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2012 POV Season

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Girl Model

by A. Sabin and David Redmon

Premiere Date: March 24, 2013


The provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen through the eyes of a conflicted American modeling scout and the 13-year-old girl she discovers. (90 minutes)

Reportero

by Bernardo Ruiz

Premiere Date: January 7, 2013


A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue publishing the news. (60 minutes)

Nostalgia for the Light

by Patricio Guzmán

Premiere Date: October 25, 2012


In the Atacama Desert, earthly and celestial quests meld. Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies. (90 minutes)

Sun Kissed

by Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

Premiere Date: October 18, 2012


When a Navajo couple uncovers a hidden link between their children’s rare genetic disorder and the American government’s conquest of their tribe, their lives are changed forever. (60 minutes)

Give Up Tomorrow

by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco

Premiere Date: October 4, 2012


A riveting exposé of corruption and injustice in the Philippines, chronicling a sensational murder case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment — but fails to free an innocent man. (90 minutes)

El Velador (The Night Watchman)

by Natalia Almada

Premiere Date: September 27, 2012


From dusk to dawn, a guard watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. (60 minutes)

I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

by Jonathan Demme

Premiere Date: September 20, 2012


Jonathan Demme’s portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans tells the story of Carolyn Parker, a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, who is fighting for the right to rebuild her home and community. (90 minutes)

A Family Man

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Sam Black talks to his wife about his father, an enduring lesson and the power of a look.

Facundo the Great

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


The new kid at school becomes a hero when his teachers cannot find a way to anglicize his name.

Eyes on the Stars

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African-American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.

POV Short Cuts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Short is sweet as POV presents brief documentary encounters — the Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham, the Student Academy Award winner Sin País, and the return of StoryCorps. (60 minutes)

Sin País

by Theo Rigby

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Winner of a Student Academy Award®, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation.

The Barber of Birmingham

by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


James Armstrong, whose Alabama barbershop has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights for 50 years, celebrates the election of the first black president.

StoryCorps Shorts

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: Various dates


In 2012, StoryCorps returns to POV for a third season of its Peabody Award-winning storytelling. Watch animated shorts from past seasons. (various minutes)

Up Heartbreak Hill

by Erica Scharf

Premiere Date: July 26, 2012


Up Heartbreak Hill follows two Native teens torn between the lure of opportunities outside their remote reservation community and the cultural ties that bind them to home. (60 minutes)

The Light in Her Eyes

by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix

Premiere Date: July 19, 2012


Houda al-Habash, a conservative woman preacher in Damascus, Syria, calls girls to the practice of Islam, teaching them that pursuing their ambitions is a way of worshipping God. (60 minutes)

Guilty Pleasures

by Julie Moggan

Premiere Date: July 12, 2012


Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love. Because real life begins where romance novels end. (60 minutes)

The City Dark

by Ian Cheney

Premiere Date: July 5, 2012

Encore Broadcast: August 12, 2013


Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light pollution, The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars. (60 minutes)

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

by Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís and Peter Kinoy

Premiere Date: June 28, 2012


The extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice. (90 minutes)

My Reincarnation

by Jennifer Fox

Premiere Date: June 21, 2012


As Chögyal Namkhai Norbu rises as a Buddhist teacher in the West, his son Yeshi, recognized as the reincarnation of a Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world. (90 minutes)

To R.P. Salazar, with Love

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: January 26, 2012


Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart, unaware of each other's existence, until a stroke of luck brought them together.

POV's 2012 Season Preview

by POV

Premiere Date: Various Dates


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

Where Soldiers Come From

by Heather Courtney

Premiere Date: November 10, 2011

Encore Broadcast: September 6, 2012


From a snowy town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, follow the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard. (90 minutes)

If a Tree Falls

by Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: September 13, 2011

Encore Broadcast: October 11, 2012


This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s "number one domestic terrorism threat." (90 minutes)

Better This World

by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Premiere Date: September 6, 2011

Encore Broadcast: August 30, 2012


The story of two men who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. (90 minutes)

Steam of Life

by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen

Premiere Date: August 2, 2011

Encore Broadcast: August 16, 2012


In Finland, the sauna is a national obsession - a place to come together and sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also grief, hopes, joys and memories. (60 minutes)

Kings of Pastry

by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker

Premiere Date: June 21, 2011

Encore Broadcast: September 13, 2012


Pastry chefs whip up the most gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their desserts for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. (90 minutes)

Presumed Guilty

by Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete and Geoffrey Smith

Premiere Date: July 27, 2010

Encore Broadcast: August 23, 2012


Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. (60 minutes)

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

by Steven Sebring

Premiere Date: December 30, 2009

Encore Broadcast: March 9, 2012


Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, this is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist Patti Smith. (120 minutes)

Sundays at Rocco's

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: TBA


A family is changed when the city made new plans for their neighborhood.

Sound of Vision

by Dongnan Chen and Julia Doran and Loretta van der Horst and Konstantin Syomin and Joseph Vele

Premiere Date: TBA


Frank Senior spends his waking and dream-swaddled hours confronting the hurdles, and embracing the beauty, of the city he will never see.