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  • Community Connections: What to Watch on WORLD in August

    Through storytelling, we can all find common ground. New this month, Stories from the Stage: The Podcast offers fresh episodes of inspiring stories about finding your one and only, feeling out of place and more, and more films showcase the diversity of our world and how connection and empathy move us forward. Watch, listen and learn from films and stories that work to make a difference and find the commonalities we all share.

  • 18 WORLD Channel Films to Stream on Amazon Prime Video

    Did you know WORLD Channel films are also streaming on Amazon Prime Video? Subscribe to the PBS Documentaries channel on Prime Video to watch films exploring themes like voting rights, healthcare, immigration and more.

  • Mental Health & the Power of Vulnerability: 'Any Given Day' Filmmaker Margaret Byrne

    In the America ReFramed film 'Any Given Day,' three Chicago residents participate in a mental health court probation program while struggling with mental illness. As Daniel, Angela and Dimita weather the ups and downs of treatment and reintegration, filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows their stories with an intimacy and compassion borne of her own understanding. While presenting the stories of her three subjects, Byrne also opens up about her own mental health journey. Byrne spoke with WORLD Channel about the choices she made as both a filmmaker and subject while making 'Any Given Day,' and how, ultimately, connection and openness is the way forward through mental health struggles.

  • 'Afghanistan: The Wounded Land' Explores the Decades-Long War for Peace

    Since October 2001, the United States government has held major influence on Afghanistan, but the country has been in flux, fighting for sovereignty decades prior to American interest and interference. Through a series of four films narrated by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land creates an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s history, understand the struggles of others who are not unlike ourselves, and build a more peaceful and prosperous global future.

  • Fighting for Mental Health Awareness & Democracy: What to Watch in July

    Among the countless systemic issues in the United States exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and well-being have been at the top of the list. And with that, the glaring lack of awareness and resources has shifted into focus for Americans. While initiatives are being created across the country to address current conditions and help those who are struggling, the U.S. continues to face a crisis that disproportionately affects communities of color, LGBTQIA+ youth and other underrepresented voices. During BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month this July, WORLD Channel showcases the many stories of mental health as captured in eye-opening films such as Any Given Day and the two-part Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness. Also this month, WORLD turns its attention to democracy and the global fight to save it. In a new four-part series, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land explores representation, equity and sovereignty through the never-ending war which has plagued the country for decades. Watch films and features this July that advocate for the fight for mental health awareness and freedom around the world while looking forward to a more open-minded, just and promising future.

  • Frances Rubio Honors Her Father's Life While Addressing Caretaking and Mental Health in 'Recording for Dodie'

    In 'Recording for Dodie,' filmmaker Frances "Frankie" Rubio (she/they) turns the camera on themself as she copes with caretaking while separated from their father, Eduardo "Dodie" Rubio, who is quarantined at a nursing facility during the pandemic. Through personal narrative and archival home video, she tells their story of father and daughter in a delicate, loving tribute to the quick-witted, kind-hearted man she grew up with. Rubio also presents a vulnerable portrait of the mental and physical toll caregivers experience day-to-day and over an extended period of time. Rubio spoke with WORLD Channel about their favorite memories of "Dodie," and how, through filmmaking, she can uphold the legacy of compassion and strength he has left behind.

  • J.P. Dobrin Explores the Unsettled Experience of AAPI Refugees in 'The Lookout'

    As a young man, Chanthon Bun was arrested following a non-violent robbery and spent the next two decades in California’s San Quentin State Prison. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bun, a Cambodian refugee who arrived in the U.S. as a child and had now lost his right to live in the country, was released, but not into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he was expecting. In ‘The Lookout,’ filmmaker J.P. Dobrin documents Bun’s life under the threat of deportation as he provides support for others like himself, telling a story of immigration, family and advocacy with a complex perspective. The Korean American filmmaker spoke with WORLD Channel about the experiences of AAPI immigrants and refugees in America, and how sharing stories like ‘The Lookout’ helps dispel monolithic myths.

  • Filmmaker Bree Nieves' 'Malditas' Explores Identity, Faith and Family After Loss

    In her short film ‘Malditas,’ Bree Nieves documents how her Catholic Filipino community grapples with grief after the death of her uncle Vince. Nieves centers the film around herself and her cousin Giselle coming to terms with their new reality in the conservative Florida county they were raised in. Through heartbreak and celebration, she further examines her multi-racial heritage, devout faith and familial relationships. The Filipinx-Puerto Rican filmmaker talked to WORLD Channel about her film and how the intersections of her identity came into play in telling her family’s story.

  • Finding Help and Healing Amid Grief: Resources and Support

    The scope of violence has no limits, and the effects of trauma, and the burden it places, ripple far beyond what can be managed on our own. WORLD Channel offers resources to support the individuals, families and communities across the country coping with grief while searching for hope and healing. If you or a loved one is looking for support, help is out there.

  • Kimberlee Bassford's 'My Chinatown, With Aloha' Is a Love Letter to Honolulu Chinatown and Her Chinese-Hawaiian Roots

    In ‘My Chinatown, With Aloha,’ filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Honolulu’s Chinatown community, weaving in a historical narrative of the 1899 bubonic plague in Hawai’i. The film highlights how each public health crisis transformed the neighborhood. Bassford, a fourth-generation resident of Chinese and Filipino descent, used her family’s own personal history to tell a story of community strength in the face of both social and economic adversity. The Honolulu-based director, who also produced, wrote and edited the short film, spoke with WORLD Channel about the histories that drive her film, how we can move forward after hardships in the past and why the community remains as tenacious as ever.