Documentaries with a point of view

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PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 12, 2007Check local listings »

Synopsis

Tony Kushner, whose epochal Angels in America won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, has emerged as one of the country's leading playwrights — and one of its fiercest moral critics. In the new award-winning film Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, Oscar-winning director Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, POV 1996) followed Kushner for three tumultuous years, from Sept. 11, 2001 to the 2004 presidential election, to delve into the passions that keep him reaching for the great American play. Actors Marcia Gay Harden, Meryl Streep, Tonya Pinkins and Emma Thompson, directors Mike Nichols and George C. Wolf, and writer/artist Maurice Sendak are seen collaborating with Kushner on such landmark works as Angels in America, Caroline, or Change, and Homebody/Kabul.