POV Season 2014
About This Season
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, the series has presented over 365 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: American Promise
A rare look into the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate the ups and down of parenting and educating their sons. The documentary 13 years in the making finds the greatest challenge for the families is to close the black male educational achievement gap, which has been called "the civil rights crusade of the 21st century."
P.O.V.: When I Walk
Jason DaSilva was 25 and a rising filmmaker when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and inspired to film this forthright — and surprisingly uplifting — look at his new life. He searches for a cure, yet a different miracle comes his way.
P.O.V.: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist and philosopher whose vision of revolution will surprise you. American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing dialectical conversation, to propel societal change.
P.O.V.: My Way to Olympia
Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games “stupid?” When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away.
P.O.V.: Getting Back to Abnormal
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster?
P.O.V.: Dance for Me
At 15, Russian ballroom dancer Egor leaves everyone and everything he knows for a chance to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young performers. Will his choice be worth the sacrifices he must make?
P.O.V.: Fallen City
After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed. But while a city can be rebuilt, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey.
P.O.V.: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. Follow a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15 in this eye-opening film that reveals a justice system which routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
P.O.V.: A World Not Ours
Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel revisits his former home to share a passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees in southern Lebanon.
P.O.V.: Big Men
Everyone wants to be big. More than five years in the making, Big Men goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.
P.O.V.: After Tiller
A deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents.
P.O.V.: The Genius of Marian
A visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her.
Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989 — a decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. The film is an intimate and revealing portrait of the intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform.
P.O.V.: The Act of Killing
Explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power.