KCET Honors Women's History Month with Inspiring Documentaries in March | KCET
KCET Honors Women's History Month with Inspiring Documentaries in March
BURBANK, CA - Feb. 26, 2014 - KCET, the nation's largest independent
public television station serving Southern and Central California, commemorates Women's History Month with several fascinating documentaries
throughout March. These programs celebrate the courage,
commitment and strength of influential women and their significant impact on
the U.S. as well as the world.
No Going Back: Women and the War - Sunday, March 2 at 11 p.m.
North of the Mason-Dixon line, the
Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century drew increasing numbers of women
out of the home and into the factories. In the agrarian, antebellum South, no
such exodus occurred. Many Southerners perceived the forces of modernization -
including the early rumblings of the women's suffrage movement - as a threat to
their traditional way of life. However, as Fort Sumter fell in April of 1861,
so too would many firmly held cultural and societal beliefs about a "woman's
place." Hardships and hunger forced ill-prepared, isolated and often
un-educated Southern women into the public sphere to demand relief from the
government and advocate for policy changes. No
Going Back: Women and the War explores how the lives of women, and their
roles in society, changed during and after the Civil War. Grammy®-winning
singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter narrates. Interviews with well-known
historians and academics, reenactments at Civil War-era landmarks, and dramatic
readings from the letters and journals of women, both free and enslaved,
illuminate this fascinating chapter in American history.
Thatcher: A Memoir - Thursday, March 6 at 10 p.m.
This is a moving documentary
about Britain's first and only female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. A controversial figure whose right-wing
politics, economic liberalization and bold social changes earned her the
moniker "Iron Lady," Thatcher was loved and hated - often at the same
time. Through interviews with some of
her closest colleagues, the next generation of politicians she inspired, and
those who opposed her all through her premiership, viewers get a closer look at
the remarkable and effective politician that left an indelible mark on the U.K.
Coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II - Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Following the death of her
father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, the 25 year-old Princess Elizabeth
immediately replaced him as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the
Commonwealth. But many months of planning were to follow before Elizabeth II's
formal coronation on June 2, 1953. This fascinating documentary tells the
behind the scenes story of the momentous occasion, looking at the enormous
logistical operation involved and the issues that threatened to turn the whole
thing into a disaster. The coronation was an event of huge cultural
significance, seen as an opportune moment for the British royal family to
establish the meaning of the modern monarchy - reinforcing the idea of
continuity and tradition, while establishing the new reign of the young queen
and her modernizing consort, the Duke of Edinburgh. By opening up the diaries
and papers of those at the heart of the planning and delivery of the event, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II shows
the lesser known story behind the pageantry and historical spectacle.
Women in Chemistry: Life
Lessons from the Lab - Sunday, March 9 at 11 p.m.
This documentary profiles eight
remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of
chemistry. The Women in Chemistry project set out to present a group of eminent
women chemists in all their dimensions principally to inspire young women to
consider careers in the chemical and molecular sciences.
Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story - Thursday, March 13 at 10 p.m.
Rosalind Russell, the star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and
scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, came into her own during
Hollywood's Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time,
including Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, and Kirk Douglas. An advocate for those
with disabilities, this unique and pioneering talent was struck with severe
rheumatoid arthritis in her later years, which derailed her career. Thereafter,
Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease.
Whether considered for her sophisticated comedy roles or dignity under duress,
her humanity shines through. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this insightful and
warm profile comes on the occasion of the approach of the 75th anniversary of
her breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The
Women (1939) and the 55th anniversary of her most famous role as Mame
Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958).
Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of
Florence - Sunday, March 16
at 11:30 p.m.
Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance, gave rise to some of the world's most
celebrated artists, architects and scientists, including: Michelangelo,
Brunelleschi and Galileo. Yet, little is known of the city's trailblazing
female artists. The Emmy®-winning Invisible
Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence sheds light on the lives and works of
these largely forgotten Renaissance-era painters, revealing the "hidden
half" of one of the world's most beloved art cities. Infrared
reflectography and other high-tech equipment assists a dedicated group of
artists, historians, restorers and museum executives as they remove centuries
of decay and bring precious pieces of art history - salvaged from storage
facilities throughout Italy - back to life. Cameras chart this painstaking
process of reconstruction, restoration, preservation and conservation of two
works, "Lamentation with Saints" by Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), a
cloistered nun and the first known female painter of Florence; and "David
and Bathsheba," by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653).
Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel - Thursday, March 20 at 10 p.m.
Sister Wendy, all teeth, glasses and
habit, burst on to our screens in the 1990s. An instant star in America and the
U.K., her secret is a rare ability to tell the stories in painting, and connect
us to their big emotional insights. However, she has told us nothing about her
biography, the unexpected international fame, or the core of her faith. For the
first time Sister Wendy looks back at her life, revealing intimate thoughts,
reminiscences and self-doubt. At the same time she uses great old master
paintings in the National Gallery, the Louvre and in the Fitzwilliam, and some
modern paintings, to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally
familiar, but are now regularly disregarded. These are the stories that
inspired her life of devotion -- stories that she feels, with absolute
certainty, have relevance today.
In Her Power - Sunday, March 23 at 11:30 p.m.
Empowerment expert Helene Lerner
reveals the keys to "authentic power" in a dynamic new half-hour
documentary. Based on her book about personal reinvention, In Her Power encourages women to believe in themselves and pursue
even their most intimidating and inconvenient dreams. The program features
insights from actors including: Julianne Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jane
Seymour; as well as Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, and other inspiring self-made
women. Lerner believes that accepting the discomfort of change helps women move
through fear and uncertainty. To illustrate her points, Lerner leads a
heartfelt discussion among four women who have faced distinct personal
obstacles and altered the course of their lives.
We Served Too: Women's Air Force Service
Pilots - Thursday, March
27, 10 p.m.
This is a story of a group of young,
determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers
and shattered stereotypes.
They were the first women pilots to ever fly for the United States military.
However, after a nasty and aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the
women's Air Force service pilots or WASP jobs during World War II, they were
the only wartime unit that was denied military status by Congress and were sent
home before the war was over and their jobs done. Because the women were denied
military status, the WASP received no insurance or benefits during or after the
war, and if a WASP died during training or while on a mission, their families
were not allowed to put a service star in the window, nor could the WASP
receive a military burial. It wasn't until the middle of the 1970s that they
would be recognized as World War II veterans, and it wasn't until 2010, that
the United States government would recognize those women who died during their
service and the surviving WASP would receive the congressional gold
We Served Too provides a firsthand
account from WASP who tell their story and discuss their experiences during the
three pivotal periods that make up the WASP history. WASP experts and family
members also share their personal stories and expert knowledge.
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