Nothing good at the megaplex this upcoming Valentine’s Day? Well, look what I found out via Twitter. PBS is offering you the chance to see two very amazing documentary films (SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME on 2/13 and THE INTERRUPTERS on 2/14) right in the comfort of your own living room!
First on the small screen is SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, a compelling look at the ever-restrictive life of freed slaves during reconstruction. Directed by Sam Pollard, SLAVERY recently screened at Sundance last month. I kept kicking myself that I didn’t get to see it but now here’s a chance for us all to catch it. According to the film’s site, you can watch it on all PBS stations, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m., Central.
Official Sundance synopsis:
Sam Pollard performs a remarkable act of historical reclamation in this documentary, recounting the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition. It is a story impressive in its sweep and alarming in the way that its larger theme—an American moral failure—has been obscured in history. Facing economic catastrophe under Reconstruction, as well as freed black citizens’ political and social ascendancy, southern states found effective tactics to continue forced servitude in new modes. Techniques such as peonage (forced labor to pay off debts), leasing convicts to private business, or forcing convict labor in state-run enterprises subjected newly freed American citizens to inescapable conditions that insidiously operated under more palatable names than slavery.
Check out the site to get more for background about the film and filmmaker: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/
Taking a new meaning on V-DAY, PBS is also broadcasting THE INTERRUPTERS. This has been one of the hottest docs of the year (so hot it was snubbed by the Oscars), directed by Steve James (HOOP DREAMS). From the Twitter blast, it looks like it will air via Frontline on all PBS stations, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m., Central. The film centers on CeaseFire, a team of reformed citizens “interrupting the violent gang activity” within their Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
Check you local listings here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/interrupters/