What to watch in September? More than 20 must-see programs | TV conference

This month, our KCET Original “Fine Cut” series returns, featuring exciting new work from up-and-coming Southern California filmmakers in Season 23.

Three new dramas are also airing, including “La Otra Mirada,” an award-winning Spanish drama that follows the journey of brave women through an academy of young girls finding their own voices in 1920s Seville.

Plus, with the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15, explore our special programming on Hispanic and Latino histories here.

See below for the full schedule.

Saturday September 3

CJ Scatter – 1 hr

A mother’s efforts to heal after her veteran son’s suicide unleashes the goodness of humanity

CJ Broadcast Trailer

When a heartbroken mother asked the world to help her honor the memory of her beloved oldest son, the loss of one became the journey of many. “Scattering CJ” is the story of how a mother’s unexpected effort to heal unleashes humanity’s innate goodness. Look now.

Point of view: Faya Dayi – 9 p.m.

A hypnotic immersion in Harar, Ethiopia, where the euphoric plant khat reigns.

Trailer | Faya Dayi

Step into the world of Harar, Ethiopia, where an euphoric plant reigns over daily life. See moments of the reapers in the harvest, the people lost in its narcotic haze, and the younger generation looking for an escape from political strife. Look now.

Rise of the Bolsonaros – 11 p.m.

Follow Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s controversial rise to victory.


The Bolsonaros are the world’s newest political dynasty and to many inside and outside Brazil they are extremely dangerous. Learn about the Bolsonaros’ meteoric rise to power and the scandals that accompanied it. Look now.

Sunday September 4

Becoming Trauma Reactive – 4 p.m.

Explore the effects of childhood trauma on learning, behavior and relationship development. Significant increases in depression and general anxiety among students and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for trauma-informed training, practices, and resources. Look now.

Tuesday, September 6

Tanzania: The Royal Tour – 7 p.m.

Animals graze in a savannah in Tanzania with a hot air balloon in the distance.
Tanzania: The Royal Tour

In this latest royal tour, Peter Greenberg travels across Tanzania with the country’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, telling stories about Tanzania’s often hidden gems, as well as its rich history, culture, environment, food and culture. music. Look now.

Guilt on Masterpiece – Tuesdays, 9pm & 10pm

Will brothers Max and Jake get away with murder? Or will their guilt catch up with them?

Official Preview

In this four-episode series, a drunken drive home from a wedding plunges two brothers into increasingly hot water as they commit increasingly serious crimes to hide their guilt in a hit-and-run. Look now.

Saturday September 10

American Experience: Big Burn – 9 p.m.

In 1910, the largest fire in US history burned over 3 million acres. Premiere on February 3.

The Big Burn Preview

In August 1910, a massive wildfire swept through the Northern Rockies, devouring more than three million acres in 36 hours. The disaster would define the fledgling United States Forest Service and national fire policy for much of the 20th century. Watch the preview.

Frontline: Lies, Politics and Democracy – 10 p.m.

A look at political leaders and the choices they made that threatened American democracy.

“Lies, politics and democracy” – Preview

Political leaders and the choices they made undermined and threatened American democracy. How officials fed lies about the 2020 election and embraced rhetoric that led to political violence. Watch the preview.

Sunday September 11

POV: Love and Stuff – 12:00 a.m.

Discover Judith’s multi-generational love story. As a daughter caring for her terminally ill mother and an “old-new mom” adopting a baby in her 50s, this film ultimately asks, “what do we really want to leave for our children?”

Wednesday September 14

Can we all get along? The Segregation of John Muir High School – 8 p.m.

A former student returns to his old integrated school and finds things have changed.

Can we all get along? (Insight)

A former student returns to his old integrated school and finds things have changed. Watch the preview.

Thin cut (new season) – Wednesday, 10 p.m.

“Fine Cut” is a collection of short films made by student filmmakers in Southern California.

Fine Cut Season 23 (Preview)

Now in its 23rd season, “Fine Cut Festival of Films” showcases promising new filmmaking talent from Southern California, chosen by eight industry professionals. Watch stories of integration, family struggles and rebellions. Watch the preview.

Saturday September 17

Facing Suicide – 9 p.m.

Explore the powerful stories of those affected by suicide – one of America’s most pressing health crises – and journey to the front lines of research with scientists whose work leads to better prevention and treatment . Watch the preview.

Independent Lens: Hazing – 10:30 p.m.

Hazing reveals the tradition of abusive and sometimes deadly underground rituals.

Trailer | Hazing

Filmmaker Byron Hurt embarks on a deeply personal journey to understand the underground rituals of hazing, revealing the abuse and the lengths students will go to to fit in. Watch the preview.

Sunday September 18

Independent Lens: The First Rainbow Coalition – 12:00 p.m.

Regardless of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the 1960s.

Trailer | The First Rainbow Coalition

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began forming alliances across races and ethnicities with other community movements in the city to address issues such as police brutality and substandard housing. They called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. Watch the preview.

Let’s sing our way to freedom – 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez

Chronicle the life and music of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, from his humble beginnings as a farmhand in Blythe, California, to the dramatic moment when he received one of our nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Lion: The Rise and Fall of Swamp Pride – 10 p.m.

Follow the marsh pride as it fights for its survival in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.


Follow the epic story of the pride of the marsh lions as it fights for its survival in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve. It’s a powerful story of shifting loyalties, bloody takeovers, complex family dynamics, and sheer resilience. Watch the preview.

Tuesday, September 20

Cobra (Season 2) – Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

Follow the COBRA emergency committee as they overcome a major crisis in the UK.

Season 2 Preview

Follow the British Prime Minister and his COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) committee, made up of prominent emergency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the odds of weathering a major national crisis. Look now.

La Otra Mirada – Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

In 1920s Seville, a woman with a mysterious past runs away to an academy for young girls.

La Otra Mirada Season 1 Preview

Set in 1920s Seville, where Teresa, a woman with a mysterious past, flees to an academy for young girls with a secret goal related to the academy itself. This series describes the journey of courageous women finding their own voice. Watch the preview.

Saturday September 24

The United States and the Holocaust – 9 p.m.

Burns, Novick and Botstein tell the story of their most important film to date.

Exploring the United States and the Holocaust

“America and the Holocaust” examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the 20th century and how the Holocaust challenged the very ideals of our democracy in this three-part documentary series from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. Watch the preview.

Sunday September 25

NOVA: Ending HIV in America – 10 p.m.

Almost 40 years after the discovery of HIV, could we be on the verge of ending the AIDS epidemic in America? How did scientists tackle one of the most elusive deadly viruses to ever infect humans? Can innovative drugs eliminate new infections?

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