- 'We Come As Friends', or Do We? Hubert Sauper's New Documentary on South Sudan
Hubert Sauper's 'We Come As Friends' goes inside the newly sovereign South Sudan for a new episode in the centuries old tale of the harms of the Western savior complex in Africa.
- White Gold, Directed by Simon Trevor
White Gold is an exposé of the modern ivory trade and its pervasive economic, historical, political and environmental effects.
- 'Virunga' Goes to Netflix
Virunga, one of Doc Soup Man's rave docs of the year, will be available on Netflix beginning November 7, 2014. What does this mean for the film, and for Netflix's position in the doc world?
- Next on POV: Big Men
Executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men is an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development. Watch it Monday on PBS, and join the discussion with the filmmaker and experts.
- Emmy 2012: Watch Four Best Documentary Nominees Now Streaming on POV!
Good news doc lovers! POV is pleased to announce streaming of many of its documentaries up for Emmy awards this year, including the four POV films that are up for Best Documentary!
- Next on POV: 'Mugabe and the White African'
POV's 24th season on PBS continues Tuesday, July 26, 2011, with the U.S. broadcast premiere of Mugabe and the White African, an alarming story from one of the world's most troubled nations.
- Doc Soup: All Eyes on Africa
World Cup 2010, South Africa. Photo by Marcello Casal Jr//ABr The World Cup has been grabbing vast swaths of attention for the game of soccer, and providing a raison d’être for some serious-minded programming focusing on the host country, South Africa, as well as the larger host continent. I’ve managed to catch some thin, yet […]
- Doc Soup: Kassim the Dream
There’s a new documentary, Kassim the Dream, that just came to a TV near you via video-on-demand last week. You can catch it if you have Time Warner and Cablevision, among other cable providers. It tells the story of Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, who was born in Uganda and was forced to be a child […]
- “Congo in Harlem” Film Series and Events This Month in NYC
I just got an email from the filmmakers of Lumo (POV 2007) that there will be films and events celebrating Congolese culture and raising awareness about the conflict at the Mayles Cinema in New York City all this month. Three of Lumo‘s producers — Louis Abelman, Lynn True and Nelson Walker — were involved with […]
- 'Bronx Princess' in the News
Rocky Otoo, 17, center, stands with her father, Nii Adjedu, left, and her mother “Auntie” Yaa Otoo, right, in the Bronx, NY. Credit: Photo by Yoni Brook/Highbridge Pictures POV aired the last film of our 2009 season last night on PBS. Bronx Princess is the story of Rocky Otoo, the Bronx-bred teenage daughter of Ghanaian […]
- Doc Soup: On Docs, Distribution and the Cinematic Experience
Last week, two docs from 2007, What Would Jesus Buy? and Darfur Now were released on DVD. They both disappointed at the box office. I think I know why. I don’t like to knock a doc when it’s down, but when I noticed that they were both hitting DVD shelves, I thought there’s something worth […]
- Looking Back at Full Frame '08
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, April 6th with the traditional North Carolina barbeque awards ceremony. The first Full Frame since Nancy Buirski stepped down as director featured a streamlined, more user-friendly ticketing process, new venues and a greater diversity of student fellows from colleges and universities around the […]
- Watching and Reading: Week of December 20, 2007
WATCHING Afropop TV A thrilling compilation of films on African life and culture. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars released on DVD. Good stocking stuffer. An Unreasonable Man Doc about crusader Ralph Nader on PBS’s Independent Lens Tuesday night. Indie Lens Short Film FestivalEclectic mix of stories and storytelling 18 in ’08 Nonpartisan doc and movement […]
- 'Freakonomics' Documentary in the Works
According to Variety, the best-selling book, Freakonomics, is being adapted into a documentary that will begin shooting in January for release next summer. POV alums Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Boys of Baraka, POV 2006), Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, POV 2006), and noted filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Enron: The […]
- Watching and Reading: Week of November 19, 2007
Each week, we’ll highlight links from the “Watching” and “Reading” sidebars on the right side of the page. WATCHING Independent Lens’ Please Vote For Me, about children competing to be class monitor in China, made the shortlist for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Lumo (POV 2007) filmmakers Nelson Walker III and Louis […]