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Partisans Of Vilna
by Aviva Kempner
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 27, 1989
This riveting film recounts the untold story of a handful of Jewish youth who organized an underground resistance against the Nazis in the Lithuanian ghetto of Vilna.
Girltalk
by Kate Davis
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 15, 1989
Girltalk is Kate Davis' heartbreaking yet hopeful portrait of three runaway girls with histories of abuse and neglect. Music, humor, and intimate conversations play against the disturbing reality of these girls' lives.
Kamala And Raji
by Michael Camerini
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 7, 1990
The textures and complexities of everyday life in India unfold in Michael Camerini's richly observed story of two poor women and their efforts to improve their lives.
¡Teatro!
by Ed Burke and Ruth Shapiro
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 4, 1990
Founded by a Jesuit priest from St. Louis, a grassroots theatre company takes its shows on the unpaved roads of Honduras to enlighten and inspire villagers in the impoverished countryside.
People Power
by Ilan Ziv
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 11, 1990
After years of witnessing first hand the horrors of guerrilla wars, Israeli-born producer Ilan Ziv traveled to Chile, the Philippines and the West Bank to explore the development of "People Power" and to reexamine his own long-held belief in the necessary evil of violence to overthrow repressive governments.
Plena Is Work, Plena Is Song
by Pedro Rivera and Susan Zeig
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 25, 1991
"Plena" is in Puerto Rico what the blues are in the U.S.: a musical expression abounding with romance, daily news and personal sagas. As the Puerto Rican community grows on the mainland, the infectious rhythms of Puerto Rico's most original contribution to Caribbean urban music are celebrated with gusto.
Homes Apart
by Christine Choy and JT Takagi
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 20, 1991
Ten million families were separated between North and South Korea when the Korean War ended in 1953. Beginning with the story of one man's journey to reunite with his sister in North Korea, award-winning filmmakers Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) and JT Takagi reveal the personal, social and political dimensions of the last divided nation on earth.
Last Images of War
by Stephen Olsson and Scott Andrews
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 6, 1992
The searing story of four freelance photographers — American, Russian, British and Japanese — all determined to uncover the horrors of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
The Longest Shadow
by Kalina Ivanov
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 6, 1992
A Bulgarian refugee chronicles her family's struggle against Communist rule and tries to uncover the long-suppressed facts behind the arrests of both of her grandfathers.
Compassion In Exile
by Mickey Lemie
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 6, 1993
The richly textured story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet — spiritual leader, Nobel Laureate — interweaves an inspiring portrayal with the urgent plight of his homeland under Chinese occupation.
Miami-Havana
by Estela Bravo
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 1993
Award-winning filmmaker Estela Bravo visits families split between Miami and Havana who tell of the personal costs of the 30-year conflict between the United States and Cuba.
The Women Next Door
by Michal Aviad
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 1993
Personal perspectives on both sides of the camera are revealed when Michal Avaid, directing a three-woman Israeli/Palestinian film crew, travels throughout the West Bank to collect women's stories.
Escape From China
by Iris F. Kung
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 1994
A Chinese journalist returns to her homeland to retrace the underground railroad that helped the last of China's most wanted Tiananmen Square leaders escape to freedom.
Satya
by Ellen Bruno
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 14, 1995
The personal testimonies of the courageous Buddhist nuns who have led the nonviolent resistance against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
Personal Belongings
by Steven Bognar
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 11, 1996
Bela Bognar is no ordinary American dad. Now a suburbanite, he once fought against Soviet domination during the Hungarian revolution. Ever since, his life has been a longing for the glories of the past. Steven Bognar crafts a moving portrait of his father's 40-year quest for identity and home.
Sacrifice
by Ellen Bruno
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 28, 1998
Burmese girls, lured into prostitution with promises of a better life for themselves and their families, give voice to their experiences in this poetic tribute to their struggles for survival.
She Shorts (1998)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
A selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
She Shorts: Cuba 15
by Elizabeth Schub
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
One of a selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
Regret to Inform
by Barbara Sonneborn and Janet Cole
PBS Premiere Date: Jan. 4, 2000
Exploring the meaning of war and loss with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the chilling legacy of war.
Our House in Havana
by Stephen Olsson
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 25, 2000
After 40 years, Silvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern Cuban reality. Yet as Silvia discovers an evolving Cuba, she herself undergoes a surprising change-not entirely altering her political outlook but becoming, as she puts it, "more human."
Life and Debt
by Stephanie Black
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Mai's America
by Marlo Poras
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 6, 2002
A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime — to study in the United States. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai's unforgettable journey offers an outsider's glimpse inside America.
Señorita Extraviada
by Lourdes Portillo
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 20, 2002
Someone is killing the young women of Juárez, Mexico. Since 1993, over 270 women have been raped and murdered. Señorita Extraviada is a haunting investigation into an unspeakable crime wave amid the chaos and corruption of one of the world's biggest border towns.
Afghanistan Year 1380
by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati and Giuseppe Petitto
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 9, 2002
In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the plight of ordinary Afghans is seen through the prism of the independent medical relief group, Emergency.
Georgie Girl
by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 20, 2003
Streaming Now (Until Apr. 10, 2016)
What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected a Member of the Parliament of New Zealand by a conservative, rural district? What if that person was also transgender? The odds may seem daunting, but Georgina Beyer did it.
Discovering Dominga
by Patricia Flynn and Mary Jo McConahay
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 8, 2003
Living in Iowa, Denese Becker was haunted by memories of her Mayan childhood. A quest for her lost identity in Guatemala turns into a searing journey of political awakening that reveals a genocidal crime and the still-unmet cry for justice from the survivors.
The Flute Player
by Jocelyn Glatzer
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
90 Miles
by Juan Carlos Zaldívar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 29, 2003
Cuban American filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar, once a 13-year-old loyalist of the Cuban Revolution, recounts the strange twist of fate that took him across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water in 90 Miles.
State of Denial
by Elaine Epstein
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2003
State of Denial takes viewers into the lives of six people struggling to survive with HIV in the face of social stigma, a severe lack of access to lifesaving treatments, and their president Thabo Mbeki's controversial stance on the connection between HIV and AIDS.
War Feels Like War
by Esteban Uyarra
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 6, 2004
This film documents the lives of reporters and photographers who circumvent military media control to get access to the 'real' Iraq War. As the invading armies sweep into the country, some of the journalists in Kuwait decide to travel in their wake, risking their lives to discover the true impact of war on civilians.
Soldados
by Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 2, 2003
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 31, 2004
Author Charley Trujillo guides us through the war and post-war experiences of a group of Mexican-American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. The young soldiers could hardly guess just how profoundly the insulated life they knew in their hometown of Corcoran, California would be changed by their experiences in Southeast Asia.
Lost Boys of Sudan
by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 28, 2004
Follow two young refugees from the Dinka tribe, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. Nearly 4,000 'lost boys' have emigrated to the United States.
The Brooklyn Connection
by Klaartje Quirijns
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 2005
The Brooklyn Connection shows the terrifying ease with which a charming Brooklyn businessman raised $30 million during the Kosovo War, purchased weapons across the USA, and shipped them legally to Albania to be smuggled into Kosovo.
No More Tears Sister
by Helene Klodawsky
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 27, 2006
Set during the violent ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, No More Tears Sister explores the price of truth in times of war. The film recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama.
The Fall of Fujimori
by Ellen Perry
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 18, 2006
In 1990, an unknown candidate named Alberto Fujimori rode a wave of popular support to become the president of Peru. He fought an all-out war on terror against the guerilla organization Shining Path, and won. Ten years later, accused of kidnapping, murder and corruption, he fled Peru to his native Japan, where he was in exile for four years.
The Boys of Baraka
by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 12, 2006
The Boys of Baraka follows four boys from Baltimore to rural Kenya, where a teacher-student ratio of one to five, a strict disciplinary program and a comprehensive curriculum form the core of an extraordinary journey in their transformation to men.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
by Thomas Allen Harris
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
Maquilapolis
by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 10, 2006
Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos.
My Country, My Country
by Laura Poitras
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 25, 2006
Working alone in Iraq over eight months, filmmaker Laura Poitras takes an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections.
Rain in a Dry Land
by Anne Makepeace
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 19, 2007
Two Somali Bantu families are transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to settle in Springfield, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.
Massacre at Murambi
by Sam Kauffman
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 26, 2007
During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, a newly built secondary school on a hill named Murambi was the site of one of the world's most horrifying mass murders.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
by Banker White and Zach Niles
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 27, 2007
Traumatized by physical injuries and brutal losses in Sierra Leone's civil war, a group of refugees fight back with the only means they have — music.
Lumo
by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Nelson Walker III and Louis Abelman and Lynn True
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 18, 2007
Lumo Sinai was raped by marauding soldiers in the Congo, which resulted in a fistula, a medical condition that renders her incontinent and threatens her ability to bear children.
9 Star Hotel
by Ido Haar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 22, 2008
Young construction laborers in the Israeli city of Modi'in are caught between Israeli security laws and a Palestinian Authority they see as having failed them.
Campaign
by Kazuhiro Soda
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 29, 2008
This is democracy — Japanese style: the story of a man plucked from obscurity by the ruling political party to run for a critical city council seat.
Belarusian Waltz
by Andrzej Fidyk
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 12, 2008
The story of Alexander Pushkin, whose audacious, comical exploits against totalitarianism find him facing the hostility of the police and the consternation of his family.
The Judge and the General
by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 19, 2008
Chile's former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, is brought to justice by one of his own in this cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of "higher ideals."
Kokoyakyu
by Kenneth Eng
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 4, 2006
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 26, 2008
In Japan, baseball is not a pastime — it's an obsession epitomized by the national high school baseball tournament known simply as "Koshien."
Lomax the Songhunter
by Rogier Kappers
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 22, 2006
Encore Broadcast: Sep. 2, 2008
Alan Lomax was "the song hunter," devoting his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry.
Up the Yangtze
by Yung Chang
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 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.
Beyond Hatred
by Olivier Meyrou
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 30, 2009
The story of a family's struggle to seek justice for their murdered son while trying to transcend hatred and the desire for revenge.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Nutkin's Last Stand
by Nicholas Berger
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
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Immortalized in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, the red is the island nation's only native species of squirrel. But it is being driven to extinction by the invading greys.
City of Cranes
by Eva Weber
PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 10, 2008
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 18, 2009
City of Cranes takes the viewer hundreds of feet above the ground to hear the insights of crane drivers, and see a glimpse of the poetic, mesmerizing world of cranes.
POV Shorts (2009)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers.
Utopia, Part 3
by Sam Green and Carrie Lozano
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
This Way Up
by Georgi Lazarevski
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 25, 2009
The security wall being built by Israel on the West Bank has isolated a nursing home, leaving its residents to face old age in the throes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador)
by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 1, 2009
Streaming Now (Until Apr. 10, 2016)
Two women matadors in Spain have a passion for bullfighting and are determined to pursue their dreams. What is it like for women to enter into this male-dominated arena?
The English Surgeon
by Geoffrey Smith
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 8, 2009
A remarkable depiction of one doctor's commitment to relieving suffering and of the emotional turmoil he undergoes in bringing hope to a desperate people.
Bronx Princess
by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 22, 2009
Rocky Otoo is the sassy teenage daughter of Ghanaian parents. After she rebels against her mother's rule in the Bronx, she flees to her father, a chief in Ghana.
The Beaches of Agnès
by Agnès Varda
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2010
In this delightful memoir, the award-winning French filmmaker employs all the magic of cinema to juxtapose the real and the imagined, the past and the present, pain and joy.
Promised Land
by Yoruba Richen
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Good Fortune
by Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 13, 2010
Good Fortune is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.
El General
by Natalia Almada
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 2010
Past and present collide as the daughter of Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico's president in 1924, reflects on his legacy.
The Edge of Dreaming
by Amy Hardie
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2010
Can dreams predict the future? A filmmaker explores dreams, neuroscience and the realm of spirituality in this fascinating investigation of the human subconscious.
Adoption Stories
by Deann Borshay Liem and Nicole Opper and Stephanie Wang-Breal
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2010
POV features three films about adoption — Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal; Off and Running by Nicole Opper; and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem — and has launched a national public awareness campaign to examine issues facing adoptees and families who choose to adopt.
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
by Deann Borshay Liem
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
My Perestroika
by Robin Hessman
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 2011
My Perestroika is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children searching for their places in today’s Moscow.
Enemies of the People
by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 12, 2011
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain largely unexplained. Until now.
Biblioburro
by Carlos Rendón Zipagauta
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 2011
Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano brings books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province's poor and violence-ridden interior.
Mugabe and the White African
by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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 Oath
by Laura Poitras
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 21, 2010
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 16, 2011
Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Bin Laden's former bodyguard and Salim Hamdan, a man facing war crimes charges.
Six Weeks
by Marcin Janos Krawczyk
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Six weeks is the period in which parents of newborn babies in Poland may decide to give up a child for adoption.
Armadillo
by Janus Metz
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 30, 2011
A platoon of Danish soldiers fight the Taliban at Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan.
