Independent Lens

Independent Lens

Each episode introduces new documentaries and dramas made by independent thinkers: filmmakers who are taking creative risks, calling their own shots and finding untold stories in unexpected places.

All Past Episodes


01:26:46 | #2018 | TV-14

Alabama high school wrestlers face challenges on and off the mat. Along with their coach, they grapple with obstacles that jeopardize their success but, despite the odds, these young men pursue their goals with humor and courage.

Harvest Season

01:26:46 | #2017 | TV-PG

Spend an agricultural year in Napa Valley and meet some of the unsung people who play a critical role in making some of the world's most celebrated wines.

Out of State

56:46 | #2016 | TV-PG

Shipped thousands of miles away from Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two Native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

Charm City

01:26:46 | #2015 | TV-14

A group of Baltimore citizens, police, and government officials cope with the consequences of three years of unparalleled violence. With grit, fury, and compassion, they're trying to reclaim their city's future.

The Providers

01:26:46 | #2014 | TV-PG

Follow three "country doctors" in rural New Mexico - the site of a physician shortage and an opioid epidemic - who work at clinics that offer care for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Tre Maison Dasan

01:26:46 | #2013 | TV-14

Explore the lives of Tre, Maison, and Dasan, three of the estimated one in 14 American children with a parent in prison. Take an emotional look at relationships tested by separation and the challenges of growing up with a parent behind bars.

People's Republic of Desire

01:26:46 | #2012 | TV-14

Meet a generation of young people in China who have come of age online, where virtual relationships are replacing real-life connections. Both the wealthy and the poor gather in online showrooms to worship their favorite online stars.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

01:26:46 | #2011 | TV-14

Visit Hale County, Alabama for an intimate and detailed glimpse at life in America's Black Belt.

Black Memorabilia

56:46 | #2010 | TV-14

At the intersection of racial identity, historical narrative, and international commerce, this film follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans - black memorabilia. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, meet the people who reproduce and reclaim these racially charged objects.

The King

01:56:46 | #2006 | TV-14

Climb into Elvis' 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. The program features Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Chuck D, and many more.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

01:26:46 | #2008 | TV-PG

Discover how Native American musicians have transformed American blues, jazz, and rock in this musical celebration featuring Robbie Robertson, Taj Mahal, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and more.

Rodents of Unusual Size

56:46 | #2007 | TV-14

Go deep into the bayous with fisherman Thomas Gonzales, who has lived through hurricanes and oil spills but now faces a bigger threat: 20-pound "swamp rats" who are eating up coastal wetlands. It's man vs. rodent.

My Country No More

56:46 | #2009 | TV-PG

Explore the rise and fall of the recent North Dakota oil boom through the intimate lens of one family fighting to preserve their agricultural way of life, which puts them at odds with relatives and neighbors determined to sell.

Man on Fire

56:46 | #2005 | TV-14

Learn the story of an elderly white Texas minister who set himself on fire to protest the virulent racism of his community and the country at large. Friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues search for an explanation of his action.

The Judge

01:26:46 | #2004 | TV-PG

Take a rare glimpse into Shari'a law (Islamic law), an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's religious courts.

The Cleaners

01:26:46 | #2003 | TV-M

Meet Filipino workers who comb through thousands of online images - particularly on Facebook and YouTube - to monitor and delete offensive, pornographic, and incendiary posts.


56:46 | #2002 | TV-PG

See how a group of Native and non-Native leaders in Maine came together to acknowledge and address the abuses suffered by Native children in the hands of the child welfare system, illuminating the ongoing crisis of indigenous child removal.


56:46 | #2001 | TV-PG

A wildland firefighting crew struggles with fear, loyalty, and defeat during a single fire season.

Served Like a Girl

01:26:46 | #1920 | TV-14

Meet five remarkable women rebuilding their lives with humor and heart in the Ms. Veteran America Competition. Wounded in action and transitioning to civilian life, these women seek to help others struggling with homelessness, PTSD, and other trauma.

ACORN and the Firestorm

01:26:46 | #1918 | TV-PG

Explore the politically charged battle to take down ACORN, a controversial national community-organizing group. Working with lower income communities, the group was investigated by undercover journalists, cutting to the heart of the political divide.

No Man's Land

01:26:46 | #1917 | TV-14

Go inside the 2016 standoff at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge between anti-government protestors and federal authorities. With remarkable access, the film documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise.

True Conviction

01:26:46 | #1919 | TV-PG

Meet three exonerated ex-prisoners who start a detective agency to rebuild their lives, help free other wrongly incarcerated persons, and fix the criminal justice system.

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky

56:46 | #1916 | TV-G

Experience the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

What Lies Upstream

01:26:46 | #1915 | TV-PG

Travel to West Virginia with investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.

The Art of the Shine

56:46 | #1914 | TV-PG

Meet the unforgettable people who are turning the job of shoe shiner into an art form. From La Paz to Toronto to New York, these proud craftsmen are transforming an all-but-ignored job into a fulfilling life of freedom and personal connection.

When God Sleeps

01:26:46 | #1913 | TV-14

Explore the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism, and human rights abuses.


01:56:46 | #1912 | TV-PG

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant - and unheralded - feminist activists of the 20th century.

Rat Film

56:46 | #1910 | TV-PG

Trace the history of Baltimore through this provocative film that uses the rat - as well as the humans who love them, live with them, and kill them - to chronicle the systemized oppression in impoverished communities far beyond the city's borders.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

01:58:03 | #1911 | TV-PG

Explore the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities have played in shaping American history, culture, and national identity.


01:26:46 | #1909 | TV-14

Explore the life of Winnie Mandela and her struggle to bring down Apartheid, with intimate insights from those closest to her and testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

I Am Another You

01:26:46 | #1908 | TV-PG

Join Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang and Dylan, a charismatic young homeless drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family, in this mysterious cross-cultural road trip that explores the limits and meaning of freedom.

The Force

01:26:46 | #1907 | TV-14

The long-troubled Oakland Police Department struggles to confront federal demands for reform; a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, Missouri; and an explosive scandal.

I Am Not Your Negro

01:26:46 | #1906 | TV-PG

This documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.


01:26:46 | #1905 | TV-PG

Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea's struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and meet others coping with this often-devastating and little-understood condition.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

01:26:46 | #1904 | TV-14

Meet the frank and funny creator of the groundbreaking Tales of the City and follow his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South to a gay rights pioneer whose work has inspired millions. With Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, and Ian McKellen.


01:26:46 | #1903 | TV-PG

Meet Naomi, a seemingly ordinary Orthodox Jewish preteen from New Jersey, who navigates the perils of adolescence while attempting to succeed at powerlifting.

Shadow World

01:26:46 | #1902 | TV-14

Based on Andrew Feinstein's acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this program reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

01:26:46 | #1901 | TV-PG

This portrait of jazz artist John Coltrane reveals the critical events, passions, experiences, and challenges that shaped his life and his revolutionary music.

Real Boy

56:46 | #1820 | TV-PG

A coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom, is explored.


56:46 | #1819 | TV-PG

A combat veteran coping with PTSD starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army.

They Call Us Monsters

01:26:46 | #1818 | TV-14

The Compound, where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals, is explored.

Forever Pure

01:26:46 | #1817 | TV-PG

The Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. acquired two Muslim players, which led to a backlash.

The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

56:46 | #1816 | TV-PG

A series of ordinary places across the United States, where prisons affect lives, are explored.

National Bird

01:26:46 | #1815 | TV-14

A drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer shed light on the US drone war.

The Last Laugh

01:26:46 | #1814 | TV-14

Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss what should be off-limits in comedy.

Seed: The Untold Story

56:46 | #1813 | TV-PG

Seed keepers around the world are determined to protect humanity's 12,000-year-old food legacy.


01:26:46 | #1812 | TV-PG

The aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 is explored.

Ovarian Psycos

56:46 | #1811 | TV-M

Based in the heart of Los Angeles' Eastside, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

The Bad Kids

01:26:46 | #1810 | TV-14

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out. Educators provide empathy and life skills to give these underserved students command of their own futures.


01:26:46 | #1809 | TV-PG

Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. This program reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years.

Accidental Courtesy

01:26:46 | #1808 | TV-PG

Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion - meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation.

Birth of a Movement

56:46 | #1807 | TV-PG

Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others.

The Witness

01:26:46 | #1806 | TV-PG

In 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York. Soon after, the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help. Kitty's brother re-examines his sister's life and death.

What Was Ours

56:46 | #1805 | TV-G

An Arapaho tribal elder, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, explores ancestral objects in the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum.

Containment/Excerpt from Uranium Drive-In

01:26:46 | #1804 | TV-PG

Explore the startling failure to manage waste and our attempts to plan for our radioactive future.

Best and Most Beautiful Things

56:46 | #1803 | TV-14

A precocious young blind woman chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community.

Meet The Patels

01:26:46 | #1802 | TV-PG

After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, a 30 year-old single man from a Hindu family enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America.

Best of Enemies

01:26:46 | #1801 | TV-14

In 1968, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. changed TV news forever with their explosive political debates. Live and unscripted, conservative Buckley and leftist Vidal riveted viewers as a new era in contentious public discourse was born.

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold

01:26:46 | #1720 | TV-PG

Meet Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women's boxing in 2012.


01:26:46 | #1719 | TV-PG

Go inside the contentious issue of abortion rights through the story of health care providers and others in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama who are fighting against controversial new TRAP laws that are closing clinics.

Dogtown Redemption

56:46 | #1718 | TV-14

Street recyclers fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California.

The Armor of Light

02:26:46 | #1717 | TV-PG

Two Christians - an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered - find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence.

Peace Officer

02:26:46 | #1716 | TV-14

Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. He established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

01:26:46 | #1715 | TV-14

Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on their fathers' character and crimes and on the price of forgiveness.

Democrats/Democrats/Soft Vengeance

01:56:46 | #1714 | TV-PG

Witness history being made as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution. Filmed over three years, this riveting account of a country's challenging first steps towards democracy plays like a true-life political thriller.

