`Eyes' is worth another look

PBS is reairing the stirring 1987 documentary about civil rights

TV Preview

October 02, 2006|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

It is not ordinary practice to preview TV reruns, but Eyes on the Prize, the epic civil rights documentary that first aired on PBS in 1987, is one of the most extraordinary programs the medium has ever produced.

The word "watching" seems woefully inadequate in describing the experience of seeing this documentary. It is more like bearing witness. Even on a second or third viewing, Eyes on the Prize offers one of the most inspirational, illuminating and elevated experiences a human being can have with moving images on a screen.

On TV American Experience: Eyes on The Prize airs at 9 tonight and Oct. 9 and 16 on MPT (Channels 22 and 67) and WETA (Channel 26).

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