In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18-year-old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle. He became the first American killed by U.S. military forces on native soil since the 1970 Kent State shootings. The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, explores Hernández's tragic death and its torturous aftermath. His parents and friends, the Marines on patrol and investigators discuss the dangers of militarizing the border and the death of one young man.
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.