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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented over 500 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.

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In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on a 2,...
On the isolated Faroe Islands, the longtime whale-hunting practices of the Faroese are...
Parents of teens on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, training them with...
Follow filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo's investigation-both a love story and a tribute-of a...
Follow filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo's investigation-both a love story and a tribute-of a...
A donated violin forges an unexpected friendship between Holocaust survivor Joseph...
View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck...
View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck...
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying...
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying...
Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of...
Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of...
In the documentary short From Damascus to Chicago, two young Syrian siblings recently...
Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and...
Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron it's...
Go inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village. Never before have...
Inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village, education goes far beyond...
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he...
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he...
Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China seeking justice for...
The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist...
Meet an American family coping with one of life's most intimate transformations. Sharon...
When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward...
Take an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-...
Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and...
Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to...
The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come...
Go behind the scenes at Japan's Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, ranging...

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“Iris”
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who's had...
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who's had...
Florida Justice Transitions trailer park is home to 120 sex offenders all battling their...
Florida Justice Transitions trailer park is home to 120 sex offenders, all battling their...
Watch this Oscar nominated film, winner of more than 50 awards, in which an optometrist...
In this Oscar-nominated film, winner of more than 70 awards, an optometrist identifies...
At a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center in California, follow Iraq and Afghanistan...
An unparalleled look at the enduring consequences of PTSD and the role treatment can play...
In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law, shortening the sentences of...
The Return examines an unprecedented reform to California's "Three Strikes" law through...
A stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen shows how the government's...
A stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen shows how the government's...
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era — and he isn't in...
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era — and he isn't in...
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that...
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that...
An Oscar-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New...
An Oscar-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New...
A chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves...
A chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves...
Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry celebrates his 10th anniversary with POV with the...
Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry celebrates his 10th anniversary with POV with the...

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“Neuland”
Meet the young students in Mr. Zingg's integration class, who came to Switzerland by...
Meet the young students in Mr. Zingg's integration class, who came to Switzerland by...
Sudanese civilians facing government bombing campaigns celebrate their heritage through...
Sudanese civilians facing government bombing campaigns celebrate their heritage through...

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“Tea Time”
Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five...
Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five...
A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old...
A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old...
Follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual...
Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose...
What makes a good parent? How do you prove you are responsible after you've been deemed...
What makes a good parent? How do you prove you are responsible after you've been deemed...
Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the...
Examine the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted...
A moving account of four women sensationalized by the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians...
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into...
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into...

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“Koch”
New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary...
New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary...
The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's...
The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's...
Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait...
Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait...

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“Big Men”
An unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy...
An unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy...
A World Not Ours is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family's multi-generational...
A World Not Ours is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family's multi-generational...
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United...
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United...
In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can...
In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can...
Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. In...
Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. In...
What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a...
What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a...
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with...
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with...
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit...
Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit...
Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of...
Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of...
In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson...
In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson...
Listening Is an Act of Love features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral...
This first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of...

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“56 Up”
In 1964, a group of British 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in...
In 1964, a group of British 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in...
This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30...
This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30...
A Newark, N.J. public high school teacher races against the clock to find a place in the...
A Newark, N.J. public high school teacher races against the clock to find a place in the...
'The World Before Her' is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the...
'The World Before Her' is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the...

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“Ping Pong”
Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years among them compete in...
Call this old age, extreme edition: Seven players with 620 years between them compete in...
Nominated for an Oscar®, '5 Broken Cameras' is a deeply personal first-hand account of...
Nominated for an Oscar®, '5 Broken Cameras' is a deeply personal first-hand account of...
Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz has pulled off a tour-de-force...
A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments...
A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments...
'High Tech, Low Life' follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the...
'High Tech, Low Life' follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the...

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“xoxosms”
'Only the Young' follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a...
'Only the Young' follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a...
The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland,...
The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland,...
Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African...
Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African...
This provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen...
This provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen...
Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based...
Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light is a remarkable meditation on memory, history...
When a Navajo couple uncovers a hidden link between their children’s rare genetic...
When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the "breast cancer gene" at age...
When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the "breast cancer gene" at age...
'Give Up Tomorrow' exposes shocking corruption within the judicial system of the...
From dusk to dawn, 'El Velador' accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the...
Jonathan Demme’s portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans tells the story of Carolyn Parker,...
Winner of a Student Academy Award®, 'Sin País (Without Country)' explores one family’s...
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many...
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in...
Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart,...
Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light...
In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently...
My Reincarnation chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal...
'Racing Dreams' chronicles a year in the life of three "tweens" who dream of becoming...
'Racing Dreams' chronicles a year in the life of three "tweens" who dream of becoming...
From a small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, "Where Soldiers...
From a small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, "Where Soldiers...
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers...
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers...
100 years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of...
'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' explores two pressing issues -...
'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' explores two pressing issues -...
'Better This World' follows the radicalization of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who...
'Better This World' follows the radicalization of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who...

