About This Program
POV is TV's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction film. Since 1988, the series has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
POV is produced by American Documentary, Inc. Major funding is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, with special support from The Fledgling Fund.
Episodes from POV Season 2018
An intimate portrait of Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the sociopolitical turmoil that lies in its wake. Survivors reveals the bureaucratic missteps that took place, as well as stories of individual bravery and the deep humanity of those caught in the middle of this unfolding crisis.
Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, follow a group of Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in NYC. 93Queen offers a unique portrayal of religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.
POV: Voices of the Sea
Revealing stark realities for the poorest of rural Cubans, this is the story of a 30-something mother of four longing for a better life. The tension between wife and aging husband — one desperate to leave, the other content to stay — builds into a high stakes family drama after her brother and the couple's neighbors escape.
POV: Nowhere to Hide
Nowhere to Hide follows nurse Nori Sharif through five years of change in one of the world’s most dangerous areas: the "triangle of death" in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors and the hope of a better future as U.S. and Coalition troops retreat from Iraq in 2011, conflicts continue with Iraqi militias and the rise of ISIS.
POV: Still Tomorrow
A village woman with no high school diploma becomes China's most famous poet, and her book of poetry the best-selling such volume in China in the past 20 years. Still Tomorrow follows Yu Xiuhua, a woman living with cerebral palsy, as she faces sudden fame, weaving her personal narrative with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.
POV: Whose Streets?
When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police, it marks a breaking point for the residents of the St. Louis area and beyond. Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson, Missouri uprising. As the national guard rolls in, a new generation mounts a powerful battle cry not just for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
POV: The War to Be Her
In Waziristan, "one of the most dangerous places on earth", Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban, disguising herself as a boy so she can play sports. But when she becomes a star, her true identity is revealed and death threats force Maria to leave her country. Undeterred, Maria decides to return facing the danger and to play the sport she loves.
POV: Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2
For 20 years, Lindy Lou has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt. Committed to fulfilling her civic duty, Lindy sat with 11 other people on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. An overwhelming feeling of regret compels Lindy to track down her fellow jurors.
POV: The Workers Cup
In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million African and Asian migrant workers. The Workers Cup gives voice to the men who are laboring to build sport's grandest stage while competing in a soccer tournament of their own.
POV: Brimstone & Glory
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site unlike any other in the world. For the Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the festival anchors their way of life - it is an event with unrestrained delight and real peril. Brimstone & Glory honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself.
POV: Singing with Angry Bird
Nicknamed "Angry Bird," Jae-Chang Kim runs a children's choir in India, making changes in the lives of the children. Skeptical of the value of music education, their parents are reluctant to let them sing. To convince them, he trains the parents and children for a joint concert, showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together.
The moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Filmed for nearly a decade, Christopher "Quest" Rainey and Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio. Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. Nye is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. With exclusive access, this behind-the-scenes portrait follows Nye as he takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view.