Crime - After a botched home invasion fifteen-year-old Blake finds himself facing a virtual life prison sentence for felony murder. With the unwavering support of his single mother and teenage girlfriend, a David-and-Goliath uphill battle ensues in Elkhart, Indiana. They take on the system in hopes of a second chance. Director: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin
African-American Heratige/Crime - Examine the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued. After the police initially declared the shooting as justified, journalists and activists fought for footage of the event to be released, sending the Chicago Police Department and local Chicago government officials into upheaval as the community demanded justice. Director: Richard Rowley
History - Is it better to acknowledge an unpalatable truth or to embrace the comfort of myth? It contrasts the devastating and unforgettable stories recounted by survivors of the Seige of Leningrad, the infamous German blockade which caused the deaths of more than one million people during World War II, with the triumphant memorials fabricated by the Russian state. The blockade was one of the defining moments of World War II but remains largely unremembered outside of Russia. Director: Jessica Gorter
Music/Dancers/Biography - The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company are stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. Director: Alla Kovgan
History - Southeast Asia. 1960's. Flashpoint of the Cold War. It tells the inspiring story of a small group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and the great photojournalist Horst Faas who fought to report a truth that was vastly different from the rosy White House version during the early years of the Vietnam War, even as their own government sought to discredit them. Director: Thomas D. Herman. Starring: Sam Waterston
Canadian - Two divers break a world record for depth in a 283-meter cave. Before surfacing, they find a body. They decide to come back and retrieve it. Director: Jonah Malak. Starring: Don Shirley, Andre Shirley, Petrus Roux
African-American Heritage - Chronicling the riveting history and personal experiences, at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming, of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond, it explores the deep background of a recent phrase rooted in realities that have been an indelible part of the African American experience for hundreds of years. Director: Ric Burns
LGBTQ - A new film that explores the intersection of religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity in current-day America. The arrival of marriage equality was seen by many as the pinnacle achievement of the march toward full equality for LGBTQ people. But for many on the Right, it was the last straw, and their public backlash has been swift, severe, and successful. Director: Daniel Karslake
Women's Studies/Biography - Reveals the hidden history of women whom became pregnant in the 50s and 60s. They were told to keep their secret and forget it ever happened. But did they? The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels, that both reflected and shaped the public's understanding of single pregnancy during that time, with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives. Director: Ann Fessler
Women's Studies - Twenty-five years after the first free elections in South Africa, a dedicated black mother of six in a township near Johannesburg is determined to become a community leader and change her place in the world. The documentary provides a glimpse of post-apartheid life from a woman's perspective. Dialogue is in English and Zulu with forced English and Spanish subtitles. Director: Sarah Gross
Drug History - It is a documentary film that tells the story about the heroin and opioid epidemic from the viewpoint of those on the front lines of this national crisis. The film features four families whose lives have been impacted and forever changed by addiction and includes stories from those currently using, people in recovery, as well as perspectives from law enforcement, health care workers, judges, prosecutors, and others who deal with people in this crisis every day. Director: Conrad Weaver
Technology - By 2029, scientists predict that approximately one million people will have implantable technology in their brains. This film follows the inspiring journeys of three early pioneers, Bill, Anne, and Stephen. As these unlikely cyborgs grapple with the realities of their implantable brain technology, scientists face pressing technical and ethical quandaries: will the same technology that heals the sick soon lead to super human abilities, telepathic communication, and cognitive enhancement? Director: Taryn Southern, Elena Gaby
Stand-up Comedy - Jim Gaffigan is in top form for his seventh comedy special. The four-time Grammy-nominated comedian doesn’t understand why people aren’t more honest about the reasons they don’t want to attend events, while at the same time embraces lying to kids. From horses and dog birthdays to traveling and museums, Jim continues to impress.
English History - Lucy Worsley explores three extraordinary royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. During lockdown they're closed to visitors, but Lucy has the keys. From William the Conqueror to Princess Diana, they tell the story of almost a thousand years of British monarchy.
