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2014 POV Season

1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: November 11, 2014

In August 2005, Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Iraq.

The Last Viewing

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: November 10, 2014

Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son.

The Nature of War

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: November 10, 2014

In 2005, Specialist Justin Cliburn deployed to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

The Act of Killing

by Joshua Oppenheimer

Premiere Date: October 6, 2014

An Oscar® nominee and the most honored documentary of 2013, this dreamlike, terrifying film asks Indonesian death-squad leaders to dramatize their roles in genocide. In a mind-bending twist, they play both themselves and their victims. (120 minutes)


by Neil Barsky

Premiere Date: September 22, 2014

Meet Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker. Combative, funny and blunt, he was mayor from 1978 to 1989, an era of graffiti, near-bankruptcy and crime. Before his death in 2013, the intensely private man recalled his life and legacy. (90 minutes)

The Genius of Marian

by Banker White and Anna Fitch

Premiere Date: September 8, 2014

When Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, her family grapples with the disease alongside her, and her eldest son attempts to recover her memories by recording conversations in this visually rich, poignant film. (90 minutes)

After Tiller

by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Premiere Date: September 1, 2014

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country openly provide late abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm. (90 minutes)

Big Men

by Rachel Boynton

Premiere Date: August 25, 2014

Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. (90 minutes)

A World Not Ours

by Mahdi Fleifel

Premiere Date: August 18, 2014

A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. (90 minutes)

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

by Nadine Pequeneza

Premiere Date: August 4, 2014

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison. (60 minutes)

Fallen City

by Qi Zhao

Premiere Date: July 28, 2014

After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors. (60 minutes)

A Good Man

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: July 21, 2014

Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. In this StoryCorps Animated Short, he talks to his brother Mike about reconnecting years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay. (3 minutes)

Dance for Me

by Katrine Philp

Premiere Date: July 21, 2014

At 15, Russian ballroom dancer Egor leaves everyone and everything he knows for a chance to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young performers. Will his choice be worth the sacrifices he must make? (90 minutes)

Getting Back to Abnormal

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 14, 2014

Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll. (90 minutes)

My Way to Olympia

by Niko von Glasow

Premiere Date: July 7, 2014

Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games "stupid?" When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away. (60 minutes)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014

Meet Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher in Detroit who has been waging a revolution for 75 years. Her story unfurls to portray an evolving city and to examine the power of ideas and imagination to propel change. (90 minutes)

When I Walk

by Jason DaSilva

Premiere Date: June 23, 2014

Encore Broadcast: August 10, 2015

Jason DaSilva was 25 and a rising filmmaker when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and inspired to film this forthright — and surprisingly uplifting — look at his new life. He searches for a cure, yet a different miracle comes his way. (90 minutes)

POV's 2014 Season Preview

by POV Filmmakers

Premiere Date: Various Dates

Airing Mondays at 10 PM during the summer, POV features the work of the best independent documentary filmmakers from America and around the world.

American Promise

by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Premiere Date: February 3, 2014

In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson film their son and his friend, who attend one of the country’s most prestigious private schools. (120 minutes)


by Adam Larsen

Premiere Date: July 29, 2013

Encore Broadcast: August 11, 2014

A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a "neurotypical" world. (60 minutes)

The Jazz Ticket

by Rob King and Noel True

Premiere Date: June 16, 2014 (Online Only)

A high school jazz teacher helps kids in LA's toughest neighborhoods go to college.

The Caretaker

by Theo Rigby and Kate McLean

Premiere Date: May 12, 2014 (Online Only)

The Caretaker is a portrait of two women who are outsiders in the place they call home. Haru is a 95-year-old Japanese-American migrant who was interned during World War II. Joesy is an undocumented worker from Fiji who cares for her.

The Whistle

by Grzegorz Zariczny

Premiere Date: April 7, 2014 (Online Only)

The Whistle follows Marcin, a soccer referee in small-town Poland who faces angry players, managers and fans as he yearns for a better job and a better life.


by Charles Fairbanks

Premiere Date: April 7, 2014 (Online Only)

Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women's professional wrestling.

Good Soil

by Sebastian Lemke and Benjamin Leers and Pablo Ben Yakov

Premiere Date: March 12, 2014 (Online Only)

The Meier brothers' nursery faces the edge of the Garzweiler II coal pit. Every day the digger comes closer. A grey and lonesome world—except for one hidden place.


by Nadav Kurtz

Premiere Date: March 5, 2014 (Online Only)

Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers. Paraíso reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down.

Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds

by Stewart Copeland

Premiere Date: March 5, 2014 (Online Only)

In 1968 Roger Smith ate a peach during a break from work and carved the pit into a pig.


by David Fenster

Premiere Date: March 5, 2014 (Online Only)

Wood follows the journey of timber from the forest through the sawmill and presents a portrait of the working men we find along the way.