The Learning
by Ramona Diaz
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 20, 2011
Four Filipino women leave their families and schools to teach in the U.S. The women bring idealistic visions of the teacher's craft and of American life.
My Reincarnation
by Jennifer Fox
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 21, 2012
As Chögyal Namkhai Norbu rises as a Buddhist teacher in the West, his son Yeshi, recognized as the reincarnation of a Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world.
Granito
by Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís and Peter Kinoy
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 2012
The extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice.
The Light in Her Eyes
by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 2012
Houda al-Habash, a conservative woman preacher in Damascus, Syria, calls girls to the practice of Islam, teaching them that pursuing their ambitions is a way of worshipping God.
Steam of Life
by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 2, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 16, 2012
In Finland, the sauna is a national obsession - a place to come together and sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also grief, hopes, joys and memories.
Presumed Guilty
by Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete and Geoffrey Smith
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 27, 2010
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 23, 2012
Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Kings of Pastry
by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 21, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Sep. 13, 2012
Pastry chefs whip up the most gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their desserts for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition.
El Velador (The Night Watchman)
by Natalia Almada
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 27, 2012
From dusk to dawn, a guard watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords.
Give Up Tomorrow
by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 4, 2012
A riveting exposé of corruption and injustice in the Philippines, chronicling a sensational murder case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment — but fails to free an innocent man.
Nostalgia for the Light
by Patricio Guzmán
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 25, 2012
In the Atacama Desert, earthly and celestial quests meld. Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.
Reportero
by Bernardo Ruiz
PBS Premiere Date: Jan. 7, 2013
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue publishing the news.
Girl Model
by A. Sabin and David Redmon
PBS Premiere Date: Mar. 24, 2013
The provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen through the eyes of a conflicted American modeling scout and the 13-year-old girl she discovers.
Special Flight
by Fernand Melgar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 1, 2013
The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, points up contradictions between compassionate social policies and intractable immigration laws.
High Tech, Low Life
by Stephen Maing
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 22, 2013
High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters, bloggers who are fighting censorship to document the underside of the country's rapid economic development.
Last Train Home
by Lixin Fan
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 27, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
The Law in These Parts
by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 19, 2013
For the first time, Israeli military and legal professionals who devised the legal framework behind the occupation are interviewed about this system, which mirrors the country's toughest moral quandaries.
5 Broken Cameras
by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 26, 2013
Oscar®nominee 5 Broken Cameras depicts life in a West Bank village where a security fence is being built. The film was shot by a Palestinian and co-directed by an Israeli.
The World Before Her
by Nisha Pahuja
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2013
The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.
Good Soil
by Sebastian Lemke and Benjamin Leers and Pablo Ben Yakov and Roland Scheliga and Christoph Ortmann
Digital Premiere Date: Mar. 12, 2014
Streaming Now
The Meier brothers' nursery faces the edge of the Garzweiler II coal pit. Every day the digger comes closer. A grey and lonesome world—except for one hidden place.
Dance for Me
by Katrine Philp
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 2014
At 15, Russian ballroom dancer Egor leaves everyone and everything he knows for a chance to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young performers. Will his choice be worth the sacrifices he must make?
Fallen City
by Qi Zhao
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
A World Not Ours
by Mahdi Fleifel
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2014
A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
Big Men
by Rachel Boynton
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Nature of War
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 10, 2014
Streaming Now (Until Nov. 10, 2018)
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.
The Caretaker
by Theo Rigby and Kate McLean
Digital Premiere Date: May. 12, 2014
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2015
Streaming Now (Until Jun. 28, 2019)
The Caretaker is a portrait of two women who are outsiders in the place they call home. Haru is a 95-year-old Japanese-American migrant who was interned during World War II. Joesy is an undocumented worker from Fiji who cares for her.
Web Junkie
by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 13, 2015
An extraordinary look into a internet addiction rehab in Beijing, China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Return to Homs
by Talal Derki
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 2015
A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.
Tea Time
by Maite Alberdi
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 27, 2015
A charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped five Chilean women commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.Official Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Beats of the Antonov
by hajooj kuka and Steven Markovitz
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 3, 2015
Sudanese civilians facing government bombing campaigns celebrate their heritage through music, finding hope and a common identity. Winner, Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Neuland
by Anna Thommen
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2015
One teacher prepares his students for their new life in Switzerland as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.
The Storm Makers
by Guillaume Suon
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2015
An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.
Ai Weiwei
by Andreas Johnsen
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 2, 2015
How the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.