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Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music (#2107)

This documentary from 1969 reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made Cash a cultural icon. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: P.O.V. 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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  • Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (#809)

    "A bowl of soup and the freedom to sing" is all Carmen Miranda wanted in life. This program tells her life's story through re-enactment's, archival footage, old photographs, and songs of the era. The narration of director Helena Solberg reveals how the life of Carmen Miranda was intertwined with her own self-image and that of Brazil. Adopting the Bahian native style of dress and singing the samba songs of the dirt-poor slums of Brazil where she was raised, Carmen Miranda became a huge success in Brazil. Once in the United States, "the woman with the tutti-frutti hat" went on to become one of the highest paid entertainers of her time. But Brazilians were suspicious of her success in the United States, believing she was either a pawn of U.S. imperialism or a "sellout" who ridiculed the image of Latin America. The film reveals how Hollywood image makers transformed a talented entertainer into the "Latin Lollapalooza." Trapped in stereotypical roles and seemingly rejected by her homeland, Carmen Miranda suffered a nervous breakdown from which she never really recovered. She died at the young age of 46, but her impact is still felt. [86 minutes]

  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (#912)

    In this Academy-winning film, Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision, Freida Lee Mock chronicles a decade in the life of this visionary artist. The Vietnam War Memorial was one of the most controversial monuments of its time. Architect-sculptor Maya Lin was thrust into the eye of the storm when her design for the memorial was chosen. Withstanding bitter attacks, the 21-year-old college student held her ground with clarity and grace. As with the Vietnam War Memorial, Maya Lin's work ask viewers to respond on a human level -- to bring their thoughts and emotions to the piece. Lin's connection to the environment and love of topography can be seen in her work: Juniata Peace Chapel and the Webber House. Based on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote, "justice rolls down like waters," Maya Lin uses water to tie the elements together in her design for the Civil Rights Memorial. In addition to her architectural work, Lin also creates private sculptures. [86 minutes]

  • Baby It's You (#1101)

    Alternative impregnation. When forty-something filmmaker Anne Makepeace can't get pregnant "the fun way," she turns the camera on herself, her husband, and their idiosyncratic siblings to embark on a tender and tumultuous journey through the complex maze of contemporary fertility science. This modern day love story gives birth to a frequently funny and disarmingly honest portrait of the rapidly changing American family. [56 minutes]

  • Tobacco Blues (#1102)

    Has the decline and eventual collapse of the tobacco empire finally begun? With government regulations pushing their way through the tobacco industry, the reality of the end of big business in tobacco farming may be near. Yet, smokers and corporate names such as Marlboro and Campbell are not only among those who will be affected. This week's episode of P.O.V. travels with filmmakers Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate to the land of Kentucky where four farming families fight for their right to not only "make a living" raising tobacco, but also for the preservation of their culture and heritage. [56 minutes]

  • The Band (#1103)

    Through "The Band" filmmaker David Ziegler experiences new teenage American culture as he voyages through a year in the life of his teenage son. Camera in hand, Ziegler tours Danny's high school while taking a refreshing crash course in love, life, and the very similar yet different problems that today's adolescents face. The film serves not only as a nostalgia piece for David and his viewers, but also as a medium that helps to bridge his and his son's distant world's together. [56 minutes]

  • Licensed to Kill (#1104)

    "What drives a man to kill? Winner of two top awards at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Arthur Dong takes viewers inside the walls of prison to probe the minds and souls of men whose attitudes toward homosexuality have led to them to murder. Hailed as a "superb documentary" by Rolling Stone, and "tough" and "thought provoking" by the New York Times, this hour long broadcast version of the film offers a provocative and disturbingly candid exploration of the chilling motivations behind a plague of violence that is sweeping our nation. [56 minutes]

  • Kelly Loves Tony (#1105)

    Kelly's a straight-A student. Tony's trying to leave gang life behind. A camcorder becomes both witness and confidante for these markedly singular yet utterly typical teens as they self-document the trials of growing up too fast and too soon in urban America. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Spencer Nakasako deftly guides this video diary of a young Southeast Asian couple wrestling with the demands of parenting, love, dreams, and disillusionment in the nebulous cultural zone between first and second generation immigrant life. [56 minutes]

  • If I Can't Do It (#1106)

    Arthur Campbell's motto- "If I can't do it, it ain't worth doing." Mr. Campbell's quest is not for sympathy or pity, but for a meaningful life, a few laughs, and good transportation. Filmmaker Walter Brock offers audiences an unflinching, intensely personal portrait of one disabled man who along with many others strives for independence and an equal slice of the American pie. From the remote hills of Kentucky to the hallowed halls of Congress, viewers join Arthur on his own unforgettable ride through life and the disability rights movement. [56 minutes]

  • Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (#1107)

    Everybody seems to have a "Barbie story." Yet, the stories about our Barbies are really about us. Reporter turned filmmaker Susan Stern blows the roof off of "Barbie's Dreamhouse" in "Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour" and explores the history and fantasy behind this unlikely cultural icon. Through the prism of Barbie-mania, fans, foes, and even the creator of this eleven and a half inch wonder, viewers are offered glimpses of who we are and how the creative spirit can thrive in an increasingly mass-produced world. [56 minutes]

  • The Vanishing Line (#1108)

    When does life become a fate worse than death? In this age of medical miracles, increasing numbers of doctors, patients and their families are forced to face this question. Physician/ filmmaker Maren Monsen tackles this modern medical dilemma and its timeless implications, as she takes off on a quest to discover "an art of dying" in a world that taught her how to prolong life but offered few prescriptions for treating death. By Maren R. Monsen [56 minutes]

  • Sacrifice (#1109)

    Filmmaker Ellen Bruno paints a startling picture of an ugly reality--a thriving sex industry in Thailand. Burmese girls, lured into prostitution with promises of a better life for themselves and their families, give voice to their experiences in this tribute to their struggles for survival. [56 minutes]

  • She Shorts (#1110)

    This selection of hypnotically engaging short films explores the sometimes fun, sometimes dark but always dramatic range of the female experience. Made by and about women, these cinematic gems speak to the complexity of being female in today's changing world. [56 minutes]

  • Family Name (#1111)

    Filmmaker Macky Alston traces his roots in this inspiring journey of a man trying to come to terms with his "Family Name." Winner of the 1997 Sundance Award, the program takes viewers on a whirlwind ride through the southern U.S. as Macky interviews his white relatives and potential black relatives about the history of his slave-owning ancestors and the legacy they left behind. [86 minutes]

