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"Lockerbie" Series U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, December 8, 15, 22 9E/ 6P
In late December 1988 a terrorist bomb destroyed Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie and killed 270 innocent people. A Libyan citizen, Abdel Baset Mohamed Ali al-Megrahi, was eventually tried and found guilty of the largest case of mass murder in UK history. But Megrahi maintained his innocence right up his death in May 2012 and many serious commentators continued to express doubts about the safety of this conviction. Two previous award-winning People & Power special investigations have shown why those doubts were entirely justified and why the case against Megrahi was fatally flawed. Now in the final part of this trilogy of films we set out to answer the crucial question left hanging at the end of our last program: if Megrahi was not guilty of the Lockerbie bombing, then who was? Drawing on previously undisclosed documents assembled by three key investigators who worked for the al-Megrahi defense team and fresh testimony from a former US intelligence asset; a former member of Iranian intelligence and a CIA agent, this exclusive investigation will aim to finally identify those responsible.
"Tiny" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, November 24 9E/ 6P
Adocumentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
"The Team" - Sunday, November 10 9E/ 6P
An alternative local response to Kenyan's violence is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, The Team, following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences.
"Open Secret" World Television Premiere - Sunday, November 3 9E/ 6P
A documentary that chronicles Steve Lickteig’s 20-year search for who his real birth parents were; why a whole town kept the truth from him; and how his family’s tumultuous history revolves around the hidden lives of two unconventional women.
"Two Americans" World Television Premiere - Sunday, October 27 9E/ 6P
Enter the heart of an American family living in the shadows of a state that has criminalized their existence. Walk the beat of the nation’s most recognized lawman as he stares down charges of his own.The parents of 9-year-old Katherine Figueroa are arrested when America’s Toughest Sheriff raids a Phoenix carwash suspected of hiring illegal workers. As young Kathy fights to save her parents from deportation, a community group succeeds in pressuring the County Board to investigate Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s spending priorities. When the sheriff retaliates against his political foes, his actions spark outrage, and a federal investigation.
"Alias Ruby Blade" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, October 20 9E/ 6P
Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker, but instead became a underground operative for the Timorese resistance in Jakarta code named 'Ruby Blade'. Her task: to become a conduit of information and instruction for the enigmatic leader of the resistance, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, while he was serving life in prison for his revolutionary activities. Through correspondence, they fell in love. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story from this beginning to the ultimate triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of ordinary individuals to change the course of history.
"Comic Books Go To War" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, October 13 9E/ 6P
In this age of hundreds of television stations, 24-hour news, worldwide instantaneous satellite transmission and thousands of web sites updated hourly, the lowly comic book has become a documentary medium, providing a real understanding of the human dimensions of war, genocide and revolution. It’s a new journalistic form. Comic Books Go To War explores the journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of reporting the most violent and terrible of human experiences through “comix.”
"Head Games" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, October 6 9E/ 6P
Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport.
"Budrus" - Sunday, September 29 9E/ 6P
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
"Do the Math," U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, September 22 9E/ 6P
"Do the Math," is based on a Rolling Stone article by Bill McKibben last year, and on a multi-city tour he took over the last few months. He states we only need to know three numbers to understand climate change. This film opens up the debate on the issue.
"Words of Witness," U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, September 15 9E/ 6P
Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22 yr-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.
"Skydancer" - Sunday, September 8 9E/ 6P
This documentary that takes a provocative look at Indian life in the 21st Century: from the fragile hierarchy on top of the breath-taking steel structures in New York City to life 'on the Rez' where problems like unemployment and crime make it hard to see the pristine beauty of the surrounding lands. The film allows exceptional access to the lives of these ironworkers and in the process offers an intriguingly different perspective on contemporary Native Americans.
"Google and the World Brain," U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, September 1 9E/6P
The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions.
"Into Eternity," U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, August 25 9E/ 6P
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.