November 2012

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Coming to WETA UK in December | New British Shows

We're thrilled to announce the WETA UK premieres of My Family, Wallander, and Reilly Ace of Spies! You can watch these new shows plus watch Downton Abbey from season 1 all this December on WETA UK the 24/7 British television channel in DC, MD, and VA! Read on for video previews, descriptions, and more. Come back to the Programmer's Choice Blog every Monday for highlights from the upcoming week's schedule!

 

 

Join us for the premiere of My Family, a British comedy about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. Watch this series Mondays – Thursdays at 7:00pm beginning Monday December 3!

 

Reilly Ace of Spies is a witty drama based on the incredible escapades of MI6 secret agent, Sydney Reilly. Reilly was a Brit known as the best spy in the world and is also believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s famous fictional agent James Bond. This series is based on the 1967 book Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart, the son Reilly’s fellow agent Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. With thrill, suspense, drama, romance, and action, this series has it all. Dive into this exciting and legendary series with us! Watch Mondays at 8:00pm beginning December 3.

 

This month we’re introducing a new complete series for the WETA UK Event on Saturday nights: WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander! Although his personal life is in shambles due to a broken marriage, a tragic relationship with his daughter, and an aging father, Inspector Kurt Wallander continues to solve heinous crimes as he has for decades. His focus is in high demand as he faces new bizarre crimes that are more complicated than usual. Watch all three seasons Saturdays at 8:00pm. Begin with season 1, episode 1 December 8!

 

Downton Abbey season 1 comes to WETA UK! As season 3 approaches in January, catch up and relive the first season Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning with episode 1 on December 18!

Hear what Hugh Bonneville (plays Robert Crawley) has to say in this PBS Q&A with the actor! 

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 30 – December 2

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of festive events right in your own backyard!

 

Holidays in Historic Downtown Frederick

Naturally the holidays are an historic time, so it makes sense to celebrate them in an historic place.  Visit Downtown Frederick for your new local holiday traditions. 

Start the weekend off at the Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction with a chance to vote on your favorite floral arrangements and gingerbread creations, all locally made.  Place bids on themed wreaths, trees, and stockings submitted by Frederick-based artists, businesses, and community groups.  If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to sample sweets from local bakeries with a cup of hot chocolate or cider in hand.

Need even more holiday cheer in your weekend? Downtown Frederick has also organized a Festival of Lights at the City Hall Courtyard and a Candlelight House Tour of private homes in the historic district.

Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction: Thursday, 5:30pm

Festival of Lights: Friday, 7pm

Candlelight House Tour: Saturday, 5-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Cultural Arts Center

15 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland

Cost: Free for Scents & Sweets; and Festival of Lights;

$20 in advance/$25 weekend of Candlelight House Tour

Click here for more information!

 

Merry Christmas in another language!

Get a taste of Spanish holiday music with ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!, a medley of carols from various Hispanic cultures performed by Voce Chamber Singers.  Listen to songs from Argentina, the Caribbean, Spain, Meso-America, and the Southwestern United States.  For that extra feel-good factor, local elementary school children will be accompanying the carols on various percussion instruments.   

Friday, 7:30pm

St. John Neumann Church

11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia

Saturday, 7:30pm

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

432 Van Buren Street, Herndon, Virginia

Cost: Adult $23, Senior (65+) $18, Youth (24 + Under) $8

Click here for more information!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Killing Them Softly (R)

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order.  KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”).

 

The Collection        (R)

From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (SAW IV, V and VI) comes THE COLLECTION.  This suspense horror film stars Josh Stewart (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE COLLECTOR), Emma Fitzpatrick (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Christopher McDonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” REQUIEM FOR A DREAM).  The film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.

 

The Waiting Room (NR)

This documentary was filmed in 24 hours at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, where uninsured patients needing medical attention come to the ER of the nearly-overwhelmed hospital and wait to be seen.  241 patients in 24 hours.  The film shows, with unusually candid access, the inner workings of an ER close to the breaking point.  Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Directed by Peter Nicks.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Last Chance!

From The National Geographic Image Collection: Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960 at Carroll Square Gallery closes Friday at 6pm.

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 26 – December 2

You don't have to live in England to watch TV from the UK! Right here in DC, MD, and VA, watch British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all for free and without commercials on WETA UK! Read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule!

Monday tune in for the conclusion of I, Claudius at 8:00pm! All the drama and excitement will come to a close in this last episode of the series Old King Log. We hope you’ve enjoyed this rare and monumental series.

 

Tuesday at 6:00am, we begin All Creatures Great and Small season 2! This wholesome series is a family favorite and British classic. Download or print our WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 2 EPISODE GUIDE. This show also airs Sundays at 8:00am, Tuesdays – Fridays at 6:00am, and Mondays – Thursdays at 2:00pm on WETA UK.

Tuesday at 7:00pm, you can find your laughs with Last of the Summer Wine season 17 episode 1! This series is so funny it ran for 32 seasons. Don’t hesitate, jump right in!

Tuesday at 8:00pm, continue watching the period drama Call the Midwife. In this episode, a baby girl recently delivered by Jenny is snatched from her baby carriage. The local community unites as they search for the missing child. Meanwhile, Cynthia witnesses another type of loss as she assists soon-to-be parents David and Margaret.

 

Wednesday is full of thrill, drama, and crimes! At 8:00pm, catch part 2 of Inspector Morse: Happy Families, then at 9:00pm the final installment of Prime Suspect: The Last Witness, and on Hustle at 10:00pm, the team cons a pair of ruthless venture capitalists by posing as a PR company.

 

Thursday we want to feed your mystery and crime fix with the best of British dramas. First at 8:00pm Rosemary & Thyme are on to a new case, at 9:00pm Waking the Dead concludes the mystery In Sight of the Lord, and at 10:00pm on New Tricks, the team takes on Powerhouse.

 

Friday start watching the light-hearted comedy My Hero from the very beginning! We’re airing season 1, episode 1 at 4:30pm on WETA UK! Check out this WETA UK MY HERO SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE for an outline of the season!

Friday is the last day of back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. Return to this blog soon to see the new WETA UK Friday evening lineup and remember to watch back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin on WETA TV26 and WETA HD every Saturday at 8:00pm!

 

Saturday starting at 8:00pm, we conclude the most recent season of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock during the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock! The Hounds of Baskerville is a twist on the classic tale: A gigantic hound is legend around Baskerville, a top-secret military compound where, it's rumored, chemical and biological weapons experiments are conducted on genetically engineered animals.  Henry Knight has just seen the hound's footprints in the very location where it killed his father decades before. Sherlock Holmes gleefully sets off to track the demonic hound with John Watson in tow. Then the big finale The Reichenbach Fall: Insane criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty is busy plotting the crime of the century. But bringing Britain to its knees is just a prelude for Sherlock's arch-nemesis, who orchestrates a perilous cat-and-mouse game with the object of his obsession.

