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Big Men

by Rachel Boynton

Premiere Date: August 25, 2014


Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. (90 minutes)

Fallen City

by Qi Zhao

Premiere Date: July 28, 2014


After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors. (60 minutes)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014


Meet Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher in Detroit who has been waging a revolution for 75 years. Her story unfurls to portray an evolving city and to examine the power of ideas and imagination to propel change. (90 minutes)

Making It

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: November 28, 2013


Noe Rueda grew up on Chicago’s West Side, raised by a single mom. Noe watched his family struggle and decided to help. Noe told Alex Fernandez, his high school economics teacher, about launching his first business venture.

Last Train Home

by Lixin Fan

Premiere Date: September 27, 2011

Encore Broadcast: August 5, 2013


Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. (90 minutes)

POV Shorts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 18, 2009


POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers. (60 minutes)

Utopia, Part 3

by Sam Green and Carrie Lozano

Premiere Date: August 18, 2009


Is nothing American sacred anymore? The largest mall in the world turns out not to be the famous Mall of America. It’s the South China Mall outside of Guangzhou. (13 minutes)

Up the Yangtze

by Yung Chang

Premiere Date: October 8, 2008


Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. (90 minutes)

Critical Condition

by Roger Weisberg

Premiere Date: September 30, 2008


What happens if you get sick and are one of 47 million Americans without health insurance? (90 minutes)

Made in L.A.

by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Premiere Date: September 4, 2007

Encore Broadcast: August 11, 2009


Follow the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their long battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. (90 minutes)

Prison Town, USA

by Katie Galloway and Po Kutchins

Premiere Date: July 24, 2007


In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. Prison Town, USA tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences.

Standing Silent Nation

by Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann

Premiere Date: July 3, 2007


In April 2000, Alex White Plume and his Lakota family planted industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after other crops had failed. But when federal agents raided the White Plumes' fields, the Lakota Nation was swept into a Byzantine struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights and common sense.

Waging a Living

by Roger Weisberg

Premiere Date: August 29, 2006


The term "working poor" should be an oxymoron. For 30 million Americans, it's reality. Waging a Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners.

Thirst

by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Premiere Date: July 13, 2004


Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of the 21st century. (60 minutes)

Life and Debt

by Stephanie Black

Premiere Date: August 21, 2001


Life and Debt is an unapologetic look at the "new world order," from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials who see the reality of globalization from the ground up. (54 minutes)

Take It From Me

by Emily Abt

Premiere Date: July 24, 2001


As shown in the experiences of several women and their families, the new welfare system, with its recent controversial reforms, may make it easier to ignore rather than confront the complexities of poverty amidst plentitude. (54 minutes)

Tobacco Blues

by Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate

Premiere Date: June 19, 1998


Can a good person grow tobacco? As the cigarette war rages, small American tobacco farmers have been the often overlooked casualties. Dynamic filmmaking duo Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate travel across Kentucky to meet the families who have been growing this crop for generations, as they face the consequences of this fuming controversy in their own backyards.

Taken for a Ride

by Martha Olson and Jim Klein and

Premiere Date: August 6, 1996


A startling expose of General Motors' role in dismantling street car transportation in the 1930's and in catapulting the automobile to the center of our national culture.

No Loans Today

by Lisanne Skyler

Premiere Date: July 2, 1996


The ABC Loan Co. of South Central Los Angeles, a successful black-owned pawnshop, is a unique entree to inspiring stories of economic and emotional survival.

Dealers Among Dealers

by Gaylen Ross

Premiere Date: July 25, 1995


Filmmaker Gaylen Ross takes us inside the virtually impenetrable world of diamond and precious stone trading.

Home Economics

by Jenny Cool

Premiere Date: July 18, 1995


Jenny Cool interviewed women in a suburban housing development outside Los Angeles, discovering a fragile lifestyle dominated by social pressures and the daily commuter grind.

The Uprising of '34

by George Stoney and Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock

Premiere Date: June 25, 1995


Textile workers recall with pride the long- suppressed story of the General Textile Strike of 1934 when 500,000 Southern mill laborers walked off their jobs.

Sa-I-Gu

by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and Christine Choy and Elaine Kim

Premiere Date: September 10, 1993


"Sa-I-Gu", Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores — and lives — were devastated in the aftermath of the Rodney King Trial.

Money Man

by Philip Haas

Premiere Date: August 3, 1993


J.S.G. Boggs makes money the artistic way. He draws it. Then, to complete the process, he spends it. Is it art or is it counterfeit? Inquiring minds — at the Secret Service — want to know.

Roger and Me

by Roger and Me

Premiere Date: September 28, 1992


Michael Moore embarks upon a filmic odyssey to meet General Motors Chairman Roger Smith and convince him to visit Flint, Michigan for a first-hand look at how massive layoffs had devastated the local economy.

Takeover

by Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy

Premiere Date: August 10, 1992


Homeless people simultaneously take over empty houses in eight cities.

Fast Food Women

by Anne Lewis Johnson

Premiere Date: August 10, 1992


Anne Lewis Johnson documents the low-wage, no-benefit jobs of the 'working poor' in America's new 'service economy'.

Chemical Valley

by Mimi Pickering and Anne Lewis Johnson

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991


A West Virginia community is deeply divided over potentially life and death questions over a local chemical plant that fuels the area's fragile economy.

Sea of Oil

by M.R. Katzke

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991


The Exxon Valdez disaster left far more than a soiled coastline in its wake. Grief, suspicion, anger and greed oozed through the small, formerly pristine town of Valdez. The human toll of an environmental nightmare is evoked in a haunting film which Exxon and the City of Valdez attempted, unsuccessfully, to suppress.

The Fighting Ministers

by Bill Jersey and Richard Wormser

Premiere Date: September 3, 1989


Moved by the growing desperation of thousands of laid-off steel workers, a group of ministers in Pittsburgh begins to confront the city's government and powerful corporations. Their passionate, controversial and unorthodox actions lead to profound soul-searching, Church rejection and imprisonment.