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Documentaries on TV or streaming in spring 2022

Documentaries on TV or streaming in spring 2022
Anthony Bourdain eating ice cream, as seen in Morgan Neville's documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, which will be on CNN in spring 2022 (Image via Focus Features)

While there are many, many reality TV shows and documentary series premiering this spring, broadcast, cable, and streaming services are also bringing us quite a few feature documentaries, on subjects as varied as Anthony Bourdain, Jurassic Park, Freddie Mercury, Cypress Hill, bubonic plague, and animals playing.

This guide includes documentaries that are premiering on broadcast, cable, premium, and streaming TV services, including PBS, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Discovery+, and Disney+. Some premieres are theatrical films making their television debuts, while others are original to television. For documentaries that premiered before March 1, 2022, and may still be streaming, see the winter 2022 documentary premiere guide.

While I occasionally include multi-part documentaries here, this list generally does not include documentary series, which I define—arbitrarily and imperfectly—as documentaries that have multiple episodes airing over multiple weeks, mirroring episodic television. Those kinds of documentary series will always be listed on my reality TV schedule and guide.

In this guide, all times listed are in ET/PT, and are accurate at the time of publication. I frequently update this list, but since TV networks and streaming services sometimes change their schedules, please check your guide or other TV listings.

Program descriptions in quotation marks indicate text that has come directly from network press releases, the show’s website, or other official materials.

I welcome any additions or changes to this list, especially because I want this to be as comprehensive and accurate a list as possible. If you have any updates, additions, or corrections, please e-mail me. Thank you!

Spring 2022 documentary premieres on TV


March | April | May | June


March 2022

The Beauty of Blackness (HBO Max, March 1). “chronicles Fashion Fair, the first cosmetics brand created exclusively for Black women created in 1973 by Eunice Johnson, the co-founder of Ebony and Jet Magazines,” and its “rapid rise to icon status and how the brand surpassed cultural obstacles to overcome beauty standards that previously excluded people of color.”

Pridelands: Wilderness Reborn (Smithsonian, Wednesday, March 2, at 8). “An Australian family goes on an adventure to restore an old hunting ranch in South Africa. Their goal is to rebuild the overgrown habitat, create an eco-tourism ranch, and allow the natural wildlife, including predators, to move back in.”

Gaming Wall St (HBO Max, March 3). Kieran Culkin narrates and “explores the historic short squeeze of GameStop, but ultimately is a deeper dive into the underbelly of Wall Street”

Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale (Netflix, March 3). “Elephants, lions, wolves and many more species thrive in the Kalahari Desert’s Okavango Delta, but a worsening dry season threatens its future”

Three’s Company: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 5, at 8). “explores the early days of the show that would eventually run for eight seasons in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. While the antics of roommates Jack, Janet and Chrissy are legendary early attempts to find that perfect onscreen chemistry were unsuccessful.”

Cheers: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 5, at 9). “celebrates how the show became a true destination for anyone who wanted to go ‘where everybody knows your name’ as well as what was behind the shocking decision by Long to leave the series during its heyday”

Week of March 6, 2022

Ken and Barbie Killers: The Friends Speak (Reelz, Sunday, March 6, at 8). “From the outside looking in, the relationship between Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka was picture-perfect. A beautiful young couple with their whole lives ahead of them. Behind closed doors was another story. Paul – a budding psychopath who already had a string of serial rapes under his belt. Karla – deranged and eager to offer up her younger sister and other young women to be raped and murdered”

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (CNN, Sunday, March 6, at 9). “traces Bourdain’s rapid transformation … from line cook to celebrated globe-trotting explorer, and renowned television host”

Perfect World: A Deadly Game (Peacock, March 8). “a group of friends are alerted to what appears to be a real-life murder. For the next 18 hours they are on the hunt to find out the real identity and location of one of their closest friends who claims to have killed his family and to put an end to his killing spree”

Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall (HBO, Tuesday, March 8, at 9). “tells the story of accomplished journalist Kim Wall, who tragically went missing in 2017” who “was last seen just prior to interviewing the eccentric entrepreneur Peter Madsen aboard his self-made submarine” and “was murdered on the submarine”

Animals at Play (Smithsonian, Wednesday, March 9 and 16, at 8). “Across the planet, young animals spend huge amounts of time playing – but it’s a behavior that has long been overlooked by science. Now, new research reveals that play is at the heart of almost everything an animal learns. In this series we uncover why play is so much more than just having a good time.”

Last Exit: Space (Discovery+, March 10). “Rudolph and Werner Herzog take us on an unforgettable journey into space and living beyond Earth as they look to answer the big question, how close are we to fulfilling our dream of becoming space colonists?”

Star Trek: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 12, at 8). “examines the elements that came together to make the three season original series into a franchise that spans decades and how the ‘60s space drama created a new breed of super fans”

Week of March 13, 2022

R. Kelly: His Friends Speak (Reelz, Sunday, March 13, at 8) “three longtime friends including former promoter Felton Collins, ex-girlfriend Carlita Hodges and MGM band member Marcus Darc share details of their time with Kelly and grappling with the many accusations and now conviction of sex crimes involving minors”

Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red (Disney+, March 14). “With behind-the-scenes access to Director Domee Shi and her core leadership crew, this story shines a light on the powerful professional and personal journeys that brought this incredibly comical, utterly relatable and deeply heartfelt story to the screen.”

Phoenix Rising (HBO, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, at 9). “follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds, and reclaim her story”

Putin’s Road to War (PBS, Tuesday, March 15, at 9). “The inside story of what led to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. The events that shaped the Russian leader, the grievances that drive him, and how a growing conflict with the West exploded into war in Europe.”

Hei$t: The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank (Netflix, March 16). “In 2005, thieves tunnel into a Fortaleza, Brazil, bank vault and steal over 160 million reais”

More Than Robots (Disney+, March 18). “follows four teams of teenagers from around the world as they prepare for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition”

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin (PBS, Friday, March 18, at 10:30). “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will premiere as part of special programming on the crisis in Ukraine. The film follows Zelenskyy’s improbable rise from actor and stand-up comedian to political outsider, his unlikely but successful bid for the presidency, and his new role as the wartime leader of a nation under siege. The film also explores Zelenskyy’s game-changing use of social media and television, which has captivated the world as it watches the defiant response of a country and its president”

The Fast and The Furious: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 19, at 8). “pops the hood on the mega franchise to show viewers the parts, people and power that drive the global phenomenon”

The Karate Kid: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 19, at 9). “The Karate Kid premiered nearly 40 years ago telling the story of a bullied high school student who teams up with an unlikely mentor. The underdog story resonated with audiences and critics alike igniting massive interest in martial arts and kicking off a movie franchise”

Week of March 20, 2022

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Her Friends Speak (Reelz, Sunday, March 20, at 8). Family members “say more could’ve been done to help her recover and they still have lingering and tough questions about who surrounded Bobbi Kristina at this crucial time and what were their motivations for being in her life in the first place”

Step Into…The Movies With Derek and Julianne Hough (ABC, Sunday, March 20, at 10). “performances will draw inspiration from iconic films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Moulin Rouge, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever and La La Land. Legendary guest stars include Kevin Bacon, Charli D’Amelio, Ariana DeBose, Jenna Dewan, Harry Shum Jr., Baz Luhrmann, Tate McRae, Rob Marshall, Kenny Ortega, Amber Riley and John Stamos”

Pelosi’s Power (PBS, Tuesday, March 22, at 9). “the first, in-depth documentary feature on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s life and legacy. Spanning three decades, Pelosi’s Power examines how Pelosi has gained and wielded power and faced grave challenges to her leadership and to American democracy from Trump and his allies”

Shackleton’s Endurance: The Lost Ice Ship Found (History, Tuesday, March 22, at 10). “a definitive look at Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic and ill-fated 1914 Antarctic expedition resulting in the loss of his highly revered ship, Endurance, as well as maritime archaeologists’ relentless mission to find this holy grail of shipwrecks”

Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (Discovery+, March 24). “will profile numerous ex-members of the church who have come forward to share harrowing allegations of the trauma, abuse, financial, and labor exploitation that created a culture of chaos within the church.”

OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (Disney+, March 25). “Olivia Rodrigo takes a familiar road trip from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her debut album ‘SOUR,’ to Los Angeles. Along the way, Rodrigo recounts the memories of writing and creating her record-breaking debut album and shares her feelings as a young woman navigating a specific time in her life.”

The Conductor (PBS, Friday, March 25, at 9). “Follow Marin Alsop’s journey to become the first female music director of a major symphony despite repeated rejection by the classical music industry featuring archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein set to a soundtrack of her performances”

Jurassic Park: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Sunday, March 26, at 8). “unravels the prized DNA that has made the movies”

The Fatal Attraction Murder (Oxygen, Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, at 8). Carolyn Warmus, “who never testified in her own defense on the advice of her counsel, shares her truth. She has always maintained her innocence.  With no physical evidence to support her guilt, those who investigated the case and worked to secure her conviction offer the circumstantial evidence that led to Warmus’ sentence”

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Unknown Story (Reelz, Saturday, March 26, at 9). “see how a vacation between friends George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in 1977 spawned a Hollywood hero, how Tom Selleck almost became Indiana Jones and a series of unfortunate events that almost shut down production of the movie potentially derailing what would become an incredibly successful franchise”

Week of March 27, 2022

The Tiger King Disappearance: The Friends Speak (Reelz, Sunday, March 27, at 8). “friends and business associates of [Don] Lewis share their stories of watching his relationship with [Carole] Baskin blossom and wilt, his penchant for risky business dealings and the disturbing theories surrounding his still unsolved disappearance”

Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o (Smithsonian, Monday, March 28, at 8). “features Oscar-winning actress, author and producer Lupita Nyong’o as she journeys across Benin, West Africa to uncover the remarkable truth behind the women who helped to inspire the Dora Milaje of Marvel’s blockbuster film Black Panther. This is a story of both the past and the present shedding light on the powerful and complicated history of African female fighters that actually existed in West Africa and are still remembered there as the ‘Agoji’—or as Europeans labeled them, the ‘Amazons’. Lupita Nyong’o is about to discover these Warrior Women’s incredible secrets”

Writing with Fire (PBS, Monday, March 28, at 10). “In the midst of a patriarchal news landscape, the reporters with Khabar Lahariya—India’s only all-female news network—are taking it upon themselves to redefine power”

Plot to Overturn the Election (PBS, Tuesday, March 29, at 9). “examining how lies about election fraud have made their way to the center of American politics”

How to Survive a Pandemic (HBO, Tuesday, March 29, at 9). “takes an inside look at the historic, multi-national race to research, develop, regulate, and roll out COVID-19 vaccines in the war against the coronavirus pandemic. The documentary began filming in early 2020 as the largest public health effort in history got underway and followed those efforts of over the next 18 months, exploring in real time the hard work and collaboration of health agencies worldwide, as well as the political and moral failures of governments to act impartially and equitably.”

