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AMERICA REFRAMED: The Falconer

Rodney Stotts, a falconer and licensed raptor specialist from South East Washington D.C. (right). Chris Cooper being accosted and having the police called on him while watching birds in New York’s Central Park in 2020 helped inspire the first Black Birders Week, this year celebrated May 30 through June 5. To mark this occasion, WORLD Channel presents "The Falconer," a documentary about one of the few African-American falconers, a formerly incarcerated person saved by his work in conservation who is working to reach the next generation.
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Rodney Stotts, a falconer and licensed raptor specialist from South East Washington D.C. (right). Chris Cooper being accosted and having the police called on him while watching birds in New York’s Central Park in 2020 helped inspire the first Black Birders Week, this year celebrated May 30 through June 5. To mark this occasion, WORLD Channel presents "The Falconer," a documentary about one of the few African-American falconers, a formerly incarcerated person saved by his work in conservation who is working to reach the next generation.

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One of only a handful of African American falconers in the country, Rodney Stotts is on a mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community. "The Falconer" is a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself.

Watch On Your Schedule:

The film will broadcast on the WORLD Channel and on demand at WORLDChannel.org on June 1 at 5 p.m. (PT), the PBS Video App and on PBS.org

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About the Series:

The series curates a diverse selection of independent documentaries that brings to national audiences compelling stories which illuminate the changing contours of our ever-evolving country. Viewers will be immersed in stories that span the spectrum of American life, from the streets of towns big and small to its exurbs and country roads. The documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future.

AMERICA REFRAMED is the recipient of a Peabody Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism. The series has earned several Christopher, GRACIE,Telly and Cine Golden Eagle Awards, as well as multiple nominations for Emmy, Independent Documentary Association and Imagen Awards.

AMERICA REFRAMED is a co-production of the WORLD Channel and American Documentary, Inc.

Produced by Annie Kaempfer