INDEPENDENT LENS: HOME FROM SCHOOL: THE CHILDREN OF CARLISLE 9 p.m. on PBS (verify native listings). The filmmakers Geoffrey O’Gara and Sophie Barksdale carry to gentle the tales of Arapaho youngsters who, within the 1800s, have been taken from their properties and dropped at a federal boarding faculty in Carlisle, Pa. There, they have been stripped of their tradition. The filmmakers comply with a bunch of Northern Arapaho tribal members who traveled to the college grounds in 2017 to hunt solutions for his or her individuals, who’ve spent generations preventing to carry the stays of their misplaced youngsters residence. In July, the children who died at Carlisle Indian Boarding School were laid to rest in their ancestral home land. Whereas many tribes, together with the Ute and Navajo, are nonetheless uncovering their very own truths about similar violent histories, this documentary follows this Arapaho journey in 2017, sharing true accounts of loss, love and therapeutic.
LEADBELLY (1976) 9:45 p.m. on TCM. On this biopic, Gordon Parks, the director of “Shaft” (1971), explores a real story of Black historical past and exploitation, one which occurred a few years earlier than the fictional non-public eye John Shaft ran by means of the streets of Harlem. “Leadbelly” follows the lifetime of the titular folk singer (performed by Roger E. Mosley), who was identified for his mastery of the 12-string guitar — and for singing a track for a Texas governor that led to his pardon from jail, or so the story goes. “He was at all times refining his music, which offered the order in a life that was in each different respect chaotic,” Vincent Canby wrote in his 1976 Times review of the film. (Parks’s personal life was not too long ago examined within the director John Maggio’s “A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks,” a movie that, in its personal approach, additionally captures a Black artist’s journey by means of America.)
SPACE JAM (1996) 5 p.m. on VH1. Michael Jordan stars alongside Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the remainder of the Looney Tunes entourage on this comedic amalgamation of mid-’90s dwell motion and animation. Basic cartoon shenanigans ensue as Jordan is (actually) sucked into the world of Looney Tunes by means of a sand entice and known as upon by the Tune Squad to assist save the day (by enjoying a basketball recreation, naturally). The battle royale pins the Nerdlucks, an alien group led by the Tunes’s arch nemesis, Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito), in opposition to Jordan and the Tune Squad. The great guys are assisted by Invoice Murray, who seems to be barely misplaced however very able to rumble in a Tune Squad jersey. Can the Tune Squad defend their residence? Is that each one, of us? (The gang reappeared in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James, this yr.)
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) 7:30 p.m. on Syfy. This blast from the previous — to the longer term — takes us for a trip with the excessive schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in his DeLorean turned time machine, constructed by the witty and unconventional scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). After a stunning encounter in an deserted mall car parking zone, McFly places the pedal to the time-flying steel. He lands in a 1955 brimming with wiseguys and highschool ne’er-do-wells.