Documentaries with a point of view

Family & Society

Acting Our Age
by Michal Aviad
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 5, 1988
"There's nobody that's not going to get old — unless they die," says Enola Maxwell at the beginning of this engaging and refreshing film. Through the eyes of six women, aged 65-75, we are treated to a variety of new perspectives on aging, along with such complex and emotional subjects as changing body image, sexuality, family life and dealing with death.
American Tongues
by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 5, 1988
Rich in humor and regional color, this sometimes hilarious film uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Boston Brahmins to Black Louisiana teenagers, from Texas cowboys to New York professionals, American Tongues elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments on American English in all its diversity.
Knocking on Armageddon's Door
by Torv Carlsen and John Magnus
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 1988
Half comedy, half horror story, this disturbing film focuses on several spokesmen for America's survivalist movement as they reveal the way they think, the way they play, and the way they prepare for the next world war.
Living With AIDS
by Tina DiFeliciantonio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 1988
A graceful, moving film about a community that provides both compassion and care to a courageous 22-year-old man with AIDS.
Las Madres
by Susana Munoz and Lourdes Portillo
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 2, 1988
During the late 1970s, tens of thousands of men, women and even children were abducted by the right-wing military government in Argentina. While most of the population was terrorized by these actions, a small group of mothers of the disappeared began staging weekly demonstrations to demand that their children be released and the kidnappers be brought to justice.
Metropolitan Avenue
by Christine Noschese
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 16, 1988
Metropolitan Avenue is an inspiring contemporary story about women who strive to combine new roles and old values in our rapidly changing society. A group of "traditional" homemakers in a lively Brooklyn neighborhood rise to the challenge to become leaders in the effort to save their community.
Gates of Heaven
by Errol Morris
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 30, 1988
On the surface, this is a somewhat unusual film about pet cemeteries and their owners. But then it grows much more complicated and bizarre, until in the end it is about such large issues as love, immorality, failure, and the dogged elusiveness of the American Dream.
Best Boy
by Ira Wohl
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 6, 1988
Hailed by many critics as a classic, Best Boy is the moving story of Philly, a 53-year-old mentally-disabled man who adapts to an independent life as he prepares to move away form his elderly parents.
Coming Out
by Ted Reed
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 23, 1989
Coming Out reveals that the debutante tradition is alive and well.
The Family Album
by Alan Berliner
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 30, 1989
Watching The Family Album is like coming across a long-lost box of family photos: it's enchanting, humorous and sometimes even eerie. Director Alan Berliner spent years blending home movies and tape recordings collected from 60 different American families to assemble a composite lifetime which moves from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience.
No Applause, Just Throw Money
by Karen Goodman
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 20, 1989
On the streets and subways of New York, 101 itinerant performers whirl firesticks, mimic passers-by, imitate Stevie Wonder, tap dance and perform classical music. Karen Goodman's No Applause, Just Throw Money is a delightful mixture of music and magic moments, celebrating some joyful encounters in New York City streets.
The Fighting Ministers
by Bill Jersey and Richard Wormser
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 3, 1989
Moved by the growing desperation of thousands of laid-off steel workers, a group of ministers in Pittsburgh begins to confront the city's government and powerful corporations. Their passionate, controversial and unorthodox actions lead to profound soul-searching, Church rejection and imprisonment.
Cowboy Poets
by Kim Shelton
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 17, 1989
For more than a hundred years cowboys have written with feeling about the life and land they love. Kim Shelton's Cowboy Poets is a fascinating portrait of several contemporary poet lariats who keep that tradition alive — even on the Johnny Carson show.
Lost Angeles
by Tom Seidman
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 24, 1989
A uniquely powerful and intimate look at the lives and struggles of a group of homeless people who've been moved into an "urban campground" in Los Angeles. Made by Tom Seidman with the help of a crew that included camp "residents," Lost Angeles graphically and unsentimentally portrays the complicated realities of life on the streets.
Girltalk
by Kate Davis
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 15, 1989
Girltalk is Kate Davis' heartbreaking yet hopeful portrait of three runaway girls with histories of abuse and neglect. Music, humor, and intimate conversations play against the disturbing reality of these girls' lives.
On Ice
by Grover Babcock and Andrew Takeuchi
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 10, 1990
Cryonics — the freezing of human beings after death for future revival — is the focus of this off-beat film by two science buffs-turned-film-majors. With commentary from Timothy Leary, a theologian and skeptical scientists, On Ice is alternately deadpan and dead serious.
