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American Promise

by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Premiere Date: February 3, 2014


In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson film their son and his friend, who attend one of the country’s most prestigious private schools. (120 minutes)

Homegoings

by Christine Turner

Premiere Date: June 24, 2013


Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Homegoings paints a portrait of grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home." (60 minutes)

Sun Kissed

by Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

Premiere Date: October 18, 2012


When a Navajo couple uncovers a hidden link between their children’s rare genetic disorder and the American government’s conquest of their tribe, their lives are changed forever. (60 minutes)

I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

by Jonathan Demme

Premiere Date: September 20, 2012


Jonathan Demme’s portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans tells the story of Carolyn Parker, a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, who is fighting for the right to rebuild her home and community. (90 minutes)

Eyes on the Stars

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African-American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.

POV Short Cuts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Short is sweet as POV presents brief documentary encounters — the Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham, the Student Academy Award winner Sin País, and the return of StoryCorps. (60 minutes)

The Barber of Birmingham

by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


James Armstrong, whose Alabama barbershop has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights for 50 years, celebrates the election of the first black president.

Up Heartbreak Hill

by Erica Scharf

Premiere Date: July 26, 2012


Up Heartbreak Hill follows two Native teens torn between the lure of opportunities outside their remote reservation community and the cultural ties that bind them to home. (60 minutes)

Mugabe and the White African

by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson

Premiere Date: July 26, 2011


In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a "land reform" program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. (90 minutes)

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

by Deann Borshay Liem

Premiere Date: September 14, 2010


Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966. (60 minutes)

Off and Running

by Nicole Opper

Premiere Date: September 7, 2010


Avery is one of three children adopted by a Jewish lesbian couple in Brooklyn. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s is like most families — until she writes to her birth mother. (90 minutes)

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy

by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Premiere Date: August 31, 2010


What is it like to be torn from your Chinese foster family, put on a plane with strangers and wake up in a new country, family and culture? (90 minutes)

Promised Land

by Yoruba Richen

Premiere Date: July 6, 2010


Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved — and the most potentially explosive issue is land. (60 minutes)

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath

Premiere Date: July 21, 2009


This Academy Award-nominated film chronicles Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family’s escape from Laos after the Vietnam War. In America, they find a different kind of war. (90 minutes)

Scaredycat

by Andy Blubaugh

Premiere Date: December 12, 2007


Scaredycat takes as a point of departure the beating of the filmmaker at the hands of a gang of young men who called themselves "The Portland Riders." (15 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)

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.

Al Otro Lado

by Natalia Almada

Premiere Date: August 1, 2006


The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border.

Hardwood

by Hubert Davis

Premiere Date: August 16, 2005

Encore Broadcast: September 5, 2006


The Academy Award-nominated Hardwood is a deeply personal filmic journey by director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis. Mel, now a coach for young basketball players in Vancouver, fell in love at first sight with Hubert's mother, a white woman, at a time when racism seemed to make their union impossible. (30 minutes)

Chisholm '72

by Shola Lynch

Premiere Date: February 7, 2005


In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to run for president. Her wit, spirit and charisma reminds all Americans of their power as citizens. (75 minutes)

A Panther in Africa

by Aaron Matthews

Premiere Date: September 21, 2004


On October 30, 1969, Pete O'Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines. One year later, O'Neal fled the charge, and for over 30 years, he has lived in Tanzania as one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. (90 minutes)

American Aloha

by Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens

Premiere Date: August 5, 2003

Encore Broadcast: August 10, 2004


Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. (60 minutes)

The Flute Player

by Jocelyn Glatzer

Premiere Date: July 22, 2003


When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, Arn Chorn-Pond was nine years old. He was separated from his family and thrust into the darkness of Cambodia's ghastly Killing Fields for four years. Now, after living in the U.S. for 20 years, Arn returns to Cambodia to save its once outlawed traditional music from extinction. (54 minutes)

Brother Outsider

by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

Premiere Date: January 20, 2003


During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement. But his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background. (83 minutes)

Escuela

by Hannah Weyer

Premiere Date: August 27, 2002


Liliana Luis is a Mexican-American teenager rushing headlong into the turbulence of puberty as she tries to finish high school. The saga of the Luis family started in P.O.V.'s 2000 film, La Boda, continues in this story of one family's drive towards a better future. (53 minutes)

American Gypsy

by Jasmine Dellal

Premiere Date: August 29, 2000


There are over one million Gypsies living in America today, and most people don’t know anything about them. It is one man’s obsessive pursuit of justice and dignity that led filmmaker Jasmine Dellal into their hidden thousand-year-old culture. (54 minutes)

Blink

by Elizabeth Thompson

Premiere Date: July 18, 2000


Witness the testimony of Greg Withrow, once a fanatical rising star in the white supremacist movement, as he struggles with the legacy of hatred handed down across generations. (54 minutes)

Rabbit in the Moon

by Emiko Omori

Premiere Date: July 6, 1999


Fifty years after World War II, Japanese Americans recall their years in the internment camps of WWII. From the exuberant recollections of a typical teenager, to the simmering rage of citizens forced to sign loyalty oaths, filmmaker Emiko Omori renders a poetic and illuminating picture of a deeply troubling chapter in American history.

She Shorts

by Various

Premiere Date: August 4, 1998


A selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.

In Whose Honor?

by Jay Rosenstein

Premiere Date: July 15, 1997


Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian, evolves from mother and student into a leading voice against the merchandising of Native American sacred symbols as sports mascots.

Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself

by Yvonne Welbon

Premiere Date: July 30, 1996


Yvonne Welbon presents a witty and original coming-to-terms with race, culture and self. A six year stay in Taiwan transforms her understanding of what it means to be an African American and illuminates her connection to her Honduran-born grandmother.

¡Palante Siempre Palante!

by Iris Morales

Premiere Date: June 1, 1996


They were leaders of the Young Lords Party, the militant Puerto Rican civil rights organization based in New York. Today, many are notable mainstream journalists, including Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Luciano and Pablo Guzman. Iris Morales makes history come alive as veterans of the movement recall their fight for equality, jobs, health care, and education.

Lighting the 7th Fire

by Sandra Sunrising Osawa

Premiere Date: July 4, 1995


The story of how the Chippewa Indians of Northern Wisconsin have struggled to restore the centuries- old tradition of spearfishing, and the heated opposition they have encountered.