This month, there?s a show on PBS that we?re a little obsessed with. But it has nothing to do with the return of a particularly sneaky maid (hands off Sybil?s husband, Edna).
It?s called One Square Mile: Texas, and it?s a documentary by Fort Worth husband-and-wife filmmakers Elisabeth and Carl Crum, who have scoured our state to tell amazing stories of our diverse neighbors. Based on their Emmy-winning One Square Mile series, which crisscrossed the U.S., each installment of this new nine-episode series focuses on one square mile in Texas--from rural Silverton and Nacogdoches to urban Houston.
From its first show, which covers El Paso?s Segundo Barrio (the third-poorest zip code in the nation), the documentary delivers a microcosmic effect, poignantly juxtaposing people, their backgrounds and their problems. Whether it?s a Jesuit priest speaking on how he?s helping his hard-working Hispanic congregants or a Border Patrol agent revealing that his family originally came from Mexico, by the end, the Crums have sucked us into their subjects? lives.
Come to think of it, it?s more like Downton Abbey than we thought.
?One Square Mile: Texas? airs on Saturdays at 11 a.m., starting January 18, on KERA.