America ReFramed

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Through the lens of independent documentaries, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to national audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social-issue documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future.

With weekly independent films, sometimes followed by provocative conversations led by host/moderator Natasha Del Toro, this series offers an unfiltered look at people rarely given a voice on national television.

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About Season 6

The sixth season of AMERICA REFRAMED curates a diverse selection of films highlighting innovative and artistic approaches to storytelling from emerging and veteran filmmakers alike. Viewers will be immersed in personal stories from towns big and small to the exurbs and country roads that span the spectrum of American life. These documentaries invite audiences to reflect on varied topics.

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    Gentlemen of Vision

    GENTLEMEN OF VISION follows a year in the life of coach, counselor and founder Marlon Wharton, and his class of young Black males as he strives to rewrite future prospects for his students. Witness a brotherhood of young men as they support each other and chase their ultimate dreams: to maintain their position as national step champions and to be accepted into college.

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    For Ahkeem

    Expelled from high school, Daje Shelton is only 17 years old when she is sentenced by a judge - not to prison, but to the Innovative Concept Academy. It offers Daje one last chance to earn a high school diploma. FOR AHKEEM is an unvarnished exploration of a complex web of juvenile justice, education, poverty and race in America today.

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    Agents of Change

    AGENTS OF CHANGE examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S. in the late 1960s, focusing on student demands at two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969. Many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests today, revealing the intersections America continue to face.

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    100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice

    Elouise Cobell's relentless pursuit of justice led her to find remedy for over half a million Native American account holders whose funds were held by the U.S. government in trust for a century. 100 YEARS: ONE WOMAN'S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE is the compelling story of this little known hero, and petite Blackfeet warrior, and how she prevailed.

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    The Invisible Patients

    Through the story of Jessica Macleod, a dedicated nurse practitioner, and her four homebound patients, THE INVISIBLE PATIENTS sheds light on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing the country today. It challenges us to wrestle with healthcare policy, and as importantly, asks how to care for all persons with dignity and respect.

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    MILWAUKEE 53206

    MILWAUKEE 53206 introduces viewers to a community with the highest rate of incarcerated African American men. The film unfolds through the stories of postal code 53206 residents directly impacted by imprisonment: Beverly Walker and her husband Baron, Chad Wilson, and Dennis Walton, who is creating a support system for men seeking re-entry.

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    Beyond the Wall

    BEYOND THE WALL revolves around former prisoner Louie Diaz as he works to guide formerly incarcerated men safely through the minefield of life outside of jail. By helping others, Louie is able to maintain his own sobriety and preserve his freedom. But for those with little to no support from the criminal justice system, how will they find hope?

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    The Corridor

    San Francisco’s Five Keys Charter School: the first high school of its kind in the U.S. designed to provide incarcerated adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma to prepare them for successful reintegration into their communities. THE CORRIDOR invites viewers to ask: is education the first step along the pathway to restorative justice?

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    Through the Repellent Fence

    THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE follows the creation of a two-mile long ephemeral art installation by Native Americans artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist, known as "Postcommodity." Their piece "Repellent Fence" installs floating balloons north and south of the border to represent a metaphorical "stitching" together of the United States and Mexico.

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    Finding Kukan

    Filmmaker Robin Lung documents her seven-year journey to uncover the efforts of Li Ling-Ai, the visionary but uncredited producer of the Academy® Award-winning documentary 'Kukan.' FINDING KUKAN is a portrait of the pioneer, and sheds a light on the longstanding underrepresentation of women and people of color in the movie-making business.

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    Random Acts of Legacy

    Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.

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    Who is Arthur Chu?

    WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the 11-time Jeopardy! winner. By using an unconventional game strategy, the former insurance analyst amassed both fans and haters on Twitter. To put his 15 minutes of fame to good use, Arthur aspires to become a public figure to address racism and sexism with his posture debunking the “model” Asian American stereotype.

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    Bidder 70

    Fueled by a desire to safeguard thousands of acres of pristine land near national parks, Tim DeChristopher outbid industry giants and disrupted a controversial oil and gas lease auction as bidder #70. BIDDER 70 traces Tim’s rise from concerned citizen and student of economics at the University of Utah to climate justice activist and leader.

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    Personal Statement

    PERSONAL STATEMENT follows three high school seniors from Brooklyn intent on defying the odds for themselves and their classmates by becoming the very resource they don't have for themselves: peer college counselors. The film weaves together their individual struggles, family life, and highs and lows of their respective college application processes.

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    Charlie vs Goliath

    Former Catholic priest Charlie Hardy is 75 years old and has no money or political experience. But none of that dissuades him from running for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Wyoming. Can Charlie, his principles and courage, and his ragtag group of young volunteers sustain their grassroots campaign and shake up the political establishment?

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    Island Soldier

    Follow the Nena family as they grieve the loss of their son - his death in Afghanistan makes waves through the community where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. military. Known as a "recruiter's paradise," Micronesia contributes a disproportionate number of soldiers to the armed forces, who cannot receive benefits...yet young men leave their families behind in pursuit of the American Dream.

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    Moroni for President

    Every four years, the Navajo Nation elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American. Moroni Benally, a witty LGBTQ candidate with radical ideas, hopes to defeat the incumbent president. Fraught with challenges, Moroni soon discovers that theory and a platform does not necessarily prepare you for the daily dirt of politics and the unpredictability of voter’s choice.

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    There Are Jews Here

    THERE ARE JEWS HERE follows the untold stories of four once thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on. Struggling with aging congregants and dwindling interest, families are moving to larger cities with more robust congregations. A portrait of people who are doing their part to keep the Jewish spirit alive, the film celebrates religious diversity in smalltown America.

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    Winter at Westbeth

    The residents of Westbeth Artists Housing of NYC are immersed in their art practice as though there is no tomorrow: Edith hopes to complete an experimental film for her birthday, Dudley rehearses for an electrifying return to the stage, and Ilsa candidly weaves her breast cancer experience into her work. WINTER AT WESTBETH captures inspirational stories about aging and the need to keep creating.

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