June Lineup for Link TV Includes the Debut of All-New Films from WORLD Channel Documentary Series AMERICA REFRAMED and STORIES FROM THE STAGE Focusing on a Greater Understanding of Diverse Communities
New Documentaries Premiere for Link TV Audiences Starting June 4
Los Angeles, Calif. – May 6, 2021 – Link TV, the satellite service connecting viewers to the world, announced today a new June lineup featuring all-new documentary films from WORLD Channel series AMERICA REFRAMED and STORIES FROM THE STAGE. By highlighting commonality across diverse communities, these independent documentaries provide national audiences a powerful glimpse into the countries rapidly changing cultural contours. AMERICA REFRAMED is the award-winning documentary series dedicated to showcasing independent documentary films highlighting the mosaic of life and cultures in contemporary America. Original series STORIES FROM THE STAGE features ordinary people telling extraordinary real stories of love and loss, shocking revelations and unexpected triumphs that depict what we all have in common. The new content premieres with the topical documentary “The Falconer” on Fri., June 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410) with seven day streaming for both programs at linktv.org.
The new AMERICA REFRAMED programming slate debuts with a look into the life of Rodney Stotts, one of only a handful of African American falconers in the country, and his mission to build a bird sanctuary in “The Falconer.” The lineup continues with “Meltdown in Dixie,” which explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in 21st century America and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain. The content also recognizes Pride Month with two films: “Little Miss Westie,” a loving and insightful portrait of two transgender siblings following the 2016 election as well as “Jack and Yaya,” the story of two transgender best friends and their journey towards coming out together.
In STORIES FROM THE STAGE, hosted by Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard, the new lineup highlights a compelling mix of films that amplify a diaspora of voices from across the U.S. While in “Unexpected Gift,” storytellers share how a wrong turn in life can result in a silver lining. Lastly, “Pride” is a look at all the different things people can be proud of from three different perspectives.
Last year, Link TV and WORLD Channel announced a content-sharing partnership that would bring programming to more than 100 million homes. With a shared commitment to bringing the best in news, documentaries and fact-based information programming from around the world, the collaboration allows viewers of both networks to better understand perspectives and cultures around the globe while examining issues too often ignored by mainstream media.
The programs will telecast as follows on Link TV (subject to change):
AMERICA REFRAMED: “The Falconer” – June 4 at 9 p.m.
a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Maryland resident, Rodney Stotts. Dotted with abandoned buildings and towering trees, the former juvenile prison complex of Oak Hill is full of potential as far as Rodney is concerned. One of only a handful of African American falconers in the country, he envisions a refuge for the animals he loves and transformative opportunities for his stressed community in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
AMERICA REFRAMED: “Meltdown in Dixie” – June 11 at 9 p.m.
In rural Orangeburg, SC, in the wake of the Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.
AMERICA REFRAMED: “Little Miss Westie” – June 18 at 9 p.m.
A loving and insightful portrait of two transgender siblings - Luca and Ren - and their parents, set in the changing social climate following the 2016 presidential election. The film takes audiences behind the scenes as the family navigates puberty, school, dating and more as the children begin living in their authentic genders and Ren participates in the Lil’ Miss Westie Pageant.
STORIES FROM THE STAGE: “Unexpected Gift” – June 19 at 9 p.m.
Special events don’t always turn out the way we’ve planned. But with a little creativity, a dash of humor, and a whole lot of hope, those wrong turns can become unexpected gifts. A surprising gift from her dad changes Mary D'Alba's first big high school dance; Carmine Sarno learns that fatherhood is a nerve-wracking yet also heart-warming undertaking; and Hadi Shavarini brings his Persian touch to an otherwise traditional celebration. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.
STORIES FROM THE STAGE: “Pride” – June 26 at 9 p.m.
There are all sorts of things people can be proud of: their identity, family and heritage, a wise decision, a singular accomplishment, or just standing up and being true to who they are. Palestinian Muslim Eman El-Husseini comes out to her parents and finds in comedy the best tool to defy cultural stereotypes; April Hartford shares the relief and redemption of living an authentic self; and Jay Vilar comes out to his family and receives some surprising reactions. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.
AMERICA REFRAMED: “Jack and Yaya” – June 25 at 9 p.m.
Jack and Yaya met at ages three and two through their shared backyard fence. They spent their childhood together, building forts and burning trash cans in their small hometown in South Jersey. From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though most of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender.
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About LINK TV
Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programs that engage and inform its audiences with unique perspectives, and empower them to become involved in the world. Reaching more than 21 million U.S. satellite households nationally (DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410), Link TV 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. Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube and Roku platforms. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit linktv.org.
About WORLD Channel
WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries and programming. WORLD’s original series examine the issues and amplify the voices of those often ignored by mainstream media. The multicast 24/7 channel helps audiences understand conflicts, movements and cultures from around the globe. Its original work has won a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a National News and Documentary Emmy Award and many others honoring diversity of content and makers. WORLD is carried by 176 member stations in markets representing over 70% of US TV households. Funding for WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and Artworks. WORLD is produced by GBH in partnership with WNET and is distributed by American Public Television (APT). Find out more at WORLDChannel.org.