documentary

  • September 15, 2017  

    Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent a decade talking to hundreds of veterans from both sides of the Vietnam War, to capture the complexity of perspectives that persists years later. In the second part of their conversation, Judy Woodruff speaks with Burns and Novick about their new PBS documentary series, “The Vietnam War.” Continue reading

  • September 14, 2017  

    Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick sorted through 5,000 hours of historical footage and photos for a documentary that took 10 years to create. The new PBS documentary series, “The Vietnam War” takes us to a moment in history that is still not fully understood, and comes at a moment when we’re thinking about America’s role in the world. Judy Woodruff discusses its resonance with Burns and Novick. Continue reading

  • August 28, 2017  

    Documentary filmmakers Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibbe spent six years following the lives of three young African-American men in rural North Carolina. The resulting documentary, “Raising Bertie” offers an intimate look at how they navigate school and generational poverty. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the filmmakers about this coming-of-age story. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2017  

    Archeologists and scholars are learning more about Africa than ever before, from the digitization of records and the unearthing of ancient treasures. Audie Cornish talks with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University about Africa’s rich but overlooked history and how his six-part PBS series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” took shape. Continue reading

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    Austin artist, Gerardo Arellano, blends expressionism and pop art to create what he calls “Border Wave” — a style of imagery that is influenced by life on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican border. Continue reading

  • September 27, 2016  

    “The Choice 2016,” a Frontline documentary, takes an up-close and detailed look at the lives of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Starting their stories when they were children, producer and director Michael Kirk lays everything out on the table. Judy Woodruff speaks with him about the making of the film and what it reveals about the two people vying for the presidency. Continue reading

  • September 4, 2016  

    Mexico’s government has been waging a war against the country’s drug cartels, whose territorial fights have left tens of thousands dead. “Kingdom of Shadows,” a POV documentary that comes out this month, looks at the root causes of the violence and the effects of the drug war. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Ivette Feliciano spoke with director Bernardo Ruiz. Continue reading

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    Amy Berg’s documentary complicates the public memory of Joplin as a cautionary tale of rock and roll excess. Continue reading

  • April 11, 2016  

    A new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns examines the struggles Jackie Robinson faced in breaking baseball’s color barrier — and his achievements as a player on the diamond and as a civil rights activist in later life. John Yang talks to Dusty Baker, manager of the Washington Nationals, for a personal take on Robinson’s enduring legacy both on and off the field. Continue reading

  • March 30, 2016  

    In 1942, Jews from then-Czechoslovakia were taken to the Auschwitz death camp. A window into their lives before the deportation can be found in a new book, “Last Folio,” and a traveling exhibition at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. Jeffrey Brown examines how photographer Yuri Dojc rediscovered their story, and his own. Continue reading

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