Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts the new season.
Tuesday May 4th at 11:00 p.m.
In 1975 rural Texas, a local mayor’s daughter grapples with an unplanned pregnancy — finally deciding to have her baby in secret before giving her away in a hidden adoption. Twenty-three years later, the adopted child also has an unplanned baby out of wedlock. “Sunshine” tells the intimate story of this second-generation single mother and her own struggle with the idea of family, 30 years on.
The Horse Boy
Tuesday May 11th at 11:00 p.m.
“The Horse Boy” explores one family’s unforgettable journey as they travel halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their autistic son. The film blends footage from the family’s adventure through the Mongolian countryside with scenes from their life at home in Texas. Bolstered by testimony from autism experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin, this compelling film exquisitely captures an astonishing physical and spiritual journey.
Tuesday May 18th at 11:00 p.m.
Two young American women, one Muslim, the other Hindu, sneak their cameras into Kashmir, where conflicting faiths mean war. Their mission: to find out what makes their peers choose homeland over preserving their own lives. The project tests the limits of friendship and documents the costs of war in one of the most dangerous and beautiful places on Earth.
A Village Called Versailles
Tuesday May 25th at 11:00 p.m.
Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. This film recounts the residents’ successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and transformed their neighborhood.
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