WORLD Channel: News – Community Connections: What to watch on WORLD in August
Through storytelling, we can all find common ground. New this month, Stories from the Stage: The Podcast features new episodes of inspiring stories about finding your one and only, feeling like you don’t belong and more. Take the show on the road this summer and hear first-hand from ordinary people about their extraordinary experiences!
Also in August, watch films on WORLD Channel that showcase the diversity of our world and how connection and empathy move us forward: America ReFramed’s “Perfectly Normal for Me” highlights the power of inclusivity and the community through four physically disabled children preparing for a dance recital; and as we approach one year since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Doc World’s “Facing the Dragon” and FRONTLINE’s “Afghanistan Undercover” reveal the country’s instability through the eyes of Afghan women.
Watch, listen and learn from movies and stories that make a difference and find the commonalities we all share.
Stage Stories: The Podcast
Mondays starting August 1 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more
Powerful stories can bring people together despite impossible differences and tumultuous times. From Liz Cheng and Patricia Alvarado Núñez, the executive producers and co-creators of Stories from the Stage, welcome to the podcast! This audio series features the most memorable stories and, in some cases, the next chapter – what happened after the storytellers left the stage.
Listen to new episodes of heartwarming moments and laughter while relaxing at the beach or taking a road trip this summer! Discover the list of new episodes.
He’s my brother | Point of view
August 3 on TV, online and on the PBS app
Christine’s brother, Peter, experiences her world through touch, smell and taste. Now 30, Peter’s family struggles to find appropriate care for his multiple disabilities. Told through Christine’s eyes, the film explores how the family operates to ensure a dignified life for her once the parents are gone – and Christine’s insecurities about one day becoming her primary caregiver.
Where the roadway ends | Cropped America
August 4 on TV, online and on the PBS app
Transporting viewers to the towns of Missouri – then all-black in Kinloch and the all-white community of Ferguson – examining the shared histories and deep racial divides affecting both. Through recordings, photographs and memories, the film draws parallels between a 1960s dispute over a physical barricade erected between towns and the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.
Facing the dragon | Doc World
August 7 on TV
As US forces and foreign aid leave Afghanistan, the country’s fragile democracy and recent gains for women hang in the balance. Trapped in uncertainty, Nilofar and Shakila are forced to choose between motherhood and dedication reform in this film exposing the daily realities of Afghan women struggling to maintain their hard-won rights. Read a Q&A with filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi.
President | Point of view
August 10 on TV, online and on the PBS app
Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition MDC party, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by interim president Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 2018 Zimbabwean general elections are the ultimate test for both the ruling party and the opposition. How will they interpret democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in rhetoric and in practice?
Afghanistan undercover | FIRST LINE
August 10 on TV, online and on the PBS app
A secret investigation into the Taliban’s crackdown on women in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE correspondent Ramita Navai finds women being punished by the regime and confronts Taliban officials.
The Falconer | Cropped America
August 11 on TV, online and on the PBS app through September 10 | Available on Passport PBS
One of the country’s few African-American falconers, Rodney Stotts is on a mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community. This is the story of a second chance: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned lot, for a group of teenagers who dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself.
Two Towns of Jasper | Point of view
August 13 on TV
After the brutal murder of African American James Byrd, Jr. by three white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, friends Whitney Dow, who is white, and Marco Williams, who is black, made a film about their town.
Perfectly normal for me | Cropped America
From August 18 on TV, online and on the PBS app until September 17
Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica reveal what it’s like to live with a physical disability. Their parents seek opportunities where they are accepted and feel valued, such as a dance program in Queens, NY. With the help of a loving community, students prepare for a springtime recital. Overall, they become eloquent advocates for the powers of inclusion, respect, and empathy.
Advisor | Cropped America
August 25 on TV
Carmen Castillo is a first-term city councilor who keeps her job as a hotel cleaner. She stands up for working families in her community and leads the charge in the fight for $15 in Providence, RI. A grueling re-election campaign brings new challenges on the home front. Through it all, she stays true to her vision of justice and fairness to prove that “she can do it!” Will she succeed?