History - Chronicles the jaw-dropping 10-year journey of an anarchic art collective into a multi-million dollar business. From having no access to blowing a new, profitable portal into the art world, this tumultuous journey has yielded new ways of participating in culture and entertainment for not only these artists, but for the people from all walks of life who engage in and are inspired by their work. Director: Morgan Capps, Jilann Spitzmiller. Starring: George R. R. Martin, Vince Kadlubek, Emily Montoya
Animals/Nature Science - An estimated one billion animals died in the horrific Australian bushfires last year. Through the help of tireless volunteers working to rescue the remains of their once-flourishing environment, stories of animal and human resilience have emerged. Rising from the ashes, animal survivors begin their challenging journey back to a wild existence. PBS Nature.
Environmental History - Cuba is an island teeming with exotic biodiversity: from the world’s tiniest hummingbird to thousands of migrating crabs, to the jumping crocodiles of the Zapata swamp. Decades of a socialist, conservation-minded government, American embargoes, and minimal development have left the island virtually unchanged for 50 years. As international relations ease, what will become of this wildlife paradise? Director: John Murray. Starring: Olga Merediz. PBS Nature.
Weather Science - Renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson embarks on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of the planet. Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places - beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic - NOVA uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. Director: Lucy Haken. PBS Nova.
Women's Health - Bestselling author Jessica Valenti places recent debates about Planned Parenthood, contraception, and the meaning of rape within the context of a larger political effort to roll back women's rights. Starring: Jessica Valenti
Environmental/Social History - On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. Ron Howard presents a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding. Director: Ron Howard
Prison - It explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a fifteen-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before. The story follows Cindy's struggles to be present in her children's lives from behind bars and her daughters' experiences growing up without their mother at home. Director: Rudy Valdez. Starring: Cindy Shank
Biography - Hosted and based on the book by Dr. Helen Castor, an accomplished and elegant historian, and filmed on location in England and France, this captivating BBC series explores the lives of seven English queens who challenged male power, the fierce and fiery reactions they provoked, and whether, in fact, much has changed.
Inspirational - The award-winning feature documentary tells the inspiring journey of Cliff, Ahmani, and Nicholas, three troubled teenage boys from Atlanta, attempting to climb four 12,000 ft snowcapped peaks in the heart of the Colorado wilderness, all while overcoming their mountains. Director: Michiel Thomas
Biography - A documentary about legendary photographer Bill Cunningham features photographs chosen from over three million previously unpublicized images and documents from the iconic street photographer and fashion historian. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Director: Mark Bozek. Starring: Bill Cunningham, Sarah Jessica Parker
Women's Sports Biography - Spend one season with the D.C. Divas, one of America's toughest full-contact female football teams. The documentary follows an eclectic group of players for one season as they fight: fight to balance their lives as mothers, daughters, wives, partners, and employees; fight to raise funds for training and equipment fees; fight through injuries; and ultimately fight for the national championship. Director: Robert Mac
Personal History - A deathbed confession reveals that a mother’s baby may have been stolen at birth in 1962. 57 years later, a documentarian helps her uncover the truth. Director: Zach Marion. Starring: Peggy Phillips, Catherine Suzanne Smith, Zach Marion
Women Politicians Biography - Women have stepped onto the political scene in a big way, and there are more female members of congress than ever before. This new documentary takes a look at the highs and lows of some of the most successful female polticians currently in the game, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson. Director: Kim Harrington. Starring: Deryn Oliver
An interactive, sing-along DVD for parents, children, day care centers, children's groups, churches, hospitals, health organizations, and schools offering children lessons and logic on staying healthy during flu season and establishing intelligent personal and eating habits for good health and well-being in all seasons.
In the new 2020 high-definition program, learn all about the life and lasting legacy of John Lewis. Who was John Lewis? What were John's early contributions to civil rights? Who were the Freedom Riders? What was John's involvement with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington? What was the Civil Rights Act? What was John's role in the House of Representatives? What is his lasting legacy?
In the new 2020 high-definition program, learn all about hibernation. What is hibernation? Why do animals hibernate? How do animals prepare to hibernate? What happens to animals during hibernation? What are some examples of animals that hibernate? How has studying hibernation helped humans? The answers to all of these questions and more are covered in-depth with detailed graphics and exciting video.
In the new 2020 high-definition program, young people will learn how to keep themselves safe from viruses like COVID-19. What is a virus and how does it spread? How do vaccines work? What is a pandemic? How can strategies from past pandemics help fight COVID-19? The answers to all of these questions and more are covered in depth with detailed graphics, engaging examples, and video. On-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts.