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 2017
POV: Dalya's Other Country/4.1 Miles
A series of three films on the Syrian war and the ongoing global refugee crisis: Dalya's Other Country, 4.1 Miles and From Damascus to Chicago.
POV: The War Show
Radio host Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends and journalists. Beginning with peaceful Arab Spring protests in 2011, The War Show offers a four-year, ground-level look at how the country spiraled into bloody civil war.
POV: Last Men in Aleppo
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers called the White Helmets, Last Men in Aleppo allows viewers to experience the daily life, death, and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm.
POV: Presenting Princess Shaw
Samantha Montgomery placed her dreams on YouTube. Then they became a reality. Presenting Princess Shaw is the extraordinary story of an aspiring musician, down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous musician and composer Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel to create a magical collaboration that would introduce her talent to a new audience.
POV: Joe's Violin/Shalom Italia
Two films, two stories of the Holocaust: In Joe's Violin, a musical instrument forges a friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx student Brianna Perez. In Shalom Italia, three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a Tuscan journey, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis.
POV: Memories of a Penitent Heart
Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family's past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. The film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis.
POV: Two Towns of Jasper
In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men. Two film crews, one black and one white, set out to document the aftermath of the murder. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred.
POV: Tribal Justice
Two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working.
POV: Raising Bertie
Three African American boys face a precarious coming of age in Bertie County, NC, a rural area with a H.S. graduation rate below the state average. The film weaves the young men's narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating relationships, institutional racism, violence, and poverty.
POV: The Grown Ups
In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults.
POV: My Love, Don’t Cross That River
89-year-old Kang Gye-Yeol and 98-year-old Jo Byeong-Man are married and have lived together for 76 years. While Kang and Jo spend every day like a newlywed couple, they now must face the reality of their aging romance. My Love, Don't Cross that River captures the fleeting moments of their twilight days.
POV: Swim Team
Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning.
POV: The Islands and the Whales
On the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in the whales, decimated seabird populations, and anti-whaling activists. The Faroe islanders consider themselves a canary in the mine, their tale a warning to the rest of the world.
An absorbingly intimate, vérité look at the busiest maternity hospital on the planet, in one of the world's most populous countries: the Philippines. Women share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition.
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Cameraperson is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.