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  • POV: A Healthy Baby Girl
    POV: A Healthy Baby Girl

    Intensely intimate and at the same time heartbreakingly universal, A Healthy Baby Girl eloquently addresses the ways in which filmmaker Judith Helfand’s DES-related cancer affected not only her physical health, but also the health of her relationships with the people around her. Ultimately, the story Ms. Helfand tells is the universal tale of how toxic exposure affects all of us. A Healthy Baby Girl follows the film maker over a five-year span, documenting the tears and tense moments,... read more

  • POV: América
    POV: América

    Nominee A beautiful portrait from Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside of grandsons taking care of their charming 93-year-old grandmother in Colima, Mexico.... read more

  • POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
    POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

    This compelling documentary traces the development of an Asian-American philosopher, activist and writer, a charismatic though largely unknown woman whom Angela Davis once said “made more contributions to the black struggle than most black people have.” Grace Lee Boggs’ personal evolution began during the unstable, often violent Civil Rights era. Archival footage shows a fiery, younger Boggs who aggressively challenges her compatriots’ ideas, sometimes bringing them to tears. Boggs’ commitment to the American worker is illustrated by her... read more

  • POV: Best Kept Secret
    POV: Best Kept Secret

    The staff at Newark’s underfunded John F. Kennedy High School describes their school as the city’s “best kept secret,” and this documentary makes a compelling argument for why that’s the case. The school’s unexpectedly resourceful program for students with special needs provides a beacon of hope in a community ravaged by poverty and crime and with a disproportionately high autism rate. Frank, poignant, and never simplistic, the film immersed viewers in the world of teacher Janet Mino as... read more

  • POV: Campaign
    POV: Campaign

    Campaign is not politics as usual. Kazuhiro Soda’s beautifully photographed documentary focuses on an old university classmate of his, Kazuhiko Yamauchi, who was plucked from obscurity by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to run for a city council seat in a Tokyo suburb. It quickly becomes clear that the qualities the LDP values most, especially in a first-time candidate, are willingness to adhere to party dictates and hierarchy and the ability to project an appealing humility to... read more

  • POV: Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed
    POV: Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed

    In 1972, Shirley Chisholm, a junior congresswoman from New York City, became the first African-American and the first woman to toss her “bonnet,” as CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite cutely put it, into the ring and seek the presidency of the United States. Chisholm ‘72 - Unbought & Unbossed, produced by Phil Bertelsen and Shola Lynch, who also directed, is a vibrant recollection of Chisholm’s campaign, which, impossible dream though it was in its time, resonates powerfully today. In... read more

  • POV: Color Adjustment
    POV: Color Adjustment

    It is rare when television examines itself and its influence on the American scene. It is even more rare when its self-reflection is done with intelligence, insight, and a sense of purpose. However, this is precisely the case with the study of prejudice against and current depictions of African-Americans on the home screen. From Amos ‘n Andy to The Cosby Show, Color Adjustment explores television’s vital role in marketing the American dream, and how that dream has evolved.... read more

  • POV: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
    POV: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

    In Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, film maker Deborah Hoffmann recounts her coming to terms with her mother’s advancing Alzheimer’s disease and explores the universal relationship between mother and daughter. P.O.V. launched its 1995 season with this fine film, and created a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Association of Retired Persons to establish regional activities to raise awareness of resources available to Alzheimer’s care-givers and support groups. In addition, PBS member stations created companion programming... read more

  • POV: Days of Waiting
    POV: Days of Waiting

    Almost half a century has passed since the time, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, that more than a hundred thousand American citizens of Japanese descent were forced into internment camps in the United States. Now, Mouchette Films in association with P.O.V./The American Documentary, has put together a moving hour-and-a-half of television. Based largely on photos and paintings supplied by Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman married to a Japanese-American husband, the program serves as a painful... read more

  • POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
    POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

    Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) illuminates the plight of and the debate over the more than 11 million undocumented people in America today by focusing intently on one: 24-year-old Angy Rivera. She’s lived in this country since her mother, fleeing violence and hopeless poverty in Colombia, brought her at the age of four to New York. Unlike her siblings who were born here, Angy is not a citizen, and she has been coached since she... read more

