World

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 7:00pm

The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute documentary narrated by Jane Alexander, tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs — Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago these women immigrated to America and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:00am

This powerful documentary recreates the final flight of Amelia Earhart, the noted aviation pioneer whose historic 1937 trip around the world ended in her tragic disappearance. Shot in 19 countries, THE FINAL HOURS is based on “World Flight 1997,” Texas aviator Linda Finch’s honorary recreation of Earhart’s planned flight. With the rare accreditation of the Smithsonian Institution, this informative program presents footage of Finch’s flight, artfully intercut with archival footage and interviews with Earhart. Notably different from other Amelia Earhart films, this program also presents theories as to what actually occurred during the deadly flight.

Nature
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 8:00pm

Frogs have been hopping the planet for more than 350 million years. They’ve evolved into some of the most wondrous, diverse and beloved animals on earth. Suddenly, they’re slipping away. We’ve already lost one-third of our amphibians and more are disappearing each day. Some say it’s the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs. It’s a global crisis, mobilizing scientists around the world to stem the tide — before the next frog crosses the thin green line.

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:00pm

THE LEGEND OF PANCHO BARNES AND THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB chronicles the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes, one of the most colorful and accomplished women pilots of the early 20th century. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Barnes, THE LEGEND OF PANCHO BARNES employs newly discovered personal files, never-before-seen photos and rare movie footage to tell her story. The film also includes interviews with Pancho's biographers, and many of her friends, including General Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and famed test pilots R.A. 'Bob' Hoover and Bob Cardenas.

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:00pm

VIRGINIA LEE BURTON: A SENSE OF PLACE celebrates the career of Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968), the groundbreaking author-illustrator of the beloved picture books Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Award-winning The Little House. This finely wrought documentary explores Burton’s life and art through a treasure-trove of archival materials, never-before-seen photographs, personal documents, sketchbooks, original manuscripts and interviews with family, friends and scholars. VIRGINIA LEE BURTON: A SENSE OF PLACE paints a portrait of a Renaissance woman ahead of her time, whose art and literature remains an enduring part of America’s cultural heritage.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Barefoot College, a new half hour documentary from Producer Bob Gliner (Schools That Change Communities, Lessons From the Real World, Democracy Left Behind), examines a unique community based education program in rural India. Yet, while seemingly far removed from the American experience, it offers telling lessons for how the current debate around educational reform might be focused and curriculum transformed in the United States.

POV
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:00am

This is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment — and of two women who hope to shape its future. By Nisha Pahuja.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:00pm

BEST FRIENDS: THE POWER OF SISTERHOOD celebrates the uniquely powerful bond between women friends. The moving documentary features heartfelt reflections — from humorous to joyful to poignant — from women spanning the generations: childhood friends, college friends, neighbors and colleagues. Despite embarking on separate paths, these women have maintained friendships based on mutual respect and encouragement. Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis also discusses the importance of her girlfriends in her life.

Half the Sky
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 7:00pm
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:00pm

A landmark series based on the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows six actress-advocates including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, and Olivia Wilde as they travel to six countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide aims to amplify the central message of the book –- that women are not the problem, but the solution –– and to bolster the broad and growing movement for change.

Nature
Sun, 03/16/2014 - 8:00pm

The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. Kangaroos and koalas, wombats and wallabies, endangered possums and gliders, lizards, echidnas, birds of all kinds, and even fish that lived among these eucalypts were overcome by the flames. Millions died. But burned and traumatized survivors tenderly nursed back to health at wildlife hospitals showed a remarkable ability to bounce back, and the environment an extraordinary capacity for healing.

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