World

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 6:00pm

Witness the moving story of author Jian Ping’s (Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China) coming-of-age as the daughter of a senior government official and her family’s struggle to survive China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966-1979. The story follows Jian’s life through her current relationship with her American daughter, addressing universal issues between mother and daughter, triumph and adversity, and overcoming immigrant challenges. Actress Jacqueline Bisset narrates.

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:00pm

SCULLY/THE WORLD SHOW continues its impressive public television run with 52 episodes featuring some of the world's most prominent and famous personalities. Each week, host Robert Scully discusses topical issues with authors, financiers, entrepreneurs, diplomats, philanthropists, inventors, academics and others. The Gemini Award-winning series is produced on-location throughout the Americas.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:00pm

“Calling My Children" is an intimate portrayal of the effects of love and loss on one family's struggle for unity. Gail Farrow, a devoted mother and wife, died when she was just 27. She left behind four young sons, Ronald Jr., Frank, Kenny and Benny, and her husband Ronald. David Binder began photographing Gail and her family in 1987, documenting Gail’s last year of life and her family’s early adjustment to continuing without her. With insight and honesty, his film and photographs explore the pieces Gail left—photographs, letters, guidance and memories… Twenty years after her death, Gail’s hopes for her family collide with the reality of their lives. Calling My Children is a testament of a family’s life and a mother’s love.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:30pm

DREAMERS THEATER follows a group of teens and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities as they rehearse and stage an original musical that dramatizes the issues they face. The uplifting performance documentary intercuts real-life stories together with similar scenes from the play, as individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Down's Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome and other high-functioning disorders or differences navigate the challenges of employment, transportation woes, housing, relationships and more.

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:00pm

Filmmaker Christen Marquez’s drive to learn the meaning of her enigmatic Hawaiian name impels her to unite her scattered family and come to terms with her estranged, mentally ill mother, who is the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:00pm

Christopher Woon’s first documentary feature explores the intersection of rugged urban b-boyin’ (breakdancing) and the traditional roots of Hmong culture. But instead of the usual generational conflict, Among B-Boys unveils a story of the modern and the traditional actually affirming each other, visually weaving between the older generation’s memory of ethnicity and war and the younger generation’s toprocks, footwork, freezes and power-moves. Woon focuses on three breakers - Impact and Vlln of Underground Flow, and Sukie of Velocity/Soul Rivals Crew—who reveal the path towards b-boy cultural citizenship in America, but continually steer us back to their families, history and community. Produced as a short in 2004 and originally focused on the California Central Valley, the feature film follows the expansion of the Hmong community into the Midwest, with its main protagonists now in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Independent Lens
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:00pm

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever. “Revenge” follows the race among major car-makers to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 7:00pm

Each May, vintage car enthusiasts from around the United States converge on Nevada's Reno-Fernley Raceway to view classic race cars and mingle with millionaire racers, mechanics, self-described "gearheads" and collectors. RENO HISTORIC RACES features scenes from the 2008 event, including footage of the restoration of a vintage car, a visit to Reno-Fernley track (racing's "field of dreams"), a tour of one of the world's great Porsche collections and racing etiquette lessons for the million-dollar-car circuit. In addition, racers describe the adrenaline-fueled thrills of driving these historic automobiles.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 6:00pm

SERVING AMERICA: MEMORIES OF PEACE CORPS highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps. A mix of archival film and photographs, along with personal stories from former volunteers, tells a story of service and idealism. Interviews convey the volunteers' passion, commitment and bravery as they lived and worked in developing countries, including South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East. From almost fatal obstacles to spiritual epiphanies, these men and women describe their transformative experiences. Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993–2001), recounts the adventure of serving in Iran between 1962 and 1964. “What the Peace Corps really did is make me a citizen of the world,” says Shalala.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 8:00pm

The Emmy-winning SKOKIE: INVADED BUT NOT CONQUERED examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Ill., a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II. Produced to mark the event's 35th anniversary, this engaging film's extensive use of archival footage, movie clips and contemporary interviews explore the impact of the Skokie March, then and now, and reveal how a First Amendment debate turned Holocaust survivors into activists. Journalist Aaron Freeman hosts.

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