  • The Legacy: Murder & Media, Politics & Prisons (#1201)

    Three strikes, you're out. POV opens this season with a look at the bill that toughened the penalties against criminals, its history , and the legacy left behind. Profiling the stories of two men who lost their daughters to violent crimes, the program examines the sparks that ignited the political battle to the signing of the bill in 1994. The families. The politicians. The interviews of these people present both sides of the heated debate. Three Strikes and You're Out- a draconian measure or an obvious solution? [86 minutes]

  • Golden Threads (#1202)

    If ever someone has embodied the maxim "age is a state of mind," it's 90-year-old Christine Burton. After decades of personal struggle, she reinvented her own life at age 80 by founding Golden Threads, an international network for older gay women. Filmmakers Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton probe mid-life crisis and the collective fear of aging by enlisting Burton as their fearless, funny and irascible spiritual guide. [56 minutes]

  • In My Corner (#1203)

    IN MY CORNER follows Joey Rios and Jose, two young amateur boxers from the South Bronx who in the pursuit of their dreams to become professional boxers are also learning lessons for life from their trainers, Luis Camacho and Angel Alejandro. Joey, who shows great promise for professional boxing, is preparing for the Jr. Olympics. Luis Camacho, head trainer and founder of the Bronxchester Boxing Club, takes a personal interest in Joey as he has trained professional boxers in the past which include Alex Ramos. But Joey is distracted by problems at home and the desire to lead a normal teen life. Angel discovers potential in Jose - a mirror of his own life -but later is disappointed by Jose's lack of discipline and commitment. However, for both boxer/student and trainer/mentor, the measure of success is not always determined in the ring, and, as Angel says, "if they become a better person, then you've done your job." [56 minutes]

  • The Green Monster (#1204)

    Art Arfons is an American original. Without a high school diploma, engineers or even blueprints, this small town Midwestern prodigy of practical mechanics designed, built, drove and broke land speed records in a series of supercharged automobiles he dubbed "The Green Monster." In this coming-of-age story for the senior set, director David Finn offers an unvarnished portrait of a flinty, single-minded, slyly charming, obsessive man literally driven to continue his race against time long after he has established himself as a living legend. [56 minutes]

  • Rabbit in the Moon (#1205)

    Like many Japanese Americans released from WWII internment camps, filmmaker Emiko Omori and her sisters did their best to erase the memories and scars of life under confinement. Fifty years later Emiko and her older sister Chizuko decide to go back to the camps and talk with other detainees to reflect on the personal and political consequences of internment. The experience pitted family member against family member; Issei (born in Japan; immigrated to US) against Nisei (2nd generation born in America). American loyalty was the catch-22 litmus test that ultimately divided a community. [86 minutes]

  • Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (#1206)

    Tejana singer Selena was on the brink of blockbuster crossover fame when her murder at age 23 catapulted her into mainstream celebrity. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo gazes beyond the tabloids and points a sensitive lens on the cultural sensation that emerged around Selena's life and death. A compassionate collage that features starry-eyed teenaged fans, poignant interviews with Selena's family, and lively exchanges with Latina intellectuals who debate her value as a role model, the film offers a fresh look at how this unique Mexican-American voice still echoes in the hearts of her fans. [56 minutes]

  • School Prayer: A Community at War (#1207)

    The battle cry on both sides is "religious freedom" when a Mississippi mother takes a stand on prayer in her children's public school. While most of Ponotoc County rally together to preserve a cornerstone of their faith, Lisa Herdahl is a lone voice calling for separation of church and state. Raising complex issues about tolerance, filmmakers Slawomir Grunberg and Ben Crane chronicle an impassioned clash of principles in which the Constitutional right of an individual collides with the deep-rooted tradition of a community. [56 minutes]

  • Regret to Inform (#1209)

    Filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn makes a brave pilgrimage to the remote Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. In this film, she explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level, and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the chilling legacy of war. [86 minutes]

  • Well-Founded Fear (#1210)

    Imagine that your life has fallen apart -- maybe you've been tortured or raped, or maybe you've gotten out just in time. You'll have one chance to start a new life in the U.S. and an hour to tell your story to a neutral bureaucrat. Now imagine yourself on the other side of the desk, listening to people seeking refuge from any one of a hundred countries. The law says you can offer asylum if you find that someone has a well-founded fear of persecution. Three times a day, your job is to decide their fates. Political asylum: Who deserves it? Who gets it? With unprecedented access, filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini enter the closed corridors of the INS to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth. By Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini [116 minutes]

  • Butterfly (#1301)

    In December 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet up a thousand-year-old redwood to save it from being clear-cut. For over two years, her feet did not touch the ground. Doug Wolen's film chronicles a unique chapter in the intense dispute over the fate of Northern California's old-growth forests, offering a primer on the logging industry and direct-action environmentalism -- and revealing how one person can make a difference. By Doug Wolens [56 minutes]

  • La Boda (#1302)

    Elizabeth is marrying Artemio in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and you are cordially invited to the wedding. Meet these two young people from the U.S.-Mexican border region whose lives are framed by the challenges of migrant life. Through Elizabeth, we see a family and community continually on the move, keeping alive their roots in Mexico even as they incorporate American-style dreams and their often harsh realities. In this absorbing film, the wedding becomes a touching evocation of migrant life, girlhood and the enduring strength of family tradition. By Hannah Weyer [56 minutes]

  • Stranger with a Camera (#1303)

    In the coal-mining heart of Appalachia's "poverty belt", where residents have felt alternately aided and assaulted by media exposure, the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor still stirs strong community feelings. O' Connor was in the area during the War on Poverty gathering images for a film and was killed by landowner Hobart Ison. Barret turns the story of this tragic confrontation into an interrogation of the media itself and its relationship to public knowledge and private dignity, as well as a meditation on Appalachia' s place in the American imagination. By Elizabeth Barret [56 minutes]

  • Blink (#1304)

    Witness the testimony of Greg Withrow, once a fanatical rising star in the white supremacist movement, as he struggles with the legacy of hatred handed down across generations. Thompson's haunting documentary is no simple media portrayal of racism and redemption. Blink reveals how class divisions are masked by racial conflict and follows the intense, angry and breathtakingly resourceful Withrow as he grapples with a heritage of violence, and even his own redemption might not be what it seems. By Elizabeth Thompson [56 minutes]

