October 11 at 10 PM
PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC: One Nation Under a Grove Yvonne Smith
Find out how 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.
October 18 at 10:30 PM
EN ROUTE TO BAGHDAD
Prior to 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 global humanitarian efforts in countries such as Mozambique, Cambodia and East Timor. EN ROUTE TO BAGHDAD is a portrait of Vieira de Mello and his extraordinary career.
October 25 at 10 PM
THE LAST COWBOY
Vernon Sager is a cowboy struggling to survive in Porcupine, South Dakota, in this story of real cowboys and Indians living in the middle of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Filmed over the course of 23 years, THE LAST COWBOY is the real-deal Rawhide, the story of a man fighting to preserve a vanishing way of life.
November 8 at 10 PM
A FAMILY AT WAR
Jorgen Flindt Pedersen
When one American family loses their son in the Iraq war, their lives-and views-are irrevocably changed. In A FAMILY AT WAR, Danish filmmakers follow the Kaylor family over the course of a year as they wrestle differently with their grief, tracing their reactions and changing attitudes on the military and the war.
November 15 at 10:30 PM
Frances McElroy and Maria T. Rodriguez
Identical twins Margarita and Ramona de Saá became acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inseparable, their relationship disintegrated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. MIRROR DANCE is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance, but struggling to overcome rifts not only between sisters but also between nations.
November 22 at 10 PM
RACE IS THE PLACE
Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles
Funny, angry and profound, RACE IS THE PLACE is a one-hour visual and verbal riff on race in America from the point of view of a wide variety of artists, poets, rappers, performance artists and stand-up comedians. From a hilarious bit by comic Ahmed Ahmed on the "joys" of flying as an Arab American to Puerto Rican slam champ Mayda del Valle, from Hawaiian poet Haunani-Kay Trask to Kate Rigg's funny and explosive diatribe against the stereotyping of Asian American women, RACE IS THE PLACE yanks off the muzzle of political correctness to speak the often ugly truths that lie beneath the rosy talk of "multiculturalism" and "diversity."
November 29 at 10 PM
MAID IN AMERICA
As three of the thousands of Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, Judith, Telma and Eva have all left family and friends behind to come to America. MAID IN AMERICA reveals the challenges these women face as they pursue the American Dream, their significant roles in American households and the globalization of motherhood.
December 13 at 10 PM
Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth
A growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis is threatening East Asian peace: the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. SEOUL TRAIN exposes the complex geopolitics and bureaucracy entangling the lives of thousands of North Korean refugees, as well as the story of activists who put themselves in harms way to offer help via an underground railroad.
December 20 at 10 PM
SISTERS: Portrait of a Benedictine Community John Hanson, Jack Lind and Tom Livingston
Shot over two years, SISTERS follows the lives of the women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. The story is told by the Sisters themselves-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.
December 27 at 10PM
SHORT STACK: Lost and Found Christopher Newberry, Shira Avni, Dong Hyeuk Hwang, Keith Bearden and Angelique Midthunder
They don't make "buddy movies" like this in Hollywood. Independent Lens presents five short films that focus on a pivotal moment in a friendship: AGORA, by Christopher Newberry; JOHN AND MICHAEL by Shira Avni; MIRACLE MILE by Dong Hyeuk Hwang; THE RAFTSMAN'S RAZOR by Keith Bearden; and RESERVATION WARPARTIES by Angelique Midthunder.
Source: PBS: Independent Lens - Fall 2005