 

Sunday starting at 8:00pm get your laugh on with Yes, Minister, Miranda, Black Adder, and Mr. Bean

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 21 - 25

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of cinematic, poetic and turkey-rific events right in your own backyard!

Shake it, Butterball!

After you’ve feasted like a Pilgrim, it’s hard not to feel sluggish.  Get your energy back by putting on your dancing shoes and heading over to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos.  Self-conscious about your two left feet?  Gottaswing will host free dance lessons at 5pm, giving you a whole hour to shape up before the performance begins.

Thursday, 6-7:30pm

The Kennedy Center    2700 F Street NW Washington, DC

Cost: Free

Click here for more information! 

 

There’s nothing like a great meal followed by a great movie!

You already took a gamble on the dinner table seating arrangement at Thanksgiving; why take a gamble on your movie choice for the evening?  Stuff yourself, get into the car, and then plop down for a cinematic classic, with THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE GODFATHER, both playing at the AFI Silver Theater.  You’ll get all of your guests out of the house and into a state-of-the-art theater designed by renowned architect John Eberson in 1938.

The Godfather: Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 8pm

Wizard of Oz: Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 11 am & 7:30pm; Saturday, 11am & 10:15pm; Sunday, 10:45am

AFI Silver Theatre    8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD

Cost: All tickets $11.50 unless otherwise noted.

Click here for more information! 

 

The Tragic Ending of Edgar Allan Poe

If the cheer and wholesomeness of Thanksgiving is too much to bear, hit up the last weekend of Centerstage’s THE COMPLETELY FICTONAL-UTTERLY TRUE-FINAL STRANGE TALE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE.  This full-stage production, directed by Curt Columbus and starring local actor Bruce Nelson, explores Poe’s final days in Baltimore before his mysterious death.  At the very least, the play will probably make you feel better about your own family drama!

Friday, 8pm

Saturday, 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, 2pm & 7:30pm

Centerstage: State Theater of Maryland    700 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD

Cost: Starting at $15; prices vary

Purchase tickets here! 

 

Films opening Wednesday:

Rise of the Guardians      (PG)

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

 

Red Dawn    (PG-13)

In RED DAWN, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.

 

Life of Pi

Yann Martel’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel,  LIFE OF PI, has made it to the big screen in a new film directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).  The story follows Pi, a teenage boy who finds himself trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.   His quest for survival turns from the physical to the spiritual. 

 

 

Films opening Friday:

Hitchcock    (PG-13)

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), and his wife and partner, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL),Hitchcock also stars Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Jessica Biel.

 

Tristana         (PG)

Luis Buñuel's late-period masterpiece, TRISTANA is a study of power shifts in an obsessive relationship. Re-teaming Buñuel and Catherine Deneuve soon after their memorable collaboration in BELLE DE JOUR, TRISTANA co-stars frequent Buñuel alter ego Fernando Rey (VIRIDIANA, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE). Rey plays Don Lope, a mephistophelean, anti-clerical socialist and outmoded master of social graces, who seduces his innocent and beautiful young ward Tristana (Deneuve), becoming her lover/father figure. She eventually leaves him for a handsome young artist (played by Italian heartthrob Franco Nero), but returns in the end for revenge, having changed from naïve waif to hardened cynic. For many years the film only existed in sadly-faded prints; now digitally restored, it can be seen in its full glory. 

 

LAST CHANCE!

DYING CITY at Signature Theatre closes Sunday evening:

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WETA Kids Holiday Programming | PBS Kids Holiday Shows

After that last tolerable bite of scrumptious pumpkin pie concluding a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, the winter holiday season is officially in full effect. The DC, MD, and VA PBS station, WETA, wants to start the season off right! We’re bringing you classic and new kids’ holiday programming on Friday, November 23 that will have your family full of excitement for the upcoming holidays! Whether the kids in your home are early risers or need to sleep off last night’s turkey, WETA will air this three hour line-up throughout the day so everyone can enjoy! Be sure to bookmark and subscribe to the Programmer’s Choice blog for more information about programming on WETA’s four channels: WETA TV26, WETA HD, WETA UK, and WETA Kids!

 

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Start off the holiday season with Arthur and his pals as they prepare for what they hope will be the perfect holiday. Along the way, the gang will learn that perfection isn’t everything and that the reason for the season is more than an excuse for presents and parties. Elwood City proves to be a diverse community where people celebrate a wide range of holidays: D.W. and Arthur anxiously await Christmas day and lose sight of the meaning of Christmas along the way. Francine celebrates Hanukah which collides with Muffy’s “holiday extravaganza” party. Binky follows a family tradition of volunteering at a homeless shelter and Buster finds that ever since his parent’s divorce, the holidays aren’t the same. George celebrates Saint Lucia Day-a Swedish holiday- and Brain celebrates Kwanza. Will they discover the true meaning behind their holidays in time to enjoy them? Celebrate the holidays with Arthur and his friends with great online activities on PBSkids.org!

Watch Arthur’s Perfect Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA KIDS at 7:00am, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 6:00am.

 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Join the always-lovable monkey on a grand adventure as he and The Man with the Yellow Hat get into some monkey business in their preparations for Christmas day. Everything is merry for Curious George and his best friend until each discovers that finding the perfect gift for the other is quite the challenge. The Man with the Yellow Hat simply can’t understand George’s colorful and monkey-scribbled Christmas list and George feels no gift is fit for his dear friend, a man who has virtually everything! Watch Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas to find out what ends up beneath the Christmas tree, it may be more than wrapped presents!

Watch Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA Kids at 8:00am, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 7:00am.

 

PREMIERE: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Get ready to add another classic to your favorite holiday movie collection because the one and only The Cat in the Hat is celebrating Christmas! In this exciting one-hour special, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas, the meaning of the holiday shines through when Nick, Sally, and The Cat in the Hat help Ralph the lost reindeer find his way back to his home of Freezeyourknees Snowland. The Cat in the Hat guides the group on a voyage around the world hoping to arrive in time for Christmas but they run into glitches along the way. When the Thingamajigger breaks down, the friends must get creative to continue on their trip and so they solicit the generous help of exotic animals who exemplify the “Christmas spirit”! Nothing can stop the new-found friends from getting to Freezeyourknees Snowland in this PREMIERE of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! Educational and entertaining all wrapped into one? Impossible you say? Play the newest online game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! Click here to download the free, printable coloring sheet for the show!