True Conviction: Scene of the Crime (ID, Tuesday, March 29, at 9). Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi and Alina Burroughs “join forces to re-examine some of the most bewildering cases that have baffled even seasoned detectives” and “discuss these tragic cases, break down the evidence, and dig deeper into the case files”

Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King (Netflix, March 30). “When the founder of a Canadian crypto exchange unexpectedly dies in India, customers suspect there may be more to the death than meets the eye”

When We Were Bullies (HBO, Wednesday, March 30, at 9). “a highly personal look back at a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that had been obscured by the elusive nature of memory but had resonated for decades”

Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett (CNN+, April 1). “features never-before-broadcast footage from the night of the alleged attack, as well as the interrogation-room confession by the Osundairo brothers that ultimately led to the charges against Smollett”

April 2022

Week of April 3, 2022

Benjamin Franklin (PBS, Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, at 8). “Follow the colorful and extremely consequential life of the scientist, inventor, writer of enduring epigrams and homespun wisdom, creator of America’s first subscription library and one of its most prestigious universities”

Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off (HBO, Tuesday, April 5, at 9). “an all-encompassing look at the skateboarder’s life, legendary career, and relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades”

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story (Netflix, April 6). “TV star Jimmy Savile charmed a nation with his eccentricity and philanthropy. But sexual abuse allegations expose a shocking unseen side of his persona.”

Hippo King (PBS, Wednesday, April 6, at 8). “An old, battle-scarred hippo bull—once a king among the planet’s largest concentration of hippos in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley—has an incredible story to tell. It’s a story normally hidden from human eyes and almost always misunderstood because it happens beneath the water and under cover of darkness. This tale spans 35 years, from when the hippo was a vulnerable orphan to when it became king two decades later.”

Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s (PBS, Wednesday, April 6, at 9). “Barb, Sigrid and Karen, whose mothers all had Alzheimer’s, witnessed firsthand the devastation wrought by the disease, not only on the mind and body, but also on families. Now, they are participating in a major study that tracks the health and memory of thousands of people over many years, as researchers hunt for lifestyle changes and medicines that could improve all our chances and protect the brain and body from one of the world’s deadliest diseases.”

Return to Space (Netflix, April 7). “Elon Musk and SpaceX engineers embark on a historic mission to return NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and revolutionize space travel.”

Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star (Netflix, April 7). “Soccer player Senzo Meyiwa was a national hero before his killing shocked South Africa. Who did it, and why? This docuseries dives into the evidence.”

Ghislaine: Partner In Crime (Paramount+, April 7). “features revealing, emotional interviews with Maxwell’s siblings Ian, Kevin and Isabel Maxwell; her friends; legal experts; and her alleged victims. The docuseries unravels the shocking pyramid scheme of sexual abuse that Maxwell controlled, and uncovers what really happened at Epstein’s properties, including his private island”

Mysteries from the Grave: The Titanic (Tubi, April 8). “seeks to decode the ship’s remaining secrets still lying on the Atlantic Ocean floor”

Week of April 10, 2022

Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets (MSNBC, Sunday, April 10, at 10). “explores the collective jaw-drop when GameStop shares soared 1700% in January 2021. Major hedge funds and other investors were so sure that the 90s-era, mall-based retailer was doomed that the size of the bet against the company was 140 percent the size of the company itself. r/WallStreetBets became so much more than a subreddit where participants discussed stock and option trading, quickly becoming notable for its aggressive trading strategies, colorful and profane jargon.”

American Arctic (PBS, Wednesday, April 13, at 8). “Vast, wild and untouched, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is where some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles unfold. Situated in the northeast corner of Alaska, this refuge has long protected survivors of the Ice Age that still roam a frozen wilderness. The porcupine caribou herd traverses all of it on the longest land animal migration on Earth, witnessing extraordinary wildlife moments along the way. But this once remote and frozen fortress is on the brink of change, and for the caribou, musk oxen, polar bears and Arctic foxes, the Ice Age is slipping away.”

Searching for Justice: Life After Lockup (PBS, Wednesday, April 13, at 10). “follow four individuals and the challenges they face after incarceration, from reconnecting with family, to finding work and housing, to staying out of prison or jail”

Not So Pretty (HBO Max, April 14). “the first-ever comprehensive large-scale investigative expose of the trillion-dollar cosmetics, beauty and personal care industry”

La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla (Showtime, Friday, April 15, at 8). “follows a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang as she struggles to remain visible in a rapidly gentrifying community she helped rebuild in the 1980s”

Week of April 17, 2022

The Real Housewives of Potomac: Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion (Bravo, Sunday, April 17, at 8). “Karen Huger is ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime as she ventures back to Surry County, VA with her husband, Ray, and daughter, Rayvin, to reunite with her family, the Woodens. This reunion of epic proportions uncovers family lineage revelations, fun bonding experiences, and the fate of the family farm succession”

On the Divide (PBS, Monday, April 18, at 10). “follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas, who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S.-Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, the three individuals are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined”

White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (Netflix, April 19). “Abercrombie & Fitch conquered malls in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s with gorgeous models, pulsing dance beats and a fierce scent. But while the brand was running white hot, its popular “all-American” image began burning out as controversy came to light surrounding its exclusionary marketing and discriminatory hiring.”

Shark (ESPN, Tuesday, April 19, at 8:30). “examines the legendary career of professional golfer Greg Norman, and how it was shaped by one stunning day at the Masters Tournament in 1996”

Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (Netflix, April 20). “features new interviews with key participants – some of whom have never talked before, including gut-wrenching testimony from one of Gacy’s survivors – all in search of answers to a crucial question: How was a public figure like Gacy able to get away with murder for so long?”

Changing Planet (PBS, Wednesday, April 20, at 8). “Conservationist Dr. M. Sanjayan launches an unprecedented seven-year global storytelling effort to monitor climate change by highlighting seven iconic locations across the planet. Featuring the latest science and emphasizing local voices, each location represents a unique biome and a litmus test for change happening across the planet. Some locations are heavily protected, some will experience pioneering schemes to rebuild the habitats, and some could be lost forever.”

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (The CW, Wednesday, April 20, at 8). “the story of how the legendary Queen frontman’s friends mounted an epic tribute concert in his honor to raise awareness and fight shame around HIV/AIDS”; premieres “on the 30th anniversary of the landmark concert”

Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain (Showtime, Wednesday, April 20, at 8). “a smoke-filled journey across the lives and careers of the groundbreaking, genre-defying Hip Hop group, Cypress Hill”

Captive Audience (Hulu, April 21). “This is the story of how a story gets told, and how the media’s magnifying glass impacts the characters caught in the narrative. Siblings Ashley and Steven Stayner Jr. never knew their famous father Steven, the child victim of a shocking California kidnapping, who tragically died in an accident when they were young.”

