HUMBLE BEAUTY documents the ability of art to calm, inspire, ask questions or provide answers, and even help forge entirely new identities. The one-hour documentary follows a group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, reportedly home to the largest concentration of indigent people in the United States. For four years, the filmmakers chronicled spontaneous moments from the artists' lives, captured intimate interviews and charted the evolution of their artwork. HUMBLE BEAUTY highlights how this tight-knit Skid Row community nourishes these artists and helps imbue their lives with meaning.
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:00pm
The story of a year's time at Dignity Harbor; one of three homeless encampments along the Mississippi River in the downtown area of St. Louis, north of the Arch. They must survive living in the cold of the harsh winter, but as temperatures drop and tempers rise, the camp members are challenged with living together. All of this while the city looms over, waiting for a chance to move them out.
Dignity Harbor introduces us to 'OG', the three-year leader of Dignity Harbor, who builds wooden huts to replace old tents as winter slowly begins to creep in. He and the other men of the camp have sworn to protect and harbor any abused women. They work hard to split and sell donated firewood to keep that goal alive, along with themselves.
As winter comes and goes, Dignity Harbor faces challenges, not only by Mother Nature's hands, but by their own. A camp member brutally mugs one of its own while another two fight over sexual orientation, all mixed with paranoia and drugs, leaving the camp at the brink of collapse. With the city threatening to kick the encampments off the land after fires, violence and a murder, will Dignity Harbor last another year?
Film School Shorts
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30pm
Episode 103 - “LETTING GO” TV-PG(L,V)
The Chair (NYU) and Bunny (Columbia): Inspired by a true childhood event, a young boy in Philadelphia marches into the ghetto to retrieve his pet rabbit from the boy who stole him. Written and directed by Robert Snow.
Moyers and Company
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:00pm
MOYERS & COMPANY investigates issues that matter to American democracy, particularly the continuing influence of big money and corporate self-interest on politics, the economy and daily life. Each week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts compelling conversations with today's top thinkers about new ideas, crucial issues and workable solutions. Select episodes also feature Moyers' own meticulously researched essays on a variety of topics.
Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm
Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and Walker herself.
AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:00pm
American suburbs are becoming more diverse, but the “exurbs” that surround them remain overwhelmingly white. In fact, while whites account for only eight percent of total U.S. population growth, they make up 73 percent of growth in exurban areas. Visit Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a town that successfully ousted the Aryan Nations in 2000, but remains more than 94 percent white. Explore both the allure and complexity of living in a homogenous community.
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00pm
PBS NEWSHOUR continues to provide in-depth analysis of current events with the NEWSHOUR’s team of seasoned and highly regarded journalists. Co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the nightly broadcast features Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society; and Margaret Warner, chief foreign correspondent, who deliver compelling original reporting and newsmaker interviews from the field. Senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan delivers news to the digital world and anchors the news summary on the television broadcasts.
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Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:00pm
Rachel is mysterious, funny, difficult and full of contradictions but she wants what most people her age want -- to move out of her mother's house. This dream of independence seems impossible. Rachel, who is developmentally disabled, can't be left alone and the social services needed for her to live an "adult life" are unavailable.
Her mother Jane is at her breaking point. The relationship between mother and daughter is full of fighting and frustrations with both wanting independence from each other but it comes at a cost. What is Jane willing to sacrifice for Rachel to be independent? And what happens to a parent when they don't have the support they need to give their child a good life?
Rachel Is is an honest, heartbreaking and funny film about parenthood, disability, and the universal struggle for happiness. It captures the most raw and revealing moments of Rachel and Jane's relationship. Filmmaker, and Rachel's sister, Charlotte Glynn dives into her family's life in order to understand how Rachel sees the world and how the world sees her.
After the film, America ReFramed host Natasha del Toro, The New York Times writer Amy Harmon, and author Susan Senator talk about neurodiversity, and how individuals, families and communities can help adults with developmental disabilities transition into living independent lives.