Watch The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA Kids at 9:00am, 6:00pm, and 9:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 8:00am.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 19 – 25

Check out this week’s highlights from the WETA UK schedule! We bring DC, Maryland, and Virginia the very best of British comedies, dramas, and mysteries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Monday is the beginning of the work week and the beginning of new seasons of all your favorite WETA UK shows! Start watching the popular series Doctor Who from the very beginning as we air season 1 episode 1 today at 4:00pm. Wise and funny, cheeky and brave, the Doctor is an alien and a loner. His new assistant is Rose, a shop-girl from the present day, and from the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soul mates. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond her imagination.

 

Monday at 9:00pm catch Foyle’s War as he begins a new mystery Invasion part 1. It’s April 1942 and cultures clash as the first Americans arrive to build an airfield near Hastings. Some locals see the "invaders" as a threat. Others find the chance for romance among the young girls. But when a barmaid turns up strangled, Foyle's investigation strains British-American relations to the breaking point. Be sure to come back next week for the conclusion of this murder mystery!

 

Monday at 10:00pm, stay tuned for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2. It's now 1982 and DI Alex Drake, still haunted by sudden visions and unable to prevent the death of her parents, is still no nearer to returning to her own time. But there is a new man in these visions: unseen but offering a glimmer of hope of a return home to her daughter. Could he be real? Meanwhile, DCI Gene Hunt has his own problems, as an investigation into the death of policeman reveals an intricate web of corruption that could stretch all the way to the top of the force.

 

Then at 11:00pm Monday, catch Are You Being Served? season 9 episode 1. The fun and games in the world’s most eccentric department store continue!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am laugh along with the funniest old British men you’ve ever met as we launch season 16 of Last of the Summer Wine.

Tuesday evening catch Call the Midwife episode 3. Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the neonatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy.

 

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new investigation with Happy Families part 1. The head of a wealthy and dysfunctional family is found bludgeoned to death in the family estate as Morse is forced to deal with the resultant media frenzy. Tune in next week for the second part of this mystery!

Wednesday at 10:00pm the gang is at it again in the season 5 premiere of Hustle. Download and print this WETA UK HUSTLE SEASON 5 EPISODE GUIDE to follow along with all the action!

 

 

Thursday at 10:00am, Keeping Up Appearances season 4 begins! If you haven’t seen previous episodes of this show, don’t worry! This hilarious British sitcom is easy enough to watch at any episode, so start this week! Here’s some background: Hyacinth Bucket is so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband's life a perfect misery. In season four, Hyacinth is determined to buy a cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Needless to say, her idea of what is suitable matches neither Richard's wishes nor his wallet. Luckily, an amorous farmer makes her realize that country life is not as idyllic as she thought. But Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home - much to Richard's horror. Download and print this WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

Thursday at 9:00pm watch the launch of season 4 Waking the Dead on WETA UK! Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases. Download and print this WETA UK WAKING THE DEAD SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Friday at 10:30pm get more laughs from Black Books as we begin series 2 of this British comedy. Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures that are sure to have you laughing.

 

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, continue The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock with the last episode of season 1, The Great Game, and the first episode of season 2, A Scandal at Belgravia. Have you played the PBS.org Sherlock game? See if you have what it takes to assist Sherlock in his investigations.

 

Sunday check out our line up of comedies beginning at 8:00pm! Yes, Minister at 8:00pm, Miranda at 8:30pm, Black Adder at 9:00pm, and Mr. Bean at 9:30pm.

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Watch Dust Bowl | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

When Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the North East last month, it was a terrible natural disaster. In the 1930s, a disaster of a different kind tore through America and left its mark as the worst man-made ecological disaster: The Dust Bowl. Optimistic for a more fruitful future, Americans and European immigrants mistakenly (and regrettably) believed the Great Plains would serve as a profitable stomping ground for cultivating crops. When a succession of droughts plagued the Great Plains, the land that had once been a source of life for so many Americans was devastated and poor farming practices were to blame. With the grass gone, furious winds swept over the plains and produced dust storms that could have potentially eradicated the “breadbasket of America”.

Presented Nationally by WETA through PBS, award-winning director and filmmaker Ken Burns takes on this major event in our history in his newest documentary Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl. Interviews with survivors, archival photographs, and rare film footage tell the stories of those who lived through the “Dirty Thirties”. Survival, determination, human error, nature, and most importantly the relationship between humans and the land we live on, Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl shows how a nation overcame this catastrophe. Check out this interactive Dust Bowl experience on PBS.org! 

 

Watch the two-part series of Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl Sunday, November 18 at 8:00pm and Monday, November 19 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

 

Encore presentations of The Dust Bowl Part 1 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:

November 18 at 10:00pm, November 19 at 2:30pm, November 22 at 2:00pm

Encore presentations of The Dust Bowl Part 2 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:

November 19 at 10:00pm, November 20 at 2:30pm, November 22 at 4:00pm

 

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 17

Every Saturday, WETA hosts the Fall Movie Festival where we compile exciting and commercial-free movies for you to enjoy in your Washington, DC area home. Watch these compelling films this Saturday, November 17!

Truth

George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” With the revelation of truth comes serenity and peace. Experience catharsis and multiple sighs of relief as the truth is revealed in three films this Saturday night!

The Truth Will Win Out

When Vincent Parry’s wife is suddenly killed, Parry is promptly convicted of murder. He must exert all of his energies toward clearing his name, without allowing his morning to distract him  Vincent escapes prison and subsequently encounters multiple barriers, but repeatedly manages to evade capture (despite being highly wanted). When Vincent meets Irene, the beautiful woman takes the supposed killer under her wing. Irene developed an unwavering passion in seeking justice for the wrongly convicted when, years earlier, her father was convicted of murder. Dark Passage is a thriller following Vincent’s pursuit for freedom, righteousness, and a clear name. In his tireless attempts for clarity, what extreme measures will Vincent take and will he succeed in tracking down his wife’s killer? To complicate matters, the killer might be right under his nose...

Watch The WETA Movie: Dark Passage Saturday, November 17 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

 

Dying Men Speak True…

Dark Victory stars Bette Davis as Judith, the young New York socialite with hobbies suitable for her class: smoking, drinking, horses, and fast cars. A horse-riding accident leaves Judith with some uncomfortable after-effects, and only at the urging of her friend Ann does she seek a doctor’s counsel.  Testing reveals life-altering results: Judith has incurable cancer. She will soon become blind, and death will inevitably follow. However, Judith neglects to say her “adieus” …because her failing health is kept a secret! Why does Dr. Steele keep his lips sealed and will the truth set itself free before it’s too late?  Dark Victory is a tale of love, deceit, and coping.

