HBO Max has acquired a new documentary series from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the iconic educational series Sesame Street, called Through Our Eyes, which will premiere on the streaming service July 22.
The four-part series tells the stories of children experiencing challenging issues like homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving and climate displacement. Through Our Eyes is aimed at adults and as a co-viewing experience with children nine and older.
Through Our Eyes is produced by Sesame Workshop, with each 30-minute episode helmed by award-winning and -nominated filmmakers.
“With Through Our Eyes, we bring viewers into our process of understanding the unique and immense challenges faced by children today. Our hope is to build empathy for families in crisis and remind those who are also enduring difficulty that they are never alone,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of creative & production at Sesame Workshop, in a release.
Here’s a breakdown of the series:
Through Our Eyes: APART, about children whose parents are incarcerated, is directed by Primetime Emmy award-winners Geeta Gandbhir (I Am Evidence, Call Center Blues) and Rudy Valdez (The Sentence); Through Our Eyes: UPROOTED, following children of families displaced by climate change, comes from Emmy-nominated director Talleah Bridges McMahon (Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, My Name is Pauli Murray); Through Our Eyes: HOMEFRONT is about children in the military caregiver system and comes from News and Documentary Emmy winner Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table, Solitary); and Through Our Eyes: SHELTER, focusing on children experiencing homelessness, is helmed by Academy Award nominee Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman, A Suitable Girl).
Later this month, Through Our Eyes: APART will have its world premiere at the Provincetown Film Festival, while Through Our Eyes: SHELTER will have its world premiere at AFI Docs.