Welcome to Leith

01:26:46 | #1713 | TV-PG

Residents of a North Dakota town struggle against a notorious white supremacist. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

An Honest Liar

01:26:46 | #1712 | TV-PG

Meet James "The Amazing" Randi, the famed magician who has dedicated his life to exposing frauds.

Wilhemina's War

56:46 | #1711 | TV-PG

A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV and AIDS.


01:26:46 | #1710 | TV-PG

A longtime counterterrorism informant takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI. He invites filmmakers to follow his efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist, without informing his superiors.

A Ballerina's Tale

56:46 | #1709 | TV-PG

An intimate look at groundbreaking dancer Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.

No Mas Bebes (No More Babies)

56:46 | #1707 | TV-PG

Explore the case of Mexican-American women who claim they were coercively sterilized at a Los Angeles hospital in the late 1960s and 1970s.

In Football We Trust

01:26:46 | #1708 | TV-PG

Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.

Autism In Love

01:26:46 | #1706 | TV-PG

Follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate dating and romantic relationships.

Chuck Norris vs Communism

56:46 | #1705 | TV-PG

See how the power of cinema ignited a revolution in 1980s Romania, as an intrepid VHS bootlegger and a brave translator brought western movies to audiences behind the Iron Curtain.

East of Salinas

56:46 | #1704 | TV-PG

This story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance focuses on a California third grader.

Mimi and Dona

56:46 | #1703 | TV-PG

A 92-year-old mother caring for her disabled 64-year-old daughter faces tough choices.

India's Daughter

56:46 | #1702 | TV-M

The rape and murder of a female medical student in Delhi sparked an international movement for change.

Stray Dog

01:26:46 | #1701 | TV-14

A motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran is dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he comes to terms with his combat experience.

Limited Partnership

56:46 | #1617 | TV-PG

A gay couple took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality for 40 years.


01:26:46 | #1616 | TV-PG

In 1971, citizens broke into an FBI office to steal information on an illegal surveillance program.

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity

56:46 | #1615 | TV-PG

Follow the evolution of daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb's movement philosophy as expressed through her technique.

Kumu Hina

56:46 | #1614 | TV-PG

A transgender teacher in Hawaii inspires a tomboyish young girl to lead an all-male hula troupe.

The Great Invisible

01:26:46 | #1613 | TV-PG

Explore the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature.

The Homestretch

56:46 | #1612 | TV-PG

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters and high school pressures to build a brighter future.

Little Hope Was Arson/A City In Flames

01:26:46 | #1611 | TV-PG

A portrait of a community terrorized from the inside out when ten churches were burned down in one month, igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.

Little White Lie

56:46 | #1610 | TV-PG

An upper-middle-class woman with two loving Jewish parents unlocks a powerful family secret.

American Denial

56:46 | #1609 | TV-PG

This film uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still affect notions of race and class today.

Through a Lens Darkly

01:26:46 | #1608 | TV-PG

The story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives of generations, from slavery to the present, is told.

The Kill Team/Confusion Through Sand

01:26:46 | #1522 | TV-14

A U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan attempts to expose war crimes committed by his platoon. Also, a short film tells the story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.

Evolution of a Criminal

01:26:46 | #1607 | TV-PG

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas.

Rich Hill

01:26:46 | #1606 | TV-14

Three boys navigate the road between childhood and adolescence in a depressed Missouri town.


56:46 | #1605 | TV-PG

A Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas gets access to television stations for the first time.


56:46 | #1604 | TV-PG

A nimble young electrician In Kanpur, India provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile,the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.


56:46 | #1603 | TV-PG

The film examines Japanese society and its pursuit of efficiency at all costs in relation to a commuter train crash in 2005.

Twin Sisters

56:46 | #1602 | TV-G

Twin sisters, separated as infants in China and adopted by families in California and Norway, reunite.


01:26:46 | #1601 | TV-PG

This program captures the growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.

The New Black

56:46 | #1521 | TV-PG

A look at how the African American community grapples with same-sex marriage issues in Maryland.

God Loves Uganda

01:26:46 | #1520 | TV-M

A look at how the American Evangelical movement is influencing Uganda's laws against homosexuality.

Let The Fire Burn

01:26:46 | #1519 | TV-PG

The clash between Philadelphia police and the radical urban group MOVE in 1985 is chronicled.

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies

01:26:46 | #1518 | TV-PG

The story of serial plagiarist Jayson Blair and the scandal at The New York Times are detailed.

Muscle Shoals/Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story

01:56:46 | #1517 | TV-PG

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative music.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

01:26:46 | #1516 | TV-PG

This film covers Muhammad Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. It explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

Brothers Hypnotic

56:46 | #1515 | TV-PG

The Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran.


01:26:46 | #1514 | TV-PG

A varsity basketball team struggles to compete in a community beset by a crippled economy.

All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts

56:46 | #1513 | TV-14

Weight-loss surgery affects the health, friendship, and happiness of morbidly obese female friends.

Las Marthas

56:46 | #1512 | TV-PG

Latino debutantes dress like patriotic colonial figures at the debutante ball in Laredo, Texas.

Spies of Mississippi

56:46 | #1511 | TV-PG

This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s.

The State of Arizona

01:26:46 | #1510 | TV-PG

The complex realities behind Arizona's struggle with illegal immigration are explored.

Blood Brother

01:26:46 | #1509 | TV-14

The story of Rocky Braat, whose desire to find a family led him to an AIDS hostel in India.

At Berkeley

04:07:00 | #1508 | TV-PG

This film explores major aspects of university life at The University of California at Berkeley.

How to Survive A Plague

01:26:46 | #1507 | TV-14

The story of two grassroots coalitions who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

01:26:46 | #1506 | TV-PG

Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world's greatest sushi chef, owns Sukiyabashi Jiro, a restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its appearance, the restaurant has been awarded a three-star Michelin Guide rating.

Playwright: From Page to Stage

56:46 | #1505 | TV-PG

Two young playwrights - an African American from Miami's inner city and an Indian American from Cleveland - create a new language for the stage.

Young Lakota

56:46 | #1504 | TV-PG

A proposed abortion clinic in a South Dakota Native American reservation causes a political storm.

Indian Relay

56:46 | #1503 | TV-PG

Teams from three American Indian communities compete in a grueling style of bareback horse racing.

The Graduates

56:46 | #1502 | TV-PG

The roots of the Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six inspiring young students.

The Graduates

56:46 | #1501 | TV-PG

An intimate look at the roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students.

The Waiting Room/Let Me Down Easy

01:26:46 | #1419 | TV-PG

Highland Hospital in Oakland, California battles its way through seismic shifts in America's healthcare system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

01:26:46 | #1418 | TV-PG

This film follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

The Revolutionary Optimists

56:46 | #1417 | TV-PG

Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become change agents in the slums of Kolkata India. This film follows Amlan and three of the children he works with on a journey through adolescence, as they challenge the idea that marginalization is written into their destiny.


01:26:46 | #1415 | TV-PG

A dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs, and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers" in Detroit, Michigan are profiled.

The Invisible War

01:26:46 | #1416 | TV-14

One of America's most shameful and best kept secrets, the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military, is examined.

Seeking Asian Female

56:46 | #1414 | TV-PG

An elderly American man and a young Chinese woman pursue a marriage brokered by the internet.

The Undocumented

01:26:46 | #1413 | TV-M

The story of the migrants who die while trying to cross an unforgiving desert along the Arizona/Mexico border in search of a better life.

The Island President

01:26:46 | #1412 | TV-PG

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

56:46 | #1411 | TV-PG

The comic book superheroine Wonder Woman and popular representations of powerful women are explored.

The House I Live In/As I Am

01:56:46 | #1410 | TV-14

This film captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America's drug war, from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, and the inmate to the federal judge.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

01:26:46 | #1409 | TV-14

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media.

The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

56:46 | #1408 | TV-PG

Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.

The Revisionaries

56:46 | #1407 | TV-PG

Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole.

Beauty Is Embarrassing

01:26:46 | #1406 | TV-PG

Wayne White got his big break when he helped create the unhinged children's show Pee-Wee's Playhouse. This film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of this Tennessean commercial artist as he struggles to find peace and balance between his work and his art.

Soul Food Junkies

56:46 | #1405 | TV-PG

The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences.

Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream

56:46 | #1401 | TV-PG

The address 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan boasts the highest number of billionaires of any apartment building in the United States. Less than four miles away is New York's 16th Congressional District in the South Bronx, which has the highest poverty rate in the U.S.

Solar Mamas

56:46 | #1404 | TV-PG

India's Barefoot College provides rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable.

Love Free Or Die

56:46 | #1403 | TV-PG

Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

As Goes Janesville

56:46 | #1402 | TV-PG

Traces the impact of the economic crisis on the people of Janesville, Wisconsin. The film records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials all trying to reinvent their lives amid the closure of their GM plant and America's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.


56:46 | #1327 | TV-PG

A formidable figure standing 5'8" tall and weighing more than 300 pounds, U.S. Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth prepares for Beijing in 2008.

We Were Here

01:26:46 | #1326 | TV-14

A look at how the community worked together when AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s.

Hell and Back Again

01:26:46 | #1324 | TV-PG

Two overlapping narratives are intercut - the life of a Marine at war on the front and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home. U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina and his devoted wife to fight pain, addiction, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home.

Left by the Ship

56:46 | #1325 | TV-PG

A look at the largely forgotten children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992.

Precious Knowledge

56:46 | #1323 | TV-PG

Student leaders fight to save a Tuscon high school's Mexican American Studies when the program comes under fire from lawmakers.

Summer Pasture

01:26:46 | #1322 | TV-PG

Rapid modernization impacts the traditional life of a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet.


56:46 | #1321 | TV-PG

The Ponce family circus struggles to make a living against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing rural economy.

Facing The Storm: Story of the American Bison

56:46 | #1320 | TV-PG

Review the rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America: bison.

