documentary

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Maen Hammad, the son of Palestinian refugees, grew up in Michigan and fell in love with skateboarding. On a trip back to the Middle East, he found others who loved the sport, too, and made a documentary about it. Now, he hopes to bring his sport’s therapeutic powers to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.


PBS

Thursday, January 21 , at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on the remarkable story behind the “Polynesian Pipeline” to the NFL.

Documentary exploring LEGO culture comes to Ann Arbor

Aug 13, 2015
photo of 'Yellow' by artist Nathan Sawaya
Courtesy photo

A feature length documentary about the Danish toy behemoth LEGO will screen this weekend at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with co-director Daniel Junge.


Claressa Shields photo
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Claressa Shields of Flint was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with Shields about her boxing career and her remaining ambitions in the ring.


Claressa Shields photo
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A new documentary looks at the first woman boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. She’s from Flint, and the movie about her Olympic journey is coming to the Flint Institute of Arts this week. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with filmmaker Sue Jaye Johnson.


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