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Documentary Film Series LINK VOICES Returns with New Season Featuring Global Lineup Aimed at Inspiring Audiences to Speak Truth to Power

Allison Gray

Award-Winning Documentaries Kick Off New Season in January

Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, announced today the upcoming lineup for a new season of the original documentary series LINK VOICES that launches on January 10.

(Pictured clockwise from upper left: We Could Be Heroes, Finding Hygge, Soufra,
Journey Beyond Fear, Oliver Tambo – Have You Heard From Johannesburg?
and Dugout).

Burbank, Calif. – Dec. 20, 2019 – Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, announced today the upcoming lineup for a new season of the original documentary series LINK VOICES that launches on January 10. The new season is aimed at offering new perspectives on critical global issues and will kick off with the 2018 Moroccan-set Paralympic Games documentary “We Could Be Heroes.” This season’s lineup highlights a compelling mix of topics that include a look at the dangerous journeys of immigrants, indigenous rainforest inhabitants, members of the disability community and a female-led business venture in the Middle East. The new season of LINK VOICES premieres Fri., Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410) with seven day catch up streaming at linktv.org. LINK VOICES also airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. PT on PBS Station KCET in Southern California with seven day catch-up streaming at kcet.org.

LINK VOICES provides viewers with a unique collection of documentaries that showcase a variety of global perspectives, untold stories and regional flavors. This impactful documentary series features compelling topics expressed by the people closest to the issues.

The new season lineup for LINK VOICES is as follows (subject to change*):

“We Could Be Heroes” – Jan. 10 on Link TV; Jan. 11 on KCET
Before the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Azzedine Nouiri, the world champion in seated shotput, inspires his childhood friend Youssef to take on the challenge of qualifying for the Games despite their lack of means and formal training. They struggle to conquer the extraordinary in order to have the same rights and opportunities as ordinary men at home in Morocco.

“Whispering Truth to Power” – Jan. 17 on Link TV; Jan. 18 on KCET
South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she has to investigate - in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges - the alleged systematic takeover of the government by a private family in cahoots with the President.  

“Summer in the Forest” – Jan. 24 on Link TV; Jan. 25 on KCET
Four people who have intellectual disabilities live in a commune next to a forest near Paris. Like countless others, they were labeled ‘idiots’ and locked away in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier secured their release. Providing a model that has been adapted in over 35 nations, the commune offers people with disabilities a place where they can comprise a society of their own.

“Journey Beyond Fear” – Jan. 31 on Link TV; Feb. 1 on KCET
Told through the eyes of a teenage Muslim girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement in Malaysia and Australia, the film takes viewers from despair to joy through hope, humor and love - shattering prevailing stereotypes about migrants.  

“Ay Mariposa” – Feb. 7 on Link TV; Feb. 8 on KCET
Three residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas find their lives upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Meanwhile, a butterfly fights its own daily battle for survival in a landscape where 95 percent of its habitat is gone, and the rest lies directly in the path of the wall.  

“Oliver Tambo – Have You Heard from Johannesburg?” – Feb. 14 on Link TV; Feb. 15 on KCET
The film is the untold story of Oliver Tambo, the man behind the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Described as one of the world’s greatest statesmen, Tambo’s strategy to the international community to isolate and sanction the regime created the most globalized human rights struggle of the 20th century.

“Soufra” – Feb. 21 on Link TV; Feb. 22 on KCET
Filmed in a Palestinian refugee camp south of Beirut, the film follows one woman’s struggle in uniting the female community with a business venture – a food truck and catering service.

“Finding Hygge” – Feb. 28 on Link TV; Feb. 29 on KCET
A documentary exploring Denmark's secret to happiness. “Hygge “has exploded in popularity amidst growing division and distrust around the world, but the Danish word and its definition are complicated. For those who seek happiness, this film explores the true meaning of “hygge” and how to find it.

“Dugout” – Mar. 6 on Link TV; Mar. 7 on KCET
An epic journey through the Amazon in a traditional dugout canoe comes with a surprisingly immersive glimpse into the lives of the rainforest’s indigenous inhabitants, where the filmmakers live as their hosts do – from banana broth breakfasts to basket weaving sessions - while crafting their canoe out of a large tree entirely by hand.

“Delay, Deny, Hope You Die” – Mar. 13 on Link TV; Mar. 14 on KCET
After returning home from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, American soldiers are developing serious illnesses as a result of exposure to open-air burn pits on their own military bases.

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Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programs that engage and educate its audiences with unique perspectives and activate them to become involved in the world.  Reaching more than 34 million U.S. satellite households nationally, Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410) connects American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of an increasingly global community. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit linktv.org. Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube and Roku platforms. For more information please visit linktv.org

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

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