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Films in the Series

PBS Week-Long National Television Event To Examine War On Terrorism, Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Experience of American Troops and Schisms Within the Muslim World

Series to air Nightly, April 15 – April 20, 2007 on PBS

Washington, D.C. — Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, the Washington, D.C., PBS affiliate, and John Boland, PBS Chief Content Officer, today announced nine of the eleven films that will air as part of the much-anticipated “America at a Crossroads” series scheduled to launch on Sunday, April 15 and run through Friday, April 20, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET).  Because of shooting schedules and producers still in the field, the line-up for Friday, April 20 has not yet been selected.

“America at a Crossroads,” the concept for which was developed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is a series of documentaries that explores the challenges confronting the world post 9/11, including the war on terrorism; the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; the experience of American troops; the struggle for balance within the Islamic world and Muslim life in America; and perspectives on America’s role globally.  The distinguished journalist Robert MacNeil will host the series. The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association meeting in Pasadena, California.

“‘America at a Crossroads’ is unique in the history of broadcasting given the amount of time dedicated to these issues and the diversity of films,” Sharon Rockefeller said.  “Combined with an extensive outreach program, our goal is to contribute to a national dialogue about our country’s policies and priorities while providing riveting — and often disturbing — glimpses into some of the most important public policies issues of our times.”

“These independently produced documentaries speak in distinct voices about the challenges we face as a nation post 9/11,” said John Boland, PBS Chief Content Officer.  “The depth and perspectives of the programming — and the diversity of the issues and voices explored  — serve as a fresh lens on some of the most challenging complexities of our time.”

In addition to the nine films announced today, WETA and PBS will select two more films from the 19 in production to air during the premiere week of April 15. Other films in the series will air as specials later in the year.  (The April broadcast schedule and film descriptions of the nine announced are attached.)

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) developed the initial concept for “America at a Crossroads” in 2004 with an open call for film projects.  More than 400 proposals were submitted from public television stations and independent documentary filmmakers around the world.  In 2006, CPB named WETA the producing station charged with overseeing all films throughout production.  Funding for the series, along with support for the outreach program, was provided by CPB.

Aimed at creating a national dialogue surrounding the crucial issues explored in the series, an extensive media and outreach campaign in more than 25 cities accompanies the series. The campaign features the filmmakers and their subjects in discussions with United States military personnel, leading policy experts, leaders of the Muslim American community, scholars from across the country as well as members of the public. Integrated Web and educational initiatives, along with local programming, further extend the campaign. The series will also have a major interactive Web presence at www.pbs.org/crossroads.

The executive producers of “America at a Crossroads” are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan.  Series producer is Leo Eaton, and Marjolaine Souquet is the associate producer.

WETA is the third-largest producing station in the public television system and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital.  WETA productions and co-productions include “The NewsHour with Jim LehrerOff-site link,” “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal,” “Avoiding Armageddon,” “American Valor,” “Reporting America at War” and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including “The War,” coming to PBS in fall 2007.  For more information on WETA and its programs, visit the Web site at www.weta.orgOff-site link.

America at a Crossroads
Broadcast Line-up

(All times are Eastern Standard Time, Schedule Subject to Change)

Sunday, April 15:

JIHAD: THE MEN AND IDEAS BEHIND AL QAEDA, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Monday, April 16:

WARRIORS, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17:

GANGS OF IRAQ, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

THE CASE FOR WAR: IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18:

EUROPE’S 9/11, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

THE MUSLIM AMERICANS, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19:

FAITH WITHOUT FEAR, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF ISLAM: INSIDE INDONESIA,
10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Friday, April 20:

SECURITY VERSUS LIBERTY: THE OTHER WAR , 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

THE BROTHERHOOD, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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