  • Our House In Havana (#1305)

    After 40 years, Silvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern Cuban reality. Filmmaker Stephen Olsson presents Sylvia's tapestry of rose- colored memories, history, culture, and tragi-comic encounters, contrasting sharply with recollections from working-class Cubans. Yet as Sylvia discovers an evolving Cuba, she herself undergoes a surprising change not entirely altering her political outlook but becoming, as she puts it, "more human." [56 minutes]

  • Dreamland (#1306)

    Las Vegas - to any it's a 24-hour fantasy world filled with showgirls, high rollers and outrageous theme hotels. With a roll of the dice, 75 year-old Lou stakes everything to retire and start a new life there. But beneath the glittering surface of the city, Lou discovers a world quite different from his dreams. This compassionate portrait follows Lou and several other residents over a two-year period, documenting a community living in the shadow of the Las Vegas strip, where gambling is a constant temptation and reality is more subtle and stirring than any game. By Lisanne Skyler [86 minutes]

  • Kpfa on the Air (#1308)

    In 1949, America's first listener-supported community radio station, KPFA, began broadcasting from Berkeley, California. The station quickly became a living testament to free speech and cultural diversity a vital community of the air that often found itself embroiled in conflict. This riveting film takes us through KPFA's passionate 50-year history, including its founding by pacifists and poets, through its defiance of Cold War conformity, to the present day challenges that confront this on-going experiment in democratic media. By Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood [56 minutes]

  • First Person Plural (#1310)

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

  • Scout's Honor (#1401)

    "To be physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight" - this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can't. Witness how one remarkable 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a grassroots campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. " Scouting for All" is the movement built by Cozza with the help of a long-time Scout leader, community members and his own parents. Moving from Petaluma, California to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor. [56 minutes]

  • The Sweetest Sound (#1402)

    Everyone has a name - names are the opening words to our life stories. With intimacy, humor and his own inimitable style, filmmaker Alan Berliner dives headfirst into the American name pool in search of the treasures and traps hidden in names - especially his own. In confronting the "same name syndrome" and his yearning to be unique, The Sweetest Sound starts out as a search for identity, and slowly transforms into a meditation on mortality, leaving a keen sense of the power and mystery embedded in every name. [56 minutes]

  • My American Girls: A Dominican Story (#1403)

    In vivid verite detail, My American Girls: A Dominican Story captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Both funny and touching, Matthews' film captures the rewards - and costs - of pursuing the American dream. From hard-working parents who imagine retiring to their rural homeland to fast-tracking American-born daughters caught between their parent's values and their own, the film encompasses the contradictions of contemporary immigrant life. [56 minutes]

  • Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (#1404)

    Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. Of Civil Wrongs and Rights is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu - one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. [56 minutes]

  • True-Hearted Vixens (#1405)

    These women want to play professional football. Make that full contact, NFL-style, smash-mouth football. True-Hearted Vixens follows the fortunes of two women and the teams they play for during a six-game exhibition tour of a start-up Women's Professional Football League. With their dreams tied to the league's success, the women grapple with powerful social stereotypes, the league's business practices and their own changing expectations of success. [56 minutes]

  • Take It from Me (#1406)

    Take It From Me is truly reality programming. As shown in the experiences of several women and their families, the new welfare system, with its recent controversial reforms, may make it easier to ignore rather than confront the complexities of poverty amidst plentitude. Quietly powerful, the film offers a vivid portrait of resilience amidst the daunting reality of being poor. In doing so, it deeply recognizes the humanity of those most vulnerable of Americans. [56 minutes]

  • In The Light of Reverence (#1407)

    Devils Tower, The Four Corners, Mount Shasta -- all places of extraordinary beauty -- and impassioned controversy -- as Indians and non-Indians struggle to co-exist with very different ideas about how the land should be used for industry and recreation. Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal (Metis), IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE renders an account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites. [86 minutes]

  • Life and Debt (#1408)

    Jamaica - land of sea, sand and sun. And a prime example of the impact economic globalization can have on a developing country. Using conventional and unconventional documentary techniques, this searing film dissects the "mechanism of debt" that is destroying local agriculture and industry while substituting sweat-shops and cheap imports. Life and Debt is an unapologetic look at the "new world order," from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials who see the reality of globalization from the ground up. [86 minutes]

  • High School (#1409)

    Remember high school? Renowned filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's classic documentary HIGH SCHOOL renders this nearly universal American experience in unforgettable terms. Cited by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure, this 1968 film is both a document of the times and a statement of the ways in which school is used by one generation to pass its values on to the next. This is a P.O.V. Classics presentation, featuring premieres of landmark documentaries from the past that illuminate contemporary issues. [86 minutes]

  • 5 Girls (#1410)

    From the producers of "Hoop Dreams" (Kartemquin Films), this film by Maria Finitzo was shot over a five-year period and profiles five Chicago-area teens from varying backgrounds, as they grapple with growing up as a girl in America today. This program is part of the Television Race Initiative. [116 minutes]

  • Promises (#1411)

    What is it really like to live in Jerusalem today? PROMISES offers touching and surprisingly fresh insight into the Middle East conflict when filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg returns to his hometown to see what seven children - Palestinian and Israeli - think about war, peace and just growing up. Living within 20 minutes of each other, these children are nevertheless locked in separate worlds. Through candid interviews, the film explores a legacy of distrust and bitterness, but signs of hope emerge when some of the children dare to cross the checkpoints to meet one another. [86 minutes]

  • The Smith Family (#1501)

    On her ninth wedding anniversary, Kim's perfect life is shattered when she learns that her husband, Steve, has been having affairs with men, and that both she and Steve are HIV+. "The Smith Family" chronicles one family's struggle to endure the physical and emotional trauma surrounding the death of a husband, father and pillar of the Mormon community. Enduring the emotional strains of betrayal, condemnation of the Mormon Church and her own impending illness, Kim' s tragic yet empowering odyssey forces her to redefine her own sense of family, faith and forgiveness. [86 minutes]

  • Boomtown (#1502)

    In Washington State, there are 26 Indian tribes -- all of them trading in fireworks. "Boomtown" follows the Suquamish tribe of Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, during fireworks season -- a chaotic five-week sales period -- while exploring life, liberty and the politics of Indian sovereignty in America. [56 minutes]

