Race Relations

Who Killed Vincent Chin?
by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima
PBS Premiere Date: July 16, 1989
On a hot summer night in Detroit, Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, killed a young Chinese-American engineer with a baseball bat. Although he confessed, he never spent a day in jail. This gripping Academy Award-nominated film relentlessly probes the implications of the murder in the streets of Detroit, for the families of those involved, and for the American justice system.
Days Of Waiting
by Steven Okazaki
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 15, 1990
Artist Estell Peck Ishigo went with her Japanese American husband into an internment camp during World War II, one of the few Caucasians to do so. Vividly recreated from Ishigo's own memoirs, photos and paintings, Days Of Waiting reveals the shattering relocation experience from an "outsider's" perspective.
Green Streets
by Maria De Luca
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 21, 1990
If a tree can grow in Brooklyn, can an eggplant flourish in the Bronx? Maria De Luca's Green Streets charts the spontaneous emergence of community gardens in New York City and how they've helped to nourish neighborhood pride, racial tolerance and a budding sense of hope for hundreds of enthusiastic gardeners in the urban jungle.
The Jazz Ticket
by Rob King and Noel True
Digital Premiere Date: Feb. 3, 2014
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A high school jazz teacher helps kids in LA's toughest neighborhoods go to college.
Honorable Nations
by Chana Gazit and David Steward
PBS Premiere Date: July 2, 1991
For 99 years, the residents of Salamanca, N.Y. have rented the land under their homes for an average of $1/year form the Seneca Indians, under the terms of a lease imposed by Congress. Now, as the lease is about to expire, a century of bad business must be renegotiated. Chana Gazit and David Steward's film captures the unfolding drama as the survival of an American town and justice for the Senecas appear to be in conflict.
Color Adjustment
by Marlon Riggs
PBS Premiere Date: June 15, 1992
From Amos 'n' Andy to Nat King Cole, from Roots to The Cosby Show, blacks have played many roles on primetime television. Brilliantly weaving clips from classic TV shows with commentary from TV producers, black actors and scholars, Marlon Riggs blends humor, insight, and thoughtful analysis to explore the evolution of black/white relations as reflected by America's favorite addiction.
Passin' It On
by Peter Miller and John Valadez
PBS Premiere Date: June 19, 1994
This film offers a bold new perspective on the Black Panther Party from the point of view of Dhoruba Bin Wahad, an eloquent party leader who served 19 years before his conviction was overturned.
No Loans Today
by Lisanne Skyler
PBS 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.
Jesse's Gone
by Michael Smith
PBS Premiere Date: June 24, 1997
An excruciatingly tender look at the frayed lives of the family and friends of Jesse Rahim Hall, a promising young hip hop artist from East Oakland, California killed in a drive-by shooting.
Blacks and Jews
by Deborah Kaufman and Bari Scott and Alan Snitow
PBS Premiere Date: July 29, 1997
Why is the mere mention of Blacks and Jews in the same breath so riddled with complexity?
Blink
by Elizabeth Thompson
PBS 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.
In the Light of Reverence
by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 14, 2001
In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.
Boomtown
by Bryan Gunnar Cole
PBS Premiere Date: July 2, 2002
In Washington State, there are 26 Indian tribes — all of them trading in fireworks. Boomtown follows the Suquamish tribe during fireworks season mdash; a chaotic five-week sales period — while exploring life, liberty and the politics of Indian sovereignty in America.
Fenceline
by Slawomir Gr├╝nberg and Jane Greenberg
PBS Premiere Date: July 23, 2002
Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco, Louisiana, is home to two distinct communities — one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. A modern David and Goliath story, Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Nature of War
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 10, 2014
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In 2005, Specialist Justin Cliburn deployed to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. While serving in Baghdad, Justin formed an unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys who lived nearby. At StoryCorps, Justin speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting impression the boys left on his life.
Brother Outsider
by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer
PBS Premiere Date: Jan. 20, 2003
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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.
Two Towns of Jasper
by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams
PBS Premiere Date: Jan. 22, 2003
In 1998 James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men. Two film crews, one black and one white, document the aftermath of the murder.
Flag Wars
by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras
PBS Premiere Date: June 17, 2003
Flag Wars is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. Working-class black residents in Columbus, Ohio fight to hold on to their homes. Realtors and gay home-buyers see fixer-uppers. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own.
Farmingville
by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini
PBS Premiere Date: June 22, 2004
The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia.
Every Mother's Son
by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2004
In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. Every Mother's Son tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability.
A Panther in Africa
by Aaron Matthews
PBS Premiere Date: Sept. 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.
Street Fight
by Marshall Curry
PBS Premiere Date: July 5, 2005
The Academy Award-nominated film covers the turbulent campaign of Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar running for mayor of Newark against a four-term incumbent.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
by Thomas Allen Harris
PBS Premiere Date: Sept. 19, 2006
As part of the first wave of black South African exiles, Harris's stepfather, B. Pule Leinaeng, and his 11 comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960.
Revolution '67
by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno
PBS Premiere Date: July 10, 2007
Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s.
The Last Conquistador
by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra
PBS Premiere Date: July 15, 2008
Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream: to build the world's tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas.
William Kunstler
by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
PBS Premiere Date: June 22, 2010
In this intimate biography, Kunstler's daughters seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.
Mugabe and the White African
by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson
PBS 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.
The Barber of Birmingham
by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
POV Short Cuts (2012)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
American Revolutionary
by Grace Lee
PBS 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.
Getting Back to Abnormal
by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler
PBS Premiere Date: July 14, 2014
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll.
Out in the Night
by blair dorosh-walther
PBS Premiere Date: June 22, 2015
Encore Broadcast: June 6, 2016
A moving account of four women sensationalized by the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians" reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
StoryCorps Shorts: A More Perfect Union
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: June 29, 2015
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Theresa Burroughs recalls her persistence to claim her right to vote during the Jim Crow era in the rural South.
Hotel 22
by Elizabeth Lo
PBS Premiere Date: Sept. 21, 2015
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Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world. Hotel 22 captures a single, dramatic night on the Line 22 route.
StoryCorps Shorts: Traffic Stop
by Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi
Digital Premiere Date: July 24, 2015
PBS Premiere Date: Sept. 21, 2015
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Alex Landau, who is African American, recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, who is white, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.