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“WHEN I RISE” by Mat Hames and Produced by James Moll and Michael Rosen on PBS

hollywoodnews.com: Tune-in tonight, February 8th, to watch the broadcast premiere of a documentary directed by Mat Hames and produced by James Moll and Michael Rosen called “WHEN I RISE” on PBS. It’s airing as part of the award-winning series Independent Lens. Most PBS stations are airing it at 10pm, but please check local listings for times in your area at PBS website.

A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar.

This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is an inspirational journey toward finding forgiveness within oneself.

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  • February 8, 2011 | Permalink |

    great documentary…. this is one of the reasons why pbs is so important… i’m surprised schools do not utilize whyy more

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