Polar Bear (Disney+, April 22). “The film tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today.”

Rookie Season (Tubi, April 22). “forgoes traditional interviews and straps the viewer firmly into the driver’s seat, as it follows the highs and lows of Rebel Rock Racing during their inaugural IMSA   season. A deeply moving and introspective account of what it takes to compete, this is a story of struggle and strife; of victories along the way; of defeat. It is a universal underdog tale that attempts to uncover the truth and the meaning behind the pursuit of one’s dream”

The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball (Apple TV+, April 22). “follows [Makur] Maker, the NBA hopeful who grabbed global headlines with his groundbreaking decision to forgo the NBA and play for Howard University, making him the highest-ranked high school player in the modern recruiting era to commit to a historically Black university (HBCU)”

Explorer: The Last Tepui (Disney+, April 22). “follows elite climber Alex Honnold (Free Solo) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle as they attempt a first-ascent climb up a 1000 foot sheer cliff. Their goal is to deliver legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Bruce Means to the top of a massive ‘island in the sky’ known as a tepui.” The team must first trek miles of treacherous jungle terrain to help Dr. Means complete his life’s work, searching the cliff wall for undiscovered animal species.”

The Biggest Little Farm: The Return (Disney+, April 22). “based on the 2018 award-winning feature documentary film that tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who abandon their urban life in Los Angeles to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature in Ventura County. The new special follows the farmers’ 10-year tireless journey as they transform the land into a magical working farm and document the whole process”

Unraveled: Once a Killer (Discovery+, April 22). “explores two decades-old cases: the case of a young Canadian couple that embarked on a trip to Seattle and turned up dead, and a small-town schoolteacher murdered in her apartment”

Girls Gone Wild Exposed (TNT, Saturday, April 23, after NBA Playoffs). “documents [Joe] Francis’ increasingly bizarre and violent downward spiral, which all played out in the public eye while he continued to rub shoulders with some of Hollywood’s most popular stars”

Week of April 24, 2022

Radford Builds (Discovery+, April 25). “intimate conversations with classic Lotus team members Jenson Button and Clive Chapman, and ride along Jenson’s test drives of Lotus cars both old and new” 

Restitution: Africa’s Fight for Its Art (WORLD Channel, Monday, April 25, at 8). “recounts the true and troubling history of the theft of African artwork and sacred artifacts by European nations during the colonial period and the contemporary demand for their return to their rightful countries of origin”

Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness (PBS, Monday, April 25, at 10). “What is the science behind the soul? Can we prove the existence of consciousness? Six brilliant researchers from around the world—a brain scientist, a plant behaviorist, a healer, a philosophy professor, a psychedelics scientist and a Buddhist monk—take you on a mind-blowing quest to investigate this seemingly unsolvable mystery.”

Preaching Evil: A Wife on the Run with Warren Jeffs (Peacock, April 26). “tells the story of polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs through the lens of his favorite wife Naomi Jessop”

We Remember: Songs of Survivors (PBS, Tuesday, April 26, at 8). “Taking a unique storytelling approach, this documentary follows local songwriters as they partner with Holocaust survivors in the Hudson Valley of New York to turn their life experiences into powerful music for a community concert. Over the course of several months, survivors start opening up to their songwriter, sharing their most personal—and often shocking—stories. The resulting songs, filled with joy and healing, celebrate the extraordinary lives of this resilient generation.”

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (Netflix, April 27). “an investigative journalist reexamines the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, sharing his extensive audio interviews with the people who surrounded her.”

Portugal: Wild Land on the Edge (PBS, Wednesday, April 27, at 8). “Once a great power linking the Old and New Worlds, Portugal has a history that is deeply tied to its landscapes and wildlife. From forest to coast, witness the majesty of the country’s wild horses, storks, monk seals, flamingos and more. See how tourism is impacting the natural environment of the country – both for better and for worse.”

Dear Mr. Brody (Discovery+, April 28). “When hippie-millionaire Michael Brody Jr. publicly announced that he would be giving away his fortune in 1970, he and his wife became instant celebrities. They were mobbed by the public, scrutinized by the press, and overwhelmed by a crush of personal letters from across America responding to his extraordinary offer.”

Man Without a Heart (Discovery+, April 29). “a journey through Sweden, Spain and England to explore the death of a Spanish man disguised as an impossible suicide. It’s the story of a family willing to fight for the truth no matter its consequences and a puzzle of characters who unravel a mysterious story full of surprises.”

THE FIRE STILL BURNS: 30 Years After the L.A. Riots (CNN, Friday, April 29, at 11). “delves into how failing institutions, aggressive policing, and deep-seated racism were driving forces behind the five days of violence and destruction, and the crucial lessons that must be learned to avoid a repeat of history”

May 2022

Week of May 1, 2022

Revolution from Afar (WORLD, Monday, May 2, at 8). “A portrait of the lives of young Sudanese Americans examining their place in the world and their bicultural identities as their familial homeland struggles through a revolution”

Try Harder! (PBS, Monday, May 2, at 10). “At San Francisco’s Lowell High School, the kids are stressed out. With a majority Asian American student body, high-achieving seniors share their dreams and anxieties about getting into a top university. But is college worth the grind?”

Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive (Netflix, May 3). “Follow free diver Johanna Nordblad in this documentary as she attempts to break the world record for distance traveled under ice with one breath.”

