A young boy and woman looking over a ledge.  | Still from film "Mali Blues" for "Link Voices"
City Dark

City Dark

"City Dark" is a documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question: do we need the stars? This question takes him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond. Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights, including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, "City Dark" is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

Available until
2019-01-26T00:00:00-08:00

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Herman's House

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. "Herman's House" is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America.

  • 2019-04-20T16:00:13-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2019-04-22T13:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2019-04-22T18:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Big Sonia

Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor, is served an eviction notice for her tailor shop, which has thrived for 35 years. She must choose between setting up a new shop or retiring.

  • 2019-04-27T16:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2019-04-29T13:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2019-04-29T18:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Wall

"Wall" follows British playwright David Hare on a trip to the Middle East to examine the impact the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region. The feature-length film is an animated take on real-life events.

  • 2019-05-04T16:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2019-05-06T13:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2019-05-06T18:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Every year tens of thousands of people are driven by grinding poverty and conflict to leave their homes in Central and South America and journey through Mexico towards the U.S. They brave one of the world’s most dangerous journeys, traveling along a stretch of desert called the “corridor of death,” for the chance of a better, more secure life for themselves and their families.

  • 2019-05-11T16:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2019-05-13T13:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2019-05-13T18:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK