CNN will air documentary that includes Flight 5191 survivor

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Herald-Leader staff reportJanuary 5, 2014 

Sole Survivor, the documentary about people who have been the lone survivors of commercial airline crashes that features Comair Flight 5191 co-pilot James Polehinke, will air on CNN at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Polehinke was the only survivor of Flight 5191, which crashed during takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington on Aug. 27, 2006, killing all 47 passengers and two crew members. Sole Survivor was the first and, to date, only time he has spoken publicly about the crash.

The film, shown in Lexington at The Kentucky Theatre in July, follows the experiences of four of the only 14 sole survivors of commercial airline crashes in aviation history. It addresses the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, which found the crash was probably due to pilot error, and the conclusion of other experts that the crash was a “systems accident” with blame shared by several parties, including the pilots.

Attendees at the Kentucky Theatre screening included victims’ families and first responders to the accident. Several told the Herald-Leader, they had mixed emotions about the film, after seeing it.

The film also will air on CNN at 11 p.m. Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday, 9 and 11 p.m. Jan. 12, and 2 a.m. Jan. 13.

CNN has been airing documentary films recently, including Our Nixon last fall, a documentary of home movies by former staffers of President Richard M. Nixon produced by filmmaker and University of Kentucky associate law professor Brian L. Frye, who obtained the films.

Global Lens festival screens 8 foreign films

After a three-year hiatus, the Global Lens film festival returns this month with eight films from South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. All films will be screened at the Farish Theater in the Central Library, 140 East Main Street. Call (859) 231-5597 or go to Lexpublib.org   for more information. The films are:

The Prize (Argentina, 2011). A young mother and daughter flee military dictatorship in Buenos Aires, but politics catch up with the girl at her new school in the form of a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the same army that might have taken her father. 7 p.m. Jan. 7.

Grey Matter (Rwanda, 2011). In this film-within-a-film, a Rwandan filmmaker looks to a loan shark to fund his movie about a brother and sister dealing with the aftermath of genocide. 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

Toll Booth (Turkey, 2010). A tollbooth attendant working a desolate country road begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by each day, which could mean salvation for the aging bachelor or the unraveling of his mind. 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

Mourning (Iran, 2011). A deaf couple driving a nephew back home to Tehran discuss his future in a language not as private as they believe, turning the car trip into a humorous and compassionate meditation on communication and emotional disability. 2 p.m. Jan. 25.

Pegasus (Morocco, 2010). An emotionally exhausted psychiatrist helps a traumatized pregnant woman raised as a son by her father, a horseman chief whose legacy demanded a son. 7 p.m. Feb. 5.

Fat, Bald, Short Man (Colombia, 2011). A lonesome, middle-age man faces his shyness and insecurity, finding that his status improves with the help of a new boss and a self-help group. 2 p.m. Feb. 15.

Craft (Brazil, 2010). A talented, underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro makes her living portraying female movie icons at private events, but an audition leads to an opportunity for redemption. 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Amnesty (Albania, 2011). A man and woman who meet during conjugal visits with their spouses in prison form a bond that is threatened by a prisoner amnesty . 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

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