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2004 POV Season

Lost Boys of Sudan

by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk

Premiere Date: September 28, 2004

Follow two young refugees from the Dinka tribe, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. Nearly 4,000 'lost boys' have emigrated to the United States. (90 minutes)

A Panther in Africa

by Aaron Matthews

Premiere Date: September 21, 2004

On October 30, 1969, Pete O'Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines. One year later, O'Neal fled the charge, and for over 30 years, he has lived in Tanzania as one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. (90 minutes)

Freedom Machines

by Jamie Stoble and Janet Cole

Premiere Date: September 14, 2004

Encore Broadcast: September 9, 2008

Freedom Machines takes a new look at disability through the lens of assistive technology.


by Mel Stuart

Premiere Date: September 7, 2004

Encore Broadcast: August 9, 2005

P.O.V. brings back the cult favorite Wattstax, the 1973 documentary directed by Mel Stuart. In August 1972, seven years after the Watts riots, the legendary Stax recording label staged a benefit concert in Los Angeles for 90,000 people. As time went by, it became known as the Black Woodstock. (120 minutes)


by Jesse Moss

Premiere Date: August 24, 2004

Trapped in a failing marriage, demolition-derby driver Ed "Speedo" Jager channels life's frustrations onto the track, hoping to parlay his talents into a "real" racing career. (90 minutes)

Every Mother's Son

by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson

Premiere Date: August 17, 2004

In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. Every Mother's Son tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability. (60 minutes)

A Family Undertaking

by Elizabeth Westrate

Premiere Date: August 3, 2004

Encore Broadcast: August 14, 2007

Prior to the 20th century, most Americans prepared their dead for burial with the help of family and friends, but today most funerals are part of a multimillion-dollar industry. (60 minutes)

Last Man Standing

by Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 20, 2004

Asking what the politics are that launched George W. Bush to national office, award-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler takes his camera to Texas for a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections — one for state representative in a district that includes Lyndon Johnson's hometown, and a polarizing race for governor. (90 minutes)


by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Premiere Date: July 13, 2004

Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of the 21st century. (60 minutes)

War Feels Like War

by Esteban Uyarra

Premiere Date: July 6, 2004

This film documents the lives of reporters and photographers who circumvent military media control to get access to the real Iraq War. As the invading armies sweep into the country, some of the journalists in Kuwait decide to travel in their wake, risking their lives to discover the true impact of war on civilians. (60 minutes)

Bill's Run

by Richard Kassebaum

Premiere Date: June 29, 2004

When documentary filmmaker Richard Kassebaum learned that his younger brother, Bill, a rancher and country lawyer, had decided to run for the Kansas House of Representatives, he left Los Angeles and spent seven weeks on the campaign trail chronicling his brother's first run for public office. (60 minutes)


by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Premiere Date: June 22, 2004

The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. (90 minutes)


by Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee

Premiere Date: September 2, 2003

Encore Broadcast: August 31, 2004

Author Charley Trujillo guides us through the war and post-war experiences of a group of Mexican-American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. The young soldiers could hardly guess just how profoundly the insulated life they knew in their hometown of Corcoran, California would be changed by their experiences in Southeast Asia. (26 minutes)

The Sixth Section

by Alex Rivera

Premiere Date: September 2, 2003

Encore Broadcast: August 31, 2004

The Sixth Section captures the dynamic form of cross-border organizing through the story of 'Grupo Union,' a small band of Mexican immigrants in upstate New York who devote themselves to raising money in order to rebuild the town they left behind. (26 minutes)

American Aloha

by Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens

Premiere Date: August 5, 2003

Encore Broadcast: August 10, 2004

Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. (60 minutes)

Refrigerator Mothers

by David E. Simpson and J.J. Hanley and Gordon Quinn

Premiere Date: July 16, 2002

Encore Broadcast: July 27, 2004

Explore the traumatic legacy of blame, guilt and self-doubt suffered by a generation of mothers who were told they were responsible for their child's autism and learn more about this increasingly common disorder. (60 minutes)