Letter To The Next Generation
by Jim Klein
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 17, 1990
Are college students today apathetic and self-centered? Twenty years after National Guardsmen opened fire on student antiwar demonstrators, Jim Klein, a 60's radical-turned-filmmaker (Union Maids, Seeing Red) visits the campus of Kent State to probe behind the stereotypes. Together with young patrons of the local tanning salon, activists-turned-professors, and an ROTC captain, Klein ponders the social forces that are changing campuses and the country in the 90's.
Salesman
by Albert Maysles and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 24, 1990
In its national broadcast premiere, this bittersweet classic from pioneering filmmakers follows four door-to-door Bible salesmen as they walk the line between hype and despair.
Days Of Waiting
by Steven Okazaki
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 15, 1990
Artist Estell Peck Ishigo went with her Japanese American husband into an internment camp during World War II, one of the few Caucasians to do so. Vividly recreated from Ishigo's own memoirs, photos and paintings, Days Of Waiting reveals the shattering relocation experience from an "outsider's" perspective.
Green Streets
by Maria De Luca
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 21, 1990
If a tree can grow in Brooklyn, can an eggplant flourish in the Bronx? Maria De Luca's Green Streets charts the spontaneous emergence of community gardens in New York City and how they've helped to nourish neighborhood pride, racial tolerance and a budding sense of hope for hundreds of enthusiastic gardeners in the urban jungle.
Absolutely Positive
by Peter Adair
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 18, 1991
Filmmaker Peter Adair asks 11 people — women and men, gay and straight, from all walks of life — to share their stories about living with the HIV virus.
Twinsburg, OH
by Sue Marcoux
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 25, 1991
Every year 2,500 sets of twins gather in Twinsburg, Ohio for Twins Days. Most are dressed alike, many live together, and all seem to have rhyming names. Standing out amidst the lighthearted contests and games are filmmaker Sue Marcoux and her sister Michele, separated by 3,000 miles and a lifetime of anti-twin behavior.
Turn Here Sweet Corn
by Helen De Michiel
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 9, 1991
The camera moves through a Minnesota corn field and finds a photograph of a suburban tract clothes-pinned to a cornstalk. Layered with visual and emotional paradoxes, Turn Here Sweet Corn searches for meaning beyond cliches and nostalgia, as a family farm is lost to speculative suburban real estate developers.
Berkeley In the Sixties
by Mark Kitchell
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 23, 1991
From the Free Speech Movement to the anti-war protests to the last stand over People's Park, Berkeley California became synonymous with a generation's quest for social, political, and cultural transformation.
A Little Vicious
by Immy Humes
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 30, 1991
In A Little Vicious, a pit bull, his elderly master and a dog trainer/philosopher form a curious love triangle.
The Big Bang
by James Toback
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 6, 1991
Whether the subject is sex, death, madness or God, The Big Bang never lets up in its weird and wonderful search for the meaning of it all.
Maria's Story
by Pamela Cohen and Monona Wali and Catherine M. Ryan
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 13, 1991
Filmmakers Pamela Cohen, Catherine Ryan and Monona Wali profile a female guerrilla leader in El Salvador's rebel army.
Homes Apart
by Christine Choy and JT Takagi
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 20, 1991
Ten million families were separated between North and South Korea when the Korean War ended in 1953. Beginning with the story of one man's journey to reunite with his sister in North Korea, award-winning filmmakers Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) and JT Takagi reveal the personal, social and political dimensions of the last divided nation on earth.
Casting The First Stone
by Julie Gustafson
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 3, 1991
Abortion has been at the center of one of the most dramatic and wrenching debates of our times. But the social forces and the changing lives behind the rhetoric are rarely explored. Julie Gustafson's groundbreaking film draws complex portraits of individuals on both sides of the controversy in a small town in Pennsylvania, where very different life experiences have shaped conflicting values and beliefs.
Color Adjustment
by Marlon Riggs
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 15, 1992
From Amos 'n' Andy to Nat King Cole, from Roots to The Cosby Show, blacks have played many roles on primetime television. Brilliantly weaving clips from classic TV shows with commentary from TV producers, black actors and scholars, Marlon Riggs blends humor, insight, and thoughtful analysis to explore the evolution of black/white relations as reflected by America's favorite addiction.
Intimate Stranger
by Alan Berliner
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 1992
Berliner puts his late grandfather at the center of a personal, single-family saga that shines a light into the silent, shadowy corners present in all families.
Finding Christa
by Camille Billops and James Hatch
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 1992
In 1961, Camille Billops made a painful decision: to put her four-year-old daughter, Christa, up for adoption. In Finding Christa, Billops is both filmmaker and subject as she tells the story of their separation and ultimate reconciliation.
A Season in Hell
by Walter Brock and Stephen Roszell
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 1992
A haunting portrait of a young woman who begins to starve herself in search of the "perfect" body. The film follows four years in the life of Regina Hatfield as she struggles with bulimia.
