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WSIU-TV to Feature Encore Presentation of Award-Winning Local Documentary and Masterpiece Classic Special

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will feature special encore presentations of the SIUC student-produced documentary, Silent Monster, and part two of Masterpiece Classic: Small Island on Sunday, May 2 at 9:30pm and 10:30pm, respectively.

The two programs did not air on Sunday, April 25, as previously scheduled, due to an area-wide electrical power outage that impacted WSIU-TV's transmitter site in Tamaroa, Ill.

Silent Monster (5/2, 9:30pm), explores the serious effects of lead on the community of Herculaneum, Missouri, which is located in the Missouri Lead Belt, a region in southeastern Missouri that contains the highest concentration of lead metal on the planet. The documentary recently won an honorable mention in the student documentary competition at the 2010 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival. It was produced by SIUC students Melissa Coleman, Devin Miller, Eric Robinson, Lauren Roberts, Will Roberts, Victoria Carter, Nadia Samie, Zubedah Nanfuka, and Dawn Stricklin.

Masterpiece Classic: Small Island (5/2, 10:30pm), which was adapted from Andrea Levy's award-winning novel of the same name, tells the moving saga of two couples – one Jamaican, one English – whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-World War II Britain. In part two, Hortense (Naomie Harris) travels from Jamaica to join her new husband, Gilbert (David Oyelowo), at the London home of landlord Queenie Bligh (Ruth Wilson), but quickly learns that England is not the golden land she hoped it would be. Hortense and Gilbert experience racism and ignorance, yet in adversity they discover new qualities in each other that deepen the bonds of their marriage.

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