What to Watch on WORLD: July Films and Features


Films that explore the state of democracy in America.

Over the last year, discussions of race and equity in America have driven conversations of social justice, power imbalance, and equality to the front of the political roundtable. As individuals and leaders across the country alike continue to initiate change in their local communities, how has American democracy been impacted?

This month, watch films that explore the various states of democracy across the country. From Chicago’s South Side to Orangeburg, South Carolina, one thing is clear: Your vote matters.

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Decolonizing Mental Health
Watch the Series Weekly on YouTube

As part of PBS's Mysteries of Mental Illness, examine the obstacles that systemic inequality imparts on the mental health industry, preventing BIPOC and other marginalized communities from receiving appropriate treatment.

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.

Legal Lens
Local, USA | Watch The Whole Series on YouTube

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.

Learning to Breathe
The Conversation Remix | Watch on YouTube

In 2015, Black boys, teens and young men shared thoughts about race. Five years later, they return to compare/contrast how perspectives on race, justice, and social inequity & inequality have changed.

Meltdown In Dixie
America ReFramed | Watch Online & on the PBS app for free through July 8

In Orangeburg, South Carolina, a battle erupts between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.

Hamtramck, USA
America ReFramed | Watch on PBS Passport through July 24

Examine the beauty and tensions of multiculturalism through the exploration of life and democracy of America's first Muslim-majority city, Hamtramck, Michigan.

Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising
Local, USA | Watch Online & on the PBS app

Mother-daughter duo, Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis, organize their Black community of Metcalfe Park to prepare to vote in the 2020 presidential election and overcome its challenges.

Unladylike2020: The Changemakers
American Masters | Watch on PBS Passport through July 10

Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of five pioneering women who shaped American politics. 


Coded Bias
Independent Lens | July 2 on TV and 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.

Charlie vs Goliath
America ReFramed | July 6 on TV and Online from July 6 - July 27

75-year-old Charlie Hardy has no money or political experience. But none of that dissuades him from running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming. Can he and his volunteers sustain their grassroots campaign to shake up the establishment?

All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk 
Reel South | July 6 on TV and Online

New Orleans’ 2017 runoff for mayor came down to two candidates: Desirée Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different Black women.

Island Soldier
America ReFramed | July 13 on TV

Known as a "recruiter's paradise," Micronesia, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, contributes a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces who cannot receive benefits. Yet, scores of young men leave their families behind in pursuit of the American Dream.

The Area
America ReFramed | July 20 on TV and Online from July 20 - August 7

On Chicago's South Side, one woman’s five-year struggle against displacement by a multi-billion-dollar freight company exposes a community’s strength and fragility.

We Are The Radical Monarchs
POV | July 23 on TV and on PBS Passport through July 17

Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, California, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units on such subjects as LGBTQ allyship, environmental preservation, and disability justice.

Moroni for President
America ReFramed | July 27 on TV

Every four years, the Navajo Nation elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American. Moroni Benally, an LGBTQ candidate with radical ideas, soon discovers the dirt of politics and the unpredictability of voter’s choice.

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