A moving tribute to the history of disabled veterans, Debt of Honor takes an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability, featuring interviews with some of the country's most prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and former Commander of Fort Belvoir Gregory Gadson. Tracing the history of disabled veterans in America from the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in the Middle East, as narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history and psychology, the film vividly illustrates the human cost of war and sacrifices of military service. It is brought to life through hundreds of carefully curated stills and footage from archives across the country. As advances in field medicine markedly reduce the number of deaths on the battlefield, more veterans are coming home with severe injuries.
Ric Burns (New York) presents this rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies, from its earliest days as a small, financially struggling collective, to its pinnacle as one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. With unprecedented access to the company, witness dramatic live performances in Paris and Havana; grueling rehearsals at ABT's flagship studio in New York City; and slow-motion captures at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y., with iconic dances by Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Marcelo Gomes, Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, Joseph Gorak, and Cory Stearns, who were chosen by artistic director Kevin McKenzie to illustrate the ABT dancers' formidable technicality, intricate artistry, and nuanced emotion. This comprehensive inside look at the world of professional ballet includes archival photos and rare footage of ballet icons Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as artists pivotal to the company's formation, including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; and contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.