Revenge of the Electric Car

01:26:46 | #1319 | TV-PG

Follow the race among major car-makers to make and market electric cars.

When The Drum Is Beating

56:46 | #1318 | TV-PG

Explores Haiti's complex past and present through the music of the country's oldest and most popular band - Septentrional.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

01:26:46 | #1317 | TV-PG

Discover the man behind the furry red monster named Elmo - puppeteer Kevin Clash.

You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't

56:46 | #1316 | TV-PG

A first-person account of Lee Gorewitz's life inside the Traditions Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Care Unit at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. The film reveals Lee's penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging.

More Than A Month

56:46 | #1315 | TV-PG

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

01:26:46 | #1314 | TV-PG

Examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African-American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

56:46 | #1313 | TV-PG

The story of Daisy Bate's life and her public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - Free at Last

56:46 | #1312 | TV-PG

The apartheid regime in Pretoria crumbles under pressure from a united popular uprising inside its borders, and crushing international pressure to reform. Nelson Mandela is freed from prison and in 1990 is elected president of a democratic South Africa.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - The Bottom Line

56:46 | #1311 | TV-PG

The most effective tactic in globalizing the fight against apartheid was the grassroots boycott and divestment campaign that targeted Western corporations doing business with the South African regime.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - From Selma to Soweto

56:46 | #1310 | TV-PG

Only a decade removed from the height of its own civil rights movement, the United States becomes a key battleground as African Americans lead a grassroots movement to force the United States to reverse its policies toward South Africa.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - The New Generation

56:46 | #1309 | TV-PG

When South Africa's ruling whites brutally suppress a youth uprising in Soweto and murder resistance leader Steven Biko, young people in the West join a growing international movement to sanction and isolate South Africa.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - Road to Resistance

56:46 | #1308 | TV-PG

Just as the United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa heads in the opposite direction, instituting a system of racist and oppressive laws against non-whites, and imprisoning opposition leaders including Nelson Mandela.

These Amazing Shadows

56:46 | #1307 | TV-PG

This program looks at the work of the National Film Preservation Board and the cinematic treasures it strives to save, from Hollywood blockbusters to avant-garde gems, and from the earliest days of film to today. Hear from scholars and artists from across the field, and witness some of the greatest masterpieces of American film.

The Woodmans

01:26:46 | #1306 | TV-PG

This program is a portrait of one family's fall and redemption in the often brutal world of art. Family patriarch George is a professor and painter. Wife and mother Betty is a ceramicist who earns her own show at The Met. Charlie, their son, is a video artist. Most highly regarded is Francesca, their daughter, one of the late 20th century's most recognized photographers, whose fame came after her suicide at the age of 22.

We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean

56:46 | #1305 | TV-PG

The story of the revival of the language of the Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts.

Deaf Jam

56:46 | #1304 | TV-PG

A group of New York City deaf teens reveal their passions, frustrations, and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry.

Lives Worth Living

56:46 | #1303 | TV-PG

Fred Fay's life proves that one man can change the world, even though he has to lie flat on his back just to stay alive. This film looks at Fay's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the small group of dedicated activists who formed the Disability Rights Movement.

Donor Unknown/All About Me

01:26:46 | #1302 | TV-14

Follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. Along the way, she meets siblings she never knew existed.

Wham! Bam! Islam!

56:46 | #1301 | TV-PG

When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace.

Two Spirits

56:46 | #1225 | TV-14

Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. This film explores the life and death of a boy, who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.

Welcome to Shelbyville

56:46 | #1224 | TV-PG

Focuses on a small Southern town as it grapples with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration. The film captures the complexity of the African American, Latino, white, and Somali subjects as their lives intertwine against the backdrop of a crumbling economy and the election of a new president.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

56:46 | #1223 | TV-G

Explores the history of Japan's love affair with bugs.


01:56:46 | #1222 | TV-PG

A portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex figures of our time, Bhutto is the epic tale of the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, who broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the first woman leader of a Muslim country.

A Film Unfinished

01:26:46 | #1221 | TV-14

A haunting film about a classic Nazi propaganda film used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.


01:26:46 | #1220 | TV-PG

After a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Waste Land

01:26:47 | #1219 | TV-PG

Renowned artist Vik Muniz journeys from Brooklyn to Brazil and to Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There Muniz photographs an eclectic band of catadores — pickers of recyclable materials — and works with them to "paint" their portraits using garbage.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

01:26:46 | #1218 | TV-PG

Chronicles the short but brilliant life of the young artist who revolutionized the New York art scene.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

56:46 | #1217 | TV-PG

The incredible true story of how one man, Igor Savitsky, saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars by "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan.

Pushing the Elephant

01:26:46 | #1216 | TV-PG

When civil war came to Rose's Congolese village, her harrowing experience included the nighttime arrest of her entire family, the execution of her husband, and grim negotiations with guards which lead to her separation from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. More than a decade later, after eventually resettling in Phoenix, Ariz., with nine of her 10 children, she is reunited with Nangabire.

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

56:46 | #1215 | TV-M

At the age of 16, Cyntoia Brown, who had suffered a long history of abuse, finds herself in a situation where she ends up killing a man who had picked her up for sex. The filmmaker has unprecedented access to Cyntoia in prison, and spends two years with her and her family as they await her eventual sentencing to life in prison in Tennessee.

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

56:46 | #1214 | TV-14

William S. Burrough's work was vilified by conservatives and banned by the U.S. government, but emerged to influence artists for generations to come.

When I Rise

56:46 | #1213 | TV-PG

The story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted music student who found herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

For Once in My Life

01:26:46 | #1212 | TV-PG

Made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, the Spirit of Goodwill Band is a raucous home away from home where members are free to display their talent, humor, and tenacity.

Children of Haiti

56:46 | #1211 | TV-PG

In the midst of Haiti's lush mountains and historical relics is an epidemic of over 500,000 orphan children who wander the streets day and night. This film follows three teenage boys who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance.

Men Who Swim

56:46 | #1210 | TV-PG

A look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden's all-male synchronized swimming team. What begins as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities gradually evolves into a more serious commitment.

The Calling (Part 2)

01:56:46 | #1209 | TV-PG

This mini-series follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey - training to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must uphold timeless truths in an era that values quick fixes and hot trends, and face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission.

The Calling (Part 1)

01:56:46 | #1208 | TV-PG

This mini-series follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey - training to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must uphold timeless truths in an era that values quick fixes and hot trends, and face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission.


56:46 | #1207 | TV-PG

Explores the congruities of daily life in an American town - Sidney, Ohio. Through a patient and inquisitive look at the lives and landscapes that make up this community of 20,000 people, the film captures the complexities and ambiguities of their shared experience.

Deep Down

56:46 | #1206 | TV-PG

Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in Eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposite sides of a debate that divides their community and the world.

Lost Sparrow

01:26:46 | #1205 | TV-14

Three decades ago, two Crow Indian brothers ran away from home and no one knew why. Their sudden and mysterious deaths sent shockwaves through a tiny upstate New York community and their adoptive family.

The Longoria Affair

56:46 | #1204 | TV-PG

Private Felix Longoria died during World War II, his Texas hometown's only funeral parlor refused his family because "the whites wouldn't like it." The incident created deep divisions — but it also helped launch the Mexican American civil rights movement.

Reel Injun

56:46 | #1203 | TV-PG

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the myth of "the Injun."

Art and Copy

01:26:46 | #1202 | TV-PG

An intimate look at the people behind the curtain of modern consumer culture.

The Parking Lot Movie

56:46 | #1201 | TV-PG

Chronicles the rarefied world of one small parking lot in a college town, and the asphalt philosophers who work as attendants there.

Goodbye Solo

01:26:46 | #1127 | TV-PG

A drama about an old man who wants to die — and the cab driver who wants to talk him out of it.

A Village Called Versailles

56:46 | #1126 | TV-PG

A successful fight by New Orleans' Vietnamese refugee community against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill.

Project Kashmir

56:46 | #1125 | TV-PG

Two American women, one Muslim, the other Hindu, document the costs of war in one of the most dangerous and beautiful places on Earth.

The Horse Boy

56:46 | #1124 | TV-PG

A family's unforgettable journey as they travel from Texas to Mongolia in search of a miracle to heal their autistic son.


56:46 | #1123 | TV-PG

The daughter of an unwed mother, who herself has an unplanned baby out of wedlock, struggles with the idea of family.

Garbage Dreams

56:46 | #1122 | TV-PG

Follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village outside Cairo.

Dirt! The Movie

56:46 | #1121 | TV-PG

Traveling around the world, this program delves into the fascinating history of this lowly substance and shows how its mistreatment can result in natural disasters. Jamie Lee Curtis narrates.

Blessed Is the Match

56:46 | #1120 | TV-PG

Documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper and resistance fighter and was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Joan Allen narrates.

Unmistaken Child

01:26:46 | #1119 | TV-PG

A Tibetan disciple's search for the reincarnation of his late master.

Whatever It Takes

56:46 | #1118 | TV-PG

The struggles and triumphs of the first year of an innovative public high school in New York City's South Bronx.

Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)

56:46 | #1117 | TV-PG

Explores national identity, the lives of immigrants and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they no longer consider home.

The Eyes of Me

56:46 | #1116 | TV-PG

An up-close look at four teens who have lost their sight.

Behind the Rainbow

01:26:46 | #1115 | TV-PG

A previously untold account of South Africa's political problems, struggles, and realities.


01:26:46 | #1114 | TV-PG

The poignant and powerful story of animals left behind during Katrina and of the struggles of hurricane victims to reunite with their beloved pets. And, this documentary short mixes imagery from the filmmaker's childhood home before and after Katrina.

P-Star Rising

01:26:46 | #1112 | TV-PG

A successful nine-year-old rapper struggles to remain a little girl.

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

56:46 | #1113 | TV-PG

Examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits, a controversial Jewish anthropologist whose writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture.

Copyright Criminals

56:46 | #1111 | TV-PG

Examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law, and money.

