From a comedian-turned-mayoral candidate to a world famous Texas dancehall, "Reel South" continues to showcase documentaries rooted in the tradition of Southern storytelling on AETN WORLD (AETN-4) in its third season.
Featuring compelling stories and unforgettable characters from Memphis to Austin and New Orleans to Birmingham - and the small towns in between - the series showcases 10 documentaries from across the region that highlight the passion and perseverance of Southerners.
Take a minute to browse the incredible documentaries you have to look forward to, and learn more about how you can watch "Reel South" on AETN World and online.
Premieres March 11, 2018
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were busy fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a resilient community that lives with both frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.
"First Lady of the Revolution"
Premieres March 25, 2018
Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. "First Lady of the Revolution" portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.
Premieres April 1, 2018
Monuments to the Confederacy permeate the American South. Emotions run high and tensions mount when, in 2015, the New Orleans city council convenes a public debate over the fate of its Confederate statues. As the council prepares to vote, Divided City reveals deep divisions about the history and symbolism of the monuments, and their place in the public space and in the South.
"Jonah Stands Up"
Premieres April 1, 2018
Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his twenties. Combining humor, political action, and a sense of urgency, Jonah Stands Up challenges stereotypes associated with differently-abled individuals in New Orleans.
Premieres April 8, 2018
After an unexpected traffic stop, family man Miguel Cortes faces an agonizing decision. Due to his immigration status, a North Carolina judge has offered Miguel 120 Days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico. Will Miguel return to Mexico, leaving his wife and two daughters behind, or disappear into the shadows of his adopted homeland?
Premieres April 15, 2018
Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead. Due to a little-known Texas law, the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on life support against her wishes. 62 Days follows the Muñoz family’s journey from tragedy to activism as they fight to change this law, revealing the human toll behind a growing political trend.
Premieres April 15, 2018
Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident. Though visually impaired, Dan has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing. Driven Blind follows Dan’s single-minded quest to find meaningful work and to get back behind the wheel.
"See the Keepers"
Premieres April 22, 2018
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, "See the Keepers" gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them.
"Honky Tonk Heaven"
Premieres April 29, 2018
Brimming with cowboy boots, country music, and longneck beers, "Honky Tonk Heaven" is a toe-tapping tour of this legendary Texas dancehall. With fifty years under its belt, the Broken Spoke has endured Austin’s rapid growth and skyrocketing rents. Beyond the story of its illustrious history and celebrated performers, the Spoke is a treasured family business that has survived against the odds.
Looking forward to watching any of these outstanding films on AETN WORLD? The 24/7 channel features public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. To watch, you can tune in to our auxiliary channels over the air using an antenna hooked up to a converter box or digital television, as well as via some Arkansas cable providers. (A listing of cable providers who carry AETN World is available at aetn.org/channelinfo; while AETN WORLD is offered free to all interested cable and satellite providers, it is the provider's choice whether to make AETN World available to subscribers.) All films from "Reel South: Season Three" will also be available for streaming the day after broadcast at reelsourth.org.
"Reel South: Season 3"
Sundays at 8 p.m. on AETN WORLD, beginning March 11