True Stories: Life in the USA shows international audiences an America rarely seen in headline news or commercial media, providing a more authentic perspective of the United States and its people. ITVS works closely with public media broadcasters around the world to present this 16-part independent documentary series that challenges preconceived notions, and to show the world the true stories of America.
by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker
A portrait of Hawaiian surf legend and community activist Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.
by Deann Borshay
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive.
by Diane Zander
Texas teenager Tara Neal wrestles through the last year that state guidelines allow her to compete with boys, amid conflict and pressures from family and community.
by Leah Mahan
An intimate portrait of the extraordinary relationship between two African American artists who have been collaborating as musicians and visual artists since 1983.
by Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein
Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers, and drug dealers, but the Girl Scouts of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers, and marine biologists.
by Bradley Beesley
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands ("noodling"), and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years.
by David Collier
They still find romance in the most unexpected places and they still argue about the smallest things. Five couples, still together after more than 50 years, have a few choice words for a divorce-prone generation.
by Mei-Juin Chen and Martha Burr
Armed with the celebrated Shaolin training of body and mind made popular in kungfu movies, five Zen Buddhist monks set out to make new lives teaching their craft in unlikely parts of America.
by Jamie Stobie, Janet Cole, and Sharon Wood
For the 54 million Americans with disabilities, modern technology offers unprecedented possibilities in the face of conflicting social policies and lingering discrimination.
by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
Explosive portrait of young men coming of age in the world of a local community gym, evoking the need for positive role models and recognizing potential in young lives.