- When the US Military deposed Saddam Hussein, many Iraqis celebrated the brutal regime's downfall. However, the ensuing power vacuum created an environment of violent instability, forcing millions of Iraqis to flee for their safety. Iraqi refugees registered with the UN in the hopes of being relocated to a safe location, sometimes halfway around the world. Charlottesville, Virginia is the new hometown of one Iraqi woman and part of her family. In our new documentary, Iraqi Refugees in America, we'll meet “Leila” and her courageous family as they try to build a new life in Virginia, and we’ll hear from dedicated officials of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) about the political process of refugee resettlement in the United States.
- This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Sandra Cisneros' seminal work The House on Mango Street. This slim book of vignettes about a young Latina girl is considered to be one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed books of the 20th century.
- In July 2005, Scott Hicks began filming a documentary about Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over those initial 18 months, Hicks had unprecedented access to the composer, following him across three continents – from New York City to his property in Nova Scotia to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and to a solo performance in Australia. On April 8th, “Glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts” premieres nationally on the PBS program American Masters. Hicks is best known for writing and directing Shine, a movie about the pianist David Helfgott.