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FRONTLINE; Six O’Clock News

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Six O’Clock News
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

FRONTLINE showcases the latest work of filmmaker Ross McElwee, producer of the widely acclaimed "Sherman's March" and "Time Indefinite." In "Six O'Clock News," McElwee and his camera investigate the aftermath of the life-shattering events reported every day on the evening news. Moving beyond the graphic television images of violence and natural disasters, McElwee seeks out the individuals whose lives have been inexplicably altered by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, and murder. The result is a thought-provoking journey across the tenuous line between order and chaos and an inquiry into how these events impact the victims' faith in God. In an introspective and sometimes humorous broadcast, McElwee explores the "nagging metaphysical questions" behind the "Six O'Clock News."



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Six O’Clock News,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 13, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_46AC29A0EF2C40F9839A1B3946896CA5.
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