TV Schedule

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  • This Week

    Pyangki, the boy monk, looks at the lights of the city.
    November 17 at 10 PM
    by Thomas Balmès

    A 9-year-old monk has never before left his Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas, where the nearest road is a three-day walk. When connected to electricity for the first time, he treks to the nearest city in search of a television, in a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.

  • Next Week

    Rick Hall and Clarence Carter in the studio
    November 24 at 10 PM
    by Greg "Freddy" Camalier

    In this joyful film, Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals's magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. An encore presentation.

  • Coming Soon

    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.

  • 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.

  • Previously Featured

    Outlaw electrician Loha strips the insulation from a wire with his bare teeth
    November 3 at 10 PM
    by Fahad Mustafa

    In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, an outlaw electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections for good.

  • The aftermath of the Amagasaki commuter train crash.
    October 27 at 10 PM
    by Kyoko Miyake

    What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, Brakeless poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues, punctuality and compliance, become dangerous?

  • Twin sisters Mia and Alexandra are reunited in Norway, sit on dock with sea behind them.
    October 20 at 10 PM
    by Mona Friis Bertheussen

    Two sisters adopted in China as infants by Californian and Norwegian parents grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Although language is a barrier, their bond grows deeper and they arrange to finally meet.

  • Alex Libby sits on front steps with his parents.
    October 13 at 10 PM
    by Lee Hirsch

    Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, Bully shows parents and teachers addressing aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement to change how bullying is handled.