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The Light in Her Eyes (#2505)

Houda al-Habash challenges the women of her Syrian community to live according to Islam. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: POV presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America' s and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.

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  • First Person Plural (#1310)

    A Korean woman adopted by an American family in 1966 unites her biological and adoptive families. [56 minutes]

  • Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (#2014)

    The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner has emerged as one of the country's fiercest moral critics. [116 minutes]

  • Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (#2101)

    A filmmaker sets off from Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana and sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. [86 minutes]

  • The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez (#2103)

    Tommy Lee Jones narrates a look at the death of an American citizen on the Texas-Mexico border. [86 minutes]

  • Calavera Highway (#2110)

    Seven Mexican American men grapple with masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings. [86 minutes]

  • Beyond Hatred (#2202)

    A gay man's family struggles to seek justice after he is beaten and killed by skinheads in France. [86 minutes]

  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) (#2205)

    The story of a Laotian family who escaped to America after the U.S. abandoned a secret war in Laos. [86 minutes]

  • Patti Smith: Dream of Life (#2214)

    Performance clips and personal reflections create an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker. [116 minutes]

  • William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe (#2302)

    The life of one of the most beloved and hated lawyers in America is recounted by his two daughters. [86 minutes]

  • The Beaches of Agnes (#2303)

    French filmmaker Agnes Varda uses film clips and reenactments to showcase her life and her career. [116 minutes]

  • Promised Land (#2304)

    Tensions rise as two black communities struggle to reclaim land from white owners in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Good Fortune (#2305)

    International efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may undermine communities they aim to benefit. [86 minutes]

  • El General (#2306)

    Sheds light on revolutionary general Plutarco Elias Calles, who became Mexico's president in 1924. [86 minutes]

  • Presumed Guilty (#2307)

    Lawyers struggle to free an innocent man who was picked up off the street and charged with murder. [56 minutes]

  • Salt (#2308)

    Highlights Murray Fredericks's remarkable photos of Lake Eyre's desolate yet beautiful environment. [56 minutes]

  • The Edge of Dreaming (#2309)

    Amy Hardie investigates the human subconscious after becoming ill, just as a dream predicted. [86 minutes]

  • Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy (#2310)

    An 8-year-old Chinese orphan is adopted by an American family and struggles with her new identity. [86 minutes]

  • Off and Running (#2311)

    An African-American teen adopted as a child by white Jewish lesbians struggles over her identity. [86 minutes]

  • In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (#2312)

    A filmmaker returns to her native Korea to find the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. [56 minutes]

  • The Oath (#2313)

    The stories of Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and a Guantanamo prisoner facing war crimes charges. [86 minutes]

  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (#2314)

    In 1971, Ellsberg leaked top-secret documents regarding the war in Vietnam to The New York Times. [116 minutes]

  • Kings of Pastry (#2401)

    Chefs whip up gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions for a top competition in France. [86 minutes]

  • My Perestroika (#2402)

    An intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children follows five people in today's Moscow. [86 minutes]

  • Sweetgrass (#2403)

    The last modern-day cowboys lead their sheep up into the breathtaking mountains of Montana. [86 minutes]

  • Enemies of the People (#2404)

    Sheds light on the Khmer Rouge slaughter of nearly two million people in the late 1970s in Cambodia. [86 minutes]

  • Biblioburro, The Donkey Library (#2405)

    A look at a Colombian teacher who used two hard-working donkeys to bring books to poor children. [56 minutes]

  • Mugabe and the White African (#2406)

    Robert Mugabe's "land reform" program uses violence and intimidation to drive whites from Zimbabwe. [86 minutes]

  • Steam of Life (#2407)

    A moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. [56 minutes]

  • Short Cuts (#2408)

    The films "Big Birding Day," "Flawed" and "Tiffany" are showcased. [56 minutes]

  • Armadillo (#2409)

    Captured the lives of young Danish soldiers at a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan. [86 minutes]

  • Better This World (#2410)

    The story of two friends accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention. [86 minutes]

  • If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (#2411)

    A revealing look at a radical environmental group focuses on a former member facing life in prison. [86 minutes]

  • The Learning (#2412)

    Follows four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. [86 minutes]

  • Last Train Home (#2413)

    Migrant workers journey to their home villages for the Chinese New Year as their family grows distant. [86 minutes]

  • Where Soldiers Come From (#2414)

    Childhood friends who join the National Guard are followed, from northern Michigan to Afghanistan. [86 minutes]

  • Racing Dreams (#2415)

    Chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. [86 minutes]

  • My Reincarnation (#2501)

    The story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi. [86 minutes]

  • Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (#2502)

    The story of how a 1983 documentary film influenced the indictment of a former Guatemalan dictator. [86 minutes]

  • The City Dark (#2503)

    A fascinating look at the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars. [56 minutes]

  • Guilty Pleasures (#2504)

    The global popularity of romance novels published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon are explored. [56 minutes]

  • Up Heartbreak Hill (#2506)

    Two teens struggle with the lure of a brighter future and in their town on a Navajo reservation. [56 minutes]

  • Short Cuts (2012) (#2507)

    Brief documentaries include "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement." [56 minutes]

  • I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (#2508)

    Jonathan Demme documents a fearless matriarch's crusade to rebuild her community in New Orleans. [86 minutes]

  • El Velador (The Night Watchman) (#2509)

    Follow a guard as he watches over the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico's most notorious drug lords. [56 minutes]

  • Give Up Tomorrow (#2510)

    A sensational trial in the Philippines exposes shocking corruption in the country's judicial system. [86 minutes]

  • Sun Kissed (#2511)

    A Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal. [56 minutes]

  • Nostalgia for the Light (#2512)

    Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations and astronomers scan the sky in Chile's Atacama Desert. [86 minutes]

  • Reportero (#2513)

    Journalists at a Tijuana-based newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade as the drug war intensifies. [56 minutes]

  • Girl Model (#2514)

    A look at the modeling industry focuses on an American model scout and a 13-year-old Siberian girl. [86 minutes]

  • Homegoings (#2601)

    The beauty and grace of African American funerals are explored from a historic Harlem neighborhood. [56 minutes]

  • Special Flight (#2602)

    The plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Switzerland is revealed. [56 minutes]

  • Herman's House (#2603)

    An art project focuses on prisoner Herman Wallace who has been in solitary confinement for 40 years. [86 minutes]

  • Only the Young (#2604)

    Three unconventional Christian teenagers come of age in a small Southern California town. [86 minutes]

  • High Tech, Low Life (#2605)

    Two of China's first citizen-reporters document the underside of China's economic development. [86 minutes]

  • Neurotypical (#2606)

    An exploration of autism is showcased from the point of view of autistic people themselves. [56 minutes]

  • The Law in These Parts (#2607)

    The system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 is examined. [86 minutes]

  • 5 Broken Cameras (#2608)

    A personal look at life in Bil'in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. [86 minutes]

  • Ping Pong (#2609)

    Elderly players compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. [56 minutes]

  • The World Before Her (#2610)

    This tale of two Indias follows a female militant leader and a woman competing in a beauty pageant. [56 minutes]

  • Best Kept Secret (#2611)

    A high school teacher races to make preparations for her autistic students before graduation. [86 minutes]

  • Brooklyn Castle (#2612)

    A look at how chess became a Brooklyn public school's unlikely inspiration for academic success. [86 minutes]

  • 56 Up (#2613)

    British people who are interviewed every seven years since 1964 discuss settling into middle age. [146 minutes]

  • Listening Is An Act of Love: A Storycorps Special (#2614)

    Everyday people share memories and tackle life's important questions in this animated special. [26 minutes]

  • American Promise (#2615)

    Two African-American boys are followed as they make their way through a prestigious private school. [116 minutes]

  • When I Walk (#2701)

    A brave chronicle of a young man's struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of multiple sclerosis. [86 minutes]

  • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (#2702)

    Grace Lee Boggs, a 98 year-old Chinese American philosopher and activist in Detroit, is profiled. [86 minutes]

  • My Way to Olympia (#2703)

    Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker, covers the London Paralympics. [56 minutes]

  • Getting Back to Abnormal (#2704)

    New Orleans, America's most joyous and dysfunctional city, rebuilds itself after a disaster. [86 minutes]

  • Dance for Me (#2705)

    Two strikingly different young dancers in Denmark team up for a ballroom dance competition. [86 minutes]

  • Fallen City (#2706)

    The rebuilding of a destroyed city in China reveals a country torn between tradition and modernity. [56 minutes]

  • 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story (#2707)

    Imprisoned for over a decade, a teenager sentenced to life without parole struggles for redemption. [56 minutes]

  • A World Not Ours (#2708)

    Mahdi Fleifel looks back at his time living in a refugee camp for exiled Palestinians in Lebanon. [86 minutes]

  • Big Men (#2709)

    An inside look at global dealmaking follows a Texas company's quest to develop oil fields in Ghana. [86 minutes]

  • After Tiller (#2710)

    A portrait of the four doctors in America who still openly perform third-trimester abortions. [86 minutes]

  • The Genius of Marian (#2711)

    An emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. [86 minutes]

  • Koch (#2712)

    New York City Mayor Ed Koch brought bravado and egocentricity to the office in his three terms. [86 minutes]

  • The Act of Killing (#2713)

    Indonesian death-squad leaders re-enact their crimes in the style of gangster movies and westerns. [116 minutes]

  • Out in the Night (#2801)

    A group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder face an uphill battle in court. [56 minutes]

  • The Overnighters (#2802)

    In a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming, busloads of newcomers find slim prospects. [116 minutes]

  • Tough Love (#2803)

    Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts. [86 minutes]

  • Web Junkie (#2804)

    Chinese teenagers who prefer the virtual world to the real one are treated for obsessive gaming. [56 minutes]

  • Return to Homs (#2805)

    A Syrian national soccer team player and peaceful advocate for reforms becomes an armed insurgent. [86 minutes]

  • Tea Time (#2806)

    Chilean women gather monthly for a ritual of tea and pastries that has helped them for 60 years. [56 minutes]

  • Beats of the Antonov (#2807)

    Discover how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region in Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Neuland (#2808)

    Young migrants in a Swiss integration class make long and arduous journeys for a new life. [86 minutes]

  • Point and Shoot (#2809)

    Matt VanDyke films his transformation from a shy man to a rebel fighting in the Libyan revolution. [86 minutes]

  • The Storm Makers (#2810)

    The story of a young girl sold into slavery sheds light on Cambodia's human trafficking underworld. [71 minutes]

  • Cutie and the Boxer (#2811)

    The chaotic marriage of "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara is examined. [86 minutes]

  • Don't Tell Anyone (#2812)

    Immigrant activist Angy Rivera is the country's only advice columnist for undocumented youth. [86 minutes]

  • Art and Craft (#2813)

    The jig is up for an art forger who has donated his expert copies to museums for 30 years. [86 minutes]

  • Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (#2814)

    Persecuted by the government, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of free speech. [56 minutes]

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