  • Hybrid (#1503)

    "Hybrid" tells the story of an eccentric Iowa farmer who was one of the first people to develop hybrid corn in the early 20th century. Made by the subject's grandson, the black-and-white film uses humor, archival footage and animation as it delves deep into one family's complex relationship with the filmmaker's grandfather and his obsession with corn. [56 minutes]

  • Refrigerator Mothers (#1504)

    From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had the root cause of autism figured out: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children -- rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self- isolation -- stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. Autism is, in fact, a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women, branded as cold " refrigerator mothers," the damage has been done. [56 minutes]

  • Fenceline: A Company Town Divided (#1505)

    FENCELINE: A COMPANY TOWN DIVIDED profiles Norco, Louisiana, a true company town. Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco is home to two distinct communities-one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. Nowhere is this clearer than in each community's response to possible links between the company's activities and the townspeople's illnesses. African-American residents who believe pollution is increasing as their health goes downhill demand to be relocated, led by the indefatigable Margie Richard. The white neighborhoods, largely home to employees of Shell Industries, see no problems, and neither does the company. A modern David and Goliath story, FENCELINE shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms. [56 minutes]

  • Sweet Old Song (#1506)

    "Sweet Old Song" celebrates the romance between two African-American artists: a 92-year-old fiddler from rural Tennessee and a 61-year-old visual artist from Boston. Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong has been performing music for more than 80 years and, since the early 1980s, has been collaborating on art and music projects with Barbara Ward, a fabric artist, percussionist and former dancer. The film charts a journey of celebration and sadness as they take on life's challenges with humor, grace and feisty stubbornness. [56 minutes]

  • Mai's America (#1507)

    A spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh's revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in the U.S. Anticipating Hollywood, Mai crash-lands in rural Mississippi, where her relationships with white Pentecostal and black Baptist host families, self-proclaimed rednecks, transvestites and South Vietnamese immigrants challenge her long- held ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam and herself. [86 minutes]

  • Senorita Extraviada (#1508)

    Since 1993, authorities have dug up the remains of more than 200 murdered girls in the desert around Juarez, Mexico. Part mystery, part documentary, this Sundance award-winner examines these events in an industrial zone for the U.S. economy, known for its promise of an endless supply of cheap labor -- and now its countless unsolved rapes and murders of young women. [86 minutes]

  • Escuela (#1509)

    Escuela is another chapter in the continuing saga of the Luis family ("La Boda"). Traveling from Texas to California and back, the program follows a Mexican - American migrant teenager over the course of her freshman year in high school. As Liliana Luis navigates the difficult terrains of high school, puberty and migrant life, her story offers a personal and unique take on juggling work, education and family life. [56 minutes]

  • Afghanistan Year 1380 (#1510)

    Filmed after September 11, 2001, the story (the title refers to the religious calendar year) recounts the continuing challenges for surgeon Gino Strada and medical coordinator Kate Rowlands of the human rights group EMERGENCY. The two joined forces to set up a hospital in Kabul in 2000; the Taliban closed it soon after. In October 2001, they tried to re-open it while the city was still under heavy attack. In their attempts to provide medical and humanitarian support to civilian war victims, they become an extraordinary part of the rebuilding of Afghanistan. [56 minutes]

  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (#1511)

    During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and "troublemaker, " Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi' s philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940's and 50's; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a "brother outsider." Brother Outsider combines rare archival footage - some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. - with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. [86 minutes]

  • Two Towns of Jasper (#1512)

    Whitney Dow & Marco Williams - In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. In Two Towns Of Jasper, two film crews, one black and one white, set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the subsequent trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred. [86 minutes]

  • Flag Wars (#1601)

    Shot over four years, Bryant and Poitras' "Flag Wars" is a poignant account of competing economic interests between two historically oppressed groups seen through the politics and pain of gentrification. The setting could be anywhere - a city center with a formerly middle-class black community which is now economically depressed and being gentrified - in this case by white gay home-buyers interested in restoring the magnificent old homes. This story takes place in Columbus, Ohio. The black residents, working-class or poor and often elderly, fight to hold on to their homes and heritage. Realtors and gay home-buyers see the enormous, often run-down homes as fixer-uppers. The inevitable clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Both provocative and elegiac, "Flag Wars" is a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty, and local politics taking place across America. [86 minutes]

  • Georgie Girl (#1602)

    Born George Beyer, one-time prostitute-turned-politician Georgina Beyer was elected to New Zealand's Parliament in 1999, becoming the world's first transsexual to hold a national office. A mostly white, conservative, rural constituency voted this former sex worker of Maori descent into office. Chronicling Georgina's transformations from farm boy to celebrated cabaret diva to grassroots community leader, Annie Goldson and Peter Wells "Georgie Girl" couples interviews and images of Beyer's nightclub and film performances with footage showing a day in the life of this New Zealand Member of Parliament. The film presents a remarkable account of Beyer's precedent-setting accomplishment, revealing her intelligence, charisma and humor. [56 minutes]

  • Larry Vs. Lockney (#1603)

    Meet Larry Tannahill. Out of 2000 residents in the West Texas town of Lockney, he's the only one against the school board's new mandatory drug testing policy. Larry, a third-generation farmer, believes the testing is a violation of his son's 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches. He sues, prompting an alliance with the American Civil Liberties Union -- an organization he had never heard of before. In the battle over rights, Larry makes headlines around the country, loses his job and his family receives threats. "Larry v. Lockney" reveals the price of democracy in a small Texas town, when one man stands against the majority. [56 minutes]

  • Discovering Dominga (#1604)

    When 29-year-old Iowa housewife Denese Becker decides to return to the Guatemalan village where she was born, she begins a journey towards finding her roots, but one filled with harrowing revelations. Denese, born Dominga, was nine when she became her family's sole survivor of a massacre of Maya peasants. Two years later, she was adopted by an American family. In "Discovering Dominga," Denese's journey home is both a voyage of self-discovery and a political awakening, bearing testimony to a hemispheric tragedy and a shameful political crime. [56 minutes]

  • The Flute Player (#1605)

