POV Season 2013
About This Season
P.O.V.: Girl Model
Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, Girl Model follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry.
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, Homegoings is an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a palette of tradition, history and celebration.
P.O.V.: Special Flight
A dramatic account of the plight of the undocumented at the Frambois detention center, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the realities of a strict deportation system. The film is an exposé of the contradictions between Switzerland's compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.
P.O.V.: Herman’s House
Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the U.S. - he's spent more than 40 years in a 6'x9' cell. Imprisoned for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he denies. This is a moving account of the expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell.
P.O.V.: Only the Young
Garrison, Kevin and Skye wrestle with the eternal questions of youth: friendship, true love and the promise of the future. Yet their lives are also touched by the distress signals of contemporary America -- foreclosed homes, abandoned businesses and adults in financial trouble. As graduation approaches, these issues become shocking realities.
P.O.V.：High Tech, Low Life
Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China's evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech. A co-
An unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. What it means to be normal? And what it means to be human?
POV: The Law in These Parts
For the first time, Israeli military and legal professionals who devised the legal framework behind the occupation are interviewed about this system, which mirrors the country's toughest moral quandaries.
POV: 5 Broken Cameras
The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him.
P.O.V.: Ping Pong
Call this old age, extreme edition: Seven players with 620 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. Ping Pong is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love — and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.
P.O.V.: The World Before Her
A tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is a young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam.
P.O.V. : Best Kept Secret
At a Newark, N.J. public school, the staff answers the phone saying, "You've reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark's best-kept secret." In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young severely autistic minority men, is on a mission to help them find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system.
P.O.V.: Brooklyn Castle
Brooklyn Castle is the story of five of Intermediate School 318's aspiring young chess players and how the game became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.
POV: 56 Up
In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, Seven Up. Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs.