PBS Tuesday, September 16th:
(check local listings)
State of Denial
of Denial reveals the human experience behind one of the world's
greatest tragedies - the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. With nearly
five million infected and about two thousand new infections occuring
daily, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV
in the world. State of Denial
takes us into the lives of six people struggling to survive with HIV
in the face of a severe lack of access to treatment, and their president
Thabo Mbeki's bizarre denial of the connection between HIV and AIDS.
- The Power of an Illusion (A Three Part Series) What
is this thing we call 'race'? Can race be found in biology or did we
make the whole thing up? And if so, why? Race - The Power of an Illusion
is a provocative new series to be broadcast by PBS that challenges one
of our most fundamental beliefs: that human beings come bundled into
three or four distinct groups. And it scrutinizes the implications of
looking at race not as a biological reality but as a social invention
for how we view others - and ourselves.
(The Price of Forgiveness)
Set among the Lebou ethnic group of fisherman on the Southern coast
of Senegal, Ndeysaan is the
tale of two friends who love the same woman and how this conflict disrupts
a village. Ndeysaan can be appreciated
simply as a deeply moving, beautifully acted, visually stunning story
of love, betryal and redemption. But it can also be read as an attempt,
conscious or unconscious, to reconcile or negotiate traditional and
modern sensibilities, a film whose ambiguities are often as fascinating
as its certainties. Director Mansour Sora Wade adapts the novel, Le
prix du pardon, by Mbissane Ngom, and moves beyond the folkloric developing
an epic style which resembles in spirit the storytelling techniques
of a traditional griot.
For The Future
From a special collaboration
between filmmakers from Southern Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe,
Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Lesotho) and broadcasters from the North (Finland,
Canada, Denmark, France) comes a unique collection of 34 films (in 25
cassettes). Steps for the Future presents how individuals are coping
with their lives and how societies are having to change under the impact
of HIV/AIDS through stories that are positive, provocative, humorous
Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
A landmark PBS series that offers the first comprehensive look at race
relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.
This definitive four-part series documents the context in which the
laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.
Turner: A Troublesome Property:
The significance of Nat Turner's revolt and how it continues to influence
race relations today is deconstructed illustrating how fictions and
history collide. Includes dramatizations of the literary images of Nat
Thirty-Minute Blue Eyed:
Revised Diversity Training with Jane Elliott.
Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
The definitive film biography of Bayard Rustin, a controversial
figure in the Civil Rights Movement. An advisor to Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, and the organizer of the 1963 march
on Washington, his story provides provides an understanding of both
progressive movements and gay life in 20th-century America.
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