Faya Dayi | Point of view
August 31 on TV, online and on the PBS app
A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, a place where a commodity – khat, a euphoric plant – dominates the rituals and rhythms of daily life. The film captures intimate moments in everyone’s life, from the reapers of the harvest, to those lost in its narcotic fog, to a desperate but determined young generation looking for an escape from political strife.
Whatever happens | Stage Stories
August 1st on television | Available online and on the PBS app
Sometimes we prefer to avoid entering the fray. But when we choose to be brave, the consequences are life changing. Susanne Schmidt tries “extreme camping” and learns love, friendship and the virtues of a well-made campfire; José Palma embarks on a perilous journey to reach the United States and the possibility of a better future; and Annemarie Wilton discovers that letting go is not the same as giving up. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Family business | Stage Stories
August 8 on TV | Available on YouTube
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family. And we do our best to love them…even if they sometimes drive us crazy. Sarah Sutton becomes a food truck owner and learns the trials and tribulations of working with her spouse. Paul Brouillette’s relationship with his mother takes an unexpected turn; and Ajay Jain rebels against the life plan his father created for him. Hosted by Wes Hazard.
WHY SLAVERY? I was a Yazidi slave | Doc World
August 14 on TV | Available online, on YouTube and on the PBS app
In 2014, Islamic State fighters invaded Yazidi settlements in Iraq. Men were massacred while young women were kidnapped to be enslaved, tortured and systematically raped. Two Yazidi women recount their escape to Germany with the help of a renowned trauma expert. Their journeys to recovery ask how a survivor of unthinkable sexual violence can find justice and a path to rehabilitation.
Oops | Stage Stories
August 15 on TV | Available online and on the PBS app
Surprise! Kemp Harris describes a life-changing moment at a stop sign; Justin Werfel discovers the triumph and agony of a one-wheel ride; and Jannelle Codianni has to admit that the magic isn’t always real. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.
ACORN and the Firestorm | Independent lens
August 20 on TV
For 40 years, community organizing group ACORN has sought to empower marginalized communities. Its critics, however, believed that ACORN promoted wasteful government and ineffective activism. These competing perceptions exploded nationwide in 2009, fueled by a YouTube video made by undercover activists. Going beyond the 24-hour news cycle, going to the heart of the political divide.
WHY SLAVERY? A Captured Woman | Doc World
August 21 on television | Available online, on YouTube and on the PBS app
For 10 years, Marish has been kept as a housekeeper by Eta, a Hungarian. She works without pay 7 days a week in exchange for meals, cigarettes and a couch to sleep on. Even money earned from extra work must be handed over. For two and a half years, filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter witnesses firsthand the relentless torrent of abuse – her presence also inspires Marish to live as a free person.
Waiting period | Stage Stories
August 22 on television | Available online and on Facebook, YouTube and PBS apps
For most people, playing sports is about meeting personal challenges – from the first tries on the field to the last cheers on the sidelines. Andrew dreams of throwing a no-hitter wiffle ball; Kioko signs up for the Memory Ride; and Sophie and her sister become the first girls to play football on a private boys’ team in New York. Hosted by Wes Hazard.
WHY SLAVERY? Sell children | Doc World
August 28 on TV | Available online, on YouTube and on the PBS app
In India, millions of vulnerable children are bought and sold. Away from the issue of child slavery until a maid suffers a devastating loss, filmmaker Pankaj Johar travels the country to understand and expose the ways in which poverty, illiteracy and corruption conspire to provide fertile ground for child trafficking in the world’s largest democracy. .
School Days: Teacher Stories | Stage Stories
August 29 on television | Available online and on the PBS app
For teachers and students alike, school is a place of fierce struggle. Ben strives to turn passed out preschool girls into dragon-slaying warrior princesses; Donna finishes the school year with Sister-ly’s help; and Crystal climbs the ladder of higher education, aided by secret admirers. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.
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