Class of '27
In rural America, children face the prospect of a compromised future. United by hope, inspiration and resiliency, Class of '27 focuses on early childhood education in struggling communities, highlighting the efforts of families, educators and leaders working to get their youngest children on track toward graduating from high school.
American Experience: The Boys of '36
Explore the thrilling story of the nine working-class young men of the American rowing team that took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Inspired by the best-seller "The Boys in the Boat," the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.
Munich '72 and Beyond
An act of terrorism: Palestinian extremists invade the Summer Olympics, murdering 11 Israeli athletes. With chilling detail, Munich '72 and Beyond investigates the Munich massacre, its aftermath and its relevance. It reveals alarming new evidence and never-before-seen photographs, and captures a poignant 43-year struggle for public remembrance.
Independent Lens: T. Rex - Her Fight for Gold
Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight as the number one ranked boxer deals with subsequent challenges and disappointments over race, class and gender bias.
Age of Champions
The story of athletes who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. Meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and basketball grandmothers triumphing over the limitations of age. When one loses a spouse and another is diagnosed with cancer, they've got to dig even deeper to make their dreams come true.
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Albert Maysles’ film shows a woman with an inspirational enthusiasm for fashion, art and people.
Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability
For more than a century, manufacturers and preservationists clashed over the diverse ecosystem of the Indiana Dunes. Factories contributed to the community but also polluted the waterways. Today, the battle has led to cooperation, where industrialists and environmentalists are working together to steer this community toward sustainability.
As the U.S. plunged into the Cold War, scientists raced to keep the nation secure in the nuclear age. Lacking understanding of the weapon's scope, testing sites, including one in Nevada, were established. The Test examines the history of atomic testing in Nevada, atomic tourism and the consequences of being in Nevada’s “atomic backyard.”