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Next on POV: ‘Girl Model’

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Mark your calendars! On March 24, at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of the provocative documentary Girl Model on PBS (Check local listings).

Girl Model strips away the façade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth — and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Winner, 2011 POV | Alpha Cine Award. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

You can watch the film now, before it airs on PBS stations, on PBS’s mobile apps. You can also catch the film online, for a limited time, starting Monday, March 25, 2013.

Additionally, and leading up to the broadcast premiere, POV will be hosting a Q&A with one of the filmmakers and a model featured in the film on Sunday, March 24 starting at 7PM ET. Be sure to visit the Girl Model website to take part in the chat, and also to learn more about the international modeling supply chain and U.S. modeling industry.

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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.
  • LovePBS

    I watched this show last night and was both fascinated and repulsed. I really hope the “scout” gets professional help – if anyone ever had a case of PTSD, she’s it.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Japan & Russia are shamed and start doing right by these working children. The American scout looks like a neurotic mess-the only “industry insider” depicted with an inkling & the least delusional about her grandeur (or lack thereof in the scheme of things-regardless of past lives ; > ). Would be surprised if she doesn’t get locked out by her former employers. Just as well, her job was just a step above pimping.

  • M.N.

    After watching this P.O.V. documentary,Girl Model, I felt angry at how these young girls were taken advantage of by the people in the film. They were fed a lot of B.S. about how modeling would open all these doors and lead to success and money. But, the reality is that the girls and their families ended up in debt. The only people who made any money were the scouts, the modeling agencies, the photographers,etc. After everyone was done taking their share of the pie, these young girls didn’t even get any of the crumbs.