Young @ Heart

01:56:46 | #1110 | TV-PG

The surprising, delightful, entertaining, and inspiring members of the Young@Heart Chorus, a New England senior citizens chorus that has charmed audiences worldwide with their renditions of songs by everyone from the Clash to Coldplay.

Scenes From a Parish

01:26:46 | #1109 | TV-PG

Follows the wildly diverse personal stories of a young priest and his unruly flock in a changing working-class community.

Between the Folds

56:46 | #1108 | TV-G

A group of theoretical scientists and fine artists has abandoned careers to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders.


56:46 | #1107 | TV-PG

A look at our complex relationship with manufactured objects, the people who design them and the creative process behind their work.

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos

01:26:46 | #1106 | TV-PG

An intimate portrait of the 50-year journey of two giants of modern cinematography and the deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary.

D Tour

01:26:46 | #1105 | TV-PG

An aspiring indie rock musician searches for an organ donor when one of his kidneys begins to fail.

Power Paths

56:46 | #1104 | TV-PG

Native-American traditional values regarding conservation and the earth offer real solutions to America's energy crisis.

Journals of a Wily School

56:46 | #1103 | TV-PG

The police in Kolkata, India, offer a young pickpocket a full pardon if he helps track down more notorious criminals.

Butte, America

56:46 | #1102 | TV-PG

The epic tale of Butte, Montana, once the world's largest producer of copper.

Herb and Dorothy

56:46 | #1101

Herb Vogel was a postal clerk. Dorothy Vogel was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos

01:26:46 | #1026 | TV-PG

Director Juan Mandelbaum returns to his native Argentina to discover what happened to friends and loved ones who "disappeared" during the 1976-1983 military dictatorships there.

Ask Not

56:46 | #1025 | TV-PG

Explores the tangled political battles that led to the military's infamous "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Steal a Pencil for Me

56:46 | #1020 | TV-PG

Secret love letters give a couple the strength to survive in a concentration camp.

Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

01:56:46 | #1024 | TV-14

When their plane crashed in the Andean Cordillera in October 1972, a group of young men beat the odds, surviving for 72 days in the mountains before their rescue. Thirty years later, the survivors tell their stories.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

01:26:46 | #1023 | TV-PG

Interviews with current and former members of the Bloods and the Crips, two infamous gangs.

Wings of Defeat

56:46 | #1022 | TV-PG

A niece retraces the footsteps of her uncle, who trained as a Kamikaze pilot during his youth but carried the secret to his grave.

At Home in Utopia

56:46 | #1021 | TV-PG

The history of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, one of four cooperative apartments built in the Bronx in the 1920s by Jewish garment workers.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

56:46 | #1019 | TV-PG

Follows Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai in her quest to reclaim her land and her culture through the simple act of planting trees.

Milking the Rhino

56:46 | #1018 | TV-PG

A revolution in rural Africa that is turning poachers into preservationists and local people into the stewards of natural resources.


01:26:46 | #1017 | TV-PG

The daily life of an ex-Mujahideen soldier as he scours the streets to earn a meager living collecting cardboard to recycle.

Lakshmi and Me

56:46 | #1011 | TV-PG

Lakshmi has been working for Nishtha as a part-time maid for six years in Mumbai. Against the backdrop of a culture in which "servants" are often treated as social inferiors, Nishtha begins making a film with Lakshmi. Over a year of unexpected changes, the film looks at their ingrained notions of hierarchy as the process of filming influences their relationship.

Arusi Persian Wedding

56:46 | #1016 | TV-PG

Iranian American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother's return to Iran during the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding.

The Order of Myths/Bi-Racial Hair

01:26:46 | #1015 | TV-PG

Race relations surrounding Mobile Alabama's Mardi Gras celebration; a satirical look at the racial tension experienced by young Americans of mixed ethnic backgrounds.

Tulia, Texas

56:46 | #1014 | TV-PG

The story of a small Texas town's search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation's war on drugs.

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

56:46 | #1013 | TV-PG

America's original shock-jock, Petey Greene, became a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history.


56:46 | #1012 | TV-PG

A first-time director speaks with historians and designers about the choices and aesthetics behind the use of fonts.

Operation Filmmaker

01:26:46 | #1010 | TV-14

An Iraqi film student works on a Hollywood movie, setting the stage for cultural misunderstandings.

Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

56:46 | #1009 | TV-14

A look at the impact on art, entertainment, and fashion by the 1975 cult classic Grey Gardens about Edith Beale, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Wonders Are Many: The Making of Dr. Atomic

01:26:46 | #1008 | TV-PG

The story of making a grand opera about the birth of the atomic bomb. This behind-the-scenes documentary follows composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars over the course of a year as they work to forge the tale of J. Robert Oppenheimer into a music drama.


56:46 | #1007 | TV-PG

A biography of literary figure Harold Louis "Doc" Humes by his daughter. Exploring Doc's paranoia and mental illness, this program sheds light on an original mind as well as the cultural history of postwar America.

The Atom Smashers

56:46 | #1006 | TV-PG

A group of obsessed American physicists leads the international search for the Higgs Boson - a particle so important to the understanding of how the universe is held together that it has been dubbed the "god particle" and the "holy grail" of physics.

March Point

56:46 | #1005 | TV-PG

Three teens from the Swinomish Tribe make a film about the threat their people face from two local oil refineries.


01:26:46 | #1004 | TV-14

An intimate look at war through the eyes of several female soldiers serving in Iraq who became the first women in U.S. history to be sent into direct ground combat—despite a policy that bans them from such actions.

Knee Deep

01:26:46 | #1003 | TV-14

Every time Josh Osborne found himself exhausted from work and knee-deep in cow manure, his parents reminded him that someday their Maine dairy farm would be his. But then Dad died and Mom reneged on the deal. So Josh and a motley crew of backwoods friends and relatives hatched a hare-brained scheme: Kill Mom and keep the farm.

Dinner with Musharraf

56:46 | #1002 | TV-PG

Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan sit down with former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to talk over his ideas for a democratized society in their country.

Chicago 10

01:56:32 | #1001 | TV-14

Mixes original animation with extraordinary archival footage to explore the buildup to and unraveling of the infamous conspiracy trial of the Chicago Seven.

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

01:26:46 | #927 | TV-PG

The true story of a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies in 1977 and her parents' 30-year battle to bring her home.

Deep Water

01:26:46 | #926 | TV-PG

The fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who entered the very first around-the-world solo boat race.

The Cool School

56:46 | #925 | TV-PG

From 1956 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of a nascent modern art scene, grooming idealistic beatniks into competitive, often brilliant artists.

Writ Writer

56:46 | #924 | TV-PG

A Mexican American's legal battle against the violence and abuse of prisoners' rights in the Texas prison system.

New Year Baby

56:46 | #923 | TV-PG

A Cambodian-American filmmaker journeys to Cambodia to find out why her family's history was buried in secrecy for so long.

A Dream in Doubt

56:46 | #922 | TV-PG

The victim of the first hate-based murder in the wake of 9/11 was a Sikh whose family had moved to Arizona in search of religious freedom.

Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

56:46 | #921 | TV-PG

An exploration of males' roles in the hula tradition.

King Corn

01:26:46 | #920 | TV-PG

Recent college grads Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis plant a single acre of the nation's most powerful crop—corn—and then set out to follow it on its journey to America's tables.

Water Flowing Together

56:46 | #919 | TV-PG

An intimate portrait of a remarkable dancer, Jock Soto, who retired from the New York City Ballet at age 40 after a 24-year career.


56:46 | #918 | TV-PG

A profile of an all-female mariachi band explores how they are tackling a formerly male-dominated musical tradition.

Iron Ladies of Liberia

56:46 | #917 | TV-PG

Behind the scenes with Africa's first freely elected female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Hard Road Home

56:46 | #916 | TV-PG

Follows three former felons around New York City as they negotiate the various stages of readjusting to life "on the outside."


01:26:46 | #915 | TV-PG

The stories of three counties that forcefully banished African-American families from their towns 100 years ago.

How Is Your Fish Today?

01:26:46 | #913 | TV-PG

Trapped in the middle of the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon, a Sikh-American family has only one hope: the occasional car that drives by on the remote highway. Issues of tradition, faith, conformity, and sacrifice rise to the fore in the drama after the family's youngest son accuses his turban-clad orthodox father of looking like a terrorist to drivers passing by.

American Made

26:46 | #914 | TV-PG

While working on his latest screenplay in Beijing, Hui Rao suffers from serious writer's block and begins to live the life of the character he is trying to create.

A Son's Sacrifice

26:46 | #912 | TV-PG

Imran, a young Muslim American, must confront his mixed heritage and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community as he struggles to take over the family business.

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita

01:26:46 | #911 | TV-PG

Explores several facets of the stem cell debate by examining the constantly evolving interplay among the promise of new discoveries, scientific and moral controversies, and the courage of people living with devastating disease and injury who hope that this research will lead to cures.

Today's Man

56:46 | #910 | TV-PG

Filmmaker Lizzie Gottlieb documents her brother's strange and extraordinary life after he is diagnosed at age 21 with Asperger's syndrome.

An Unreasonable Man

01:56:46 | #909 | TV-PG

An unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of our time.

The Paper

01:26:46 | #908 | TV-PG

Follows a year in the life of Pennsylvania State University's campus newspaper as its student reporters and editors confront the pressures and problems inherent in today's media.

Sisters in Law

01:52:59 | #907 | TV-14

In a small courthouse in the African nation of Cameroon, tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks, and justice in fair measure.

The Creek Runs Red

56:46 | #906 | TV-PG

A visit to the mining town of Picher, OK explores the human response to an environmental disaster and the complex connections between people and place.

Miss Navajo

56:46 | #905 | TV-PG

Follows contestants in their quest for the crown in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant and features personal stories of recent winners.

