Bob Gliner, Documentary filmmaker
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Bob Gliner
, award winning documentary filmmaker, has produced documentaries in all parts of the world including his most recent:

BEING 80 Showcases a diverse range of vibrant, unique and memorable 80 year olds still finding meaning in their lives through long lived career choices contradicting the stereotype that their minds and bodies are obsolete in a world where only younger generations can make the world work. Coming to PBS stations starting January 27, 2024.

SILICON VALLEY PAIN INDEX Silicon Valley is known as the high-tech captial of the world as a result, one of the wealthiest areas of the country. Unfortunately, a large percentage of Silicon Valley's essential workforce and very diverse population has not shared in this prosperity. Silicon Valley Pain Index tells the story of the challenges these workers face as seen through their efforts to find affordable housing, put food on their tables, and secure a living wage. Airing on PBS stations starting April, 2023.

Produced with Ken Yeager, Queer Silicon Valley traces the rich history of the LGBTQ+ Community's challenges and successes in the tech capital of the world through an ethnically diverse range of voices from its early beginnings in the 1970s to today. Airing on PBS stations starting June, 2022.

A small mountain town becomes a catalyst for musicians crafting folk, blues and rock songs in a search for identity, purpose and community in an America transitioning between dissolution and hope. It’s All About the Music,  provides a poignant and engaging look into the lives of largely unknown seasoned song writers and performers overcoming a life time of challenges while finding meaning on a road less traveled.  To PBS stations Jan., 2021.

In We're Still Here, First Nation indigenous Hip Hop artists in Canada lead an effort to right long standing social injustices, heal personal traumas, and preserve their cultures, in a cutting edge and poignant look at how Hip-Hop plays an important role in transforming the lives of both musicians. their audiences and communities. To PBS stations Sept., 2020.

Showcases a unique college class where students over a twelve year period from 2007- 2019 have been going beyond talking about what might be possible solutions to problems facing the larger society to actually implementing policy changes which get at their root causes.Watch trailer, read more and order online.


Examines a unique community based education program in rural India. At Barefoot College, located in the Indian State of Rajasthan, education takes place off campus, in nearby impoverished villages, among all age groups, with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum intimately encompassing rural village life and the issues villagers must grapple with. While seemingly far removed from the American experience, it offers telling lessons for how the current debate around educational reform might be focused and curriculum transformed in the United States. Watch the trailer and read more.


As discussions of the impact of climate change intensify around the world, many Americans are wondering if changes they make in their everyday lives can make a difference. The short answer, as vividly demonstrated in One Carbon Footprint At A Time, is that they can. As seen through the lens of a diverse range of university and middle school students enthusiastically engaged in a wide range of climate change activities as part of the curriculum at their schools everyday actions play a critical and potentially inspirational role in impacting climate change. One Carbon Footprint At a Time will begin airing on PBS stations across the country in January, 2019. For more information, visit the film's website:


While the classroom as a vehicle for educational success remains largely unchallenged, despite often questionable levels of achievement, a few public schools across the country are trying a different approach to engaging students in the learning process, using the communities and neighborhoods where students live as classrooms - creating not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. This documentary has the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.

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Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, takes a critical look at the wide range of career education options some high schools across the U.S. are offering, engaging their students in life changing classroom experiences. This new one hour documentary has the potential to add to the national debate around both the vitality of our economy as well as the role schools can play in shaping how a new generation of students can find more meaningful educational experiences, fulfilling livelihoods and worthwhile careers.
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LESSONS FROM THE REAL WORLD - Learning to read, do math and other subjects happens when students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives.
This engaging documentary provides a first hand look at K-12 schools and classes that weave community and societal problem solving through their curriculum as a way of both preparing students for active participation in democratic society, as well as motivating them to learn basic skills as part of a meaningful educational experience.
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"Every member of Congress should be required to watch this film."
Susan Ohanian

DEMOCRACY LEFT BEHIND - Wonder why voters are not more informed about issues which underlie election campaigns? While schools should play a vital role their ability to serve a civic mission has been severely constrained by a narrowed curriculum and increasing focus on test scores. Democracy Left Behind, demonstrates how difficult it is for many students to understand what their education means in the larger context of the society and world they live in, while also showcasing alternative models.
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El Salvador: Crisis and ChallengeEDUCATION FOR WHAT? - Learning social responsibility follows some of the thousands of college students who work to solve community problems as part of their regular curriculum and examines the impact of this learning strategy on students, the community, and the ability to engage a new generation of citizens. Read more and order online.



An educational experiment in participatory democracy at four schools in El Salvador that can serve as a model here in the US – where viewers see students become actively engaged in solving problems in their own communities, not as an extra-curricular activity, but as part of learning math, language, writing and other basic educational skills – skills they see as necessary to solving the issues their communities face. Coming to PBS stations beginning June 2016.
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by producer Bob Gliner in the Filmography section.

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