American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of Rada Film Group, ITVS and POV's Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium. Part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, made possible by CPB.
For the last 20 years, civil war has raged in Sudan, killing and displacing millions. Two young refugees, Peter and Santino, lost their families and set out to make new lives for themselves in America.
Alex Landau, who is African American, recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, who is white, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.
On September 13, 2010, the New York Times Community Affairs department and POV presented a panel discussion on the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Times. The conversation featured Daniel Ellsberg, former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel, New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak and New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson.
With rare access inside Pelican Bay State Prison, we hear inmates' experiences of living in long term solitary confinement. This short documentary offers a visceral snapshot of the day-in-the-life inside one of the most notorious supermax prisons in the U.S.