Red White Black & Blue

56:46 | #904 | TV-14

On June 7, 1942, 3,000 Japanese troops invaded Alaska. Two U.S. soldiers who fought on the Aleutian island of Attu revisit the scene 60 years later and recall one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

Storm of Emotions

01:26:46 | #903 | TV-PG

Explores Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy amid great social and political turmoil from the perspective of the Israeli police force. These front-line troops must wrestle with their own emotions, beliefs, and consciences while attempting to maintain civil order and a democratic outcome.

Please Vote for Me

56:32 | #902 | TV-PG

Follows 8-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for the position of school monitor.


01:26:37 | #901 | TV-PG

An entertaining and informative look at the work of Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, with comments from Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, and other celebrity "cruciverbalists" as they work their way through one challenging example.

La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul

56:46 | #827 | TV-PG

Afro-Cuban pop singer Lupe Victoria Yoli, renowned for her emotional performances, was crowned "The Queen of Latin Soul" by the denizens of New York's Latin music scene in the 1960s. But this quintessential bad girl eventually died tragically—and virtually forgotten.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

01:26:46 | #826 | TV-PG

The true story of a homeless street musician searching for meaning in his life, unaware that the flock of parrots that mysteriously appears outside a cottage on Telegraph Hill will bring him everything he needs.


56:46 | #825 | TV-PG

The stories of two families of Jehovah's Witnesses who are standing firm in their often misunderstood faith help illustrate how the controversial religious denomination has helped shape history beyond the doorstep.

Sentenced Home

56:46 | #824 | TV-PG

Raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian refugees each made a rash decision as teenagers that irrevocably shaped their destiny. Years later, they face deportation to Cambodia.

The Cats of Mirikitani

56:46 | #823 | TV-PG

Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets, a local filmmaker brings him to her home, where they embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

01:56:47 | #822 | TV-14

Academy Award-nominated documentary of one of the biggest business scandals in American history.

Black Gold

01:23:15 | #821 | TV-PG

An eye-opening look at the $80 billion coffee industry contrasts Westerners enjoying designer lattés with impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffering the bitter taste of injustice.

China Blue

56:46 | #820 | TV-PG

A rare and poignant look at the individuals who toil day-to-day to make the clothes we buy.

Race to Execution

56:46 | #819 | TV-PG

Follows the fates of two Death Row inmates and uses research on race, justice, and the media to expose the factors that influence who lives and who dies at the hands of the state.


01:24:57 | #818 | TV-PG

In 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and pulled off the largest art heist in modern history. Among the 13 priceless works lifted was Vermeer's The Concert, thought to be the world's most valuable missing painting.

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

01:26:46 | #817 | TV-PG

Follows the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt from inside the campaign of political newcomer Jeff Smith.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

56:46 | #816 | TV-14

An in-depth look at machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture.

Motherland Afghanistan

56:46 | #815 | TV-PG

One in seven Afghan women dies in childbirth. Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi chronicles the work of her father, an OB/GYN, as he struggles to help women beat those odds. The journey takes him from Kabul's recently renamed Laura Bush Maternity Ward to an isolated provincial hospital serving patients who often travel for days to get there.

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

01:26:46 | #814 | TV-PG

As Duke Ellington's co-composer, arranger, and right-hand man, Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the greatest American music of the 20th century. But as a gay man in the 1940s and '50s, he had to stay in the shadows while Ellington played to thunderous applause on center stage.


56:46 | #813 | TV-PG

The stories of people who live with dystonia, a neurological disorder that forces muscles to twist into abnormal, often painful, movements or postures.

Beyond the Call

56:36 | #812 | TV-PG

Three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering life-saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors.


54:47 | #811 | TV-PG

An intimate look at the evolution of a young Arab-Israeli woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture. Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.

A Fish Story

56:46 | #810 | TV-PG

A tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle against a coalition of national environmental groups for control of the ocean.

SHORT STACK 2006 with My Life Disoriented

55:00 | #809 | TV-PG

A selection of short films about the experiences of two Asian-American teenagers in a strange town.

Revolución: Five Visions

56:41 | #808 | TV-PG

The story of five Cuban photographers whose lives and work span more than four decades and whose perspectives on photography are as varied as their opinions about the Cuban Revolution.

A Sad Flower in the Sand

56:46 | #807 | TV-PG

Illustrates John Fante's deep-rooted love of the city of Los Angeles.

Two Square Miles

56:46 | #806 | TV-PG

Tracks the unfolding conflicts as a proposed multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape the town of Hudson in upstate New York.

Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press

01:56:47 | #805 | TV-PG

In Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone, and the U.S., journalists and champions of independent media work to make and keep their societies free.

Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire

56:46 | #804 | TV-PG

Traces the life and work of political cartoonist Paul Conrad. Over the course of a colorful 50-year career, he has enlivened the pages of the Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times with satirical depictions of political figures and issues and won multiple Pulitzer Prizes.

Muskrat Lovely

56:46 | #802 | TV-PG

Every year in Golden Hill, MD, the world's best muskrat skinners compete to see who can skin the fastest.

Still Life with Animated Dogs

26:46 | #803 | TV-PG

Animator Paul Fierlinger presents his observations about people, dogs, and things of a divine nature.

The World According to Sesame Street

01:26:46 | #801 | TV-PG

A behind-the-scenes look at how various international versions of Sesame Street are tailored to fit different children's realities illustrates that social change can come from the most unlikely sources—including a team of Muppets.

A Lion in the House (Part 2)

01:56:46 | #729 | TV-PG

An inspiring, harrowing, and intimate film follows five young people, including a teenager from Florence, as they fight against cancer with the help of their families and the doctors and nurses of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

A Lion in the House (Part 1)

01:56:04 | #728 | TV-PG

An inspiring, harrowing, and intimate film follows five young people, including a teenager from Florence, as they fight against cancer with the help of their families and the doctors and nurses of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

56:46 | #727 | TV-PG

Against all odds, John Peterson abandons conventional chemical farming and fights local hysteria to build a thriving organic farm and a progressive farm community.

The Great Pink Scare

56:46 | #726 | TV-PG

The little-known 1960 felony conviction of three homosexual Smith College professors marked the peak of sexual McCarthyism, which pitted individuals' privacy against national security claims.

The Devil's Miner

01:26:46 | #725 | TV-PG

Two brothers tempt fate in the underground mining tunnels of Bolivia in hopes that their earnings will eventually lead to a better life.

Frozen Angels

01:26:46 | #724 | TV-PG

The future of human reproduction is available today in Los Angeles. Dream-like cinematography creates a roller-coaster ride through the business of DNA.

Fishbowl/American Made

56:46 | #723 | TV-PG

Fishbowl, a dramatic short adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, chronicles a quest that culminates in one fateful Halloween night. American Made confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity, and sacrifice through the story of a young son who accuses his turban-clad, orthodox father of looking like a terrorist.

Music from the Inside Out

01:26:46 | #722 | TV-G

The intersection of art and life is at the core of this program, a musical journey featuring the 105 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The film focuses on the mystery and magic of music itself, creating a mosaic of the stories, ideas, and experiences that form the heart of these musicians' lives inside and outside the concert hall.

A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

01:56:46 | #721 | TV-PG

Follows four pro bowlers as they compete in the newly modernized Professional Bowlers Association. Their competitive ups and downs are interwoven with the history of professional bowling in America, from its glory days in the 1950s to its near extinction by the late 1990s.

La Sierra

56:46 | #720 | TV-PG

Three young people confront war, death, and love in a Medellín, Colombia neighborhood ruled by violence and a group of teenage paramilitants.


56:46 | #719 | TV-PG

Photographs, archival footage, interviews, and performances reveal the philosophy and motivations behind Native American activist and poet John Trudell, examining his work and its relationship to contemporary Indian history.

Taking The Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City

56:46 | #718 | TV-PG

The story of Lt. Brenda Berkman of the Fire Department of New York is set within the context of the history of women firefighters in America.

Troop 1500

56:46 | #717 | TV-PG

At the Gatesville Prison in Texas, a unique Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who have been convicted of serious crimes. Facing steep sentences from the courts and tough questions from their children, the mothers struggle to rebuild relationships as their daughters make their way through childhood.

The Loss of Nameless Things

01:26:46 | #716 | TV-14

In 1978, Oakley Hall was a promising playwright on the verge of national recognition when a mysterious fall violently transformed his life. The haunting story of his literal fall from grace is also a tale of the vibrant artists who surrounded him and of what happened when, decades later, a theater company discovered the very play he was writing the night he fell.

Almost Home

01:26:46 | #713 | TV-PG

True stories from inside a nursing home present unflinchingly honest portraits of elders, children of elders, nursing assistants, and one visionary nursing home director.

July '64

56:46 | #715 | TV-PG

In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, NY—the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness, and racial discrimination and a significant event in the civil rights era. Archival footage and interviews with those who were present explore the genesis and outcome of these three devastating nights.

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

56:46 | #714 | TV-PG

Credited with inspiring the Black Power movement, Robert Williams led his North Carolina hometown to defend itself against the Ku Klux Klan and challenge repressive Jim Crow laws. His journey from community leader to exile in Cuba and China brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the civil rights movement.

Girl Trouble

56:46 | #712 | TV-PG

The stories of young women who were once part of the juvenile justice system—and are now running an organization for girls in trouble—reveal how badly the system is failing the fastest-growing prison population in America.


56:46 | #711 | TV-PG

With the help of God, guns, and the hundreds of blood relatives who populate his jurisdiction, Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees Brunswick County, NC—a rural region fraught with murder, robbery, and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments.

Short Stack: Lost and Found

56:46 | #710 | TV-PG

Five short films that focus on pivotal moments between friends.

Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community

56:46 | #709 | TV-G

Follows the lives of the women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, MN at work, prayer, and leisure as they pursue a balanced life based on the Rule of St. Benedict and face an uncertain future with spirit, conviction, and wit.

Seoul Train

56:46 | #708 | TV-PG

Exposes the complex geopolitics and bureaucracy entangling the lives of thousands of North Korean refugees trying to escape their homeland and China. Meanwhile, activists put themselves in harm's way to save them via a clandestine underground railroad.

