politics

Outside the Frame: Documenting Election ’08

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame, published every other Wednesday. Is there any stone left unturned in a modern presidential campaign? This question was posed by New York Times film critic Janet Maslin in her 1993 review of The

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Watch ‘In the Family’ and ‘Critical Condition’ Online

If you missed the premier of two great P.O.V films this week, you have a chance to watch the full films online! In the Family is streaming online until October 31, 2008 while Critical Condition is streaming until November 11, 2008. Both films document intensely personal journeys and stories, and both are engaged with the

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Rx for Change: Susan Dentzer of NewsHour Talks about Health Care in America

In conjunction with the September 30, 2008 broadcast of Critical Condition, POV has partnered with NewsHour to learn more about health care in America, and what presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are proposing for medical coverage. Susan Dentzer, the editor of Health Affairs journal and the host of NewsHour‘s Rx for Change, answered

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The Judge and the General’s Elizabeth Farnsworth Answers Viewer Questions

Elizabeth Farnsworth, along with Patricio Lanfranco, directed The Judge and the General. After the film aired on POV, viewers wrote in with questions. Read on for Elizabeth’s responses. Sarah asks: To what extent do you believe that the members of the Chilean military were aware of what was going on during Pinochet’s reign, in terms

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What’s Your POV about ‘Belarusian Waltz’?

Belarus, one of the nations formed in 1991 from the breakup of the Soviet Union, is a strange and little-known country in a region of growing strategic importance, a country that’s been called “Europe’s last dictatorship.” In filmmaker Andrezj Fidyk’s Belarusian Waltz, one man — post-modern performance artist Alexander Pushkin — is determined to challenge

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What’s Your POV about ‘Campaign’?

Campaign is a whimsical look at Japanese electoral politics from filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda, whose friend Yamauchi “Yama-San” Kazuhiko is plucked from obscurity by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to run for a critical seat on the Kawasaki city council. Soda films his friend, and along the way, manages to provide a startling insider’s view

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