    Arn Chorn-Pond was only a boy when the brutal Khmer Rouge regime overran Cambodia and turned his country into a ghastly land of " killing fields." While most of Arn's family and 90% of the country's musicians were killed, Arn was kept alive to play propaganda songs on the flute for his captors. Now, after living in the U.S. for 20 years, "The Flute Player" follows Arn's journey back to Cambodia as he seeks out surviving "master musicians" and faces the dark shadows of his war-torn past. This story of survival is a testament to one man' s ability to transcend tragedy. [56 minutes]

  • 90 Miles (#1606)

    Juan Carlos Zaldavar's "90 Miles" is a personal memoir that offers a rare glimpse into Cuba, a country as mythologized to Americans as the United States is to the rest of the world. The Cuban-born filmmaker recounts the strange fate that brought him as a teenage communist to exile in Miami in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift. Zaldavar uses news clips, family photos and home movies to depict the emotional journey of an immigrant father and son struggling to understand the historical and individual forces shaping their relationships and identities in a new country. [56 minutes]

  • American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i (#1607)

    For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance but a way of life - even for those who no longer live on the islands. While most Americans know only the stereotypes of grass skirts and coconut bras, the hula is a living tradition that tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawai'i through music, language, and dance. A renaissance of Hawaiian culture continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture - from the very traditional to the contemporary - as it evolves on distant shores. With more Native Hawaiians living on the mainland than in the state of Hawai'i, the revival of Hawaiian pride that began in the 1970s on the islands continues for future generations through the hula. Revealing the survival of Hawai'i's indigenous culture from near-destruction, " American Aloha" is a reminder of the power of reclaiming tradition for communities creating a home away from home. [56 minutes]

  • West 47th Street (#1608)

    This is an intimate and unblinking portrait of four people struggling with mental illness. They've all come to Fountain House, a renowned rehabilitation center in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. "West 47th Street" follows its subjects over three years as they deal with drug regimens, hospitals, group homes, work programs and the inner demons that may relent but never leave them alone. [86 minutes]

  • Family Fundamentals (#1609)

    This is a personal attempt to answer an explosive question: what happens when conservative Christian families have children who are homosexual? Armed with a digital camera, filmmaker Arthur Dong takes viewers into the private and public lives of three families who respond to gay offspring by actively campaigning against gay rights. "Family Fundamentals" is a battlefield report from America's profound and disquieting culture war over homosexuality. [86 minutes]

  • Soldados: Chicanos In Viet Nam/The Sixth Section (#1610)

    Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam - Based on the 1991 American Book Award winner of the same name, Viet Nam War veteran Charley Trujillo and producer Sonya Rhee's "Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam" is the first documentary to recount the harrowing experience of a generation of Mexican-American boys who fought in Viet Nam. Raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, their first journey away from their rural hometown was to the war-torn rice paddies of Viet Nam. Profoundly changed by the experience, the soldados returned with a new conception of themselves and their country - and of the particular challenges facing them as Chicanos. The Sixth Section - "The Sixth Section" opens a surprising window on immigration in the twenty-first century. Following a group of Mexican immigrants from the tiny desert town of Boqueron who now work in upstate New York, the film documents their struggle to support themselves - and their hometown 2,000 miles to the south. To do this, the men form a 'union' that raises money in the form of weekly donations of $10 or $20 from each of its members in New York. In the past few years the group has brought electricity, an ambulance and, most dramatically, a 2,000-seat baseball stadium to Boqueron. "The Sixth Section" is an intimate portrait of how 'The American Dream' is being redefined by today's immigrants. [56 minutes]

  • State of Denial (#1611)

    "State of Denial" reveals the human experience behind one of the world's greatest tragedies -- the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. With five million people infected and nearly 2,000 new infections occurring daily, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. The film takes viewers into the lives of six people struggling to survive with HIV in the face of social stigma, a severe lack of access to lifesaving treatments and their president Thabo Mbeki's controversial denial of the connection between HIV and AIDS. This film weaves the personal with the political in a portrait of ordinary people struggling to survive. [86 minutes]

  • What I Want My Words to Do to You (#1612)

    "What I Want My Words To Do To You" offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues"), consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women' s writing by acclaimed actresses Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Hazelle Goodman and Mary Alice. [86 minutes]

  • Love & Diane (#1613)

    "Love & Diane"--This is a frank and intimate real-life drama of a mother and daughter desperate for love and forgiveness, but caught in a devastating cycle. During the 1980s, a crack cocaine epidemic ravaged many impoverished inner city neighborhoods. As parents like Diane succumbed to addiction, a generation of children like Love entered the foster care system. Shot over 10 years, the film centers on Love & Diane after the family is reunited and is struggling to reconnect. Now 18 and a mother herself, Love must reconcile her anger and confront the ways in which her mother's past mistakes haunt her life. Diane, in turn, makes new choices for herself, seeking to break free from the treadmill of addiction and poverty. Powerful and immediate, this film shatters stereotypes and offers hope amidst seemingly impossible odds. [116 minutes]

  • Farmingville (#1701)

    As the national debate about President Bush's immigration proposal heats up, P.O.V. opens its season on June 22 with Farmingville. The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, New York, so they could capture first-hand the stories of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides. This timely and powerful film is more than a story about illegal immigration. Ultimately it challenges viewers to ask what the "American dream" really means. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) co-presentation. An Active Voice selection. A 2004 Election Issue Special. [86 minutes]

  • Bill's Run: A Political Journey In Rural Kansas (#1702)

    When documentary filmmaker Richard Kassebaum learned that his younger brother, Bill, a rancher and country lawyer, had decided to run for the Kansas House of Representatives, he left Los Angeles and spent seven weeks on the campaign trail chronicling his brother's first run for public office. The film captures Bill's journey through the primary: a comical and sometimes painful quest of quixotic proportions, as he takes on the Republican incumbent and fights to preserve a lifestyle quickly disappearing from rural America. A strong supporter was his mother, former U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, who proved both a rose and a thorn to his campaign. The exciting outcome shows, once again, that every vote counts. A 2004 Election Issue Special. [56 minutes]

  • War Feels Like War (#1703)

    Esteban Uyarra's "War Feels Like War" documents the lives of international reporters and photographers who circumvent military media control to report the "real" Iraq War. As the invading armies sweep into Iraq, several journalists decide to travel in their wake, risking their lives to discover the true impact of war on civilians. The film records their frustration, fear and horror as they fight their way to Baghdad to witness events ignored by other news media, and reveals the difficulties the journalists experience as they try to return to normal life back home. [56 minutes]

