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World preps “Self-Made Man,” “Before You Know It”

The PBS-supported World Channel has set June airdates for Lori Petchers' A Self-Made Man and P.J. Raval's Before You Know It (pictured).
June 16, 2015

The PBS-supported World Channel has set June airdates for Lori PetchersA Self-Made Man and P.J. Raval’s Before You Know It (pictured).

The two docs will premiere across the doc strand ‘America Reframed’ – a collaboration and copro between the World Channel, WGBH/Boston and American Documentary Inc., which also produces the ‘POV’ doc strand on PBS. Each film exposes the distress faced by LGBT communities despite increasing legislative change and shifting attitudes in recent years.

A Self-Made Man focuses on Tony Ferrailo, a certified life coach and transgender youth advocate in New Haven, Connecticut, who provides guidance and support to youth and their families as they embark on life-changing sex change operations.

Meanwhile, Before You Know It details the lives of gay senior citizens who have witnessed immeasurable change in their lifetimes, from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and gay liberation to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and gay marriage rights. The film documents the lives of three LGBT Americans over the age of 55 who have become pioneers in the “out” generation of elders.

A Self-Made Man will air on June 23 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, while Before You Know It will premiere the following week on June 30 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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