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Watch Now: ‘The City Dark’ Now Streaming For Free at POV

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It’s true that December 21, 2012 is going to be a special day, and not because it is “doomsday” – it’s going to be the darkest day of the year for us here in the Northern Hemisphere! But will it really be the longest night? Do the people who live in cities experience the same dark night that those in the country do?

Check out The City Dark and learn more about light pollution, and the effects that it has on humans and their environment.

Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.

Visit ‘The City Dark’ video page »

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POV Staff
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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.