Maid in America

56:46 | #707 | TV-PG

Judith, Telma, and Eva, three of the thousands of Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, have all left family and friends behind to come to America. They recount the challenges they face in pursuit of the American Dream in a documentary that also explores their significant roles in American households and the globalization of motherhood.

Race Is the Place

56:46 | #706 | TV-PG

How do American artists address our nation's most pressing social issue? Using spoken, sung, and chanted word, African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American authors, performance artists, poets, and singers explore the pain, frustration, and humor of racism in America.

Mirror Dance

56:46 | #705 | TV-PG

Identical twins Margarita and Ramona de Saá became acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Though they were once inseparable, their relationship disintegrated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban revolution.

A Family at War

56:46 | #704 | TV-PG

When one American family loses a son in the Iraq war, their lives—and views—are irrevocably changed. Danish filmmakers follow the Kaylors over the course of a year, tracing their individual reactions and changing attitudes on the military and global politics.

The Last Cowboy

01:26:46 | #703 | TV-PG

In Porcupine, SD, in the middle of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Vernon Sager is struggling to survive as a cowboy. Winter temperatures that plunge to -30 degrees and summers of prairie fires and frying-pan heat have pushed most of his family and friends off the land. But Vernon still gets up at 3:00 a.m. every day to saddle his horse and count calves.

En Route to Baghdad

56:46 | #702 | TV-PG

Before his death in a Baghdad bombing attack in 2003, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his life to humanitarian efforts in countries such as Mozambique, Cambodia, and East Timor.

Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

56:46 | #701 | TV-PG

George Clinton, mastermind behind the band Parliament Funkadelic, expressed the cultural alienation of young African Americans, creating an alternate universe of "aliens" that brought the redemptive power of funk to a world sorely in need of a new point of view.

Brother to Brother

01:26:46 | #628 | TV-14

After being rejected by his family, a struggling young artist named Perry befriends an elderly stranger—Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the revolutionary journal Fire!. Through Nugent's memories, Perry discovers the legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance.

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Love Story

26:46 | #627 | TV-PG

In the 1950s, a Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown Los Angeles was razed to build Dodger Stadium. Haunting archival photographs by Don Normark, narration by Cheech Marin, and a score by Ry Cooder evoke this lost community and show how it was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy, and good intentions gone astray.

Double Dare/Piki and Poko: Taking the Dare!

01:26:46 | #626 | TV-PG

As Hollywood stuntwomen for Wonder Woman and Xena: Warrior Princess, Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell have been set on fire, thrown off buildings, dragged by wild horses, and hit by cars. Double Dare profiles the real women behind the television icons by following their daily struggle to stay thin, stay sane, and stay employed in a notoriously macho business. In the animated adventure Piki & Poko: Taking the Dare!, two Eternal Martial Arts Warriors from Another World attempt to save the universe and master their own awesome powers.

Red Hook Justice

56:46 | #625 | TV-PG

In 2000, an experimental court opened in Brooklyn's Red Hook, a neighborhood plagued by a cycle of unemployment, poverty, and crime. Instead of jail time, offenders are sentenced to job training, drug counseling, and community service. The stories of several defendants and staffers involved in this legal revolution show why it has become a model for courts nationwide.

Vietnam: The Next Generation

56:46 | #624 | TV-PG

The stories of eight young Vietnamese provide an in-depth look at modern-day Vietnam, where communism and capitalism are going head-to-head. These young entrepreneurs, street kids, farmers, students, artists, and engineers, some born in the final days of the Vietnam War and others in the war's tragic aftermath, together embody the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of a new Vietnam.


01:26:46 | #623 | TV-PG

How has Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, managed to court, coddle, use, and abuse power for nearly four decades? News clips, propaganda films, home movies, vérité footage, and interviews with Imelda and her friends and enemies reveal her methods.

The Last Letter/Zyklon Portrait and the Walnut Tree

01:26:46 | #622 | TV-PG

In 1941, a Russian-Jewish woman living in a Ukrainian city seized by the Germans writes her son a final letter in which she reviews her life; faces her death; and shows her courage, dignity, fear, and fierce love of her son. Also, two short films—"Zyklon Portrait" and "The Walnut Tree."

End of the Century: The Ramones/Joe Strummer Rocks Again!

01:56:46 | #621 | TV-14

End of the Century follows the Ramones—a quartet of unlikely rock stars who came to be known as the progenitors of punk—through more than two decades, from a shared Queens childhood to the band's 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In Joe Strummer Rocks Again, the rock icon and former Clash frontman embarks on a comeback tour of America and Japan—a comeback cut short by his untimely death in 2002.

Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton

56:46 | #619 | TV-PG

Legendary jazz bassist Milt Hinton (1910-2000) was also a skilled photographer and storyteller. This insider's view of jazz and life in 20th-century America is told by Hinton and fellow musicians, including Branford Marsalis and Quincy Jones. Archival footage and hundreds of Hinton's photographs document his unique journey.

A Lion's Trail

56:46 | #620 | TV-PG

An illiterate Zulu musician wrote Africa's most famous song, "Mbube"—inspiration for the pop classic "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"—and received pennies for his efforts. Traveling into the musical worlds of South Africa and America, this film celebrates the song's timeless power while revealing injustices within the international recording industry.

Let the Church Say Amen

01:26:46 | #617 | TV-PG

Easter in Washington, DC brings happy scenes of children hunting for eggs on the White House lawn. But just blocks away, a storefront church serves as a beacon of hope in one of America's poorest neighborhoods. Stories from the lives of four parishioners in the months before Easter illustrate how the holiday's promise helps pull them through adversity.

Sunset Story

56:46 | #616 | TV-PG

As the only lucid residents at a senior citizens' home for political progressives, 81-year-old Irja and her 95-year-old best friend, Lucille, salvage support and community in their old age.

Sisters of '77

56:46 | #615 | TV-PG

One weekend in November 1977, 20,000 women and men attended the first federally funded National Women's Conference in Houston, TX, where they caucused, argued, and finally hammered out resolutions that revolutionized the women's movement. Archival footage and interviews with past and current activists and participants recall the historic gathering and its lasting impact on American society.

Thunder in Guyana

56:46 | #614 | TV-PG

When Janet Rosenberg Jagan—the filmmaker's cousin—was elected president of Guyana in 1998, she became the first American-born woman to lead a nation. Family and Guyanese history intertwine to tell the extraordinary life story of one unconventional woman.

On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream

56:46 | #613 | TV-PG

In 1992, 65-pound Greg Smith founded On a Roll Talk Radio, broadcasting about life and disabilities from his power wheelchair. A cheerful host, the father of three has traveled the globe and discovered that some of the biggest obstacles are in his own nation's capital. Smith strives to live as an independent man, but will America let him?

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

56:46 | #612 | TV-PG

On February 1, 1960, four college students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, NC—a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. This intimate portrait of the four explores what led them to protest and how their lives have been affected ever since.

Power Trip

01:26:46 | #611 | TV-PG

Amid pervasive blackouts and corruption, an American energy company purchases a formerly state-run electricity company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Cultures clash, tempers flare, and managers and locals tussle as a struggling nation attempts to dig itself out from the rubble of Soviet collapse.

A Touch of Greatness

56:46 | #610 | TV-PG

In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his 5th-grade classroom. Archival footage and interviews with Cullum and his former students paint a portrait of the lives transformed by a maverick teacher who enabled children to embrace their inner greatness.

A Hard Straight

56:46 | #609 | TV-PG

Follows a gang member, a hustler, and a small-time dealer who have served their sentences and are now out on parole. While trying to go straight, they discover that walking out of the prison gates is just the beginning.

Short, Not Sweet

56:46 | #608 | TV-PG

A night of six short films: Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy by Rob Slane; La Puppe by Timothy Greenberg; A Monster's Calling by Michael Fukushima, Louise Johnson, and David Verrall; The School by Ezra Krybus; and Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner by Jamie Travis.


56:46 | #607 | TV-PG

Fine: Confronted by a co-worker's pressing question over lunch, factory worker Ed begins to question his own decisions and his life as a husband, father, and suburbanite. Doki-Doki: In suburban Tokyo, Yumi decides to find out more about the identities and lives of the fellow commuters with whom she waits for the train every day.

Girl Wrestler

56:46 | #606 | TV-PG

Texas teenager Tara Neal insists that girls and boys should be able to wrestle on the same mat. Filmmaker Diane Zander follows her through the last year in which state guidelines allowed her to wrestle boys—a year filled with family conflict; pressure to lose weight; and fierce policy debates over interpretations of Title IX, the federal law that grants women's sports proportionality in public schools.

The Day My God Died

56:46 | #605 | TV-14

Young girls whose lives were shattered by the child sex trade describe the day they were abducted from their villages as "the day my God died." By weaving footage from the brothels of Bombay with these girls' stories, filmmaker Andrew Levine offers an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery.

Los Angeles Now

56:46 | #604 | TV-PG

Once an empty, bucolic space, Los Angeles is now a disorienting megalopolis. Once the whitest city in America, it is also now the most multicultural city in the world. What is the future of this rapidly changing area?

Afghanistan Unveiled

56:46 | #603 | TV-PG

An uncompromising look at the effects of the Taliban's repressive rule and the U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign on Afghani women. Leaving Kabul for the first time and traveling to rural regions of the country, the filmmakers—the first female video journalists to be trained in Afghanistan—present footage of women whose lives have been ravaged by recent events.

Polka Time

26:46 | #602 | TV-PG

Each July for more than 30 years, polka lovers from around the United States have descended on a tiny rural Minnesota town for the Gibbon Polka Fest. Some of these self-described "polka people" demonstrate their love and hope for the future of polka through dance, music, personal stories, and observations.

The Political Dr. Seuss

01:26:46 | #601 | TV-PG

During World War II, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel, 1904-1991) drew editorial cartoons for a left-wing New York newspaper. How many of his legions of fans realized that Yertle the Turtle was modeled on Hitler—or that Horton Hears a Who! is a parable about postwar Japan?

