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1997 POV Season

A Perfect Candidate

by R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor

Premiere Date: August 5, 1997

What does it take to be a perfect candidate in a cynical age? A Perfect Candidate Is an up-to-the-minute critique of our campaign process — and a twisted journey into the underbelly of american politics.

Blacks and Jews

by Deborah Kaufman, Bari Scott and Alan Snitow and

Premiere Date: July 29, 1997

Why is the mere mention of Blacks and Jews in the same breath so riddled with complexity?

Girls Like Us

by Jane Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio

Premiere Date: July 22, 1997

This POV classic film offers a rare and disarming peek into the very real lives of teenage girls in South Philly in the early 1990s.

In Whose Honor?

by Jay Rosenstein

Premiere Date: July 15, 1997

Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian, evolves from mother and student into a leading voice against the merchandising of Native American sacred symbols as sports mascots.

Who is Henry Jaglom?

by Alex Rubin and Jeremy Workman

Premiere Date: July 8, 1997

Obsessively confusing and abusing the lines between life and art, writer-director Henry Jaglom challenges the boundaries of filmmaking and viewer endurance.

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary

by Laura Simon

Premiere Date: July 1, 1997

Teacher/filmmaker Laura Simon takes us inside her school's classrooms and faculty lounge, where a California law will deny public education to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Jesse's Gone

by Michael Smith

Premiere Date: June 24, 1997

An excruciatingly tender look at the frayed lives of the family and friends of Jesse Rahim Hall, a promising young hip hop artist from East Oakland, California killed in a drive-by shooting.

A Healthy Baby Girl

by Judith Helfand

Premiere Date: June 17, 1997

Battling personal grief, corporate power, and her mother's guilt, Helfand turns the camera on herself and her family to document her battle with DES-related cancer.

Battle for the Minds

by Steven Lipscomb

Premiere Date: June 10, 1997

While chronicling his mother's recent struggle to become a Southern Baptist pastor, filmmaker Steven Lipscomb uncovered a whirlwind of change and a rising tide of opposition to women as senior church leaders.

Nobody's Business

by Alan Berliner

Premiere Date: June 3, 1997

Alan Berliner drags his reluctant father kicking and screaming down memory lane to probe the swirls of conflict and affection that bind every family.