Indie Films

America ReFramed

Through the lens of independent documentaries, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social issue series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future. Hosted by Natasha Del Toro.

Five Years North

1h 26m

FIVE YEARS NORTH is the story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

Episodes

  • Five Years North: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Five Years North

    S9 E13 - 1h 26m

    FIVE YEARS NORTH is the story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

  • Jack & Yaya: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jack & Yaya

    S9 E12 - 1h 23m

    From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though most of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender. JACK & YAYA follows these two friends for a year and explores their unique, thirty-year relationship.

  • Meltdown in Dixie: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Meltdown in Dixie

    S9 E11 - 55m 5s

    In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in 21st century America and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

  • Curtain Up!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curtain Up!

    S9 E9 - 1h 9m

    In New York City's Chinatown, the theater club of PS 124 is staging an adaptation of the film "Frozen.” As the 5th graders gear up and rehearse for the musical production, nervous excitement and flubbed lines brush up against cultural stereotypes, family expectations, and post-graduation uncertainties. CURTAIN UP! shares a kid’s-eye view of the wonders of discovering art, culture and identity.

  • Far East Deep South: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Far East Deep South

    S9 E8 - 1h 13m

    Charles Chiu and his family’s search for their roots takes them on an eye-opening journey through the Mississippi Delta, uncovering otherwise unknown stories and the racially complex history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South. This Chinese American family’s unforgettable story offers a poignant and important perspective on race relations, immigration and American identity.

  • The Place That Makes Us: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Place That Makes Us

    S9 E6 - 1h 9m

    A quintessential post-industrial American city is seen through the efforts of a new generation. This film is an inspiring portrait of the people of Youngstown, Ohio who have chosen not to abandon their hometown, but to stay, rebuild and make a life for themselves. THE PLACE THAT MAKES US is a powerful testament of the resilience and dedication it takes to change a community.

  • Bring It Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bring It Home

    S9 E5 - 1h 10m

    BRING IT HOME tells the story of five families at a crossroads after the closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant. GM's decision forced thousands to decide between transferring out-of-state or staying put. If they stay, they risk loss of employment and benefits. As families wrestle these tough choices, they are left wondering why a company recording billions in profits is shuttering factories.

  • The Falconer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Falconer

    S9 E3 - 58m 52s

    One of only a handful of African American falconers in the country, Rodney Stotts is on a mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community. This is a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself.

Extras + Features

  • Brooklyn Inshallah | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Brooklyn Inshallah | Trailer

    S9 E15 - 2m 32s

    Father Khader El-Yateem, is campaigning to be New York City's first Arab American councilman. As a Lutheran Pastor and Palestinian American, El-Yateem's bid to make history reveals the aspirations and divisions of his multicultural district. With the support of local organizers and activists, including Aber Kawas and Linda Sarsour, can he bring his community together to win the race?

  • Hayden & Her Family | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hayden & Her Family | Trailer

    S9 E14 - 2m 49s

    The Currys are raising twelve children, five of whom are adopted from overseas and have special needs. One of those children is Hayden, a young girl from China born with linear nevus sebaceous syndrome. Hayden becomes the thread to this intimate adoption journey as she, her new parents, and her siblings experience the complexities, jealousies and joy of becoming a family.

  • Five Years North | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Five Years North | Trailer

    S9 E13 - 1m 55s

    FIVE YEARS NORTH is the story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

  • Five Years North | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Five Years North | Promo

    S9 E13 - 30s

    FIVE YEARS NORTH is the story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

  • Five Years North | New York City Through the Eyes of Luis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Five Years North | New York City Through the Eyes of Luis

    S9 E13 - 1m 10s

    New York City is many things to many people. For Luis, who is in the U.S. for the first time, the city will represent both hope and struggle for the 16-year-old whose only home was a small village in Guatemala.

  • Five Years North | Young, Undocumented and Stressed: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Five Years North | Young, Undocumented and Stressed

    S9 E13 - 1m 5s

    Undocumented teenager Luis has the weight of the world and his family on his shoulders: he is expected to attend school, work to pay off his debt and find a way to remain in the U.S. with little to no support.

  • Jack & Yaya | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jack & Yaya | Promo

    S9 E12 - 30s

    From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though most of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender. JACK & YAYA follows these two friends for a year and explores their unique, thirty-year relationship.

  • Jack & Yaya | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jack & Yaya | Trailer

    S9 E12 - 1m 50s

    From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though most of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender. JACK & YAYA follows these two friends for a year and explores their unique, thirty-year relationship.

  • Meltdown in Dixie | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Meltdown in Dixie | Promo

    S9 E11 - 30s

    In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in 21st century America and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

Schedule

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    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Tuesday
    Oct 26

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Wednesday
    Oct 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Wednesday
    Oct 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Friday
    Oct 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Saturday
    Oct 30

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Bring It Home

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Families in Ohio face a difficult decision following the sudden closing of the GM Lordstown auto plant.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Tuesday
    Nov 2

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Wednesday
    Nov 3

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Wednesday
    Nov 3

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Friday
    Nov 5

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Saturday
    Nov 6

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Sunday
    Nov 7

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Sunday
    Nov 7

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    On a Knife Edge

    Sunday
    Nov 7

    1 Hour

    Lakota teenager George Dull Knife joins the American Indian Movement to protest liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb., a tiny town near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Blood Memory

    Tuesday
    Nov 9

    1 Hour

    Adoption survivor Sandy White Hawk tries to reclaim the missing pieces of her past by helping to organize the first annual Welcome Home Ceremony in the community from where she had been removed more than 60 years ago.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Blood Memory

    Wednesday
    Nov 10

    1 Hour

    Adoption survivor Sandy White Hawk tries to reclaim the missing pieces of her past by helping to organize the first annual Welcome Home Ceremony in the community from where she had been removed more than 60 years ago.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Blood Memory

    Wednesday
    Nov 10

    1 Hour

    Adoption survivor Sandy White Hawk tries to reclaim the missing pieces of her past by helping to organize the first annual Welcome Home Ceremony in the community from where she had been removed more than 60 years ago.

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