America Reframed

2017
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S5 Ep9: Oxyana

3.0 8 x
Set among the hills and hollers of Appalachia, Oceana, WV looks like a rural paradise. But this community is under siege: a raging epidemic of prescription drug abuse is so deadly that residents have nicknamed the town “OXYANA.” A close-up look at people who live from one pill to the next, and a harrowing vision of today’s AnyTown, USA.
1:21:01

S5 Ep8: Vegas Baby

Expired 3.0 6 x
The Sher Institute in Las Vegas is holding a contest. First prize: a free round of in-vitro fertilization – but even for the winners, there’s no guarantee of success. "Vegas Baby" follows the journeys of three families so desperate to have a child, they’re willing to take the gamble. This may be their last chance to have a baby.
59:42

S5 Ep7: Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story

Expired 4.0 2 x
Eddy Zheng came to America with his family when he was 12 years old. Then at the age of 16, he committed a horrible crime: home invasion and kidnapping. Year after year he hoped for parole, and after almost 20 years in prison, Zheng was released, a model prisoner who wanted to become a community leader. But his victims insisted he should still be deported.
58:52

S5 Ep6: Unbroken Glass

Expired 3.0 3 x
At six-years-old, filmmaker Dinesh Sabu lost both of his parents. Two decades later, worried that he has no memories of his mother and father, he turns a camera on his siblings, trying to understand their parent’s lives and tragic deaths. It's a journey that takes him back to India, a country he barely knows, and it forces him to think about the mental illness that seems to run in his family.
59:37

S5 Ep5: Good Luck Soup

Expired 3.0 2 x
For filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi, growing up half Japanese/half Italian in a white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, OH, was a difficult experience. In "Good Luck Soup," Hashiguchi sets out on a journey to discover how the rest of his multi-racial family made sense of their lives and their Japanese American heritage. Surprisingly, he finds a role model in his elderly Japanese grandmother.
1:09:27

Enter The Faun

Expired 3.0 4 x
The culmination of an intensive two-year collaboration between veteran choreographer Tamar Rogoff and Gregg Mozgala, an actor with cerebral palsy. Their creative exploration, at the intersection of science and art, led them to discover that his diagnosis and physical limitations were not necessarily fixed and immutable.
1:20:28

Radical Grace

Expired 4.0 3 x
In 2012, The Vatican censured American nuns. "Radical Grace" follows three U.S. nuns, who refused to back down and continued to challenge the patriarchal system, are willing to lose it all and risk their place within the Catholic Church for their devotion to social justice and to meet their higher calling - to apply their faith to action.
58:42

70 Acres In Chicago: Cabrini Green

Expired 4.0 12 x
Explores the effects of the Plan for Transformation, an order requiring the demolition of Chicago’s public housing high rises, and the building of mixed-income condominiums. "70 Acres in Chicago" illuminates the layers of socio-economic forces, and the questions behind urban redevelopment and gentrification taking place in U.S. cities today.
58:38

A New Color - The Art Of Being Edythe Boone

Expired 3.0 6 x
The life and work of self-taught artist Edythe Boone. Filmed over five years, follow the spirited and captivating septuagenarian who became an artist/activist simply because empowering and building community is “the right thing to do.” Ultimately, Boone’s mission is to empower individuals and transform communities through art and activism.
Episodes 2016
1:08:03

By Blood

Expired 3.0 12 x
Chronicling the ongoing conflict over the issue of tribal rights between the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Freedmen, descendants of African American slaves. "By Blood" explores a largely untold history and the impact of a battle over race, identity, and the sovereign rights of Native American people.
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