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.