by Alexandra Lescaze
The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship, and love.
by Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa Gildehaus
Shot on location in a nursing home, Almost Home tells the real stories of aging: couples both bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their parents and their children, nursing assistants doing unsavory work for poverty wages, healthy elders fearful of moving to the dreaded nursing home, and a visionary nursing home director committed to changes that would shuck the nursing home stigma and alleviate such dread.
by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden
Outsider artist Peter Anton, 82, has spent decades obsessively chronicling his rollercoaster of a life into a massive, illustrated autobiography, and nothing — not poverty, isolation, or crippling disabilities — will stop him from seeing it published.
by Jay Rosenstein
In a small Illinois college town, a music student creates a lesbian/feminist choral group, transforming the community as she builds an award-winning ensemble.
by Lisette Flanary and Evann Siebens
Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. Now, after years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.
POV, True Stories
by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.
by Jennifer Fox
A true-life series about a black man and a white woman who have struggled for 30 years against racial stereotypes and societal prejudice to keep their family together.
by Sharat Raju and Marcus Cano
American Made confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice when a Sikh American family is stranded in the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon.
by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
Follow Idris and his best friend Seun from kindergarten through high school for a personal look at the achievement challenges and prospects for African American boys of all socioeconomic backgrounds in America.
by Dirk Eitzen
A documentary that examines the impact of the tourist industry on an Amish community in Pennsylvania.