Flood in the Desert (PBS, Tuesday, May 3, at 9). “tells the dramatic story of the March 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam and its aftermath, the second deadliest disaster in California history. The resulting flood killed over 400 people, destroyed millions of dollars of property, and washed away the reputation of one of the most celebrated men in Southern California, William Mulholland”

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known (HBO, Tuesday, May 3, at 9). “the original cast and creative team reunite for a spectacular, one-night only reunion concert to benefit The Actors Fund. Chronicling their whirlwind journey back to the stage, the film follows the players as they reconnect and rediscover the beauty and timelessness of the hit musical, sharing the show’s underdog origins, its path to Tony glory, the universal themes of teenage repression and angst, and the unconventional love story of breakout stars Jonathan Groff and Lea Michel”

Meltdown: Three Mile Island (Netflix, May 4). “tackles the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania through the lens of chief engineer and whistleblower, Richard Parks, as well as the community it impacted”

Petit Rat (PBS, Wednesday, May 4, at 8). “In 1940 a French Jewish girl, Vera’s mother, Fernande has a dream of becoming a ballerina cut short and destroyed by the Nazi invasion of Paris. Fernande vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Decades later, Fernande and her two daughters confront the impact of that pledge as they dance together for the very first time towards reconciliation and forgiveness. Petit Rat is a portrait of three women, bonded by the intergenerational trauma of war and uplifted by the resilience of familial love.”

Daughter of a Lost Bird (World Channel, Thursday, May 5, at 8). follows “Kendra, a Native American adoptee and resident of Missoula, Montana, who grew up assimilating in a white family, as she embarks on a journey to discover more about her Lummi Nation heritage and to find her mother. Compounding the situation is that her mother was herself separated from her Native American heritage as a result of adoption. As Kendra travels to Oregon to learn more about her birth family and their culture, the film uncovers the often grave toll the U.S. government’s forced adoption program had on those who endured it.”

Sheryl (Showtime, Friday, May 6, at 9). “an intimate story of song and sacrifice about musical icon Sheryl Crow” and her “seminal yet hard-fought musical career battling sexism, depression, perfectionism, cancer, and the price of fame – before harnessing the power of her gift”

Pharma Bro vs. Wu-Tang Clan (TNT, Sunday, May 8, after the NBA Playoffs). “tells the story of hedge-fund wunderkind Martin Shkreli who quickly becomes America’s Most Hated Man after jacking up the price of a cheap AIDS drug. Instead of running, he doubles down by starting a bizarre war of words with hip hop legends Wu Tang Clan over his ownership of their multi-million-dollar secret album.”

Week of May 8, 2022

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: New Evidence (Science Channel, Sunday, May 8, at 8). “a joint team of investigators from the US and UK makes astonishing new archaeological discoveries and pieces together centuries-old clues to reveal what really happened to the settlers, uncovering a story of hope and inspiration to change the history books forever”

Johnny vs. Amber (Discovery+, May 9). “Johnny Depp brought a libel case against News Group Newspapers Ltd. in the UK, specifically suing The Sun for calling him a ‘wife-beater.’ Depp ultimately lost that case. This two-part documentary takes a deep dive into the original trial from two polarized perspectives. Featuring interviews with legal experts on all sides of the proceedings, as well as family, friends, and associates of both Depp and Heard; the first hour is devoted to a deep dive into Depp’s account of events while in hour two there is a dedicated look at the evidence and accusations presented by Heard.”

When Claude Got Shot (PBS, Monday, May 9, at 10). “In 2014, Claude Motley and his family were visiting their former hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when 15-year-old Nathan King attempted to carjack their rented Dodge Charger. In the process, Nathan shot Claude in the face. That moment is the axis on which Claude’s world turned, derailing him from his own legal career and throwing him in the middle of the criminal justice system as a victim—and the key to his shooter’s fate. Persisting through multiple surgeries, catastrophic health care bills and the lingering emotional aftermath of that traumatic night, Claude finds himself torn between punishment for Nathan and the injustice of mass incarceration for Black men and boys. His path to recovery ultimately leads to forgiveness, but that path proves to be a fraught one, paved with the complexities of race, violence, justice and healthcare.”

Our Father (Netflix, May 10). “After a woman’s at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.”

Eurovision 2022 (Peacock, May 10, 12, and 14 at 3 p.m. ET). “Eurovision is the world’s largest song contest held annually. Fans can expect breathtaking performances from some of the world’s best singers and songwriters” 

Becoming ANNIKA (Golf Channel, Tuesday, May 10, at 9). “brings viewers on [Annika] Sorenstam’s journey from her hometown golf course in Sweden to becoming one of the most prolific golfers in history. The film also touches on Annika’s personal life and her foundation work, providing women’s golf opportunities to girls at the junior, collegiate and professional levels.”

Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha (PBS, Tuesday, May 10, at 9). “Five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamokushattered records as a swimmer and brought surfing to the world while overcoming rampant racism in a lifetime of personal challenges. Yet few living outside of Hawaii are aware of his considerable impact. Narrated by Jason Momoa, this new documentary brings to light Kahanamoku’s inspiring story, featuring original interviews with musician Jack Johnson, surfer Kelly Slater, surfer Carissa Moore and others inspired by the Hawaiian athlete.”

Week of May 15, 2022

Lucy Worsley Investigates: Princes in the Tower (PBS, Sunday, May 15, at 8). “Lucy tackles one of history’s greatest unsolved crimes — the supposed murder of two young princes in the Tower of London. Was it their power-hungry Uncle Richard who had Edward and Richard killed? Their mysterious disappearance in 1483 and a surprising lack of historical evidence have led to centuries of speculation. If the boys weren’t murdered at the behest of Richard III, who else might have benefitted from their death? Or were they not killed at all, but simply banished? Lucy delves into the period of their demise — the cutthroat era of the War of the Roses — and uncovers a fascinating chain of events leading up to the princes’ disappearance. After conferring with an array of historians who have spent decades trying to crack the case, Lucy ultimately makes up her mind about Richard’s guilt and reveals new insight about the life of a royal child in Medieval England.”

