POV Season 2015
About This Series
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: Out in the Night
In 2006, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. They fought back and were charged with gang assault and attempted murder. Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.
POV: The Overnighters
Thousands flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. What they find are slim work prospects and a housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm, allowing men to stay despite objections and fears. When opposition reaches a boiling point, he makes a decision with shattering consequences.
POV: Tough Love
How do you prove you are responsible after you've been deemed unfit? Having lost custody of their children, Hannah and Patrick fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families. Acknowledging their past mistakes due to poverty, poor choices and addiction, they contend with bureaucracy to prove they each deserve a second chance.
POV: Web Junkie
Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: "Reality is too fake."
POV: Return to Homs
War changes people. Focuses on 19-year-old Basset Saroot, who went from star goalkeeper to peaceful advocate for Arab Spring reforms to armed insurgent, and his ragtag group's transformation and struggles, this is a heart-stopping, often wrenching study of the brutal war President Bashar al-Assad's regime has waged against the Syrian people.
POV: Tea Time
Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions. A poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped five Chilean women commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death through 60 years. As familiar worlds slip away, friendships grow ever stronger and more profound.
POV: Beats of the Antonov
Learn how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where the people of the Blue Nile celebrate their survival and fight to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them.
Meet the young migrants in a Swiss integration class, who have made long and arduous journeys for a new life. Separated from their families, they struggle to learn a new language, prepare for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.
POV: Point and Shoot
Follow Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old who set off on a “crash course in manhood.” While traveling, he befriended a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out, Matt joined the fight against Muammar Gaddafi. With gun in one hand and camera in the other, Matt fought in and filmed the war until he was captured and confined for six months.
POV: The Storm Makers
A chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade; hear the stories of a peasant girl sold into slavery at 16 and two traffickers who use deception to funnel a stream of poor people across the country’s borders.
POV: Cutie and the Boxer
A moving account of the chaotic and unconventional 40-year love affair and creative partnership between action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, also an artist. Noriko’s acclaimed “Cutie” series of drawings, depicting the relationship between the title character and a volatile figure named Bullie, is turning their world upside down.
POV: Don't Tell Anyone
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the U.S. with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth. She also steps out of the shadows to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women.
POV: Art & Craft
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era. In over 30 years, he's copied hundreds of pieces then donated them to museums. When the ruse is discovered, Landis must confront his legacy. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, this film uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect.
POV: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority: The Chinese government not only kidnapped and imprisoned the artist for protesting its policies, but conducted a trial on baseless charges of tax evasion and pornography. Instead of silencing him, Ai Weiwei has turned into an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe.