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New Documentary Series GLOBAL MOSAIC Connects U.S. Audiences to World Issues Featuring Local Communities from Texas to the Congo Turning Challenges into Opportunities

JP Shields

Based on Link TV’s Peabody Award® -Winning Flagship Series MOSAIC,
This New Edition Takes on Water Rights, Gender Equality,
And Barriers to Migration

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(Pictured from left to right: Images from GLOBAL MOSAIC’s “Young Women Rising”, “The Right to Safe Water”
and “Migrant Journeys.” Images courtesy of Link TV).
linktv.org/globalmosaic and kcet.org/globalmosaic

Select programming will also be available to stream on PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the free PBS Video App.
PBS station members get extended access to select programming via Passport.

Burbank, Calif. – July 30, 2020 – Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, announced today the premiere of GLOBAL MOSAIC, a new edition of the Peabody Award® -winning original series MOSAIC. The series will offer fresh perspectives on critical global issues, with each program going to the heart of the news cycle with personal stories reported by a team of independent filmmakers working on multiple continents. The series will explore shared global challenges and solutions to gender equality, water safety and migration. GLOBAL MOSAIC premieres Tues., Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET in Los Angeles and Weds., Sept. 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DIRECTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) nationwide.

In the premiere episode, local organizations around the globe are finding creative solutions to support young women. From Canada to the Republic of Congo to Texas, the courageous work of women like Neema Namadamu (the founder of Hero Women Rising) and Terry Greenberg (North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens) is highlighted as examples of turning local challenges into opportunities. Viewers can also gain insights from well-known leaders that are featured such as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and Melinda Gates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The GLOBAL MOSAIC series features intimate stories filmed by local producers who have long been covering issues of global concern to create a new kind of current affairs documentary for TV, online and mobile streaming. The initial episodes are funded by grants from the NoVo Foundation, the Minerva Nolte estate and generous contributions from viewers of Link TV.

Upcoming episodes of GLOBAL MOSAIC will air

as follows (subject to change):

“Young Women Rising”
Tues., Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET and Weds., Sept. 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

Around the world, local organizations are finding creative ways to empower young women. There’s a growing consensus that educating and supporting young women creates a positive ripple effect and lifts up entire countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Neema Namadamu’s Hero Women Rising organization combines social media and grassroots activism to overcome poverty, war and patriarchal traditions. In Dallas, Texas, where the high school pregnancy rate is 50 percent above the U.S. average, a filmmaking program organized by the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens empowers girls to educate each other on reproductive choices. The episode includes notables like Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and Melinda Gates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Co-hosted by filmmaker Liz Canning and London-based TV journalist Kumba Kpakima.

“The Right to Safe Water”
Tues., Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET and Weds., Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

In many places around the world, affordable clean water is not available for drinking and everyday tasks, making safe sanitation during the pandemic impossible. In the crowded, economically unstable neighborhoods of Mumbai, India, a right-to-water campaign is having success in getting thousands of tap water connections into informal dwellings. Also, cities in Europe are buying back their privatized water systems from the handful of global corporations that own thousands of municipal water companies. Meanwhile, in the U.S., West Virginia coal and fracking industries’ political stranglehold has mobilized neighborhood groups to fight back, protecting their streams and groundwater from toxic waste. The episode features Mumbai reporter Zulekha Sayyed, West Virginia photojournalist Paul Corbit Brown, Canadian co-founder of the Blue Planet Project Maude Barlow, the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights’ Thomas Linzey and former West Virginia state senator Charlotte Pritt.

“Migrant Journeys”
Tues., Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET and Weds., Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV

The global pandemic is creating new barriers to human migration as border walls, nationalism and legal restrictions on migrant labor are implemented worldwide. From Central America to Spain’s border on the Mediterranean Sea, this episode follows young migrants who, undeterred by failed attempts, are trying yet again to escape extreme dangers and reach their dream of finding a better life. Six million of those undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are working essential jobs during the time of COVID-19 -- in fields, orchards and grocery stores, as well as in meat processing plants and hospitals. The episode features Madrid-based film director Paula Palacios, Tijuana documentary maker Adriana Trujillo, and El Salvador’s El Faro newspaper editor Daniel Caravantes, as well as the intimate stories of immigrants from Morocco, El Salvador, Honduras and more.

The original MOSAIC series was created by Link TV in 2001 as a daily summary of Middle East broadcasters’ reporting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, translating the Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew reports into English. The format expanded to monitor global issues via newscasts from other continents, including emerging social media, in more than 100 countries. The series received the 2005 Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Recent MOSAIC episodes have looked at Xi Jinping’s “China Dream,” global coverage of US elections and the impacts of international sanctions on Iran during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Each GLOBAL MOSAIC program will be streamed in its entirety on the Link TV and KCET websites which will also feature articles that provide additional information on the content of each program, links to related organizations and more.

Short video clips will be made available to viewers on KCET and Link TV’s social media platforms. Join the conversation on social media using #GlobalMosaic

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 30 million U.S. satellite households nationally (on 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. 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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