Watch Dark Victory Saturday, November 17 at 11:20pm on WETA TV and WETA HD.

 

The Truth Right In Front Of Us

Block parties take place in neighborhoods across America every summer. After all, everyone on the street can relate to each other: happy children, full-time jobs, family dinners, weekends spent at the dog park or soccer field. But New York City’s Park Avenue set follows different rules, depending on which half you live. The mega-rich reside on Park Avenue’s Upper East Side—the wealthiest neighborhood in all of New York City. Take a leisurely stroll ten minutes up the block to the South Bronx, however, and the neighborhood sights, sounds, and smells will leave you wondering how only ten minutes mean the difference between luxury and lower income.

Independent Lens brings you Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream, a shocking exploration of the extreme disparity in quality of life along one avenue. On one side live billionaires while. on the other side. forty percent of residents live in poverty. Park Avenue in the South Bronx is America’s poorest congressional district, plaqued by unemployment, crime, and failing schools. Yet these residents can literally see the “other side”, the so-called “better side”, from their windows. So close physically, with dreams of putting truth to the The Jefferson’s theme song lyrics, “moving on up to the East Side”.

But actually making the move to the other side is not as simple as America naively preaches. Sometimes achieving the American Dream demands more than hard work, determination, and a hearty dose of “American spirit”. Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream looks at the invisible barricade that divides rich from poor and powerful from oppressed on both sides of Park Avenue.

Watch Independent Lens Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream Saturday, November 17 at 1:00am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 16 - 18

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of musical, moving, and monumental events right in your own backyard!

 

A Funny Twist on a Literary Classic

What do you get when you add rock & roll to the Victorian era?  Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue’s The Brontes at the fallFringe Festival. Full of music, dance and amusing chaos, this is one portrayal of the 19th-century writers you’ve likely never seen before.  This also marks the last weekend of fallFringe, a showcase of the best talent from recent Capital Fringe Festivals.  So go give your favorite local performances a final round of applause!

Thursday, 8pm;  Friday, 8pm;  Saturday, 8pm;  Sunday, 3pm

RedRum Theatre  607 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC

Cost: $20 ($15 with Capital Fringe pass)

Purchase tickets here!

 

For those who prefer print over pixels

For proof that the Internet has not killed books, head to the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair.  The largest book arts event on the East Coast, Pyramid Atlantic showcases handmade books, limited edition prints and artisan papers.  Demonstrations by artists and lectures from scholars, collectors, and publishers complement the beautiful display of original works.

Friday, 9am-9pm;  Saturday, 9am-6pm;  Sunday, 9am-4pm

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center  8230 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland

Cost: Starting at $10

Purchase tickets here!

 

¡Viva España! (Especially Spanish dance!)

Just because Hispanic Heritage Month is over doesn’t mean you have to end your love affair with Hispanic culture.  Next: Spain, co-presented by Company E and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, honors the contemporary dance coming out of, you guessed it, Spain. The program features four segments, including the world premieres of Y - A Spanish Suite and Few.  If you’re unsure about Spain’s contribution to the arts besides Pablo Picasso, here’s your chance to find out.

Friday, 8pm;  Saturday, 2 pm & 8pm

Lansburgh Theatre  450 7th Street NW Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $23

Purchase tickets here!

 

A Grand Re-Opening!

The Baltimore Museum of Art unveils the first of many renovations to its illustrious galleries when the Contemporary Wing re-opens this Sunday!  The newly transformed space shows off hidden treasures that didn’t fit in the old space, as well as new pieces commissioned for the museum.  Can’t wait until Sunday? Come out Saturday for BMA Late Night, this free for all shindig celebrates the renovation with local bands, dancing and a cash bar!

BMA Late Night:  Saturday, 9 pm–Midnight
The Big Day:  Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art   10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218
443-573-1700

For additional information visit the BMA website!

 

Cinema on the Steppe

Flowers of the Steppe: Festival of Kazakh Cinema showcases Kazakhstan’s most emblematic and enticing films, (with the support of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Freer Gallery of Art, Goethe Institut, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership).  DC screenings include two contemporary films, followed by discussion panels with celebrated filmmakers and dignitaries from both the United States and Kazakhstan.

Kelin    Saturday, 7pm

Discussion following the screening with Steven-Charles Jaffe, Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, and Ermek Shinarbaev, noted Kazakh film director.

Goethe Institut, Washington DC   812 Seventh Street NW Washington, DC 20001-3718

Admission $7/$4 

Letters to An Angel / Pisma k Angelu  

Sunday, 2pm

Q&A with director, Ermek Shinarbaev, and sound engineer, Gulsara Mukataeva, immediately following the screening.  Light reception, includes traditional Kazakh cuisine.

Freer Gallery of Art   Independence Avenue at 12th Street SW Washington, DC 

Free, first-come basis.  For more information about these films and the festival in general click here!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Anna Karenina      (R)

Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright's new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love).  Unfolding in its original late-19th-century Russian high-society setting, the drama marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley, following their award-winning hits Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Also starring Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Olivia Williams.

 

The Silver Linings Playbook        (R)

Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

 

Chasing Ice                        (NR)

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.  Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.  Exclusively at E Street Cinema through November 22.

 

A Royal Affair         (R)

ROYAL AFFAIR is an 18th century historical drama four years in the making, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, screenwriter of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the film is an epic romance about the love triangle between a German doctor, the queen of Denmark, and her deranged king. (Fully subtitled)

 

Starlet                        (NR)

Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway, great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel), an aspiring actress, and 85-year-old widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films (Prince of Broadway, Take Out), capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Opens exclusively at E Street Cinemas

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2      (PG-13)

In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.  Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.

 

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All About Ducks | Nature: An Original DUCKumentary

How many of Earth’s creatures are at home in THREE habitats? This along with many other fascinating facts makes the duck a very rare species. Find out all about these wonderful animals that we're lucky to have in our Washington, DC backyard on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary.

Confuting a long-standing reputation of being clumsy or awkward at times, the duck is born with innate skills and abilities to survive any conditions and surroundings his feathers and webbed feet encounter; he is just as adept in air as he is in the water. With more than 120 species of ducks, each boasts a special quality distinguishing him from the rest. However, all ducks are ambidextrous athletes, surreptitiously beating out the “seemingly” stronger opponents in the animal kingdom. Nature: An Original DUCKumentary explores the fascinating creature from how they survive to the vast variety of breeds.

So get your ducks in a row, duck out of any other obligations (last duck joke), and watch Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday November 14 at 8:00pm on WETA TV or WETA HD.

Watch it again on WETA TV26: Thursday November 15 at 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm

Watch it again on WETA HD: Thursday November 15 at 6:00am, 9:00am, 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm;  Wednesday November 21 at 3:00pm

 

Check out this in depth infographic from PBS about ducks! Click on the image to enlarge.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 12 – 18

New shows, new seasons, and loads of entertainment this week on WETA UK! In this week's highlight of the WETA UK schedule, you'll find episode descriptions, trailers, and downloadable and printable episode guides for new shows and seasons. So grab a cuppa and settle in as you read this detailed blog post on the WETA UK schedule: all British, 24 hours a day, only here in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Monday evening, Last of the Summer Wine season 16 begins!

Monday tune in for drama and mystery with I, Claudius: Fool’s Luck at 8:00pm, then Foyle’s War: A War of Nerves Part 2 at 9:00pm, and the conclusion of Ashes to Ashes season 1 at 10:00pm. Tune in next Monday for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2!  

 

Tuesday catch the first episode of Are You Being Served? season 7 at 11:30am! No need to watch from season 1, jump right into this hilarious British comedy today! 

 

Tuesday continue the period drama Call the Midwife with season 1 episode 2 beginning at 8:00pm. There’s a new arrival at Nonnatus House named Chummy (Miranda Hart). As Chummy sets about showing her worth, her helping hands are appreciated, but being a people pleaser and not knowing how to ride a bike make gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina difficult. Meanwhile, Jenny has a chance encounter with a pregnant young runaway. 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse continues solving the mystery Dead on Time and Prime Suspect continues with part two of The Last Witness. 

Thursday at 7:30pm watch Keeping Up Appearances season 4 episode 1. Never seen this hilarious show? Here’s everything you need to know: Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced ‘bouquet’) has a pompous, self-serving attitude which makes life miserable for all around her. In marked contrast to Hyacinth’s meticulously ordered life, the rest of her family is as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Thursday join us for the premiere of Rosemary & Thyme at 8:00pm! This charming, contemporary crime series has a unique twist as two gardening enthusiasts find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries. Brought together by the sudden death of a mutual friend, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and newly-divorced former policewoman Laura Thyme discover a shared passion for horticulture and a talent for investigation. Begin this new series with season 1 episode 1 this Thursday! 

 

Friday at 9:00pm begin a new season of As Time Goes By starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. This witty comedy stars long-lost sweethearts Jean and Lionel, who lost touch after a whirlwind romance in the early 1950s and meet up again 38 years later. Season 4 finds Lionel surrounded by females and grumpier than ever. With a day-to-day whirlwind of excitement, he wants a quiet wedding, of course, but Jean has very different ideas. If you miss episode 1 of season 4 this Friday, catch it again Saturday at 5:00pmCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK AS TIME GOES BY SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Saturday get ready for the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock beginning at 8:00pm. Start watching this fast-paced and unique series Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock (BBC Sherlock) from the very first episode this week and continue with back-to-back episodes every Saturday through season 2. 

 

This week, watch season 1, A Study in Pink at 8:00pm and The Blink Banker at 9:30pm. In A Study in Pink, meet the characters that make up this newest rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. A modern-day Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) teams up with former Army doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve a case of serial suicides. Using his deductive skill, Sherlock corners a killer who has mysterious powers over his victims. Stay tuned after episode 1 for episode 2, The Blink Banker. Pursuing the case of a banker and a journalist shot dead by a ghostly assailant, Sherlock and Watson uncover an antiquities-smuggling empire.

Saturday after The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock lighten up with the WETA UK premiere of William and Mary season 1. A romantic, comedy, drama starring Martin Clunes and Julie Graham as lonely hearts looking for love. Undertaker William Shawcross joins a dating agency in the hope of finding his ideal match and is instantly attracted to put-upon midwife Mary Gilcrest: but she's less than keen to go on a date as she has her hands full. After a lackluster first meeting, Mary agrees to see William again and a spark ignites between the fledgling couple, only for tragedy to strike revealing William’s unappealing occupation in the process. Will their love blossom amidst tragedy?

 

Sunday we’re giving you a reason to wake up early. At 8:00am catch the first episode of season 1 of All Creatures Great and SmallDOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Sunday evening be sure to watch the WETA UK premiere of Miranda at 8:30! This British sitcom stars Miranda Hart. It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, quite literally. 

 

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Veterans Day in Washington, DC, Maryland, & Virginia

This Sunday pay tribute to the United States armed forces veterans and watch the documentary classic Victory At Sea and the moving 2012 National Salute To Veterans on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Victory At Sea

Salute the troops and join us for an extraordinary 26-part documentary series exploring the naval campaigns and battles of WWII and how America responded to the victories. The documentary was first broadcast in 1952, and two years later composed into a film, which would ultimately be broadcast in countries world-wide and even won an Emmy for Best Public Affairs Program. Victory At Sea utilizes illustrative and dramatic footage of actual combat against the backdrop of an original orchestra score by composer Richard Rodgers and riveting narration. The film puts a lens on naval warfare, especially the momentous attack on Pear Harbor and the many battles and campaigns which comprised WWII. The use of historic footage allows for this compilation documentary to be all the more compelling. Show your patriotism on this Veterans Day and immerse yourself in history by watching the entire series of Victory At Sea.

Watch Victory At Sea on Sunday, November 11 from 8:30am - 8:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

National Salute To Veterans

Show your support of all those who have served in the Armed Forces by watching the National Salute To Veterans. Presented by WETA and hosted by Joe Mantenga (of Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (of Forest Gump and CSI: New York), the event is brought to you straight from the nation’s capital and pays homage to all the heroes who have served in America’s military throughout the years. In attendance, and showing their own support of our men and women in uniform (in a variety of unique ways) will be Yolanda Adams, Kris Allen, Javier Color, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter, Pia Toscano and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Audiences can expect an emotional and moving program containing true stories of Veterans, heroism and healing.  The event will include a thoughtful “thank you” and salute to the troops who have or currently are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan delivered by Colin Powell. Also included will be an exclusive and intimate look at how veterans and their families manage to deal with the “invisible” scars of war, as well as a tribute to all wounded warriors. Don’t miss out on this patriotic event. 

Watch the 2012 National Salute To Veterans on Sunday, November 11 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.   

 

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10

 

Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.

 

Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 9 - 11

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of artistic, patriotic, and provocative events right in your own backyard!

A Defiant Artist

Coinciding with the Hirshhorn Museum’s extensive exhibition of the artist’s work Alison Klayman presents Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, the story of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his efforts to speak out against his own government.  In Klayman’s directorial debut, the documentary examines Ai’s ability to merge art, politics and the connectedness of the Digital Age in the face of staunch opposition from the Chinese government.  Alison Klayman will introduce the film and be available after the screening for discussion.  Don’t forget to stay tuned for WETA Around Town’s review of Ai Weiwei: According to What? now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum. Seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-seated basis.

Thursday, 7 pm  Hirshhorn Museum Ring Auditorium

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW Washington, DC

 

Where photography and global studies meet

With daily events through November 18th, you might have trouble deciding what to hit up during the 5th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival. So if you can only make one, go with the 2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition exhibition.  On view are images by photographers from all over the globe.  See how people experience the world with a camera in hand.

This week-long non-profit photo festival celebrates art photography and photojournalism by emerging and established photographers throughout the region, the country, and the world. Since 2008, the festival has averaged 40,000+ visitors every year. 

Now through November 18, 11am-6pm

The Warner Building 

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC

For more information: http://www.fotodc.org Cost: $5

 

Contemporary Folk music is not an oxymoron

You don’t have to drive to Appalachia to listen to live Bluegrass.  You don’t even have to drive there to listen to Bluegrass in an 18th-century wood barn.  Thanks to A Night of Contemporary Folk Tunes with Tim O’Brien and special guest Old Man Luedecke, the riveting country music and historical location are a two-for-one deal.  O’Brien returns to Wolf Trap for the first time in three years but it’s a Wolf Trap premiere for Luedecke and his banjo-heavy songs. 

Never been to a concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap? See why you’re missing out with this WETA Around Town Walking Tour.

Thursday, 8pm  The Barns at Wolf Trap 

1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Purchase tickets here! Cost: $24

 

Honoring Those Who Serve

This Veteran’s Day, please remember those who have served and are still serving in the nation’s military.  Several ceremonies will be held on Sunday in the DC area, as well as in local communities.  THEARC will hold a Women Veterans ROCK! Rally, honoring women in the service.  The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum will be honoring African American veterans with a wreath laying ceremony.  Or head over to the National Mall to pay your respects at the National World War II Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Women Veterans ROCK! Rally - Sunday, 2:00pm  

THEARC Theater 

1901 Mississippi Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 

Free and open to the public.   Click here for more information!

 

Wreath Laying Ceremony - Sunday, 2:00pm

The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum 

1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001

This is a free event. For more information, click here.

National World War II Memorial

Eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street, NW/SW.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 

North of the Korean War Veterans Memorial, across the Reflecting Pool.

For more information, contact Survey Lodge (202) 426-6841

 

Select films opening Friday, November 9:

Skyfall                        (PG-13)

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.  In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.  As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

 

Lincoln          (PG-13)

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

 

This Must Be the Place     (NR)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), This Must Be the Place is a dramatic comedy starring Sean Penn in one of his most unusual and acclaimed roles. Cheyenne (Penn) is a retired rock star.  At 50 he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties, with his long-suffering wife (Frances McDormand). The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York, where he discovers that his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered at the hand of an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding in the U.S. Cheyenne decides to pick up the search where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.  Winner of 6 David di Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscars).  In English.  Opens exclusively at E Street Cinema.

 

Holy Motors  (NR)

Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around

Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or

incarnations at each stop.  Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia… HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these.  It is a shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.  Opens exclusively at E Street Cinema.

 

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Four ALL NEW Episodes of Sid the Science Kid | Living Things Week

It’s not rocket science… kids love Sid the Science Kid! Monday November 12 kicks off a week of FOUR ALL NEW EPISODES for “Living Things Week” right here on WETA Kids and WETA TV26!  Our excitement is bubbling over like a messy science experiment thanks to the many lessons awaiting our brains. Sid and his friends take care of a praying mantis and learn what kind of habitat and food this class pet needs. Then the young scientists find out that even when they don’t want to, sleep is important. The kids take a trip to the Science Center and explore the life cycles of living creatures. Finally, allergies and sickness are under the microscope after Sid gets the sniffles and Gerald has an allergic reaction!

We want to ensure that no matter how hectic your schedules are, the Sid fans in your home get a chance to watch Sid in action. Below you will find the multiple air dates and times of each episode, along with episode descriptions and fun activities! Don’t forget to grab your magnifying glass and explore PBSkids.org for Sid the Science Kid games, printables and educational activities to keep your child’s brain active and learning while they’re having fun!

 

Not sure where to watch WETA? We’ve made it easy for you!

WETA Kids (Antenna 26.3, Cox 801, Comcast 266, FiOS 472, RCN 38)

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Premiere! “Sid’s Pet Project”

Airs on WETA Kids

Monday November 12, 2012 at 12:00pm

Monday November 12, 2012 at 8:30pm

Friday November 16, 2012 at 12:00pm

Friday November 16, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 18, 2012 at 12:30pm

Sunday November 18, 2012 at 2:30pm

Airs on WETA TV26

Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 11:30am

Monday November 19, 2012 at 11:30am

“Sid’s Pet Project”

Sid is very excited because he’s going to babysit Grandma’s dog Philbert for the weekend.  This is a great way for Sid to show his parents that he’s ready to take care of his own puppy.  But there’s only one problem…how exactly do you take care of a pet?  Sid heads to school to investigate more, and is delighted to see the special guest.  It’s Gabriela’s Mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova!  She brought the class their very own pet…a praying mantis!  And now the kids have to learn how to take care of it.  That means investigating what the praying mantis needs to eat, drink, and what kind of home it needs.  As Sid quickly discovers, taking care of a pet is a big responsibility!

Science Lesson: Taking Care of Living Things

Life Lesson: Before we make a commitment, we must understand the responsibilities involved!

Download this free Sid's Pet Project activity sheet courtesy of PBS Kids!

Premiere! “Sleep? Who Needs It?!”

Airs on WETA Kids

Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 12:00pm

Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 18, 2012 at 1:00pm

Monday November 19, 2012 at 12:00pm

Monday November 19, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 25, 2012 at 12:30pm

Airs on WETA TV26

Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 11:30am

Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 11:30am

“Sleep? Who Needs It?!”

Sid is ready to stay up all night so he and his stuffed animals can pretend to fly into space on a rocket ship!  When his Mom insists that he can’t stay up, Sid ventures to school to investigate more.  He and friends explore how the body needs sleep to properly function, and most important, we need sleep to grow and stay healthy!   Understanding that sometimes we feel too excited to sleep (like before an adventure into space), Susie presents a special Super Fab Lab where the kids practice calming down, and preparing their bodies for sleep.  Susie lowers the lights, turns off all the sounds in the room, and teaches the kids how to breathe slowly to relax…and sleep!

Science Lesson: Sleep

Life Lesson: We need to always take care of our bodies,,,they are like cars and need the proper fuel to keep going strong!

Premiere! “Seed The Science Kid”

Airs on WETA Kids

Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 12:00pm

Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 18, 2012 at 1:30pm

Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 12:00pm

Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 25, 2012 at 1:00pm

Airs on WETA TV26

Thursday November 15, 2012 at 11:30am

Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 11:30am

Description of “Seed The Science Kid”

At breakfast, Sid discovers seeds in his apple, and decides that seeds really get in the way when you’re trying to eat the apple!  This leads Sid to investigate seeds with his friends at the Science Center, where they learn that many living things grow in life cycles.  And while many fruits start out as seeds, many animals start out as eggs.  The kids investigate frog eggs, butterfly eggs, and chicken eggs, and then see the fully-grown animals they grow into.  The kids are elated and empowered with their newfound knowledge about life cycles, and can’t wait to get back to school so they can plant Sid’s apple seed and watch it slowly grow into an apple tree!

Science Lesson: Life Cycles

Life Lesson: Don’t judge a book by its cover! An ugly caterpillar will always turn into a beautiful butterfly!

Download this free Seed The Science Kid activity sheet!

Premiere! “The Reason Sid’s Sneezin’”

Airs on WETA Kids

Thursday November 15, 2012 at 12:00pm

Thursday November 15, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 18th, 2012 at 2:00pm

Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 12:00pm

Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 8:30pm

Sunday November 25, 2012 at 1:30pm

Airs on WETA TV26

Friday November 16, 2012 at 11:30am

Sunday November 18, 2012 at 6:00pm

Thursday November 22, 2012 at 11:30am

Description of “The Reason Sid’s Sneezin’”

Sid wakes up and can’t stop sneezing.  He makes his way into the kitchen where he finds his Dad in the middle of a similar sneeze attack.  Sid soon discovers that just like his Dad, he might be allergic to pollen!  This leads Sid on a mission to learn more about allergies.  Mom can think of someone who knows a lot about allergies…Grandma—she’s a nurse! At school, Grandma helps the kids discover that sometimes our bodies can react strongly to something we touch, smell, or eat, so our bodies try to fight it off—and that’s an allergy. Gerald tells everyone that he has a food allergy--he can’t eat strawberries.  Wanting to help their friend, Sid, May, and Gabriela decide to make their class a Strawberry-Free-Zone!  Gerald is touched, and Susie suggests a special Super Fab Lab survey to discover if other people they know also have allergies.

Science Lesson: Allergies

Life Lesson: Helping others can help us too!

Download this free The Reason Sid's Sneezin activity sheet!

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 5 – 11

This week on WETA UK, start watching great British dramas from the very first episode: To The Manor Born, Call the Midwife and All Creatures Great and Small. We’re also premiering two new comedies on WETA UK both starring Rowan Atkinson: Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Along with our thrilling dramas (I, Claudius, Inspector Morse, New Tricks, Prime Suspect, Downton Abbey), wonderful comedies (Good Neighbors, Last of the Summer Wine, Are You Being Served?, My Hero, Coupling), and compelling documentaries (Life of Mammals) and so much more, WETA UK is DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s station for the very BEST in British television.

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Monday night enjoy a night of dramas as I, Claudius continues with Hail Who? beginning at 8:00pm. Then stay tuned for Foyle’s War at 9:00pm and Ashes to Ashes at 10:00pm.

 

Tuesday begin watching To the Manor Born from the very beginning! At 10:00am meet snobbish Lady Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, the beneficiary of Grantleigh Manor and recent widow. She can no longer afford to maintain the family's hold on the estate so she reluctantly sees it auctioned to Richard De Vere, a millionaire bachelor of Czechoslovakian extraction who runs a multinational grocery business. With his mother he wastes no time in moving into the Manor. Audrey is annoyed at her new position on the estate, and she is forced to move, with butler, to the Manor lodge. DeVere represents everything Audrey regards as bad taste. Their differences of background, breeding and behavior are at once infuriating and endearing. Catch this first episode of the series again this Friday at 12:30pm! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK TO THE MANOR BORN SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am kick off season 15 of Last of the Summer Wine on WETA UK! The laughs never seem to end for this group of men, join in on the fun anytime! No need to watch from episode 1!

 

Tuesday at 8:00pm begin watching the period drama Call the Midwife! This moving and intimate tale of midwifery and family life in East London during the 1950s shares the work and lives of young nurse Jenny Lee and an Order of Nuns. The phenomenal people Jenny meets prove that their warmth, resilience and determination are at the heart of this world. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month, their primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns. Start watching this series from the very first episode and continue season one with a new episode every Tuesday at 8:00pm.

 

Wednesday begin a new season of Good Neighbors at 9:00am. Season 4 of Good Neighbors, also known as The Good Life, starts as the Goods leave for a much-needed holiday in Mayfair and the Leadbetters take over their house and garden. But Tom and Barbara can't help thinking of all the things that might go wrong. Watch season 4 episode 1 again this Friday at 2:00pm. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK GOOD NEIGHBORS SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse is on to a new case, Dead on Time. A respected, dying Oxford don, husband of Morse's former fiancée, apparently shoots himself, but his doctor asserts that he was not capable of firing a gun. Can Morse figure this one out without his personal life interfearing? Watch part one this week and return next Wednesday for part 2.

 

Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm, tune in for the encore presentation of season 1, All Creatures Great and Small. In 1937, a young, newly-qualified surgeon arrives in the village of Darrowby to take up his first job in the established veterinary practice of Sigfried and Tristan Farnon. However, in rural Yorkshire with few medicines available, the treatment of sick animals still seems to be rooted in the Dark Ages. Along with the residents’ inherent suspicion of strangers, young vet James Herriot faces problems in the early years of his career. This is the perfect time to begin watching the classic series All Creatures Great and Small! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Thursday at 8:00pm take a journey into the lives of animals with David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals: Food for Thought. In this conclusion of his documentary series, learn of the similarities and differences between humans and other mammals through the things we eat. Encounter chimps hunting for meat like humans, visit an ancient mud city in Mali, and consider the size and capacity of both ape and human brains.

Thursday late night at 11:00pm, be sure to tune in for the launch of Are You Being Served? season 8! Are our favorite department store staff members being replaced? Watch Thursday night to find out!

 

Friday afternoon watch the launch of season 6 My Hero at 3:30pm. Thermoman, alias George Sunday is a native of the planet Ultron but resident on Earth. He has become skillful at juggling many jobs: superhero, shop owner, and father, but when he loses his body in a card game, leaving nothing but a tea bag (his soul), it's time for a complete makeover. For his kids, it's as if nothing has changed, but for his wife Janet it's a very different story.

