POV Season 2016
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: The Return
In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the U.S. Within days of its passing, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines. What can this experiment teach the nation?
POV: Of Men and War
The warriors in have come home, but their minds remain on the battlefield. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering. But at The Pathway Home, a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center, soldiers resolve to stop the damage.
POV: The Look of Silence
Adi, who survived the 1965 Indonesian genocide, takes an unimaginable step in a society where murderers remain in power. To break the spell of submission and terror, he forces them, and us, to reckon with his country's history. The film is the story of a man confronting his brother's killers and demanding they accept responsibility for their crimes.
POV: Pervert Park
Founded by the mother of a convicted sex offender, Florida Justice Transitions is home to 120 sex offenders struggling to reintegrate into society. Pervert Park challenges us to understand how these men and women got here, and to consider how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse — and the silence surrounding it — can be broken.
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Albert Maysles’ film shows a woman with an inspirational enthusiasm for fashion, art and people.
POV: The Birth of Sake
There’s a lot more to saké than most realize. The best bottles embody a tradition that is painstaking, precise and increasingly rare. Its creation is a cross between producing great art and raising “an unruly child.” Go to Japan's Yoshida Brewery, where artisans spend six months in near isolation as they create the nation's revered rice wine.
POV: All The Difference
Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school but these teens from Chicago's South Side have dreams - graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty as they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.
POV: Kingdom of Shadows
An unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. Weaving together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent, an activist nun, and a former Texas smuggler, bear witness to the human side of an often misunderstood conflict that has resulted in a growing human rights crisis.
POV: From This Day Forward
Meet a family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations. When Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.
POV: Hooligan Sparrow
The danger is palpable as filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows activist Ye Haiyan and colleagues as they seek justice in the case of elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal. Hooligan Sparrow tells the story of her journey with the revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.
POV: Thank You for Playing
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Follow Ryan and his family in creating "That Dragon, Cancer," which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz.
POV: What Tomorrow Brings
Inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village, education goes far beyond the classroom as the students discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading.
POV: Seven Songs for a Long Life
Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron it's different. At this remarkable Scottish hospice center, patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life's end with song and humor.