  • POV: Flag Wars
    POV: Flag Wars

    As Flag Wars so powerfully demonstrates, the course of gentrification in the United States is rarely without a human cost, compounded in this instance by historical racial and economic divisions. In Columbus, Ohio’s Olde Towne East district, bitter ironies abound as two historically oppressed groups—blacks and gays—find themselves in unequal competition for the same real estate. Flag Wars producers/directors Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras offer us a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty, and local politics. Shot... read more

  • POV: Hooligan Sparrow
    POV: Hooligan Sparrow

    This powerful story gives new perspective to what it means to protest peacefully in China and the repercussions of such actions. First-time filmmaker Nanfu Wang visited the country in 2013 to follow the story of Ye Haiyan, aka “Hooligan Sparrow,” and a small group of women’s rights activists protesting the state of sexual assault crises in schools, specifically a case of six girls who were raped by their principal in Hainan, China. Wang captures the story by using... read more

  • POV: Inventing Tomorrow
    POV: Inventing Tomorrow

    In a world full of existential crises—climate change, pollution, environmental degradation—it feels like at every turn we are confronted with seemingly unsolvable problems. It’s enough to make one despair, but for the next generation of scientists. Inventing Tomorrow follows young scientists—girls and boys of all backgrounds from across the globe—as they develop real, practical, and indeed, inspired solutions to these crises. We follow them as they form and test their hypotheses, as they debate with their families over... read more

  • POV: Midnight Traveler
    POV: Midnight Traveler

    Midnight Traveler begins with director Hassan Fazili and his wife Nargis deciding they must leave their home of Afghanistan, accompanied by their two small children. Fleeing a bounty on the father’s head, the Fazili family set out for Europe, and the film offers a first-person account of a yearslong journey to safety. Shot solely on mobile phones, Midnight Traveler powerfully captures the volatility and chaos of the family’s trip, at one moment pausing on a playful debate between... read more

  • POV: My Perestroika
    POV: My Perestroika

    Russia’s uneasy transition away from communism after the Soviet Union’s collapse is illuminated from the inside out in this engrossing, deeply humane, at times haunting documentary. Filmmaker Robin Hessman extensively interviewed five adults who were schoolmates in Moscow in the 1970s and ‘80s. Borya and Lyuba, a married couple, are teachers. Andrei imports men’s shirts from France and has a growing string of stores. Ruslan, a musician, plays guitar and blues harp for tips in the subway and... read more

  • POV: QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family
    POV: QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family

    Nominee Director Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly a decade chronicling the daily triumphs and tragedies of the Raineys, a working class African-American family in North Philadelphia.... read more

  • POV: Regret to Inform
    POV: Regret to Inform

    “We regret to inform,” the telegram began, as Barbara Sonneborn received word that her husband, Jeff, had been killed in the Vietnam War. Twenty years later, Sonneborn, now a photographer and visual artist, embarks on a very personal and moving journey in search for the truth about the war and its legacy. Framed as an odyssey through the U.S. to Vietnam, Sonneborn weaves together the stories of widows from both sides of the American-Vietnam war. The result is... read more

  • POV: Roll Red Roll
    POV: Roll Red Roll

    Nominee Harrowing yet powerful retelling by Nancy Schwartzman of the 2012 rape of a teenage girl by members of a beloved high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio, and of many in the town’s refusal to believe.... read more

  • POV: Silverlake Life: The View From Here
    POV: Silverlake Life: The View From Here

    When filmmaker Peter Friedman’s friends Tom Joslin and Mark Massi died, he received an extraordinary inheritance: forty hours of videotape documenting the couple’s struggle with AIDS. For the next fifteen months, Friedman labored over the tape and emerged with a candid and heart-wrenching documentary on love, commitment, and mortality in the age of AIDS. Silverlake Life: The View from Here follows Joslin and Massi through daily struggles as they face AIDS. While the program unflinchingly chronicles their deaths,... read more

