Great Conversations: Congressman John Lewis
Georgia's 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, John Lewis has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format.
Slavery By Another Name
Slavery By Another Name challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. This 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.
Heartbreaking and inspiring, The Campaign is a human drama that follows ordinary people compelled by a passionate belief in equality to go far beyond their everyday selves. They're caught in the political firestorm of one of the largest social issue campaign the U. S. has ever seen: the campaign to defeat California's Proposition 8 and to defend same-sex marriage.
American Experience: Freedom Riders
In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South.
American Experience: Freedom Summer
During the summer of 1964, the nation's eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation's most segregated state.
Global Voices: Tales of the Waria
While many in the West view Islam as socially repressive, in Indonesia there exists a transgender community known as the warias; men who live openly as women. This film 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.
Global Voices: Before The Spring, After The Fall
In 2008, a film crew began documenting a group of young heavy-metal musicians in Egypt. Oppressed by massive social forces beyond their control, the kids - sons of a jailed political dissident and the leader of the only female metal band in the Middle East - saw music as their outlet, their hopes trapped in the traffic-clogged streets of Cairo like a bull in a pen.
America Reframed: Broken Heart Land
On an early autumn afternoon, in his parent's ranch 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, Zack's grief-stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son's death.
Global Voices: The Fighting Spirit
Three boxers, two men and a woman, from a tiny shantytown in Ghana fight their way to the glittering rings of New York and London for the biggest prizes in the business. A story of modern Africa and the dreams and ambitions of its young, fighting for respect, for reward and for their home.
Global Voices: I Will Be Murdered
I Will Be Murdered portrays the astonishing, real-life story of a lawyer who launched a personal crusade in search of justice, and brought his country to the brink of chaos. A special prosecutor began an investigation, a journey into Rosenberg's soul and Guatemala's hell, that after multiple twists and turns, reached a stunning revelation.
Global Voices: In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, the 8-year-old girl quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee?
Global Voices: Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls mirrors the remarkable change that has taken place in Myanmar (Burma) since shooting began over two years ago. Through its exploration of five young women breaking free of tradition in their search for an original voice, the film provides a powerful metaphor for a country suddenly thrust onto the world stage.