World

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 1:30pm

This documentary tells the unheralded story about a group of Japanese Americans, who as civilians served America during World War II, even as their families and friends were incarcerated in concentration camps.

While the unequaled battle records of Japanese American soldiers are now legendary, little is known about the vital role played by these US citizens who did language translation work and short wave radio broadcasting to Japan, assisting in the war efforts of Britain and the USA.

Through actual recordings and first-person interviews with the participants of those broadcasts, CALLING TOKYO is a fascinating story about a unique effort to help hasten the end of the war.

Secrets of the Dead
Thu, 05/15/2014 - 6:00pm

Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. The film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal, in shocking detail, the hearts and minds of the German fighter. Only now have more than 100,000 hours of these secret recordings been declassified, researched and cross referenced. The documentary includes intense, full-dialogue dramatic reconstructions that use the verbatim transcripts of these bugged conversations to reveal the dark heart of the Nazi regime as never before.

Japanese American Lives
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:00pm

Using rare archival footage, intimate interviews and plenty of on-the-mat action, director Yuriko Gamo Romer eloquently brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master. At a time when women went from childhood home to wife and homemaker, Keiko Fukuda made an unpopular choice and took a different path, saying, “This [Judo] was my marriage…this is when my life destiny was set.” This documentary beautifully showcases the life of Sensei Fukuda, presenting her as not only a pioneer for women but as an inspiration to us all.

Pacific Heartbeat
Sun, 05/11/2014 - 1:00pm

This historic production brings together some of Hawai‘i’s most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai‘i’s ruling monarchy. ‘Iolani Palace’s executive director and curator provide a historical background of the royal palace — the only one of its kind in the United States — and the musicians explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire.

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.

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