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45 POV Documentaries You Can Watch Free This Weekend!

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Missed them on TV? We’re making a large selection of POV’s documentaries, both new and old, available to watch free on our website this summer — starting with the batch below. Watch the first five documentaries from POV’s 2013 season and more below (for a limited time) and click through the links for even more video and ways to explore the films. (Note: Most films are available only in the United States — apologies to our documentary fans from around the world.)


Only the Young — Three teens in a Southern California town wrestle with questions of love and friendship along with adult realities of financial uncertainty.


Herman’s House — Herman Wallace has spent more than 40 years in a 6′ x 9′ prison cell. He works with artist Jackie Sumell to imagine his “dream home,” questioning justice and punishment in America.


Special Flight — The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, points up contradictions between compassionate social policies and intractable immigration laws.


Homegoings — Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life.


a.k.a. Don Bonus — A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who turns the camera on himself.


Kelly Loves Tony — A camcorder becomes both witness and confidante for these markedly singular yet utterly typical teens as they self-document the trials of growing up too fast and too soon in urban America.


Scout’s Honor — Witness how a 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy.


xoxosms — The modern-day love story of a guy from small-town Illinois who reaches out to a beautiful New York City art student from Korea. They meet in the only place that such different people might ever find each other: online.

We’re also streaming StoryCorps animated shorts and the recently Emmy-nominated Sound of Vision, among 37 short documentaries. Watch all of POV’s short films at pov.org/video.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
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.
  • Deborah

    I TRULY could not live without PBS..LOVE POV!!! Thnx SO much for making these available..now I WANT it to be a rainy weekend! ;>)

  • musoleK

    Sweet, Some docs for the weekend, get some steaks and corn ooh and beer too!