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.

Sisters Rising

57m 44s

Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

Episodes

  • Sisters Rising: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sisters Rising

    S9 E7 - 57m 44s

    Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

  • 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.

  • Pahokee: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pahokee

    S9 E2 - 1h 49m

    In the rural town of Pahokee, four teenagers experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school. This tightly knit community in the Florida everglades struggles with financial insecurity and pin their hopes for the future on their graduating seniors.

  • The Area: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Area

    S9 E1 - 55m 2s

    THE AREA is the odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where hundreds of Black American families are being expelled from their homes by a multi-billion-dollar freight company. The documentary film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be "the last house standing," as she and her neighbors fight the displacement that looms ahead.

Extras + Features

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

    Jack & Yaya | Trailer

    S9 E12 - 2m 12s

    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 | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Meltdown in Dixie | Trailer

    S9 E11 - 2m 29s

    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.

  • Hamtramck, USA | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hamtramck, USA | Trailer

    S9 E10 - 2m 6s

    Once known as a Polish Catholic town, Hamtramck, MI is now home to America’s first Muslim-majority city. As election season approaches, candidates set out to win hearts, minds and votes in this rapidly changing city. Going behind the scenes of small-town politics, HAMTRAMCK, USA explores the beauty and challenges that come with multiculturalism.

  • Curtain Up! | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curtain Up! | Trailer

    S9 E9 - 2m 14s

    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 | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Far East Deep South | Trailer

    S9 E8 - 2m 13s

    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.

  • Sisters Rising | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sisters Rising | Promo

    S9 E7 - 30s

    Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

  • Sisters Rising | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sisters Rising | Trailer

    S9 E7 - 1m 17s

    Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

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

    The Place That Makes Us | Promo

    S9 E6 - 30s

    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.

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

    The Place That Makes Us | Trailer

    S9 E6 - 1m 25s

    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 | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bring It Home | Promo

    S9 E5 - 30s

    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.

  • Bring It Home | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bring It Home | Trailer

    S9 E5 - 58s

    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.

  • Busy Inside | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Busy Inside | Trailer

    S9 E4 - 1m 25s

    Through personal stories, BUSY INSIDE delves deeply into Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) - formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. A respected therapist specializing in the condition's treatment, and her patients, confront past trauma and embrace their different personalities.

Schedule

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    America ReFramed

    Sisters Rising

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    1 Hour

    Six Native American women fight against sexual assault, which shines a light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
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    America ReFramed

    Sisters Rising

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    Six Native American women fight against sexual assault, which shines a light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
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    America ReFramed

    Sisters Rising

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    Six Native American women fight against sexual assault, which shines a light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Sisters Rising

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    Six Native American women fight against sexual assault, which shines a light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
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    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Tuesday
    Apr 27

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Saturday
    May 1

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Jaddoland

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    Director Nadia Shihab explores the work of her mother, visual artist Lahib Jaddo, showing how art can provide clarity for familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.
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    America ReFramed

    Far East Deep South

    Tuesday
    May 4

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    This series focuses on topics related to health care, immigration, the workplace and politics, complete with personal stories that illustrate a transforming American culture and its diversity. Episodes include "Chisholm '72," which documents the story of the first black woman to run for president; "La Americana," the story of an immigrant who comes to America to support her disabled daughter; and "Trust," which addresses the issue of urban poverty.
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    America ReFramed

    Far East Deep South

    Wednesday
    May 5

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    This series focuses on topics related to health care, immigration, the workplace and politics, complete with personal stories that illustrate a transforming American culture and its diversity. Episodes include "Chisholm '72," which documents the story of the first black woman to run for president; "La Americana," the story of an immigrant who comes to America to support her disabled daughter; and "Trust," which addresses the issue of urban poverty.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Far East Deep South

    Wednesday
    May 5

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    This series focuses on topics related to health care, immigration, the workplace and politics, complete with personal stories that illustrate a transforming American culture and its diversity. Episodes include "Chisholm '72," which documents the story of the first black woman to run for president; "La Americana," the story of an immigrant who comes to America to support her disabled daughter; and "Trust," which addresses the issue of urban poverty.
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    America ReFramed

    Far East Deep South

    Saturday
    May 8

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    This series focuses on topics related to health care, immigration, the workplace and politics, complete with personal stories that illustrate a transforming American culture and its diversity. Episodes include "Chisholm '72," which documents the story of the first black woman to run for president; "La Americana," the story of an immigrant who comes to America to support her disabled daughter; and "Trust," which addresses the issue of urban poverty.

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