Tuesdays at 9:00 pm
As PBS’ premier public affairs series, every week FRONTLINE provides incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.
In the month of April, all programs are new - from the ongoing turmoil in Syria, to the question of whether your retirement savings are safe, to the recollections of child survivors of the Holocaust in the Jewish ghettos of Poland (in conjunction with Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance).
“Syria Behind the Lines”
Tuesday 4/9 at 9:00 pm
Witness the devastating effect of the religious feud that’s shaping Syria’s future. — In the rural heartland of Syria’s countryside, the bloody uprising against President Bashar Al Assad has taken a terrifying turn. In this highly charged documentary, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria’s sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effect of a religious feud that, regardless of the outcome of the war, is shaping Syria’s future. For generations, the many religions in Syria’s Orontes River Valley have lived together peacefully. But as the conflict spirals into a contagious and sectarian blood feud, friends and neighbors of different faiths are taking up arms against each other, as Syrian society begins to collapse. And as each side seeks more and more revenge, shells, mortars and air attacks only escalate the hatred and violence on both sides.
“The Retirement Gamble”
Tuesday 4/23 at 9:00 pm
Learn how fees, self-dealing and kickbacks profit Wall Street while imperiling our savings.
Ten trillion dollars in Americans’ retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special “Money, Power and Wall Street,” FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings. “The Retirement Gamble” reveals how fees, self-dealing and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer’s best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.
“Never Forget to Lie”
Tuesday 4/30 at 9:00 pm
Travel to the Jewish ghettos of Poland to hear the poignant recollections of child survivors.
Filmmaker and Holocaust survivor Marian Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood to chronicle the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors. The film rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural and religious identity that mark many survivors.
Coming in MAY…
FRONTLINE “Outlawed in Pakistan”
Tuesday 5/28 at 9:00 pm
Trace a teenaged rape victim’s five-year odyssey through Pakistan’s broken justice system.
When Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro accused four men of gang rape, the courageous young woman did not put her suffering behind her. For this unforgettable documentary, which premiered at Sundance, filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann spent five years tracing Kainat’s odyssey through Pakistan’s broken justice system — and her alleged rapists’ quest to clear their names. The result is a powerful and nuanced profile of courage in a society where rape victims and their families are often considered dishonorable and subjected to humiliation, poverty and mortal danger.