KBDI is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year – an anniversary your support has made possible.
As part of our on-going celebration, we have chosen July to commemorate one of the unique attributes that makes our station great – independent voices in filmmaking.
Channel 12 was founded upon the ideal of giving a voice to the under-served. Currently, our public affairs programs offer a forum for local voices while the international news and documentaries we air address the world view. This focus on “World View, Community Voice” was built on the strong foundation of independent documentaries that KBDI produced in the 1980s and 90s. These award-winning films are a significant part of KBDI’s enduring legacy.
Over the next four weeks, we will present a special encore presentation of select KBDI productions (see schedule below). These classic documentaries have not only brought KBDI acclaim, but more importantly, have given a voice to under-served members of our community.
You can count on KBDI to continue to respond to the mission that we accepted 25 years ago, and proudly carry on today. We will always be a source for the independent voices, the causes without celebrity and the views that are uncommon.
It’s the mission that our founders started, our members instilled and we will carry forward.
Thank you for making the last 25 years possible and for making the next 25 years ones we can all look forward to with pride and optimism.
|Never Give Up: The Lester Brown Story
Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00pm
In this compelling KBDI production, host Lester Brown delivers his dynamic life story of overcoming the obstacles of poverty, violence and prison. Today, Brown is a keynote speaker nationwide.
|Getting Back to Life
Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00pm
This award-winning KBDI film chronicles some of the challenges facing ex-offenders as they reintegrate into society from prison. Pictured: A worker at Charity’s House, a residential facility for released prisoners.
|Homophobia in the Workplace
Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00pm
In this KBDI production, workshop leader Brian McNaught presents a skilled explanation of the losses felt by everyone when homophobia exists in the workplace, at school, or anywhere in our society.
|Tierra O Muerte: Land Or Death
Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00pm
Filmed in a remote northern New Mexico valley, this 1991 KBDI documentary explores a land rights battle that has been raging in New Mexico for over a century. Winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award.
|Canciones Del Pasado: Songs of the Past
Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00pm
Southwestern Hispanic culture and traditional music have been in Colorado for more than five centuries. This KBDI program features some of the area’s leading performers of southwestern music.
|After Joaquin – The Crusade for Justice
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:00pm
This KBDI production presents the story of Corky Gonzales and the journey of the Crusade for Justice as they struggled for the Chicano movement in Colorado during the 1960s and ’70s.
|Everything Has A Spirit
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:30pm
This award-winning KBDI documentary examines Native Americans’ deeply-rooted spiritual values, their continuing struggle for cultural survival, and the historical roots of Native American religious persecution.
|MuseumMuseum – West of the Mississippi “The Kirkland Museum”
Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00pm
Produced by KBDI in association with director Joshua V. Hassel, this film explores The Kirkland Museum – home to the works of Denver’s innovative painter Vance Kirkland.
|Fearless Living with Rhonda Britten
Wednesday, July 27 at 8:00pm
In this program produced by KBDI, Rhonda Britten introduces the secrets to fearless living – when one can take risks, seize opportunities, nurture self-confidence and gain clarity of purpose.
|W Mitchell: The Man Who Would Not Be Defeated
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00pm
For W Mitchell, tragedy was a starting point. Having survived two life-threatening and disfiguring accidents, Mitchell tells viewers how to focus on positive life choices.
|Footprints in Nepal: A Personal Journey
Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00pm
This 1998 KBDI documentary relates the collective stories and impressions of a group of American and Canadian health care professionals who volunteered their skills in the remote village of Khadbari.
|Stories of Elyria
Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00pm
This award-winning film, a 1992 KBDI/BBC co-production, documents a Denver Chicano neighborhood rich in culture and history fighting to regain its community after I-70 was built through the heart of their town.
Wednesday, August 3 at 9:00pm
Presented by KBDI in 1999, this film by Todd W. Waller recounts the stories of four teenagers who experienced the front lines of the Bosnian conflict, while revisiting areas where they lived during the war.
|Beyond the Shelter Door
Wednesday, August 3 at 9:30pm
Originally broadcast in the mid-eighties, this insightful KBDI program documents the experiences of women who were victims of domestic violence, including life after they leave the shelters that helped them survive.