FRONTLINE Explores Issues Shaping Our Times
From the U.S.- Mexico border to Charlottesville to the streets of Tehran, FRONTLINE reporters and documentary filmmakers have been traveling the country and the world to go inside key stories that are shaping our times.
On July 31 at 9:00 p.m. on KUED, Separated: Children at the Border, tells the inside story of what happened to immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. Producer Marcela Gaviria has been investigating the treatment of minors at the border for more than a year. With on-the-ground reporting both at the border and in Central America, she and producer Martin Smith explore the impact of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy — and how both Trump and Obama dealt with minors at the border.
On Tuesday, August 7 at 9:00 p.m., just before the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville rally, FRONTLINE presents a major new film, Documenting Hate: Charlottesville. In collaboration with ProPublica, this investigation with correspondent A.C. Thompson exposes the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the Charlottesville rally, and shows how some of those behind the racist violence went unpunished and continued to operate around the country.
FRONTLINE reveals that a neo-Nazi active duty Marine participated in the Charlottesville violence, and it has already had impact. The Marine was court-martialed, and citing FRONTLINE’s reporting, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) wrote to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking him to investigate "white supremacist activity in the military and explain what steps are taken to screen recruits for extremist ties.”
FRONTLINE also reported that another participant in the Charlottesville violence works for a prominent defense contractor and has a U.S. government security clearance. After FRONTLINE’s story was published, the company said it condemned "racist activities" and that it would take "immediate action to look into the very serious issues raised by these reports."
On Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m., FRONTLINE presents Our Man in Tehran, a revealing miniseries on life inside Iran, from New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. In this two-night documentary special, Erdbrink shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under an authoritarian regime.