KCETLink Announces New Fall Slate of Global Documentaries

Revealing Films Explore Human Interest, Environmental,

and Political Stories and More from Around the World

 

Burbank, Calif. - Aug. 27, 2014 - KCETLink, the national independent public transmedia organization, will premiere a new fall slate of global documentaries, exploring a wide range of topics, including: human rights, ecology, history and politics, health and more.

 

The lineup debuts with THE HUNGRY TIDE, an hour-long profile following NGO worker Maria Tiimon of the Kiribati Islands in the Pacific, who reveals the tragic impact climate change and global warming is having on the region. The film will air on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. and on KCET on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. Select films will be available online after their airdates at linktv.org or kcet.org/video.

 

Link TV Documentary Schedule (National)

 

THE HUNGRY TIDE

Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Originally from the Kiribati Islands, NGO worker Maria Tiimon is raising awareness about the climate change issues in the Pacific. In the film, the stark global inequalities driving the global warming phenomenon are exposed and only decisive global action will save Kiribati from disappearing.

 

STRANDED: THE ANDES PLANE CRASH SURVIVORS

Thursday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. PT / Monday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET

On Friday, October 13, 1972, charter flight 571 took off from Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city, carrying a boisterous team of wealthy college athletes to a rugby match in Chile. But what was supposed to be a first taste of freedom away from home turned out to be a much more sinister and life-altering journey.

 

CIRCUS SCHOOL

Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Take a rare look into one of China's most treasured commodities -- acrobats. Following students as they prepare for a national competition, this film reveals the rigorous physical training they must endure. Through exhaustion, injury, and broken bones, the students will let nothing stop their seamless and precise performances in order to be the best.

 

COAL RUSH

Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

When a rural Appalachian community figures out that severe illnesses may not be an act of God, but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on major coal company, Massey Energy over contaminated water that they charge is the cause of widespread sickness.

 

FOR GOD, TSAR AND FATHERLAND

Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Russian nationalism percolates in a castle outside Moscow, where Mikhail Morozov--who longs for a return to the glory days of Old Russia--rules autonomously over young initiates, laying the groundwork for a rapidly growing right-wing movement.

 

ABC COLUMBIA

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. PT / Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Through the eyes of children, the film explores the realities that nurture and perpetuate violence in a small, rural Columbian community controlled by paramilitary forces.

 

COUNTERFEIT CULTURE

Saturday, Sept 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Explore the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake products. An industry that once dealt in imitation designer handbags and shoes has exploded into a global epidemic of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, foods, toys, electronic goods, car parts and microchips. Shot on location in Canada, U.S., Asia and Europe, the film challenges consumers to take a deeper look at what appear to be harmless knock-offs at bargain prices.

 

IRANIAN KIDNEY BARGAIN SALE

Thursday. Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.  PT / Monday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET

With an official kidney referral agency as the backdrop, the film follows young Iranians through the organ trade process -- from their initial appointment to the actual surgery and kidney removal. Iran is the only country in the world where kidney trading is legal. Every 10 minutes, a young person wishing to sell their kidney reports to the reception of one of the official kidney referral agencies.

 

KCET Documentary Schedule (Southern California):

 

THE HUNGRY TIDE

Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT

Originally from the Kiribati Islands, NGO worker Maria Tiimon is raising awareness about the climate change issues in the Pacific. In the film, the stark global inequalities driving the global warming phenomenon are exposed and only decisive global action will save Kiribati from disappearing.

 

COAL RUSH

Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m. PT

When a rural Appalachian community figures out that severe illnesses may not be an act of God, but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on major coal company, Massey Energy over contaminated water that they charge is the cause of widespread sickness.

 

CAPE SPIN! AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. PT

This film explores the tragicomic tale of the 10-year battle over America's largest proposed clean energy project -- and a microcosm of the obstacles the country faces in the larger struggle to move towards more sustainable forms of energy on a broader scale. When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed Cape Wind, a project to put 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a huge firestorm of opposition would erupt. Cape Spin! tells the incredible tale of how America's first proposed offshore wind farm triggered an unexpected schism in this idyllic coastal region. Neighbor was pitted against neighbor, environmentalist against environmentalist, and unexpected alliances were forged -- including Kennedys and Kochs on the same side.

 

 

*For editors: To request screener links and images, please contact Ayn Allen, aallen@kcet.org.

 

 

ABOUT KCETLINK

KCETLink is the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. The combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that includes Link TV's 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million households in Southern and Central California. KCETLink is committed to driving public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that engages all audiences with global storytelling. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

 

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