Watch ‘Better This World’ at DocuWeeks 2011 and ‘The Learning’ at AAIFF

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Bradley Crowder and David McKay in Better This World.

Bradley Crowder and David McKay in Better This World

We are excited to announce that Better This World (POV, 2011) will be presented at DocuWeeks 2011, beginning next week in New York! Sponsored by the International Documentary Association, DocuWeeks gives highly-acclaimed documentaries the theatrical run they need to qualify for Academy Award consideration. Better This World tells the story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention.

If you’re in the New York City area this weekend, you can also check out a screening of the The Learning (POV, 2011) at the Asian American International Film Festival. The documentary follows four Filipina women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities.

Read on for show times and locations…

New York, NY

Better This World
Friday, August 12, 2011 to Thursday, August 18, 2011
Better This World will screen from Friday, August 12th through Thursday, August 18th at the IFC Center, located at 323 Avenue of the Americas.
Buy tickets.
To find out more about the film, visit POV’s Better This World companion site.

New York, NY

The Learning
Sunday, August 14, 2011 6:15 PM
The Learning by Ramona Diaz screens at the Asian American International Film Festival. The film will be shown at Clearview Cinemas in Chelsea. Buy tickets.
To find out more about the film, visit POV’s The Learning companion site.

Los Angeles, CA

Better This World
Friday, August 26, 2011 to Thursday, September 1, 2011
Better This World will screen from Friday, August 26th through Thursday, September 1st at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, located at 8000 Sunset Blvd. Buy tickets.
To find out more about the film, visit POV’s Better This World companion site.

Not in New York City or Los Angeles this weekend? You can still tune in to the U.S. broadcast premieres of both films on POV later in the summer! Check your local listings.

Trailer for the documentary The Learning

Trailer for the documentary Better This World

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Jamie Dobie
Jamie Dobie
Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.