Films to Watch August 2021

By world channel

Films that appreciate the similarities and celebrate the differences of the collective human experience.

Our world is more connected than ever, offering chances at every turn to find ways to relate to those around us. Over the past year, the way we define connection has evolved – without physical distance limiting our interactions,  our interpersonal experiences have grown. During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we’ve watched our favorite athletes from around the world accomplish just that: connectivity despite distance, becoming one for a moment in time.

This month, watch films that introduce you to new cultures or ways of life. From New Orleans to Montego Bay, Jamaica, explore the importance of human connection in today’s world. 

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Road Runners
Doc World | August 1 on TV, Online & the PBS app

In Montego Bay, young athletes prepare to compete in the island’s greatest sporting event: Champs. See what it means to grow up in Jamaica, and learn why these students are striving for success that can determine their lives.

Our Gorongosa
August 1 on TV, on the PBS app & on YouTube

Witness the inspiring story of how Gorongosa National Park is becoming a new  model for wildlife conservation and community development in Africa, with a special focus on educating girls and empowering women.

Stories from the Stage: The Podcast
Subscribe & Download New Episodes Every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Pocket Casts

As you prepare for your summertime adventure, pack the podcast that will guide and inspire you through road trips, family reunions and backyard barbecues. Listen to memorable stories and, in some cases, the ‘next chapter’ – what happened after storytellers exited the stage.

Every Thursday Starting July 29 on YouTube & the PBS app

Unravel the lived experiences of BIPOC communities in the American South and U.S. Territories during the unprecedented experience of 2020. Explore the cultural shifts, community ingenuity and pivotal conversations defining this moment in America. 


Decolonizing Mental Health
Watch the Series on YouTube

Examine the obstacles that systemic inequality imparts on the mental health industry, preventing BIPOC and other marginalized communities from receiving appropriate treatment.

Legal Lens
Local, USA | Watch the Series on YouTube and on the PBS app

Twelve Harvard Law students from six countries explore how laws and regulations can both disrupt lives and encourage constructive change. With intimate and powerful profiles of people – either caught in or helped by the levers of the law – five short films examine the jeopardy to people's homes and lives.

The Conversation Remix
Watch the Series on YouTube

A remix of the 2015 New York Times 'A Conversation about Race,' this series is a vibrant collage of people’s lives and experiences, which powerfully frame and illustrate the racial reckoning that is happening around us.

Eyes on the Prize: Season 1
Streaming on-demand on PBS Passport

The 1987 Oscar-nominated Eyes On The Prize documents the comprehensive history of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The landmark series is told in 14 parts through the firsthand experiences of ordinary people whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the American landscape.

Coded Bias
Independent Lens | Streaming on-demand on PBS Passport

Follow M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist, Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

No Country for the Poor
Doc World | Streaming on-demand on PBS Passport

In Hungary, the government has slashed social benefits and criminalized homelessness. But homeless, middle class activists are fighting for justice. Despite the odds, their community keeps them going with hope and solidarity.

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