TV Schedule

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  • Next Week

    Black-and-white image of a young Muhammad Ali with a crowd of young African American men.
    December 22 at 10 PM
    by Bill Siegel and Rachel Pikelny

    The story of the explosive crossroads of Muhammad Ali’s life, after the famed boxer’s conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War left him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. An encore presentation.

  • Coming Soon

    Journey front man Arnel Pineda sings into a microphone during a concert
    December 29 at 10 PM
    by Ramona Diaz

    In a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend while leading the band on their longest world tour in ages. An encore presentation.

  • Andrew, from Rich Hill
    January 5 at 10 PM
    by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo

    Rich Hill follows three teenage boys as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity in their small Missouri town, providing an immersive and realistic picture of growing up poor in America.

  • Outlaw electrician Loha strips the insulation from a wire with his bare teeth
    January 12 at 10 PM
    by Darius Clark Monroe

    Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to become a bank robber as a teenager in Texas, through interviews with family, friends, and mentors involved in his story as well as by returning to the scene of the crime.

  • Spc Adam Winfield looking out window while in prison
    January 19 at 10 PM
    by Dan Krauss

    The Kill Team goes behind closed doors for the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing but was then charged with murder.

  • Savannah Sanchez with her mother, Sara Lovell, at their home outside of Boston, MA.
    January 26, February 2, February 9 at 10 PM
    by Maro Chermayeff

    From the team that brought you Half the Sky, A Path Appears goes to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and the USA to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.

  • Football player and a man picking cotton in artistic image from Through a Lens Darkly
    February 16 at 10 PM
    by Thomas Allen Harris

    An artist-filmmaker takes a deeply personal look back through the parallel histories of how African Americans have been depicted in commercial photography, contrasted with how they were captured in family photos.

  • Black and white image of a young African American boy being shown both white and black baby dolls
    February 23 at 10 PM
    by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson

    Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

  • Lacey Schwartz as a girl with her mother and father at the seashore
    March 23 at 10 PM
    by Lacey Schwartz

    Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz, who grew up in a typical upper-middle class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, begins to piece together the mystery of how a white girl could have such dark skin as she learns the truth about her biological father.

  • An East Texas church burns after arson
    April 6 at 10 PM
    by Theo Love

    A plague of arson in East Texas that saw 10 churches burn to the ground in 2010 ignited the largest criminal investigation in the area’s history, involving local law enforcement, Texas Rangers, and the ATF.

  • Young African American man looks across the lake at the Chicago skyline
    April 13 at 10 PM
    by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

    Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

  • Tugboat captain Latham Smith, who was hired to assist with oil spill, looks off to the Gulf at night
    April 20 at 10 PM
    by Margaret Brown

    Crew members, families, fishermen, and others still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide gripping first-hand accounts of their experience in a disaster that had tragic repercussions up and down the Gulf Coast and beyond.

  • Kumu Hina herself looking at camera while participating in ritual hula dance
    May 4 at 10 PM
    by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

    A native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender woman, uses traditional culture to create a place in the middle where every student is accepted. Despite the respect and admiration she’s achieved in her community, Hina still longs for true love.

  • Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company  performs in London
    May 11 at 10 PM
    by Catherine Gund

    Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to Fly traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky.

  • Keith Forsyth (played by Daniel S. Taylor)
    May 18 at 10 PM
    by Johanna Hamilton

    A group of ordinary citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania in 1971 and shared with the world their findings on COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal surveillance program. Now, they tell their story publicly for the first time.

  • Title treatment for the film depicting two male figures holding hands to form the M in the word Limited
    June 15 at 10 PM
    by Thomas Miller

    After falling in love, a Filipino American and an Australian in 1975 became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to legally marry. The pioneering couple’s fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act.