Abandoned: Uncovering Fukushima (Science Channel, Sunday, May 15, at 8). “investigators return to the hazardous nuclear zone to uncover the secrets behind the wildlife that has claimed the toxic environment as its own, not just surviving the radiation, but thriving against all odds. From fearsome wild boar to mysterious Japanese macaques, experts examine what effect the radiation has had on the species that live there – from their behavior and appearance to observable genetic mutations – giving a rare, breathtaking insight into some of the greatest mysteries in nature today”

Scenes from the Glittering World (PBS, Monday, May 16, at 10). “Following three Indigenous students, ‘Scenes from the Glittering World’ is a meditation on adolescence, trauma and the power of connecting with an isolated Navajo homeland.”

Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (Netflix, May 18). “Anonymous and exploitative, a network of online chat rooms ran rampant with sex crimes. The hunt to take down its operators required guts and tenacity.”

Why Ships Crash (PBS, Wednesday, May 18, at 9). “When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed into the bank of the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How could such a disaster happen? And can the investigation help prevent future accidents?”

Colombia: Wild and Free (Wednesday, May 18 and 25, at 10). “From the wild, largely deserted Pacific coast to the snow-covered volcanoes of the Andes, and from the vast grass plains of the Orinoco region deep into the almost impenetrable rainforests of the Amazon, this documentary offers captivating insights into a natural paradise that remained largely inaccessible for decades due to civil war.”

Undiscovered: Edgewood (Discovery+, May 19). “From 1955 to 1975, the United States Army Chemical Corps conducted classified human subject research on thousands of soldiers at the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. The purpose was to evaluate the impact of potent, mind-altering chemical warfare agents on military personnel as an alternative to traditional mortal combat. Today, many of those soldiers believe that the military broke the law and engaged in a decades-long cover-up to hide the truth about what really happened to them at Edgewood Arsenal.”

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Netflix, May 19). “examines the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas, a crime that shook Argentina and exposed a political and financial conspiracy”

Elon Musk’s Crash Course (Hulu and FX, Friday, May 20, at 10). “details pressure Elon Musk put on government officials to quash investigations and features inside stories from several former Tesla employees, who speak out against Musk for promoting a self-driving program that they believe was perilous”

Alien Endgame (Discovery+, May 20). “In 2021, a groundbreaking Pentagon report revealed what the government had denied for decades — UFOs are real and may even pose a threat to our planet. Now, former members of the U.S. military break their silence about the massive cover-up of their terrifying close encounters. Are we prepared for an alien invasion?”

Week of May 22, 2022

Lucy Worsley Investigates: Madness of King George (PBS, Sunday, May 22, at 8). “Lucy delves into the madness of King George to ask what we can learn about how attitudes toward mental health were affected by Britain having a so-called ‘mad’ monarch. Lucy examines recently released royal papers and explores the king’s profoundly tragic personal trauma: the death of two of his young children. She also explores the enormous political pressures on George as ruler at a time of political upheaval. Revolution was brewing in France; an emperor had been murdered in Russia and Britain was facing the imminent loss of the American colonies after nearly two centuries of British rule. Speaking with leading experts in psychiatry, it becomes clear to Lucy that all of these enormous stresses led to his bouts of mental illness, which would now have been diagnosed as bipolar disorder. She also investigates how an attempt on his life by a mentally ill woman named Margaret Nicholson affected the King and eventually led to a change in the understanding and treatment of mental illness.”

The Heiress & the Sex Cult (TNT, Sunday, May 22, after the Western Conference finals game three). “an up-close look at Clare Bronfman, a quiet equestrian and heiress to one of the largest fortunes in the world. When Bronfman meets charismatic self-help guru Keith Raniere, she suddenly becomes the financier of one of the most abusive cults of the 21st century – and consequently, an enabler of her mentor’s twisted desires”

Prehistoric Planet (Apple TV+, May 23 to 27). “will transport viewers 66 million years in the past to discover our world – and the dinosaurs that roamed it – all in stunning detail and set to an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer”

A Once and Future Peace (PBS, Monday, May 23, at 10). “A Seattle-based restorative justice program based on Indigenous peacemaking circles aims to bring healing to families and communities while breaking the cycle of incarceration”

Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders (Hulu, May 24). “investigates the notorious murder of three young girls in 1977 during their first night at Camp Scott, a Girl Scout sleepaway camp in Oklahoma. The series explores the murders’ impact on those close to the tragedy, details the search for and trial of the alleged killer, and examines the mysteries still surrounding the case. It also documents how investigators recently reopened the case and used state-of-the-art technology to comb through mountains of evidence left behind.”

Sins of the Amish (Peacock, May 24). “offers first-hand accounts from a group of courageous women seeking justice for the violent crimes experienced while living as members of the Amish and Mennonite communities”  

Plague at the Golden Gate (PBS, Tuesday, May 24, at 9). “Over 100 years before the deadly COVID-19 pandemic set off a nationwide wave of fear and anti-Asian sentiment, an outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco’s Chinatown unleashed a similar crisis. The death of a Chinese immigrant in 1900 would have likely gone unnoticed if a sharp-eyed medical officer hadn’t discovered a swollen black lymph node on his body — evidence of one of the world’s most feared diseases, bubonic plague. When others started dying, health officials and business leaders were torn about how to stave off an epidemic without causing panic and derailing the city’s booming economy.”

