Daily Archives: October 22, 2019

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Explore the inspiring relationship between two sisters-both dancers: Kiera Brinkley, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah Boyd, who was born a month before her sister contracted pneumococcal sepsis. Featuring beautiful and moving dance sequences, the documentary celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt-as a dancer, choreographer and medical assistant. It also reveals the deeply loving relationship between the sisters and how Uriah dedicated her life to helping Kiera adjust. Over the course of three and a half years, SOAR follows the lives of these two remarkable young women, capturing moments of revelation about themselves, and their frustrations with each other as they mature as individuals, dancers and sisters. Tension arises, though, when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself as an individual. After a period of discord, a dance concert reunites them, rekindling their powerful bond. SOAR offers an intimate look at how dance helps these remarkable sisters to define themselves, together and separately, and the idea of what is possible.

Airs 10/30 at 2 a.m., 10/30 at 10 a.m. and 10/30 at 4 p.m.



Reel South: Jonah Stands up

a film by: Hannah Engelson. Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his twenties. Combining humor, political action, and a sense of urgency, Jonah Stands Up challenges stereotypes associated with differently-abled individuals in New Orleans. 

Airs 10/23 at 7 p.m., 10/24 at midnight, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  10/26 at 1:30 p.m., 10/29 at 9 p.m., 10/30 at 1 a.m., 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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American Reframed

Through the lens of independent documentaries, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social issue series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future. Hosted by Natasha Del Toro.

  • #712 “Intelligent Lives” – Narrated by Academy-Award nominee Chris Cooper, INTELLIGENT LIVES follows three young adults with intellectual disabilities: Micah, Naieer, and Naomie, who, with the support of family, educators, and colleagues, work toward a future marked with increased inclusion and independence. Their pioneering lives challenge staid notions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Airs 10/22 at 8 p.m., 10/23 at midnight. 10/23 at 8 a.m., 10/23 at 2 p.m., 10/26 at 10 p.m., 10/27 at 2 a.m., 10/27 at 9 a.m., 10/27 at 5 p.m.
  • #713 “Perfectly Normal for Me” – Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15, reveal what it’s like to live with physical disabilities. Their parents search out opportunities where they are accepted and feel valued, such as an after-school dance program in Queens, New York. With the help of a loving community, including dedicated teenage volunteers, the students prepare for a spring recital. Throughout all, they become eloquent advocates for the powers of inclusion, respect and empathy. Airs 10/29 at 8 p.m., 10/30 at midnight. 10/30 at 8 a.m., 10/30 at 2 p.m.



POV #3109 “Still Tomorrow”


A village woman without a high school diploma has become China’s most famous poet. Meet the breakout writer Yu Xihua, a woman with cerebral palsy, poignantly weaving her personal story with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.

Airs 10/22 at 7 p.m., 10/23 at 2 a.m., 10/23 at 10 a.m., 10/23 at 4 p.m., 10/26 at 5 a.m., 10/27 at 11 p.m., 10/28 at 3 a.m., 10/28 at 11 a.m.

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Media Literacy Week! (Day 2)

Tuesday, October 22nd

This week is U.S. Media Literacy Week! The mission of the week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country.

Yesterday we discussed Media Literacy: what it is, why it is important, and how we would use this week to jump-start our understanding. We asked our educators and students to answer some questions about the media they are consuming on a daily basis. This was to help them gain an awareness of the media that is all around them and what choices they are making in how they are accessing it.

Today we will focus on media messaging. The first lesson in becoming media literate is always this


Let’s get your students to think about the messages they hear in the media. Show them an ad.

Have them think about who is sending the message. Is it a company? Is it a political party or candidate? Have them consider why they might be sending the message. Is there a chance of monetary gain? Who might gain from the message? Once they understand this, you can have them think about who the intended audience is. Are there any unintended consequences of a message like this?

Show this presentation (from Jaclyn Siegel) and have them answer the questions from slides 2 and 7:

After looking at a few different ads, websites or articles, ask them if they have seen a difference in their thinking when viewing media messages.