The Glory and the Power: Fundamentalism Observed
(PBS, 9-10 p.m.): The movement has exploded in importance over the past few years, and this three-part documentary asks some basic questions about it: How do fundamentalists see themselves and those around them? How do their convictions affect the world? In what is probably the most ambitious treatment TV has yet given this volatile issue, the series finds that fundamentalism can involve not only theology but political revolution - and that it can also be a potent factor in international relations. The p rograms examine its impact on Christianity in the US, on Judaism in Israel, and Islam in Egypt. The opener, "Fighting Back," features Bob Jones University, where creationism is an issue, and also focuses on Operation Rescue's Randall Terry and former Nixon aide Charles Colson. (Consult local radio listings for five parallel National Public Radio programs on fundamentalism airing the week of June 15.) P.O.V. (PBS, 10-11:30 p.m.): A series of independently produced documentary films offered on the public airways: That sounds routine enough, doesn't it? But `P.O.V.' (for `Point of View') was hotly debated last year after it aired an explicit program called "Tongues Untied" about gay black life. Now `P.O.V.' opens its fifth season with a film by the same producer, Marlon Riggs. `Color Adjustment' is a reflective, funny, richly detailed look at how black life has been depicted - and often misrepresented - on
network TV over the years.
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