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“Armadillo”
In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to...
In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to...
How far would you go to stop a war? 'The Camden 28' recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J...
How far would you go to stop a war? 'The Camden 28' recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J...
Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was begrudgingly dragged into a StoryCorps...
Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was begrudgingly dragged into a StoryCorps...
In Finland, with its long, dark winters, the sauna is a national obsession whose benefits...
In Finland, with its long, dark winters, the sauna is a national obsession whose benefits...
'Mugabe and the White African,' much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells an alarming...
'Mugabe and the White African,' much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells an alarming...
A decade ago, Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing...
A decade ago, Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing...
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing...
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing...
"Sweetgrass" presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of...
"Sweetgrass" presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of...
In "Kings of Pastry," 16 chefs, including Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago's French...
Special Holiday Episode!" It's Mother's Day in cyberspace - and Hacker is determined to...
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America's role...
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America's role...

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“The Oath”
Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "The Oath" interweaves the stories of Abu...
Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "The Oath" interweaves the stories of Abu...
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year...
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year...
The daughter of two Mexican immigrants reveals how much she saw of her parents' lives as...
The daughter of two Mexican immigrants reveals how much she saw of her parents' lives as...
Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he fought...
Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he fought...
In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, schlepping...
In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, schlepping...

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“SALT”
This is the story of a man and his records. Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in...
This is the story of a man and his records. Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in...
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and sent from Korea to her...
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and sent from Korea to her...
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made...
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made...
Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing...
Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing...
Past and present collide as filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she...
Follow Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of...
Follow Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of...
Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices remain unresolved....
Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices remain unresolved....
Partially blind artist Charles Curtis Blackwell pores over works of beauty and remarkable...
In this intimate biography, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler seek to recover the real...
In this intimate biography, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler seek to recover the real...
"Notes on Milk" take a quirky and poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America's...
"Notes on Milk" take a quirky and poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America's...
The film tells the story of a determined group of teenagers who, more than two years...
A remarkable depiction of one doctor's commitment to relieving suffering and of the...
For Spaniards nothing has expressed their country's traditionally rigid gender roles more...
For Spaniards nothing has expressed their country's traditionally rigid gender roles more...
If you thought Minnesota's Mall of America was the world's biggest shopping center, think...
If you thought Minnesota's Mall of America was the world's biggest shopping center, think...
The Reckoning follows International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his...
The Reckoning follows International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his...
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Perez quit a life on the street 12 years ago and...
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Perez quit a life on the street 12 years ago and...

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“Ars Magna”
Enter into the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams with Cory Calhoun, who took...
Enter into the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams with Cory Calhoun, who took...
Follow the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops...
In Melba Williams' award-winning 'A Thousand Words', the filmmaker's father, a Vietnam...
In Melba Williams' award-winning 'A Thousand Words', the filmmaker's father, a Vietnam...
The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan is the most recent violent episode in a...
The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan is the most recent violent episode in a...
Every Mother's Son profiles three New York mothers who unexpectedly find themselves...

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“Thirst”
Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of...
Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of...
Jennifer Dworkin’s Love...
Born George, one-time prostitute-turned-politician Georgina Beyer was elected to New...
Born George, one-time prostitute-turned-politician Georgina Beyer was elected to New...
After the brutal murder of African-American James Byrd, Jr. by three white supremacists...
During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that...
During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that...
Someone is killing the young women of Juarez, Mexico. Since 1993, over 270 young women...
Someone is killing the young women of Juarez, Mexico. Since 1993, over 270 young women...
In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the...
Names are the opening words to our life stories. With intimacy, humor and his own...
Names are the opening words to our life stories. With intimacy, humor and his own...
Since 1910, millions of boys have joined the Boy Scouts. But today, if you are openly gay...
It is one man's obsessive pursuit of justice and dignity that led Jasmine Dellal into the...
Can one person really make a difference? In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed a thousand-...
Well-Founded Fear focuses on both the pleas of immigrants to stay in the United States,...
The filmmaker travels to the remote Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She...
The filmmaker travels to the remote Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She...
A son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries learns of his parents' past. A chronicle of his...
Like many Japanese Americans released from WWII internment camps, the young Omori sisters...
She's a straight-A student; he's trying to leave gang life behind. A camcorder becomes...
She's a straight-A student; he's trying to leave gang life behind. A camcorder becomes...
Disproving the adage that there are no second acts in American life, Iran/Contra legend...
During the four years of shooting this late '90s teen chronicle in South Philadelphia,...
During the four years of shooting this late '90s teen chronicle in South Philadelphia,...
Filmmaker Judith Helfand turns the camera on herself to document her battle with cancer...
A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who turns the camera on...
A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who turns the camera on...
It's baptism by fire when a political underdog takes on the closest thing to American...
It's baptism by fire when a political underdog takes on the closest thing to American...
How could such a pivotal moment in American history be kept a secret for 60 years?...
This startling expose unravels a history of abuse of suspects by the Chicago police. For...
In this 1992 POV Classic, filmmaker Alan Berliner puts his late grandfather, Joseph...
Romance novels comprise nearly half the paperback books sold in America. Chiffon-shrouded...
The role of art in America has been debated everywhere from the Halls of Congress to the...
Rich in humor and regional color, this sometimes hilarious film uses the prism of...

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