We all feel desperate from time to time, it’s a versatile feeling that spans the globe as it spans our weekend schedule. This weekend on WETA, we share four movies with characters desperate for something: fame, success, life, and respect. The three documentaries run late into Sunday morning so if you haven’t done it yet, set your DVR to record from Saturday 9:30pm – Sunday 3:30am.
Baby Jane Hudson
(Bette Davis) was a vaudeville
star, but as an adult, she was overshadowed by her movie star sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford). One night in the 1930s,
Blanche was permanently crippled in an accident blamed on Jane. Now in 1962, Jane and Blanche live together in their decaying Los Angeles mansion
as Jane plots their showbiz comeback. Blanche desperately tries to get away from Jane but can she succeed to escape her tormenting sister who handicapped her as a young woman and continues to do so in their older age? Watch the trailer.
Watch What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) on WETA TV26 and HD this Saturday at 9:30pm. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am.
When a new opera
gets produced, lots of artists and craftspeople from various authorities share a dramatic and musical vision. Skill and cooperation on a grand scale are the only key to success. San Francisco Opera
’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter
, composed by Stewart Wallace
with a libretto by novelist Amy Tan
, brought together singers, designers and musicians from three continents. Many were learned in the Western operatic tradition, but for others, it was a first introduction to American opera
. This documentary
focuses on the excitement and challenges of collaboration. Watch the trailer.
Watch Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 12:00am. Be sure to set your DVR!
came to the United States from Mexico
, after a deadly border crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona
. He is searching for his father, Francisco, also
an undocumented border crosser, who disappeared in the Sonora Desert while entering the U.S. Marcos sends money from his home in Chicago
to his mother in Mexico City
every month so she can buy medicine for his brother, Gustavo, who needs a kidney transplant. The Undocumented
is Marcos’s story—as well as the story of countless other migrants
. Follow Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol
agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths
, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate
workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one. Watch the trailer.
Watch Independent Lens: The Undocumented on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 1:00am.
More than three decades ago, Vietnamese
refugees began to settle in Versailles
, a then-isolated community in eastern New Orleans
. Although by the early 2000s the community had accomplished material successes, it remained divided between older immigrants
American-born youth. A Village Called Versailles
is the story of this little-known community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
. When the storm devastated New Orleans in August 2005, Versailles residents rebuilt their neighborhood faster than most other damaged neighborhoods in the city, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill
slated to open just two miles away. Forced out of Vietnam
by the war 30 years ago, many residents felt their homes were being taken away from them once again. Watch the story of this community
fighting to regain their safety and happiness in New Orleans. Watch the trailer.
Watch Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 2:30am.