Watching and Reading: Week of November 19, 2007

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Each week, we’ll highlight links from the “Watching” and “Reading” sidebars on the right side of the page.

WATCHING
Please Vote For Me filmIndependent Lens’ Please Vote For Me, about children competing to be class monitor in China, made the shortlist for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Lumo Sinai from the documentary LumoLumo (POV 2007) filmmakers Nelson Walker III and Louis Abelman talked about the problem of rape as a weapon of war in the Congo on CNN’s Inside Africa.

Cover image from the King CornKing Corn examines the mysteries of corn in its many guises, and IndieWire interviewed filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis.

READING
AJ Schnack blogged about the small box-office returns of recent documentaries and the possible over-saturation of the doc market.


Increasingly, educators and nonprofit organizations across the United States are looking to POV as an integral resource for fostering community dialogue and participation. The Missouri State Teachers Association blog notes that POV films teach civic engagement.

POV’s own Irene Villasenor reports on her work with youth and documentary films in the Youth Media Reporter.

Back in 2002, the first episode of POV’s Borders featured a list of the best immigration games on the Web. GamePolitics.com reminded us how great those games still are.

Agnes Varnum, doc blogger extraordinaire, interviewed filmmakers to find out about the POV experience for Indiewire.com.

POV series producer Yance Ford talked about POV’s selection process with the Renew Media Blog. How do we go from over 800 submissions to the 15-18 films shown on POV every year?

Ruiyan Xu
Ruiyan Xu
Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.