Peter Nygard’s Unseen Tapes (TNT, Tuesday, May 24, after Western Conference finals game four). “tells the story of billionaire fashion entrepreneur Peter Nygard who seemed to have it all – private jets, private islands and a private life filled with adoring women. But Nygard’s bizarre quest to prevent himself aging ultimately leads to an earthquake of abuse allegations against him, and an astonishing fall from grace”

The Great American Tag Sale with Martha Stewart (ABC, Wednesday, May 25, at 8). “Martha Stewart, known for turning everyday living into an art form, is ready to part ways with pieces from her vast collection of furniture, art and housewares”

The American Rescue Dog Show (ABC, Wednesday, May 25, at 9). “rescued dogs from all across the country will compete in seven categories including Best In Underbite, Best In Snoring, Best In Belly Rubs and more”

Ice Age Footprints (PBS, Wednesday, May 25, at 9). “Thousands of prehistoric footprints left by Ice Age humans and animals stretch for miles across the blinding white surfaces of New Mexico’s White Sands National Park. The phenomenal collection of prints preserves a unique series of snapshots of life and behavior, capturing moments when people crossed paths with extinct beasts, including enormous ground sloths and mammoths.”

Look At Me: XXXTENTACION (Hulu, May 26). “explores how Florida teenager Jahseh Onfroy became SoundCloud rapper XXXTENTACION, one of the most streamed artists on the planet. Through frank commentary from family, friends and romantic partners, and unseen archival footage, director Sabaah Folayan offers a sensitive portrayal of an artist whose acts of violence, raw musical talent and open struggles with mental health left an indelible mark on his generation before his death at the age of 20.”

Mountain Trails (Discovery+, May 26). “will take the viewer on an excursion of the best mountain ranges around the globe. From the European Alps to the Asian Himalayas to the Andes in South America to the Rocky Mountains in the North and some key mountain ranges in South Africa”

Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim (PBS, Friday, May 27, at 9). “Filmed over two years, this new documentary takes an exclusive inside look at Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott’s creative process of bringing a reimagined gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical “Company” to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring rehearsal and performance footage, plus new interviews with Elliott, Sondheim, Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone and members of the original 1970 cast,the broadcast tells the story of the show’s Broadway debut in a city on the verge of bankruptcy to its reimagination 50 years later as both Broadway and New York City emerge from one of the greatest crises in contemporary history.”

Week of May 29, 2022

Biography: Bobby Brown (A&E, Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31, at 8). “gives fans an up-close and personal look at the American Music Award winner’s journey to superstardom and the fallout from his personal struggles with sobriety and the tragic deaths of his two children and first wife, Whitney Houston”

Theodore Roosevelt (The History Channel, Monday, May 30, and Tuesday, May 31, at 8). “This five-hour television event is based upon Goodwin’s New York Times bestseller, Leadership: In Turbulent Times and will provide a rich, panoramic portrait of the first modern President of the United States – Theodore Roosevelt, a champion of social justice, a passionate conservationist and the self-proclaimed “bull moose” who once delivered an 84-minute speech bleeding from the chest after being shot in a failed assassination attempt”

Explorer: The Deepest Cave (National Geographic, Monday, May 30, at 10). “Renowned caver Bill Stone is on a lifelong quest to go deeper beneath the earth than any human has ever ventured. Deep in the unexplored depths of Cheve Cave in Mexico, his goal is to set a new world record by finding a passage beyond a depth of 7,208 feet – proving once and for all his theory that Cheve is the deepest cave in the world. The expedition has been compared to climbing Everest…but in reverse. The three-month underground journey is a dangerous and highly-technical adventure through over 12 miles of tight, twisting passages. The pressure to conquer the cave will push Bill and the team to the absolute limits of survival and sanity.”

Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March (PBS, Tuesday, May 31, at 9). “Following the aftermath of the March 2021 mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta, this new film chronicles how the Asian American community came together to fight back against hate. Offering a conversation about race, class and gender, the documentary takes a deep dive into this critical moment of racial reckoning, exploring the struggles and triumphs, progress and setbacks, discrimination and achievements of AAPI communities.”

Police on Trial (PBS, Tuesday, May 31, at 10). “examines one of the most pivotal events in the history of race and policing in America. Two years in the making, the documentary draws on unique on-the-ground reporting and filming, from the earliest days after George Floyd was killed, to the trial and murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, to the ongoing struggles for police accountability and reform. It features never-before-published video of prior uses of force by Chauvin; exclusive interviews with former senior police officers who say they faced repercussions for speaking out about problems within the department; and intimate conversations with members of George Floyd’s family, as events unfolded over time in Minneapolis. “

Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers (History Channel, Tuesday, May 31, at 10:30). “tells the incredible, yet largely unknown, story of the Nation’s first, all-Black peacetime regiments who fought relentlessly to expand America’s presence in the West and defend the United States on foreign soil. These soldiers’ unwavering valor, bravery, and service alongside their heroic acts of resilience on and off the battlefield, paved the way for future generations of African American men and women to join and succeed in the military.”

June 2022

Let’s Make a Deal Primetime (CBS, Wednesday, June 1 and 8, at 8). “The June 1 special celebrates national Let’s Make a Deal Day, featuring new and legacy contestants competing for amazing prizes, as well as hilarious bloopers and classic clips from the iconic game show throughout its history. For the first time ever, one trader could even win a cruise around the world! The June 8 primetime special features a costume extravaganza and over $500,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.”

The Book of Queer (Discovery+, June 2). “celebrates some of history’s most world-changing heroes, whose stories and contributions have been erased, marginalized or straightwashed throughout the years”

Joe Papp in Five Acts (PBS, Friday, June 3, at 9). “tells the story of this indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts. As founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls…, Papp believed great art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. A cultural change agent for more than fifty years, Papp’s stages held up a mirror to society with work that reflected the reality of people’s lives.”

Week of June 5, 2022

Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal (CNN, June 5 and 12, at 9). “an immersive look inside Nixon’s inner circle and the schemes that took place behind closed doors by the Committee to Re-Elect the President that would eventually unravel his presidency” … “told firsthand by John Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon”

The Janes (HBO, Wednesday, June 8, at 9). “tells the revelatory story of a group of unlikely outlaws” who “risked their personal and professional lives to support women with unwanted pregnancies”

Undiscovered: Finding Amelia (Discovery+, June 9). “It is the greatest unsolved mystery in American history. Amelia Earhart disappears while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world in 1937. Credible theories remain unproven, and decades of searching have turned up nothing. But now, a team has irrefutable evidence they know Amelia’s final resting place and are launching an expedition to finally bring her home.”

