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Watch ‘Guilty Pleasures,’ ‘Ars Magna,’ ‘The Learning’ and ‘Biblioburro’ Free Online!

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In case you missed the original broadcasts on PBS, you can watch four more POV films free online! Guilty Pleasures, The Learning and Biblioburro: The Donkey Library are now available through March 12, 2013, and the Emmy-nominated Doc Challenge short Ars Magna will be available until April 11, 2014.

Watch the films below, and check out POV’s complete video library at pov.org/video for more great documentaries streaming free right now.

Guilty Pleasures — Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world. Julie Moggan’s Guilty Pleasures takes an amusing and touching look at this global phenomenon. Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of the books’ readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. Guilty Pleasures portrays five romance devotees who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world.

Ars Magna, which means ‘great art’ in Latin, is an anagram of the word ‘anagrams.’ Enter into the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams with Cory Calhoun, who took the first three lines of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy and made them into what’s been called the “world’s greatest anagram.”

The Learning — One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. The Learning is the story of 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.

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library — A decade ago, Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia.

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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.