Documentaries with a point of view

1996 POV Season

Taking on the Kennedys
by Joshua Seftel
PBS Premiere Date: May. 28, 1996
It's baptism by fire when a political underdog takes on the closest thing to American royalty. Get a behind-the-scenes look at modern politics in this 1996 POV classic.
¡Palante Siempre Palante!
by Iris Morales
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 1, 1996
They were leaders of the Young Lords Party, the militant Puerto Rican civil rights organization based in New York. Today, many are notable mainstream journalists, including Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Luciano and Pablo Guzman. Iris Morales makes history come alive as veterans of the movement recall their fight for equality, jobs, health care, and education.
Personal Belongings
by Steven Bognar
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 11, 1996
Bela Bognar is no ordinary American dad. Now a suburbanite, he once fought against Soviet domination during the Hungarian revolution. Ever since, his life has been a longing for the glories of the past. Steven Bognar crafts a moving portrait of his father's 40-year quest for identity and home.
A Litany For Survival
by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 18, 1996
Poet, lover, mother, warrior — Audre Lorde wrote passionately of love and anger, civil rights and sexuality, family politics and the glories of nature.
a.k.a. Don Bonus
by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Don Bonus Ny
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 25, 1996
A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who now lives in San Francisco's inner city.
No Loans Today
by Lisanne Skyler
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 2, 1996
The ABC Loan Co. of South Central Los Angeles, a successful black-owned pawnshop, is a unique entree to inspiring stories of economic and emotional survival.
The Transformation
by Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 9, 1996
Ricardo was once Sara, a homeless HIV positive transvestite, living in the underbelly of Manhattan. Today he is a churchgoing, married man, saved by a Dallas ministry.
The Women Outside
by J.T.Orinne Takagi and Hye Jung Park
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 16, 1996
A provocative, emotional journey into the lives of women who work in the brothels, bars and nightclubs around U.S. military bases in South Korea.
Just For The Ride
by Amanda Micheli
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 23, 1996
The world of cowgirls and the rough and tumble of women's rodeo in the 1990s.
Xich-lo (Cyclo)
by M. Trinh Nguyen
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 30, 1996
A meditative journey of a Vietnamese woman, now a U.S. citizen, who returns to her homeland and wonders where she really belongs.
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself
by Yvonne Welbon
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 30, 1996
Yvonne Welbon presents a witty and original coming-to-terms with race, culture and self. A six year stay in Taiwan transforms her understanding of what it means to be an African American and illuminates her connection to her Honduran-born grandmother.
Taken for a Ride
by Martha Olson and Jim Klein
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 6, 1996
A startling expose of General Motors' role in dismantling street car transportation in the 1930's and in catapulting the automobile to the center of our national culture.
Maya Lin
by Freida Lee Mock
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 27, 1996
The Vietnam War Memorial was one of the most controversial monuments of its time. Thrust in to the eye of the storm was architect-sculptor Maya Lin, whose design for the memorial was chosen when she was a 21-year-old college student. Withstanding bitter attacks, she held her ground with clarity and grace.