The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out

56:46 | #528 | TV-PG

When lesbian music student Kristina Boerger moved to a small Illinois college town, she didn't find a ready-made community. So she created one based on what she loved best: choral singing. Her choir has evolved from a ragtag group of volunteers into a nationally recognized, award-winning ensemble. Along the way, it also has helped transform a community.

Sumo East and West

56:46 | #527 | TV-PG

In recent years, the ancient art of sumo wrestling has seen increasing numbers of foreigners rise to the top of its professional ranks. From Hawaii to Atlantic City, the experiences of American wrestlers provide an entertaining glimpse at the past, present, and future of sumo, revealing how this former bastion of Japanese tradition is grappling with globalizing Western forces.


56:46 | #526 | TV-PG

When his wife and daughter abandon him, East Indian immigrant Gopal (Roshan Seth) reinvents himself as an all-American bachelor. With women's magazines as his guide, he pursues Mrs. Shaw (Carol Kane), the divorcée next door. But he finds there's more to love than the pages of Cosmo would suggest.

Death of a Shaman

56:46 | #525 | TV-14

Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a young Mien woman from Sacramento strives to come to terms with her father's death, his drug addiction, and the murder of her teenage sister. Reunited with her Mien relatives, she begins to grasp the complexity of her father's past and experience the subtle nuances of a lost identity.


56:46 | #524 | TV-14

Oral histories by several young Southeast Asian refugees are stitched into a composite life story about leaving home, arriving in the U.S., and growing up American. Set in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the U.S., the stories create a multidimensional portrait of young newcomers who are now part of America's future.

One Night at the Grand Star/Double Exposure

56:46 | #523 | TV-PG

One Night at the Grand Star celebrates an intergenerational Chinatown gathering place that is one of the liveliest and most culturally integrated neighborhood nightclubs in Los Angeles. In Double Exposure, a self-described "old Chinese lady" grows introspective about her identity in the U.S. vs. in her native China.

The Weather Underground

01:26:46 | #522 | TV-PG

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, several hundred young women and men tried to spark a socialist revolution. The Weathermen waged a low-level war against the U.S. government: bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Former members look back on this notorious movement, speaking candidly about their experiences. Lili Taylor narrates.

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace

01:26:46 | #521 | TV-PG

When Harvard expelled faculty members Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary in 1963 for LSD experimentation, Alpert traveled to India and returned transformed into the beloved guru Ram Dass. Now in his 70s, the author of the best-seller Be Here Now continues to inspire people all over the world as he deals with the effects of a massive stroke.

Love Inventory

01:26:46 | #520 | TV-PG

Israeli filmmaker David Fisher inspires his four siblings to begin an emotionally challenging search for their long-lost sister. In a creative documentary style, with revealing moments of grief and humor, Fisher dissects a tangled web of relationships to uncover the dark secrets of the past—secrets that his parents were afraid to unearth and that are representative of Israel's own birth pains.

Every Child Is Born A Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

56:46 | #519 | TV-PG

Acclaimed Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican poet Piri Thomas uses creative expression as a means to confront and overcome poverty, racism, violence, and isolation. The author of the acclaimed autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets chronicles his own journey from Spanish Harlem to prison to life as an author, educator, and activist.

T-Shirt Travels

56:46 | #518 | TV-PG

While working with an international aid organization in a remote village in Zambia, filmmaker Shantha Bloemen began seeing more and more unemployed Zambians selling used American clothing in the marketplace. Her film tracing the winding T-shirt trail carved by global economics examines the devastating roles of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in directing Zambia's economic policies as well as the underlying reasons for so many Africans' remaining in poverty.

Sentencing the Victim

01:26:46 | #517 | TV-14

At age 19, Joanna Katz was brutally tortured and gang-raped by five men. After seeing them convicted, she began speaking out publicly, questioning North Carolina laws that unduly burdened victims by requiring them to testify at parole hearings year after year. Her challenge to the parole system is both a form of healing and a way to give courage to other women who have survived violent crimes.

Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew

01:26:46 | #516 | TV-PG

Concert footage and intimate interviews recount rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott's stranger-than-fiction odyssey through poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition as one of jazz's most distinctive vocalists. The program also includes Just Because, a three-minute short showing 72-year-old Will Gaines taking his life's work as a classic American tap dancer to the rain-soaked streets of Brixton, England.

A Place of Our Own: Black Resort Communities and the African American Dream

56:46 | #515 | TV-PG

Stanley Nelson is a third-generation upper-middle-class African American who has spent the past 40 summers in Oak Bluffs, an affluent black resort community on Martha's Vineyard. He builds on personal stories of summers past to explore the world of black doctors, lawyers, and journalists who created social clubs, professional organizations, and vacation havens for African Americans.

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

56:46 | #514 | TV-PG

Historians, novelists, dramatists, and others have struggled to understand Nat Turner ever since he led the famous 1831 slave rebellion. This innovative film, combining documentary, dramatic, and historical techniques, explores how the many meanings of Nat Turner remain critical to understanding the racial history of the United States.

Why Can't We Be A Family Again?/Downpour Resurfacing

56:46 | #513 | TV-14

In cinema vérité style, the Academy Award-nominated Why Can't We Be a Family Again? explores the strength and love of two brothers who long to be reunited with their drug-addicted mother. Blending experimental images with an intimate interview with poet and therapist Robert Hall, Downpour Resurfacing chronicles how one man transformed a childhood of abuse into a life of confidence and strength. The film enlists dancers, musicians, archival footage, and a woman performing a tea ritual to illustrate the healing in Hall's story.

Life Matters

56:46 | #512 | TV-14

In the heat of the social changes of the 1960s, rural Texas Pentecostal/Baptist minister Curtis Boyd relinquished the pulpit and became a doctor. In the years before the Roe v. Wade decision, he provided thousands of safe but illegal abortions. Today, he works with a group of east Texas clergy to defend the idea that all women have the right to a safe abortion.

Make 'em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story

56:46 | #511 | TV-PG

The multi-generational Hackberry Ramblers have been playing an infectious, toe-tapping blend of Cajun music and Western swing since 1933. Part biography, part road movie, this documentary captures the poignant and funny exploits of these "agin' ragin' Cajuns," from a bayou crab boil to MTV to their first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

Man Bites Shorts

56:46 | #510 | TV-14

Five hilarious, off-the-wall, delightful, and just plain weird short films offer vignettes on modern manhood. The important guy things addressed include getting dumped (David Munro's Compulsory Breathing), making a fool of yourself (Paul Sullivan's Sergi), biking 70 miles to see a girl (Tom Schroeder's Bike Ride), arguing about basketball (Martha Pinson's Don't Nobody Love the Game More Than Me), and losing your mind (Tom Putnam's Tom Hits His Head).

Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad

56:46 | #509 | TV-G

Follows three young Mormon missionaries in Germany through their 22-month terms of spreading the faith and talking about God to everyone they meet—a mission required of all young Mormon men. At age 19, they put daily lives and career plans on hold for this two-year duty.

Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson

56:46 | #508 | TV-PG

A frustrated filmmaker who is captivated by Emily Dickinson's poetry searches for "flashes of insight" beyond those offered by experts, seeking out shrinks, a stand-up comic, a rock band, and dozens of actresses who recite poems and improvise Dickinsonian answers to questions about God, death, and love.


56:46 | #507 | TV-PG

One of the first all-female chamber music ensembles to reach the top of the field, the Eroica Trio is helping to break an age-old gender barrier. This film follows the three young group members and the composer of their latest work as they scramble to get ready for their debut while balancing their busy lives as spouses and parents.


56:46 | #506 | TV-PG

An offbeat look at one eccentric California town—part history, part mystery, and part comedy. A memorable cast of local armchair historians describes some of Livermore's legends: a supernatural light bulb, a cursed totem pole, a scandalous book of photographs, and the ominous nuclear lab.

Be Good, Smile Pretty

56:46 | #505 | TV-PG

Filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos chronicles her struggle to know and grieve for the father she never knew—a soldier who died in Vietnam when she was a baby.

Wedding in Ramallah

01:26:46 | #504 | TV-PG

This award-winning Australian documentary puts a human face on the conflict in Palestine by chronicling the story of Bassam, a Palestinian-American telephone repairman from Cleveland who returned home for an arranged marriage with a "home-made bride." In Palestine, everyday domestic duties and squabbles are carried out against a backdrop of shelling and violence. But after the couple moves to America, Bassam's bride discovers that life in exile is not necessarily easier.

Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America

56:46 | #503 | TV-PG

Chronicles the adventures of a group of Shaolin monks as they tour America, visiting New York City, Houston, and Las Vegas. These famous fighting monks have seen a resurgence in interest throughout the world, aided by the popularity of kung-fu movies among the hip-hop set and films like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Foto-Novelas 2

56:46 | #502 | TV-PG

Two half-hour dramas that explore the Latino experience through the prism of dreams, memories, and reality: Broken Sky, a fictionalized account of a real-life 1948 plane crash that killed 28 Mexicans in Fresno, CA, and Junkyard Saints, a spiritual thriller set in a south Texas automotive graveyard.

Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet Of Vik Muniz

56:46 | #501 | TV-G

Contemporary Brazilian-born conceptual artist Vik Muniz, a sculptor, photographer, and self-proclaimed magician best known for his book Seeing Is Believing, uses his knowledge of the history of photography to demonstrate how easily viewers can be deceived by the images around them.

Daddy & Papa

56:46 | #414 | TV-14

What if doing the most normal, traditional thing in the world turned out to be your most controversial act? For the gay fathers who are changing the landscape of the American family, parenthood often means wrestling not only with dirty diapers but also with surrogacy, interracial adoption, gay divorce, and legal custody.

Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer

56:46 | #413 | TV-PG

Hansel Mieth's Depression-era pictures stunned 1930s audiences with their beauty, intimacy, and unflinching visions of the poor, the unlucky, and the oppressed. This biography traces the journey of one of America's great photographers from provincial Germany to the pages of Life magazine, where she set the standard for socially concerned artists.

