WORLD Channel in the News

  • Soledad O’Brien’s New Documentary Takes Raw Look At The First Days Of Covid-19 

    We like to say that hindsight is 20/20, suggesting that upon reflection we understand the past with clarity. But in 2020, that old idiom doesn’t seem to be true. In the last eight months, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed time and again just how unprepared we were – and are – when it comes to caring for and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities.

  • BY WATER Announced as Winner of the BlackStar Pitch; WORLD Channel Awards Co-Production Deal to Iyabo Kwayana 

    WORLD Channel, the award-winning multimedia platform and content producer, has partnered with BlackStar Film Festival, for the second annual BlackStar Pitch. Taking place during the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, the BlackStar Pitch - which focused on documentary short projects - helped kick off this year's festivities on August 19 as eight filmmakers of color had the opportunity to pitch their work-in-progress documentary projects to an online virtual panel of industry experts.

  • UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA Review: Embracing a New Home 

    UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA begins as a typical issue documentary, with the goal of raising awareness of refugees who have been persecuted for being L.G.B.T.Q. It follows four people who have come to the United States: Subhi from Syria, Junior from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the couple Mari and Cheyenne from Angola. They have stories of vicious discrimination and estrangement from family members. When they arrive in the San Francisco area, volunteers help them acclimate, but finding work and housing make settling difficult.

  • Exclusive Stanley Nelson film launches revamped WORLD Channel presence on YouTube 

    WORLD Channel is boosting its presence on YouTube and aiming to reach wider audiences by adding more exclusive and original content to its online offerings. The broadcast channel and multimedia content producer, which is operated by WGBH in Boston and distributed by American Public Television, launched the initiative March 31 with the release of TWO DOLLARS AND A DREAM, the debut film of director Stanley Nelson. The rough goal is to release one feature a month, shorts from documentary series every four months and short films as they become available, said WORLD Channel EP Chris Hastings.

  • America ReFramed Returns to WORLD Channel This May 

    America ReFramed, the award-winning documentary series dedicated to showcasing independent documentary films highlighting the mosaic of life and cultures in contemporary America, returns for its eighth season at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 5, on WORLD Channel. The new season premieres with WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS from filmmaker Jane Gillooly, a powerful and intimate examination of segregation and racial injustice in the neighboring towns of Kinloch and Ferguson, Missouri. New and encore episodes of America ReFramed will air on Tuesdays throughout 2020.

  • News & Documentary Emmys: 2019 Winners 

    The winners of the 2019 News & Documentary Emmys have been announced. The 40th edition of the awards were presented Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York. Emmys were presented in 49 categories. The evening's biggest winner was HBO with 10 awards. PBS grabbed nine honors during the ceremony, and CBS came in third place with six wins.

  • COUNCILWOMAN Chronicles the Story of a Politician - And Proud Hotel Housekeeper 

    During the day, she wears a uniform and cleans rooms at a high-end hotel. At night, she makes financial and policy decisions as a City Council member in Providence, Rhode Island. Now the story of immigrant hotel-housekeeper-turned-politician Carmen Castillo is coming to public television.

  • WORLD Channel: Stories From the Stage Premieres June 24 

    This summer, television audiences can listen in on amazing real life stories told by everyday people as WORLD Channel presents a 24-hour binge-a-thon of the television series Stories from the Stage beginning on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. The series is hosted by humorists and storytellers Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard (some eagle-eyed viewers may recognize the latter from his stint on Jeopardy! where he was a three-time champion in 2018).

  • Wayland Resident Featured on National Television Series 

    Last week, professional poker player and Wayland resident Bernard Lee appeared on the national television series, 'Stories From The Stage,' which is a collaboration of WORLD Channel, MassMouth and WGBH Events. 'Stories From The Stage' illustrates the power of real stories told by masterful storytellers. Each episode presents original stories told live, explores the art of storytelling, with a host who interviews each teller talking about their craft. This episode’s theme was "For The Win."

  • New Doc Peeks Inside Nail Salons' Booming Business 

    How did nail salons, which are dominated by Vietnamese Americans, become an $8.5 billion industry, according to Nails Magazine’s 2017 market research survey? Who were the 20 Vietnamese refugee women who revolutionized the industry? And what influence did Mantrap, the first nail salon co-owned by Black and Vietnamese women in the 1980s, per UCLA Labor Center, have on trends across the country? The new documentary 'Nailed It' will answer those questions...