REEL NEW YORK is a window of opportunity to see works generally not
aired: the documentaries may be more opinionated or personal than viewers are
used to seeing on TV; the narratives may tell stories viewers usually
don't hear in everyday life, or may portray characters viewers don't
usually encounter. Presenting images and sound that offer new ways of
looking at our culture, these works can extend our notions of what
happens in public and private spaces, or shed new light on family,
intergenerational, or interracial issues.
Much of the subject matter in this season is about "family," not
merely in the traditional sense, but an extended family of
peacemakers and anti-war activists, of queer men and women, of
interracial families -- of people connected in various ways as they
try to navigate through this vast maze of a city.
Overall I am struck by the great joy of these pieces, as well as
their seriousness and intensity, and the often odd and unexpected
combination of images and viewpoints. I am delighted there is a place
for these works on television.