Link TV’s Signature Documentary Series LINK VOICES Returns with New Season of Award-Winning Films Covering Issues and Stories From Around the World
Presenting Unifying Stories of Global Struggles and Perseverance,
New Lineup of Films Premieres Jan. 8 and Airs Every Friday Through April
From the LINK VOICES 2021 lineup of films (Pictured from left to right): “Finding Fela”, “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” and “The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World”.
Burbank, Calif. – Dec. 9, 2020 – 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. The new season debuts with a look into the life and legacy of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti in “Finding Fela” by Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney. This season’s lineup highlights a compelling mix of films that tell stories from across the globe that includes a glimpse into world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s eclectic group of touring musicians, the 1968 Olympic Games silent protest that sparked a movement, a transgender man's path to parenthood and an Indigenous family’s fight for justice. The new season of LINK VOICES premieres Fri., Jan. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410) with each title streaming for seven days ahead of and following the broadcasts at linktv.org/linkvoices.
LINK VOICES offers viewers a unique collection of documentaries that showcase a variety of global experiences, untold stories and culturally relevant topics. This impactful documentary series is known for tackling topics that have in the past included LGBTQ rights, homelessness, racism and poverty through the eyes of the people closest to these issues including revolutionary artists, musicians, environmental activists, disabled individuals and powerless communities.
Funding for the series is provided by grants from Alec Rhodes and other Link TV donors.
LINK VOICES will telecast as follows on Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (subject to change):
“Finding Fela” – Jan. 8
A music and dance-filled documentary film by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, details the life of pioneering musician Fela Kuti. Kuti’s “Afrobeat” music was a vehicle for messages of pride and defiance against Nigeria's repressive government in the 1970s and 1980s. (2015).
“Bias” – Jan. 15
In this timely documentary about race, gender and other biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias. Through exposing her own biases, she takes an honest look at the grip it holds on our social and professional lives as well as what it will takes to induce change. (2015).
“The American Nurse” – Jan. 22
This documentary delves into the lives of five nurses whose work puts them at the forefront of some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty and prisons. (2013).
“Walking on Water” – Jan. 29
Celebrated artist Christo consummates his huge and logistically complex installation "The Floating Piers" on Italy's Lake Iseo. (2019).
“The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World” – Feb. 5
Before “Taking a Knee,” there was another iconic gesture that got athletes in trouble for mixing politics and sports. Through intimate interviews with the participants and witnesses, this documentary explores the circumstances that led runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to a historic moment at the 1968 Olympic Games. (2020).
“Dina” – Feb. 12
Dina, an eccentric and outspoken suburban woman, and Scott, a Walmart door greeter, navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. Both are on the autism spectrum. (2017).
“Residente” – Feb. 19
After taking a DNA test, Latin America's most decorated artist, Rene Perez, embarks on a global adventure to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album. (2017).
“Sex, Drugs & Bicycles” – Feb. 26
Filmmaker Jonathan Blank takes an entertaining and humorous look at the national policies of the Netherlands, where universal healthcare and education, LGBTQ equality, free speech laws and animal rights are part of their social democracy. (2019).
“All That’s Missing” – Mar. 5
This Iranian documentary is about two women who have both been diagnosed with breast cancer. One dies after a long battle with the disease, while the other fully recovers and engages in charity, raising awareness among cancer patients. (2018).
“When Lambs Become Lions” – Mar. 12
In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline. (2018).
“To End a War” – Mar. 19
Since 2012 the Colombian Government and FARC have held peace talks in Cuba. With unprecedented access to political leaders, this intimate, insightful documentary by renowned British filmmaker Marc Silver goes behind the scenes during this profound moment in history. (2017).
“Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth” – Mar. 26
In this touching documentary, filmmaker Jeanie Finlay documents a transgender man's path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. (2019).
“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” – Apr. 2
In this uplifting documentary, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville follows cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, an eclectic group of musicians who tour worldwide. (2015).
“Night School” – Apr. 9
Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners, a high school diploma could be a life-changing achievement. The pursuit of a diploma is fraught with the challenges of daily life and also the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low-income Americans, including wages and working conditions. (2016).
“We Will Stand Up” – Apr. 16
A profound documentary about the tragic story of Colten Boushie, a young native Cree man shot and killed by a farmer who is found not guilty of murder in rural Saskatchewan in 2016. A tragic story about systemic racism in Canada. (2019).
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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 27 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.