Week of June 12, 2022

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS, Tuesday, June 14, at 9). “follows Wilson on a drive through Los Angeles with his longtime friend and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine” who “reflect on the formative and creative periods in Wilson’s life as they revisit the places that helped to shape his career. Wilson also shares intensely personal glimpses into his struggles with mental illness and drug abuse.”

Dream On (ESPN, Wednesday, June 15, at 8). “[tells] the story of how the dominating run to a gold medal by the 1996 United States women’s Olympic team cemented the birth of the WNBA, and inspired generations of stars to follow”

After Jackie (History, Saturday, June 18, at 8). “tells the often overlooked story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who were up next in the fight for racial equality” and”honors these brave men and sheds light on the heroic story of how they stepped to the plate and put their lives on the line to integrate baseball and demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African American athletes around the world”

Week of June 19, 2022

Menudo: Forever Young (HBO Max, Thursday, June 23). “chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of  the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ‘80s outfits, and screaming fangirls” and “reveals that behind the glitz and glamour was a web of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz. Through revealing interviews with former Menudo members, the film examines how this extravagant facade was disguising serious wrongdoings by Diaz.”

Week of June 26, 2022

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (PBS, Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, at 9). “features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 27, who live with mental health conditions. The documentary also includes commentary from parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers in their lives, and independent mental health experts. The program presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, helps advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.”

July 2022

Week of July 10, 2022

Wuhan Wuhan (PBS, Monday, July 11, at 10). “documents February and March 2020 in Wuhan where the coronavirus was first discovered. Going beyond the statistics and salacious headlines, frontline medical workers, patients, and ordinary citizens put a human face on the early days of the mysterious virus as they grapple with an invisible, deadly killer”

Week of July 17, 2022

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust (PBS, Monday, July 18, at 10). “Three communities intersect, sharing histories of forced removal – Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Manzanar WWII concentration camp, Native Americans who were forced from these lands, and ranchers turned environmentalists, who were bought out by the LA Department of Water and Power. How do they come together in the present moment to defend their land and water from Los Angeles?”

Week of July 24, 2022

Winter’s Yearning (PBS, Monday, July 25, at 10). “In Maniitsoq, Greenland, the U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people await their plant and with it, the nation’s possible first steps towards economic renewal and political sovereignty.”

Week of July 31, 2022

August 2022

He’s My Brother (PBS, Monday, Aug. 1, at 10). “Christine’s brother Peter experiences his world through touch, smell, and taste. Now 30 years old, Peter’s family is having trouble finding the proper care for his multiple disabilities. Told through Christine’s eyes, He’s My Brother explores how the family works to assure him a dignified life once the parents are gone—and Christine’s uncertainties about one day becoming his primary caregiver.”

Week of Aug. 7, 2022

President (PBS, Monday, Aug. 8, at 10). “Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition party, MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by the acting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 2018 Zimbabwean general election serves as the ultimate test for both the ruling party and for the opposition. How will they interpret democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in discourse and in practice?”

Week of Aug. 28, 2022

Faya Dayi (PBS, Monday, Aug. 29, at 10). “A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, a place where one commodity – khat, a euphoria-inducing plant – holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi captures intimate moments in the lives of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from political strife.”

September 2022

Week of Sept. 4, 2022

Love & Stuff (PBS, Monday, Sept. 5, at 10). “‘How do you live without your mother?’ Filmmaker Judith Helfand asks this unbearable question twice: as a daughter caring for her terminally ill mother, and as an “old new mom,” single parenting her much-longed-for adopted baby girl. With footage from 25 years of first-person filmmaking, shiva babka and 63 boxes of dead parents’ ‘stuff,’ the film asks: what do we really need to leave our children?”

Week of Sept. 25, 2022

Delikado (PBS, Monday, Sept. 26, at 10). “Palawan is one of Asia’s tourist hotspots. But for a small network of environmental crusaders struggling to protect its spectacular forests and seas, it is more akin to a battlefield. Delikado follows three land defenders as they try to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ ‘last ecological frontier.'”

October 2022

Week of Oct. 2, 2022

The Last Out (PBS, Monday, Oct. 3, at 10). “Three Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to chase their dreams of playing in the United States. At the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports, The Last Out chronicles their harrowing journey, from immigration obstacles to the broken promises of dubious agents. Against all odds, these young athletes try to hold onto their hope while fighting for a better life for their families”

Week of Oct. 9, 2022

Accepted (PBS, Monday, Oct. 10, at 10). “follows four high school students at T.M. Landry, a prep school in Louisiana known for its viral videos of seniors being accepted to the Ivy Leagues, and sending 100% of its graduates to college. But an explosive NY Times article exposes the controversial methods of its dynamic founder – and the fiction of higher education’s promise”

November 2022

Week of Nov. 20, 2022

Midwives (PBS, Monday, Nov. 21, at 10). “Chronicles two women who run a makeshift medical clinic in a region torn apart by violent ethnic divisions. Hla, the owner, is a Buddhist in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her people.”

December 2022

Week of Dec. 11, 2022

Let the Little Light Shine (PBS, Monday, Dec. 12, at 10). “National Teachers Academy (NTA) is considered a beacon for Black children: a top-ranked, high-performing elementary school in the fastest growing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. As the neighborhood gentrifies, a wealthy parents’ group seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus. How will the NTA community fight to save their beloved institution?”

January 2023

Week of Jan. 15, 2023

I Didn’t See You There (PBS, Monday, Jan. 16, at 10). “Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility. Shot from director Reid Davenport’s physical perspective – mounted to his wheelchair or handheld – I Didn’t See You There serves as a clear rebuke to the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard”

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