  • POV: StoryCorps 9/11
    POV: StoryCorps 9/11

    StoryCorps has spent years recording American history through stories told by everyday citizens from all walks of life. So it is a natural fit that the organization would be a key player in reconstructing the personal narratives of the September 11, 2001, tragedy at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. What is truly fascinating about StoryCorps’ 9/11 project, and what makes it such a unique statement about the events of that fateful day, is its scope:... read more

  • POV: Survivors
    POV: Survivors

    Nominee Filmmaker Arthur Pratt takes viewers to the communities of Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak to highlight a few of the unsung heroes who were first on the scene, before international resources parachuted in.... read more

  • POV: The Apology
    POV: The Apology

    The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers”—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines—face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about... read more

  • POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs
    POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs

    Without a word of narration, Simon Lereng Wilmont’s beautiful, moving, and nuanced documentary The Distant Barking of Dogs chronicles life in a war zone through the eyes of a child. The film brings viewers into the daily life of an Eastern Ukrainian boy, Oleg Afanasyev, and his fiercely devoted grandmother, Alexandra, who is raising the 10-year-old alone in a small village on the frontlines of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. Spanning a year in their life, The Distant Barking of... read more

  • POV: The Law in These Parts
    POV: The Law in These Parts

    Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Law in These Parts examined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a new lens — that of the high-ranking military officers who constructed the legal framework for administering Israel’s 40-year occupation and rule. Through intensive interviews with retired military judges, prosecutors, and legal advisors, Alexandrowicz demonstrates how language and semantics are as much occupiers as military personnel and guns, and how the moral implications of such legal renderings may call into question a society’s core... read more

  • POV: The Look of Silence
    POV: The Look of Silence

    Nominee The story of an Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers and demanding they accept responsibility for their crimes.... read more

  • POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
    POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

    Here, Daniel Ellsberg narrates his own story, but that story is much more than a personal biography. It is a story of a transformation that had consequences far beyond any anguish or guilt or innocence, beyond notions of bravery or betrayal. Rather, it is all those things as they swirl about Ellsberg and those who surround him. The woman who was to become his wife first rejected him because of his complicity in making war, then was transformed... read more

  • POV: The Return
    POV: The Return

    Nominee An examination of California prisoners suddenly freed and their adjustment to life on the outside.... read more

  • POV: The Silence of Others
    POV: The Silence of Others

    While at first blush, the sentiment to put nastiness behind oneself, forget, and move on may sound laudable, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others looks at the deeper costs and scars when an entire nation is legally required to forget. The forgetting in question is of the torture and other human rights abuses committed during Francisco Franco’s four decades-long dictatorial reign of Spain, crimes that a 1977 amnesty law made impossible to prosecute in the... read more

  • POV: Two Towns of Jasper
    POV: Two Towns of Jasper

    Two Towns of Jasper is a provocative documentary focused on the 1998 hate-crime murder of James Byrd, Jr. Through the extraordinary efforts of filmmakers Marco Williams and Whitney Dow, the program goes beyond a simple account of the sadistic killing of Mr. Byrd to uncover a subtle, yet continuing racial divide in America. Dow, who is white, interviewed white residents of Jasper while Williams, who is black, talked with black citizens. Two different perspectives on the state of... read more

  • POV: What Tomorrow Brings
    POV: What Tomorrow Brings

    Nominee A film about girls coming of age and struggling to find their way in a violent, uncertain Afghanistan.... read more

  • POV: Who Killed Vincent Chin?
    POV: Who Killed Vincent Chin?

    In our increasingly violent society, it is perhaps too easy to overlook any single murder, especially one of the myriad that occur in high crime urban areas. However, Who Killed Vincent Chin? uses the murder of a young Chinese-American as a metaphor for the urban unrest, racism, and class conflict that characterize contemporary society. Produced and directed by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima, this gripping documentary permitted perpetrators, victims, family members, activists, and members of the criminal justice... read more

  • POV: Whose Streets?
    POV: Whose Streets?

    Nominee An unflinching look at the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, and the movement that followed told by the local residents and activists on the frontlines.... read more