are armed with training to help parents recognize pneumonia in time to provide life-saving treatment.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: Distant Places, Forgotten Lives
The people of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffer from a host of forgotten, parasitic diseases. The drugs which can cure these and other neglected diseases are cheap and safe to use. Now, thousands of ordinary people are being recruited to distribute these drugs to millions of their fellow citizens.
P.O.V.: When I Walk
Jason DaSilva was 25 and a rising filmmaker when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and inspired to film this forthright — and surprisingly uplifting — look at his new life. He searches for a cure, yet a different miracle comes his way.