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Through the lens of independent documentaries, "America ReFramed" brings to national audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social-issue documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future.

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The Hand That Feeds

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma Lopez has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Councilwoman

Carmen Castillo is a first-term city councilwoman who maintains her full-time job as a hotel housekeeper. She advocates for the working families in her community, many of whom work multiple jobs to stay afloat. Castillo, who came to the U.S. in 1994 from the Dominican Republic with three daughters in tow, believes that working families should earn a wage sufficient to allow them to live in dignity.

Town Hall

​"Town Hall"​ casts an unflinching eye at Katy and John, two Tea Party activists from the battleground state of Pennsylvania who believe America's salvation lies in a return to true conservative values.

America Dreams Deferred

"American Dreams Deferred" follows New York University graduate student William Caballero, who is juggling family with the challenges of breaking the cycle of issues that has kept relatives from reaching their dreams. He turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family to examine U.S. health care and culture, and to explore his and family’s dreams. It begs the ultimate question: who attains their American Dream?

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