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Season 16, Episode 8 West 47th Street

First Aired: August 19, 2003

“West 47th Street,” a cinéma-vérité documentary, follows four people recovering from mental illness at the Manhattan rehabilitation center Fountain House. Tex Gordon, who was institutionalized as a teen, has recovered to the point that a judge deems him “competent.” “I'm my own boss,” he exults. Zeinab Wali is an excellent cook, and Frances Olivero takes an interest in politics and is seen lobbying in Albany. But Fitzroy Frederick still wrestles with demons and fights with other Fountain House people, Wali among them. Griping after one confrontation, Frederick calls Fountain House “one step out of the psychiatric ward.”

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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