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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

by Andreas Johnsen

Premiere Date: October 2, 2015

How the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Art and Craft

by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker

Premiere Date: September 25, 2015

A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

Cutie and the Boxer

by Zachary Heinzerling

Premiere Date: September 18, 2015

An Oscar®-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.

Tea Time

by Maite Alberdi

Premiere Date: July 27, 2015

A charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped five Chilean women commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.Official Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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)

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.Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with CAAM. (90 minutes)

Grounded By Reality

by Elizabeth Strickler and Phoebe Brown

Premiere Date: April 30, 2013 (Online Only)

A glimpse into an artist's everyday struggles and her fierce determination to be seen as a whole and vital person through her art making.

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 Learning

by Ramona Diaz

Premiere Date: September 20, 2011

Four Filipino women leave their families and schools to teach in the U.S. The women bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of American life. (90 minutes)

Big Birding Day

by David Wilson

Premiere Date: August 23, 2011

David Wilson offers a glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours. (12 minutes)

Not So Square

by Courtney Hermann and Jameson Posey and Lindsie Reitz

Premiere Date: August 5, 2011 (Online Only)

Think you know about the people who square dance? Think again. Not So Square follows as community of dancers who realize that square dance is a fading art form.

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library

by Carlos Rendón Zipagauta

Premiere Date: July 19, 2011

Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano brings books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. (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)


by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks

Premiere Date: August 17, 2010

Made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Michael Angus, SALT is the film extension of Murray Fredericks’ photography at the desolate yet beautiful Lake Eyre. (28 minutes)

The Archive

by Sean Dunne

Premiere Date: August 17, 2010

This is the story of a man and his records. Paul Mawhinney has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. (7 minutes)

A Different Color Blue

by Melanie Vi Levy

Premiere Date: June 29, 2010

Charles Curtis Blackwell, a semi-blind artist, lost most of his eyesight in an accident during his youth, but this adversity has only heightened his artistic gifts. (4 minutes)

The Beaches of Agnès

by Agnès Varda

Premiere Date: June 29, 2010

In this delightful memoir, the award-winning French filmmaker employs all the magic of cinema to juxtapose the real and the imagined, the past and the present, pain and joy. (120 minutes)

Behind the Lens

by POV

Premiere Date: June 28, 2010 (Online Only)

Filmmakers Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane Wagner talk about their collaborative process and DiFeliciantonio's first film, Living With AIDS, which premiered on POV in 1988.

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)


by Stewart Copeland

Premiere Date: September 22, 2009

Filmmaker Stewart Copeland explores his relationship with his late mother and the distance spaces between memory and history.

Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador)

by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco

Premiere Date: September 1, 2009

Two women matadors in Spain have a passion for bullfighting and are determined to pursue their dreams. What is it like for women to enter into this male-dominated arena? (60 minutes)

POV Shorts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 18, 2009

POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers. (60 minutes)

Belarusian Waltz

by Andrzej Fidyk

Premiere Date: August 12, 2008

The story of Alexander Pushkin, whose audacious, comical exploits against totalitarianism find him facing the hostility of the police and the consternation of his family. (60 minutes)

Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

by Robert Elfstrom

Premiere Date: August 5, 2008

Encore Broadcast: August 4, 2009

Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash revealed the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. (90 minutes)

The Last Conquistador

by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra

Premiere Date: July 15, 2008

Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream: to build the world's tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas. (60 minutes)

Ars Magna

by Cory Kelley

Premiere Date: March 1, 2008

"Ars Magna," which means "great art" in Latin, is an anagram of the word "anagrams." This Emmy-nominated short enters the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams.

(8 minutes)

Wrestling With Angels

by Freida Lee Mock

Premiere Date: December 12, 2007

Tony Kushner, whose epochal Angels in Americawon a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, begins a revival run in New York this week, is one of the country's leading playwrights — and one of its fiercest moral critics.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

by Banker White and Zach Niles

Premiere Date: June 27, 2007

Traumatized by physical injuries and brutal losses in Sierra Leone's civil war, a group of refugees fight back with the only means they have — music.

Lomax the Songhunter

by Rogier Kappers

Premiere Date: August 22, 2006

Encore Broadcast: September 2, 2008

Alan Lomax was "the song hunter," devoting his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. (90 minutes)

The Tailenders

by Adele Horne

Premiere Date: July 25, 2006

Global Recordings Network (GRN), founded in Los Angeles in 1939, has produced audio versions of Bible stories in over 5,500 languages. GRN aims to record in every language on earth. They distribute the recordings, along with ultra-low-tech hand-wind players, in isolated regions and among displaced migrant workers. GRN calls their target audience "the tailenders" because they are the last to be reached by worldwide evangelism.

Tintin and I

by Anders Østergaard

Premiere Date: July 11, 2006

Why does the comic strip The Adventures of Tintin, about an intrepid boy reporter, continue to fascinate us decades after its publication? "Tintin and I" highlights the potent social and political underpinnings that give Tintin's world such depth, and delves into the mind of Hergé, Tintin's work-obsessed Belgian creator, to reveal the creation and development of Tintin.

The Hobart Shakespeareans

by Mel Stuart

Premiere Date: September 6, 2005

Encore Broadcasts: August 15, 2006; August 7, 2007

The Hobart Shakespeareans discovers how one teacher's uncommon commitment and resourcefulness have opened up worlds of opportunity for his "disadvantaged" students — and perhaps have demonstrated a way forward for America's beleaguered public education system. (60 minutes)


by Hubert Davis

Premiere Date: August 16, 2005

Encore Broadcast: September 5, 2006

The Academy Award-nominated Hardwood is a deeply personal filmic journey by director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis. Mel, now a coach for young basketball players in Vancouver, fell in love at first sight with Hubert's mother, a white woman, at a time when racism seemed to make their union impossible. (30 minutes)