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America ReFramed

America ReFramed brings to life compelling stories, personal voices and experiences that illuminate the contours of our ever-changing country. Since 2012, the series has premiered 170 films - more than half helmed by female makers and a third credited to BIPOC makers - centering stories of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, immigrants and more.

Geographies of Kinship

1h 19m

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program. Raised in foreign families, each adoptee sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

Episodes

  • Geographies of Kinship: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship

    S10 E5 - 1h 19m

    GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program. Raised in foreign families, each adoptee sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

  • Daughter of a Lost Bird: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daughter of a Lost Bird

    S10 E4 - 1h 6m

    Kendra, a Native adoptee, grew up assimilated in a loving, white family with little connection to her heritage. Now, as an adult with a family of her own, Kendra embarks on a seven year journey to find her biological mother, April, and return to her Lummi homeland. Together, Kendra and April, also a Native adoptee, navigate what it means to be Native and to belong to a tribe from the outside.

  • Sapelo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sapelo

    S10 E3 - 1h 31m

    On Sapelo island, two young brothers, JerMarkest and Jonathan, are coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee. As Sapelo’s storyteller and elder matriarch, their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, works to preserve what remains of her African-American community in the face of encroachment by property developers.

  • For the Love of Rutland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    For the Love of Rutland

    S10 E2 - 1h 24m

    An attempt to bring Syrian refugees to invigorate the economically struggling and predominantly white town of Rutland, VT unleashes deep partisan rancor. Despite a lifetime of feeling invalidated and shamed for her poverty and addiction, long-time Rutland resident, Stacie, emerges as an unexpected and resilient leader in a town divided by class, cultural values and political leanings.

  • Fannie Lou Hamer's America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fannie Lou Hamer's America

    S10 E1 - 58m 41s

    Fannie Lou Hamer's America is a portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, Fannie Lou Hamer's America explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders.

Extras + Features

  • Any Given Day | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Any Given Day | Trailer

    S10 E7 - 2m 29s

    Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three formerly incarcerated Chicagoans as they manage their respective mental illnesses while searching for stability in their families, friendships, jobs and housing. While documenting the challenges that are faced at the intersections of a punitive carceral system, poverty and substance use, Byrne reckons with her own history of mental illness.

  • Chinatown Rising | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chinatown Rising | Preview

    S10 E6 - 30s

    Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, CHINATOWN RISING reveals a deeply personal portrait of a San Francisco neighborhood in transition. Chinatown activists of the 1960s reflect on their years as young residents waging battles for bilingual education, tenants’ rights and ethnic studies curriculum that would shape their community and nation.

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

    Chinatown Rising | Trailer

    S10 E6 - 1m 33s

    Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, CHINATOWN RISING reveals a deeply personal portrait of a San Francisco neighborhood in transition. Chinatown activists of the 1960s reflect on their years as young residents waging battles for bilingual education, tenants’ rights and ethnic studies curriculum that would shape their community and nation.

  • Geographies of Kinship | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | Trailer

    S10 E5 - 1m 38s

    GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program. Raised in foreign families, each adoptee sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

  • Geographies of Kinship | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | Preview

    S10 E5 - 30s

    GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program. Raised in foreign families, each adoptee sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

  • Geographies of Kinship | I Saw Myself As White: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | I Saw Myself As White

    S10 E5 - 3m 7s

    LenaKim Arctaedius and her sisters, like many Korean adoptees, were adopted from Korea to Europe, Australia and North America to parents who are not of the same race. As children, and now as adults, they continue to struggle with identity and belonging.

  • Geographies of Kinship | The "Babylift": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | The "Babylift"

    S10 E5 - 2m 38s

    Harry and Bertha Holt believed it their mission to save Korean children, especially of mixed race, by bringing them to the U.S. for adoption. But the legacy of their work has not always been viewed as positive by both social workers then and the adopted as adults now.

  • Geographies of Kinship | I Didn't Even Know My Name: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | I Didn't Even Know My Name

    S10 E5 - 1m 15s

    For Estelle Cooke-Sampson, a Black-Korean adoptee, her beginnings are marked with questions. Many Korean adoptees like Cooke-Sampson are now searching for answers in their home country about who they are, where they come from and the family they may have.

  • Geographies of Kinship | Abandoned, Adopted: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship | Abandoned, Adopted

    S10 E5 - 1m 7s

    How did adopted children from Korea find their forever family? Since the Korean War, the country's global adoption program has seen an estimated 200,000 adoptees like Estelle Cooke-Sampson move overseas. But what impact has this had on South Korea, its policies and society?

  • Daughter of a Lost Bird | Transracial: Indigenous and White: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daughter of a Lost Bird | Transracial: Indigenous and White

    S10 E4 - 1m 59s

    Native adoptee Kendra and her white adoptive parents are aware of the unique situation they are in as a family. In the U.S., the history of Native adoption has been one of trauma for Indigenous children, parents and communities, and continues to be an issue in the courts today.

  • Daughter of a Lost Bird | Indigenous and White: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daughter of a Lost Bird | Indigenous and White

    S10 E4 - 1m 59s

    Native adoptee Kendra and her white adoptive parents are aware of the unique situation they are in as a family. In the U.S., the history of Native adoption has been one of trauma for Indigenous children, parents and communities, and continues to be an issue in the courts today.

  • Daughter of a Lost Bird | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daughter of a Lost Bird | Trailer

    S10 E4 - 1m 46s

    Kendra, a Native adoptee, grew up assimilated in a loving, white family with little connection to her heritage. Now, as an adult with a family of her own, Kendra embarks on a seven year journey to find her biological mother, April, and return to her Lummi homeland. Together, Kendra and April, also a Native adoptee, navigate what it means to be Native and to belong to a tribe from the outside.

Schedule

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    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Friday
    May 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Friday
    May 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Friday
    May 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Saturday
    May 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Geographies of Kinship

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Four adult adoptees return to Korea and recover personal histories that were lost when they were adopted.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Friday
    May 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Friday
    May 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Friday
    May 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Saturday
    May 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Chinatown Rising

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Rare archival footage, photos and interviews with community leaders and activists from the 1960s illustrate the battles for social justice in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    First Vote

    Thursday
    Jun 2

    1 Hour

    Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, from the 2016 presidential election to the 2018 midterms.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    First Vote

    Friday
    Jun 3

    1 Hour

    Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, from the 2016 presidential election to the 2018 midterms.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    First Vote

    Friday
    Jun 3

    1 Hour

    Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, from the 2016 presidential election to the 2018 midterms.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    First Vote

    Friday
    Jun 3

    1 Hour

    Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, from the 2016 presidential election to the 2018 midterms.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    First Vote

    Saturday
    Jun 4

    1 Hour

    Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, from the 2016 presidential election to the 2018 midterms.

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