- The Stories Documentary Archives Tell
Sometimes the coolest film discoveries lurk in dusty cardboard filing boxes.
- Giveaway: Win a 'Nostalgia for the Light' DVD!
Enter our giveaway by December 14, 2012 in order to be eligible to win a DVD of 'Nostalgia for the Light,' complete with bonus features created by filmmaker Patricio Guzmán.
- Introducing a New Documentary Series on the Evolution of Documentary
Tom Roston talks with filmmaker David Van Taylor about his new documentary series To Tell The Truth which aims to cover the evolution of documentary while connecting a broader audience to the genre.
- Watch 'Nostalgia for the Light' on your iPad or iPhone Starting Oct. 19!
You can watch the critically-acclaimed 'Nostalgia for the Light' starting October 19, 2012 on the PBS app for iPhone and iPad!
- Watch 'The Fifth Star' in Honor of Women's History Month
A young filmmaker tells the story of the fight for women's suffrage in Washington State, framed by the stories of women in politics today.
- Looking Forward: Tools for Social Studies Teachers in 2012
POV's Community Engagement and Education coordinator shares her thoughts on two online, interactive tools that social studies teachers should be on the lookout to use: Mission U.S. and the Twitter hashtag #SSChat.
- From the POV Archive: Five Documentaries About Protest Movements
Put the "Occupy Wall Street" protests into perspective with this list of documentary films that chronicle past protest movements in the United States from the POV/PBS archive.
- Next on POV: 'My Perestroika'
POV's brand new season is now in full swing with the American broadcast premiere of My Perestroika, an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, on PBS.
- 'My Perestroika' Featured as Part of The Economist Film Project on PBS NewsHour
Filmmaker Robin Hessman appeared on the PBS NewsHour to talk about her feature-length film, My Perestroika (which premieres on POV next Tuesday, June 28) as part of a series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.
- Watch 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' Online as POV Marks the Pentagon Papers' Big 4-0
POV is marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pentagon Papers with a special opportunity to watch The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers online.
- Doc Soup: Review of 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975'
MoMA’s New Directors / New Films festival kicks off Wednesday in New York City, and lasts until April 3, once again bringing to light a sometimes esoteric, but usually intriguing selection of movies. Not exactly overflowing in the documentary department, the fest does offer at least one must-see: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. The film […]
- POV to Relaunch “Re: Vietnam” as “Regarding War” Next Month
In 1996, a “dog’s age ago” in Internet time, POV launched one of our first websites entitled “Re: Vietnam | Stories Since the War.” It was conceived as a companion website to the POV/PBS broadcast of the Academy Award-winning film, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. On the site’s homepage, a quote from Maya Lin […]
- Doc Soup: Oral History in “Life. Support. Music.”
Wow. Life. Support. Music. is quite a documentary. I think it’s hard not to be moved by this stirring story of a totally decent guy (and a great musician) who collapses onstage with a near-fatal brain hemorrhage. The man, Jason Crigler, and his family are sympathetic enough, and the narrative arc is intensely dramatic, but […]
- Doc Soup: Organic 'Milk'
I love it when fictional feature filmmakers are heavily inspired by documentaries especially such prominent ones as Gus Van Sant. His film Milk, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the gay activist-turned politician who was killed in 1978, is a fantastic bit of fictional filmmaking with a heavy dose of nonfiction influences. First, there […]
- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With POV
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage month! Started in 1968 (as Hispanic Heritage Week), the now month-long observation recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Gautemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days in […]
- What's Your POV about 'The Judge and the General'?
The Judge and the General explores the criminal investigation of General Augusto Pinochet, who led a military regime in Chile for nearly 20 years. In 1973, Pinochet led a military coup that ousted the democratically elected president Salvador Allende. In the service of his anti-Communist crusade and with U.S. help, Pinochet’s military and intelligence community […]
- Ask the Filmmakers: The Judge and the General's Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco
The Judge and the General filmmaker Patricio Lanfranco was 19 years old when General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected Chilean president Salvadore Allende in 1973. His co-director, Elizabeth Farnsworth, had spent time filming in Chile in 1970, and some of the people she had met there were killed in the coup. Elizabeth and Patricio […]
- The Last Conquistador's John Valadez Answers Viewer Questions
John Valadez, along with Cristina Ibarra, is the co-director of The Last Conquistador. After the film aired on July 15, viewers wrote in with questions for John and Cristina on the POV Blog. Read on as John answers questions about John Houser, handling angry reactions from viewers and what’s happening in El Paso now. Anne […]