Razing Appalachia

56:46 | #412

It's not easy to blow off the top of a mountain. But in Blair, WV, the last remaining residents learned that it may be even harder to stop it. They organized a remarkable grassroots effort to fight a massive mining project that pitted them against the second-largest coal company in America.

Guns and Mothers

56:46 | #411

A look at the battle over gun control from the personal perspectives of two moms. Maria, a mother of four, is a spokeswoman for Second Amendment Sisters. Frances, an advocate of gun control, has lost three sons to urban bullets.

Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

56:46 | #410

On a surfboard, she carved the way for women in a sport dominated by men. Then after being diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn ("Auntie Rell") began inspiring a whole new legion of fans as a survivor and activist.

Sisters in Resistance

56:46 | #409 | TV-PG

During the Nazi occupation of France, four very young women—who were neither Jews nor Communists, nor in any danger of arrest—chose to risk their lives as resistance fighters. Brought together in Ravensbruck concentration camp, they helped one another survive and began an intense friendship. Both the friendship and the four women's commitment to social activism lasted long after the war.

Bird by Bird with Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott

56:46 | #408 | TV-PG

Follows best-selling author and humorist Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, Crooked Little Heart, Traveling Mercies, Blue Shoe) through a year of writing, teaching, and mothering. A recovering alcoholic and single mother who is both a born-again Christian and a liberal activist, Lamott shares her unique insights on such universal concerns as loss, alienation, bad hair days, loneliness, creativity, motherhood, unfirm thighs, faith, and the meaning of life.

Strange Fruit

56:46 | #407 | TV-PG

Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit," the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of an unknown Jewish songwriter, Bronx schoolteacher Abel Meeropol, the song continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching.


56:46 | #406 | TV-PG

"Beaver" Bearing and his fellow Chiefs want to bring the state high school basketball championship back to Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation and make their people proud. But while struggling through his senior year, Beaver is forced to re-evaluate the importance of basketball and confront what it means to grow up Native American at the turn of the 21st century.

Los Trabajadores/The Workers

56:46 | #405 | TV-PG

The stories of two men, Ramon Castillo Aparacio and Juan Ignacio Gutierrez, explore the myriad contradictions of America's simultaneous dependence on and discrimination against immigrant laborers. The film follows the two for a year as they wait for work each morning at a day labor site in the boomtown of Austin, Texas—where men like Ramon and Juan make up much of the construction labor force—and the controversy that erupted over the relocation of the day labor site from downtown to a residential neighborhood.

Downside Up

56:46 | #404 | TV-14

With 80 percent of its downtown buildings closed, North Adams, MA united blue-collar locals with art-world luminaries to transform economic failure into America's largest center for contemporary art—bringing the tentative, dangerous notion of hope to a city widely viewed as hopeless.

On This Island

56:46 | #403 | TV-PG

On an isolated Maine island of 350 people, a clash over arts education spins out of control into vandalism and death threats, tearing apart friends and neighbors. Then John Wulp, a former Broadway producer who retired to the island, creates an original school musical about the island's life, attempting to heal the community's wounds through songs about lobsters, loneliness, and the beauty of the sea.

Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story

56:46 | #402 | TV-14

Exposes the strange underworld of the song-poem industry. In this little-known subculture, "ordinary people" respond to come-on ads in the back pages of magazines, mailing in their heartfelt but often bizarre poems to "music industry" companies that, for cash, set those poems to music.

Maggie Growls

56:46 | #401 | TV-PG

Profiles Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers after she was forced to leave a job she loved at the age of 65. The Panthers' national campaign against mandatory retirement and ageism fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed society's treatment and understanding of older Americans.

Who Owns the Past?

00:00 | #305 | TV-PG

The discovery of a 9,000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, WA has reignited the conflict between anthropologists and Indian people over the control of human remains found on ancestral Native lands.

A Wok-in-Progress

00:00 | #210

Chronicles the intertwined stories of Paul Kwan, a Chinese filmmaker and gourmand who came to the United States from Vietnam 25 years ago, and his sister Diana, a struggling entrepreneur who recently immigrated from Hong Kong.

In Harm's Way/Carved from the Heart

00:00 | #209 | TV-PG

In Harm's Way is an experimental film exploring how the experiences of adulthood both defy and reinforce the lessons of childhood. In Carved from the Heart, a Tsimshian carver turns personal grief into a community art project.

Music in Their Bones

00:00 | #208

Explores the unique mountain music ringing atop rural Alabama's Sand Mountain.

Passing Through/Graham's Diner

00:00 | #206 | TV-PG

Passing Through follows Nathan Adolfson—a.k.a. Chai Chee Man, his Korean birth name—as he searches for his identity between two worlds. In the comic drama Graham's Diner, a workaholic photographer contemplates selling the diner where her family is employed.

Girl Gone Bad

00:00 | #205 | TV-14

Profiles women who ride motorcycles.

Born in the U.S.A.

00:00 | #204 | TV-14

Traces the birthing industry in America and explores the shifting social and cultural beliefs about women.

Short Stories

00:00 | #203 | TV-PG

This program examines the lives of three families in which some or all of the members are dwarfs. Through in-depth interviews, this program documents the trials and triumphs these families have faced and the continuing challenges they deal with each day.

No Hair Day

00:00 | #202 | TV-PG

Captures the insights and reflections of three breast cancer survivors. The women discuss their fight against breast cancer and the many emotional and physical stages brought on by the disease.

Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors

00:00 | #201 | TV-14

Tracks the lives of 10 Stanford University students through their freshman year, then revisits them three years later as seniors to create a portrait of change and growth.

The Return of Navaho Boy

00:00 | #207

A mysterious 1950s ethnographic film reunites a modern Navajo family with their traditional past—and a long-lost son.

I Can't Believe I Married a Lesbian

00:00 | #110

After two years of marriage and 10 years of friendship, intimacy, and life experiences, Stuart Perkin and his wife, Sue, divorce when she announces that she is gay.

Secret People

00:00 | #109

Profiles a Carville, LA hospital and its patients, who are quarantined with Hansen's disease (leprosy).

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

00:00 | #108

A trip backstage at the San Francisco Opera shows that Wagner's epic cycle of Ring operas looks very different from the perspective of the stagehands who run the show.

And Baby Makes Two

00:00 | #107

A support group for single women trying to become mothers lets them share the trials and triumphs of single motherhood, whether they're going about it through artificial insemination or adoption.

Holy Tortilla/Lock and Key

00:00 | #106

Holy Tortilla: A tortilla, sprinkled with hope and baked in faith, provides one woman with a sign from God and a reason to celebrate life and love in a barrio kitchen. Lock and Key: A reclusive, blind jazz critic and a locksmith begin a tentative friendship.

The Jew in the Lotus

00:00 | #105 | TV-PG

A writer travels with eight Jewish delegates to India to meet the Dalai Lama and share the secret of the Jewish people's survival in diaspora.

The Man Who Drove with Mandela

00:00 | #104 | TV-PG

The life of South African Cecil Williams, who was with Nelson Mandela when they were both arrested in 1962—an arrest that resulted in Mandela's long-term imprisonment.

Visas and Virtue/I Am Viet Hung

00:00 | #103 | TV-G

Visas and Virtue Japan's diplomat to Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara, wrote almost 2,000 visas that allowed an estimated 4,000-6,000 Jews to escape the Nazi regime. I Am Viet Hung Passion for art and a cultural legacy lend elegance to the fading memories of a Vietnamese opera singer struggling to keep his art form alive.

Nothing But the Truth

00:00 | #102

Looks at the fanatical atmosphere at the Santa Monica County Courthouse during the O.J. Simpson civil trial.

Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small-Town Gang

00:00 | #101

Studies the rise of gangs and the "gangsta" lifestyle among the teenagers of Appleton, Wisconsin, along with the issues of race, family dysfunction, and youth violence that foster them.

Confederacy Theory

Examines the Confederate flag debate in South Carolina and tracks the history of this divisive symbol, from the Civil War battlefield to the frontlines of a modern-day secession movement.

Secrets of Silicon Valley

Examines the struggle of the growing ranks of temporary workers in the computer industry, their poor work conditions, and their lowly quality of life in the shadow of the wealth and prosperity that is Silicon Valley.

Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants

Shows the results of the most recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and the new immigration laws passed in 1996 by the U.S. Congress. Non-citizens can now be detained and deported for past crimes, no matter how long ago or how minor, even if the debt to society has been paid Candid interviews give a voice to those silenced by a red-tape bureaucracy, and historical footage explores America's history of ambivalence toward its immigrants.

Good Kurds, Bad Kurds

Explores the campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetuated against the Kurdish minorities in Turkey by the Turkish military—using United States-made weapons.

The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America

Follows the 17-year journey of Paja Thao, a Hmong shaman, and his family, who were transplanted from the mountains of Laos to America's heartland during the Vietnam War. As his children turn to cartoons, computer games, and Christianity, Paja struggles to keep his family connected to their 5,000-year-old shamanic traditions.


Examines the realities of life for people surviving on the AIDS drug "cocktails" by following the complex physical and psychological effects of the multi-drug therapies on three men and three women of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


In Gibsonton, FL, thousands of carnival and circus show people have built a close-knit community in the twilight of the carnival sideshow. The residents include the keeper of the "freak animals," a "half-girl" married to the "tallest man in the world," and an octogenarian couple who have produced monkey acts for more than 40 years.

Open Outcry

The high-speed, high-power trading floor of the "Merc"—the Chicago Mercantile Exchange—is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but also a place of sudden wealth, equally sudden disaster, and grace under pressure as traders exchange billions of dollars in futures contracts.

Romancing the Throne

In 1966, Prince Mohato returns to Lesotho from London after the sudden death of his father, is crowned king, and soon finds himself pressured to find a suitable wife—a young woman he can love who is also capable of carrying out the duties of the throne.

Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

Find out how George Clinton, the mastermind behind the band Parliament Funkadelic, expressed the cultural alienation of young African Americans, creating an alternate universe of "aliens," and bringing the redemptive power of funk to a world sorely in need of a new point of view.

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