  • Thirst (#1704)

    Global corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies, and communities face losing control of one of their most precious resources. Looking at tensions in Bolivia, India and Stockton, California, "Thirst" reveals how water is becoming the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. Focusing on one of the 21st century's greatest issues, the film is a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit, where activists claim that water is a human right and corporations declare it a commodity. [56 minutes]

  • Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style (#1705)

    Asking what the politics are that launched George W. Bush to national office, award-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler takes his camera to Texas for a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections --one for state representative in a district that includes Lyndon Johnson's hometown and a polarizing race for governor. Prominent Texans, including Bush strategist Karl Rove, former Governeor Ann Richards, Clinton appointees Henry Cisneros and Paul Begala, and writer Molly Ivins shed light on the changing political landscape. In the end, "Last Man Standing" shows how politics in Texas may have become the blueprint for Washington. [86 minutes]

  • A Family Undertaking (#1706)

    Prior to the 20th century, most Americans prepared their dead for burial with the help of family and friends. Today, most funerals are part of a multi-million-dollar industry run by professionals. The increased reliance on mortuaries has alienated Americans from life's only inevitability - death. This program explores the growing home- funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. [56 minutes]

  • Every Mother's Son (#1707)

    In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the West African street vendor whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold, and Gary Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot outside his Brooklyn home. This program profiles three New York mothers who unexpectedly find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change. [86 minutes]

  • Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story (#1708)

    This award-winning documentary looks at the promising racing career and troubled family life of Ed "Speedo" Jager, one of the nation's top demolition-derby drivers. Trapped in a failing marriage, Speedo channels life's frustrations onto the track, hoping to parlay his talents into a "real" racing career. The film captures Speedo's collisions and confrontations during one tumultuous year as he struggles to achieve his dreams on the track and succeed as a husband, a father and a man. When he falls for Liz, a racetrack official from New Jersey, his life takes a surprising turn. [86 minutes]

  • Wattstax (#1709)

    In August 1972, seven years after the Watts riots, the legendary Stax recording label staged a benefit concert in Los Angeles for 90,000 people. As time went by, it became known as the Black Woodstock. Hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, it was a veritable "who's who" of gospel, soul and R&B, and was a mirror of various aspects of African-American culture. The newly restored concert film features trenchant commentary from Richard Pryor, performances by Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Emotions and the Bar-Kays, and includes the grand finale -- not seen in the original film -- Isaac Hayes' electrifying "Theme From Shaft." [116 minutes]

  • Freedom Machines (#1710)

    This new look at disability reveals both the power and limitations of technology to change lives. [56 minutes]

  • A Panther In Africa (#1711)

    On October 30, 1969, Pete O'Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines. One year later, O'Neal fled; for more than 30 years, he has lived in Tanzania as one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. Today, this community organizer confronts very different challenges and finds himself living between two worlds: America and Africa, his radical past and his uncertain future. [86 minutes]

  • Lost Boys of Sudan (#1712)

    For the last 20 years, civil war has raged in Sudan, killing and displacing millions. This program follows two young refugees from the Dinka tribe, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. Along with 20,000 other boys, they lost their families and wandered hundreds of miles across the desert seeking safety. After a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp, nearly 4,000 "lost boys" have come to the U.S. As Peter and Santino set out to make new lives for themselves in Houston, their struggle asks us to rethink what it means to be an American. [86 minutes]

  • Chisholm '72 - Unbought & Unbossed (#1713)

    In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she becomes the first black woman to run for President. Shunned by the political establishment, she's supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists and young voters. Their campaign-trail adventures are frenzied, fierce, and fundamentally right on! After the 2004 elections, her story reminds all Americans that, in Chisholm's words, "the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it." [86 minutes]

  • The Education of Shelby Knox (#1801)

    What's it like to be a Christian teenage girl today? Meet Shelby Knox, a native of Lubbock, Texas, on the rocky road through high school. At 15, Shelby pledges celibacy until marriage, but because Lubbock has one of the highest teen pregnancy and STD rates in the state, she also spearheads a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools, opposing the established "abstinence-only" curriculum. When the campaign broadens with a fight for a gay-straight alliance club in the high school, Shelby confronts her parents and her faith as she begins to understand how deeply personal beliefs can inform political action. [86 minutes]

  • Big Enough (#1802)

    In this intimate portrait, Jan Krawitz revisits some of the subjects who appeared in her 1982 film, "Little People." Through a prism of "then and now," she contrasts the youth of these individuals affected with dwarfism with their lives 20 years later. From navigating everyday life to dating and marrying, they confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace and sometimes, frustration. "Big Enough" provides a unique perspective on a proud and active community that many people know only from cultural stereotypes. [56 minutes]

  • Street Fight (#1803)

    This program follows the turbulent campaign of Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law graduate running for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, against Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent twice his age. An urban David and Goliath story, the film chronicles the young man's struggle against the city's entrenched political machine, which routinely uses strong-arm tactics to hold onto power. The battle sheds light on important questions about democracy, power, poverty and race. When the mayor accuses the Ivy League-educated challenger of not being "really black," the campaign forces voters to examine how they define race in America. [86 minutes]

  • The Fire Next Time (#1804)

    The people of the Flathead Valley in Montana were stunned when a domestic terror cell's plot to kill local leaders was uncovered. Ex-cop Brenda Kitterman and environmentalist Mike Raiman wanted to do something to address the local tensions, but the community was torn. Many residents were losing their jobs in timber and mining, and blamed environmentalists. Native Americans, conservationists, teachers and civic leaders began receiving threats. Adding fuel to the fire was a radio talk show host who declared environmentalists "an enemy ...to be annihilated." Over a stormy two-year period, "The Fire Next Time" follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in a web of conflicts intensified by rapid growth and the power of talk radio. [56 minutes]

  • The Brooklyn Connection (#1805)

    It's common knowledge that buying weapons in the United States is surprisingly easy. But what about outfitting a foreign guerilla army? Meet Florin Krasniqi, one of the driving forces behind Kosovo's fight for independence. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he runs a successful roofing company. But he is leading a double life. This program, based on material from Stacy Sullivan's book, "Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America," shows the terrifying ease with which this charming businessman raised $30 million during the Kosovo War, purchased weapons across the USA and shipped them legally to Albania to be smuggled into Kosovo. The war ended in 1999, but Krasniqi warns that there could be another struggle -- with arms provided by this Brooklyn roofer. [56 minutes]

  • The Self-Made Man (#1806)

    Is it ever rational to choose death? On Independence Day at Stern Ranch in central California, 77-year-old solar energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he is seriously ill - possibly dying. Meanwhile, an elderly in-law is slowly declining on artificial life support in a hospital. Bob decides to cheat that fate and take his own life. His family tries to stop him, but first, they set up a video camera. Daughter Susan Stern tells the story of her father's quirky, inspiring life and the difficult end-of-life choices faced by an aging population. Part King Lear, part Western, "The Self- Made Man" is a true-life family drama about a controversial issue: Should we control how we die? [56 minutes]

  • In The Realms of the Unreal (#1807)

    Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, outsider artist Henry Darger moved through life virtually unnoticed. But after his death, a treasure trove was discovered in his one-room Chicago apartment: a staggering 15,000-page novel and hundreds of illustrations that continue to inspire artists around the world. With dreamlike animation, a haunting musical score and poignant narration by Dakota Fanning, this film immerses viewers in Darger's startling universe of innocence and pain, showing how he forged magic out of the bleakest of lives. [86 minutes]

  • Hardwood (#1808)

    The complex web of love and betrayal of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis, directed by his son. [41 minutes]

  • Bright Leaves (#1809)

    What legacy is passed down to generations when a family is a giant tobacco producer? Filmmaker Ross McElwee ("Sherman's March," "Time Indefinite"), whose great-grandfather created the famous Bull Durham brand in his native North Carolina, takes viewers on an autobiographical journey across the state's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain. Wise and wry, this meditation on the allure of cigarettes looks at loss and preservation, addiction and denial. It also examines filmmaking itself, as McElwee grapples with home movies, a vintage Hollywood melodrama and his own efforts to document North Carolina and his family. This program also contains a short film by Jason DaSilva, "A Song [116 minutes]

  • Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After The Holocaust (#1810)

    A Jewish father takes his sons to Poland to find the family who hid their grandfather during WW II. [86 minutes]

  • The Hobart Shakespeareans (#1811)

    Teacher Rafe Esquith has a point of view - a very strong one - about educating children of immigrants. Teaching in Los Angeles at one of the nation's largest inner-city grade schools, Hobart Elementary, Esquith leads his class of fifth graders through an uncompromising curriculum of English, mathematics, geography and literature. He inspires them with cross-country trips to learn history firsthand. And at the end of the semester, every student performs in a full- length Shakespeare play: in this case Hamlet, with advice from actors Ian McKellen and Michael York. Despite language barriers and poverty, these "Hobart Shakespeareans" move on to attend outstanding colleges, motivated by a teacher honored with a National Medal of Arts. [56 minutes]

  • Omar & Pete (#1812)

    Omar and Pete are determined to change their lives. Both have been in and out of prison for more than 30 years - never out longer than six months. This intimate and penetrating film follows these two longtime African-American friends after what they hope will be their final release. Their lives take divergent paths in their native Baltimore as one wrestles with addiction and fear while the other finds success and freedom through helping others. With extraordinary cooperation from Maryland's innovative re-entry programs - many run by former drug addicts and convicts themselves - "Omar & Pete" also provides a rare glimpse into an intense and very personal web of support. [86 minutes]

  • No More Tears Sister (#1901)

    A story of love, revolution and betrayal, No More Tears Sister explores the price of truth in times of war. Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the documentary recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Thiranagama was assassinated at the age of 35. Using rare archival footage, intimate correspondence and poetic recreations, this moving documentary recounts her dramatic story and delves into rarely explored themes-revolutionary women and their dangerous pursuit of justice. [56 minutes]

  • Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball (#1902)

    Four thousand teams enter, but only 49 are chosen for this competition that grips all of Japan. [56 minutes]

  • TinTin and I (#1903)

    Interprets the social and political underpinnings of the comic-strip and the creator's psyche. [56 minutes]

  • The Fall of Fujimori (#1904)

    This story of the former Peruvian President offers a cautionary tale of power and corruption. [56 minutes]

  • The Tailenders (#1905)

    Global Recordings Network, founded in Los Angeles in 1939, has produced audio versions of Bible stories in over 5,500 languages, and aims to record in every language on earth. The network distributes the recordings, along with ultra-low-tech hand-wind players, in isolated regions and among displaced migrant workers. GRN calls the target audience "the tailenders" because they are the last to be reached by worldwide evangelism. Filmed in the Solomon Islands, Mexico, India and the United States, this program is an unusual filmic essay that examines the missionaries' strategic use of media and the intersection of their activities and global capitalism. The film explores the power of a simple human voice to convey new ideas, and how their meaning can change across languages and cultures. [56 minutes]

  • Al Otro Lado (To The Other Side) (#1906)

    Examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border, as captured in corridor music. [56 minutes]

  • Lomax The Songhunter (#1907)

    Interviews and archival footage tell the story of a man who spent his life recording folk tunes. [56 minutes]

  • Waging A Living (#1908)

    The term "working poor" should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans-one in four workers-are stuck in jobs that do not pay for the basics of a decent life. Waging a Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to escape poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream. A co-presentation with Thirteen/WNET New York. [86 minutes]

  • The Boys of Baraka (#1909)

    Follow four boys from Baltimore who travel to rural Kenya in East Africa for an educational program. [86 minutes]

  • Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (#1910)

    The director reconciles with Pule Leinaeng, who was too consumed with freedom to be his father. [86 minutes]

  • Maquilapolis (City of Factories) (#1911)

    P.O.V. is a best-of showcase for independent non-fiction film. Maquilapolis: City of Factories Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive sweatshops often owned by the world's largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In the lyrical documentary Maquilapolis, the women reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. A co-production of the Independent Television Service (ITVS). [56 minutes]

  • No Bigger Than A Minute (#1912)

    Documentary filmmaker Steve Delano reveals first-hand the mixed blessings of being a dwarf. [56 minutes]

  • My Country, My Country (#1913)

    P.O.V. is a best-of showcase for independent non-fiction film. My Country, My Country Working alone in Iraq over eight months, filmmaker Laura Poitras (Flag Wars, P.O.V.) has created an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Poitras gained remarkable access to the Sunni community, U.S. military and the U.N., resulting in a powerful mosaic of daily life in Iraq not seen in the mainstream media. A coproduction with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with American Documentary P.O.V. [86 minutes]

  • Rain in a Dry Land (#2001)

    Two Somali Bantu families confront racism, poverty and culture shock after arriving in America. [86 minutes]

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (#2002)

    If the refugee is today's tragic icon of a war-torn world, then Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars represent a real-life story of survival and hope. The six-member Refugee All Stars came together in Guinea after civil war forced them from their native Sierra Leone. Traumatized by physical injuries and the brutal loss of family and community, they fight back with the only means they have -- music. [86 minutes]

  • Standing Silent Nation (#2003)

    Recounts the legal struggles of a Lakota family who planted hemp after other crops had failed. [56 minutes]

  • Revolution '67 (#2004)

    An illuminating account of the events surrounding the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. [86 minutes]

  • The Chances of the World Changing (#2005)

    Richard Ogust has dedicated his time and resources to rescuing hundreds of endangered turtles. [86 minutes]

  • Prison Town, USA (#2006)

    This program tells the story of Susanville, one California town that experienced unforseen consequences when it built a prison to resuscitate its economy. [86 minutes]

  • Following Sean (#2007)

    Thirty years after making a celebrated student short about a four-year-old child of free spirits living in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district at the height of the 1960s, Ralph Arlyck attempts the kind of revelation only documentary film can provide. He goes in search of the impish, barefoot kid who delighted or horrified audiences, reflecting the hopes and fears of a turbulent, utopian era. In discovering what has become of Sean, Arlyck finds a complex reality - and experiences pure cinematic surprise. As the filmmaker comes to grips with his own midlife conflicts, Following Sean may reveal as much about Arlyck and his generation as it does his subject. [86 minutes]

  • Arctic Son (#2008)

    The clash of tradition & modernity puts a Native father & son at odds in a remote Artic village. [86 minutes]

  • Libby, Montana (#2009)

    Nestled below the rugged peaks of the Northern Rockies in Montana -- as iconic a representation of America's "purple mountain majesties" as one can find -- lies the worst case of community-wide exposure to a toxic substance in U.S. history. In the small town of Libby, many hundreds of people are sick or have already died from asbestos exposure. The program takes a long working day's journey into a blue-collar community and finds a different reality -- one where the American Dream exacts a terrible price. [86 minutes]

  • Made In L.A. (#2010)

    Three Latina garment workers in Los Angeles join the struggle for better working conditions. [86 minutes]

  • The Camden 28 (#2011)

    In 1971, "Catholic Left" activists raided a N.J. draft board office to protest the Vietnam War. [86 minutes]

  • Lumo (#2012)

    In eastern Congo on the Rwanda border, vying militias, armies and bandits use rape as a weapon of terror. Lumo Sinai was just over 20 when marauding soldiers attacked her. A fistula, common among victims of violent rape, rendered her incontinent and threatens her ability to bear children. Rejected by her fiancee and cast aside by her family, Lumo awaits reconstructive surgery. This is her story, tragic for its cruelties, but also inspiring for the struggle she wages and the dignity she displays, with the help of an extraordinary African hospital, to overcome shame, fear and the affliction that robs her of a normal life. [56 minutes]

  • 49 Up (#2013)

    Examine the lives of a group of adults who have been interviewed every 7 years since they were kids. [146 minutes]

  • Election Day (#2102)

    11 voters are followed as they take the process of democracy into their own hands on Nov. 2, 2004. [86 minutes]

  • The Last Conquistador (#2104)

    Controversy over a sculptor's bronze statue divides El Paso, Texas along lines of race and class. [56 minutes]

  • 9 Star Hotel (#2105)

    A group of young Palestinian men work illegally as construction laborers in an Israeli city. [56 minutes]

  • Campaign (#2106)

    A startling look at Japanese politics follows a man with no experience who runs for city council. [56 minutes]

  • Belarusian Waltz (#2108)

    The offbeat tale of an artist who stages public stunts that mock Belarus's authoritarian ruler. [56 minutes]

  • The Judge and the General (#2109)

    Chilean judge Juan Guzman uncovers the past during the case against ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet. [86 minutes]

  • Critical Condition (#2111)

    The struggles of four critically ill Americans showcase the nation's growing health care crisis. [86 minutes]

  • In The Family (#2112)

    Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces her deepest fears when she tests positive for the breast cancer gene. [86 minutes]

  • Up The Yangtze (#2113)

    China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people along the river. [86 minutes]

  • Soldiers of Conscience (#2114)

    Eight U.S. soldiers, some who have killed and some who said no, reveal their inner moral dilemmas. [86 minutes]

  • Inheritance (#2115)

    Monika Hertwig, daughter of Nazi murderer Amon Goeth, meets a woman who was enslaved by her father. [86 minutes]

  • New Muslim Cool (#2201)

    A Puerto Rican-American rapper in Pittsburgh reaches out to others using his Muslim faith and music. [86 minutes]

  • Life. Support. Music. (#2203)

    The astonishing journey of a musician who suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and his family. [86 minutes]

  • The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (#2204)

    An International Criminal Court Prosecutor puts powerful perpetrators on trial for war crimes. [86 minutes]

  • Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (#2206)

    The daily dramas at Oxford's Mulberry Bush School for emotionally disturbed children are revealed. [86 minutes]

  • P.O.V. Shorts Program (#2207)

    "Utopia, Part 3" looks at the world's largest shopping mall in China, which is now almost empty. [56 minutes]

  • This Way Up (#2208)

    The security wall constructed by Israel on the West Bank has divided families and communities. [56 minutes]

  • Ella Es El Matador (She Is the Matador) (#2209)

    A look at the history of women in Spanish bullfighting also profiles two current female matadors. [56 minutes]

  • The English Surgeon (#2210)

    British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh travels to Ukraine to treat patients who have been left to die. [86 minutes]

  • The Principal Story (#2211)

    The experiences of two principals in Illinois shed light on challenges facing our public schools. [56 minutes]

  • Bronx Princess (#2212)

    A Bronx-bred teenager rebels against her mother's rules and flees to her father, a chief in Ghana. [56 minutes]

  • The Way We Get By (#2213)

    An intimate look at senior citizens who've greeted nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport. [86 minutes]

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