I just received a great email with the 2012 lineup for PBS’ television programming for Black History Month this year. I am so excited to publish this information bringing in the new year. Bookmark this information and share it with friends and family. There are going to be some great films that are available for free to watch on the network. All films are a part of the Independent Lens series.
On Wednesday, January 4, during the PBS/TCA Press Tour, INDEPENDENT LENS will present three new shows. “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock,” premiering Thursday, February 2, at 10:00 p.m., tells the story of Bates’ life and her public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas The film’s director, Sharon La Cruise, will appear on the PBS/TCA panel. Premiering on Thursday, February 9, at 10:00 p.m. is a compilation of interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars in “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.”
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Swedish television journalists came to America to document the burgeoning black power movement. This long-lost trove of film, combined with contemporary interviews to create an irresistible mosaic chronicling the movement’s evolution, features interviews with seminal black power leaders, including Stokely Carmichael and Eldridge Cleaver, as well as author/activist Angela Davis, who will be a guest on the PBS panel during TCA.
And in “More Than a Month,” premiering on Thursday, February 16, at 10:00 p.m., Shukree Hassan Tilghman, an African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking journey, “More Than a Month” investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. Tilghman will also be part of the PBS panel during Press Tour.
In the compelling story of an unsung hero, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY, airing Monday, February 6 at 10:00 p.m.,explores one man’s mission to help slaves escape to freedom. The program looks at the inner workings of the Underground Railroad through detailed records, diaries and other written accounts of the freedom seekers who made their way across the U.S. border to Canada.
Also presented during PBS’ session of the TCA Press Tour is SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, premiering Monday, February 13, at 9:00 p.m. A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, this new documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon examines the concept of “neoslavery,” which sentenced African-Americans in the post-Emancipation South to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior. Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne narrates the film. Blackmon and filmmaker Sam Pollard will appear on theSLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME panel during TCA.