 

Friday at 10:00pm watch the first episode of season 4 Coupling! There's a new guy on the scene, a baby on the way, commitment in the air, and love on the horizon. Patrick and Sally have finally admitted their true feelings for each other, while Steve and Susan are most definitely pregnant. And there's this guy called Oliver who has his eye on Jane. Could the lifetime-losers-in-love get it together? The best part about this series is you don’t have to watch from season 1! Jump in anytime and the beginning of season 4 is a perfect spot. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK COUPLING SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

 

Saturday at noon catch up with New Tricks as we repeat last week’s season 4 episode 1! They may have handed in their badges years ago, but Lane, Standing, and Halford are back, still working at the London Metropolitan Police. In season 4, the team heads to the big top to investigate the murder of a circus owner and ringmaster. They also look into the case of a rich old lady who loved her cats more than her relatives, leaving the cats all her money in her will. Be sure to tune into these strange cases this weekend!

 

Saturday continue the drama with Prime Suspect season 6 episode 1 at 7:00pm. The Last Witness finds Tennison, high-ranking Detective Superintendent at the London Metropolitan Police, overseeing dozens of murder investigations. She can't resist taking a hands-on role investigating the brutal torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. When her prime suspect turns out to be a "minor" war criminal given a new life in the UK after identifying higher profile war criminals, Tennison's quest for justice becomes increasingly complicated and as the case threatens to bring an early end to her career, Tennison faces the stark realization that she has little else left in her life, and everything to fight for.

 

Saturday wrap up The WETA UK Event: Downton Abbey series 2 at 8:00pm. This final two hour episode will have you up to date on all things Downton until the new season premieres in the DC area on WETA TV26 and HD in January!

 

Sunday catch the first episode of Red Dwarf season 8 at 3:00pm!  DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK RED DWARF SEASON 8 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

Sunday get excited for the premiere of TWO brand new British comedies, both starring Rowan Atkinson! At 9:00pm tune in for the premiere of Blackadder: The Black Adder. Throughout the ages, men of flair, faculty, and outstanding courage have contributed to England's glorious heritage. Others, like the weeping worm Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias The Black Adder), the bitter and twisted son of a medieval king, have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful position in history. Each season of this program is set in different significant periods and places in British history and features another descendent of the Blackadder family, all played by Atkinson. This first season Blackadder is set in 1485 at the end of the British Middle Ages. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK BLACKADDER SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

Sunday at 9:30pm meet Mr. Bean, a childish, self-centered buffoon who brings various unusual schemes to everyday tasks. Signature of this show, Mr. Bean rarely speaks and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words which are in a comically low-pitched voice. This unique form of comedy and true British classic isn’t one to miss! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK MR. BEAN SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

 

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 3

Every Saturday, WETA hosts the Fall Movie Festival where we compile exciting, free, and commercial-free movies for you to enjoy in your Maryland, Virginia, and DC homes. Watch these compelling films and documentaries this Saturday November 3!

 

Action

When words fail, actions speak…and in many cases, the latter can be more attention-grabbing and successful than any combination of words, even from the most eloquent of mouths. Sometimes action is unexpected and though we are not prepared for it, our instincts kick in and we handle each situation accordingly. Other times, it knocks us down repeatedly and we must try again and again, never giving up. Action usually works and though it’s risky, when it pays off we cannot help but to revel in the chance we took.  This Saturday night on WETA TV26 and HD, see firsthand examples of taking action in a perfect blend of films. 

 

Taking physical action

Sometimes we feel stuck and an unexpected opportunity for action presents itself. This Saturday, Rocky, a struggling club boxer in Philadelphia supplements his passion and dream of becoming a big-time fighter by working as a debt collector. His talent is often doubted but former boxing trainer Mickey firmly believes Rocky could have succeeded had he worked harder. That knock at the invisible door arrives when the current world’s heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed, proposes the idea of providing a small-time and unknown boxer with the shot at his envied and prestigious title. Upon scoping out Philadelphia’s boxers, Apollo selects Rocky.  Hopes, dreams, and words soon turn into hard work, sweat, blood, tears and action as Rocky prepares for the match of a lifetime. Watch Rocky (1976) Saturday November 3 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD. 

Rocky will also air on WETA TV26 and WETA HD on Sunday November 4 at 11:30am.

 

Long-awaited action

Protecting the planet is a defining feature of the Native American culture. So it should come as no surprise that when faced with the environmentally-harmful consequences of a practice benefiting the pockets of wealthy corporations, Arizona Native American tribes directly affected swiftly took action. The story serving as the inspiration of Power Paths begins in the 1960s when two coal mines opened on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona. The mines produced enough coal to supply the insatiable energy demands of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles…but at a significant cost. Over the decades following the opening of the mines, the environment took a detrimental and irreversible hit as did local Native American tribes. The Southwestern skies were polluted, aquifers were drained, and sacred Native American land was scarred.  Not to mention, Native Americans living on the reservations had no running water and no access to basic electricity. The health of the Navajo nation’s people suffered also, and cases of cancers were common.  Independent Lens: Power Paths follows a tribal coalition’s modern day fight to alter their economies for the better by swapping coal mines and power plants with renewable energy technologies. Success in making the switch would preserve and protect their land, honor their culture, provide their reservation’s homes with basic electricity and create necessary jobs in their own community. Power Paths serves as an example of the entire planet’s current plight; finding alternatives to fossil fuels and going green. It may have taken decades but when action is finally taken, will it be all in vain or for the good of future generations? Watch Power Paths, November 3 at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD and see for yourself.

Watch a preview of Power Paths here!

 

Necessary action

They were sent to Iraq as cooks, clerks, and mechanics. Some were sent to provide supplies, and others logistical support, to the male troops. But when fighting unexpectedly broke out in the streets of Ramadi in April of 2004, those very women had no choice but to fight alongside their fellow soldiers. In fact, they were needed, and it did not seem to matter that they hadn't undergone combat training. After all, why would they be? The Department of Defense created a policy prohibiting women from ground combat. Despite this, since 2003, the United States military has been going against official policy and utilizing women in a variety of situations, from conducting house-to-house searches of Iraqis to fighting in some of the most violent and bloody battles to have taken place during the war.

Independent Lens: Lioness tells the story of five female U.S. Army soldiers who made history by becoming the first to be sent into direct combat. The group, members of “Team Lioness,” served one year together in Iraq. Told through personal accounts, journal excerpts, archival footage and interviews, Lioness reveals what the media time and again neglected to inform America of; that women are an integral and necessary part of the military in all facets. The women’s individual stories work in tandem to portray the effects of war from a female perspective. Watch Lioness Saturday November 3 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

In this scene of Lioness, the women are gathered together after returning from deployment and watch a documentary about the very battle they fought in. Surprisingly, they are purposefully edited out of any shots.