Promise Not to Tell
by Rhea Gavry
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 27, 1992
A respected member of a middle-class community is accused by his children of sexual abuse. He denies the charges. Whom do we believe? Rhea Gavry uses a gut-wrenching case set in a comfortable suburb of Salt Lake City as a context for a timely reexamination of our attitudes toward the accused and the accuser when sex is part of the equation.
Takeover
by Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 10, 1992
Homeless people simultaneously take over empty houses in eight cities.
Fast Food Women
by Anne Lewis Johnson
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 10, 1992
Anne Lewis Johnson documents the low-wage, no-benefit jobs of the 'working poor' in America's new 'service economy'.
Roger and Me
by Michael Moore
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 28, 1992
Michael Moore embarks upon a filmic odyssey to meet General Motors Chairman Roger Smith and convince him to visit Flint, Michigan for a first-hand look at how massive layoffs had devastated the local economy.
Pets or Meat
by Michael Moore
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 28, 1992
Filmmaker Michael Moore revisits his now famous hometown in a new film, Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint.
Silverlake Life
by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 15, 1993
At the heart of this ground-breaking video diary is a powerful tale of love, commitment, mortality and AIDS.
Who's Going To Pay For These Donuts, Anyway?
by Janice Tanaka
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 1993
When Japanese-American filmmaker Janice Tanaka reaches out to find her father — interned during WWII and separated form his family for decades — her discoveries both haunt and redefine her life.
When Your Head's Not A Head, It's A Nut
by Garth Stein
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 1993
Garth Stein's Hi 8 camera captures family drama and unexpected humor as his quirky, yet determined, older sister prepares to undergo brain surgery to cure her epilepsy.
For Better Or For Worse
by David Collier
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 13, 1993
They still find romance in the most unexpected places. They still argue about the smallest things. Five couples, still together after more than 50 years have a few choice words for a divorce-prone generation.
Cousin Bobby
by Jonathan Demme
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 1993
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) catches up with his long-lost cousin, Robert Castle, a fiery Harlem-based white Episcopalian priest.
Sa-I-Gu
by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and Christine Choy and Elaine Kim
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 10, 1993
"Sa-I-Gu", Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores — and lives — were devastated in the aftermath of the Rodney King Trial.
Time Indefinite
by Ross McElwee
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 7, 1994
In Ross McElwee's 1986 cult hit, Sherman's March, an idealist searches for love, happiness — and a wife. Now he's turning 40, getting married, and heading out on yet another quest.
Memories of Tata
by Sheldon Schiffer
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 1994
Are machismo, infidelity and violence inseparable? In a tragically common family saga, Sheldon Schiffer reflects on his legacy and reexamines what it means to be a man.
The Heart of the Matter
by Gini Retickler and Amber Hollibaugh
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 12, 1994
This gripping story of one HIV-positive African American woman opens a window on understanding women's sexuality in the age of AIDS.
Leona's Sister Gerri
by Jane Gillooly
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 1, 1995
A provocative film about abortion.
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
by Deborah Hoffmann
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 6, 1995
Deborah Hoffmann's poignant, sometimes funny account of coping with her mother's Alzheimer's disease. Nominated for a 1994 Academy Award.
No Place Like Home
by Kathryn Hunt
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 13, 1995
The story of 10-year-old Barbara Wilson's search, through cheap motels and homeless shelters, for permanence and security.
Lighting the 7th Fire
by Sandra Sunrising Osawa
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 4, 1995
The story of how the Chippewa Indians of Northern Wisconsin have struggled to restore the centuries- old tradition of spearfishing, and the heated opposition they have encountered.
Twitch and Shout
by Laurel Chiten
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 11, 1995
An irreverent and humorous portrayal of people with the often misunderstood neurological disorder, Tourette Syndrome.
Home Economics
by Jenny Cool
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 18, 1995
Jenny Cool interviewed women in a suburban housing development outside Los Angeles, discovering a fragile lifestyle dominated by social pressures and the daily commuter grind.
¡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.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.
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.
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.
Nobody's Business
by Alan Berliner
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Battle for the Minds
by Steven Lipscomb
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
A Healthy Baby Girl
by Judith Helfand
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 17, 1997
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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.
Jesse's Gone
by Michael Smith
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
by Laura Simon
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Girls Like Us
by Jane Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Blacks and Jews
by Deborah Kaufman and Bari Scott and Alan Snitow
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 29, 1997
Why is the mere mention of Blacks and Jews in the same breath so riddled with complexity?
The Band
by David Zeiger
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 16, 1998
When filmmaker David Zeiger decides to film his son Danny's high school band for a year, he gets a crash course in love, life and marching in formation. This poignant portrait celebrates the hormones, havoc and hope of the teen years and ultimately allows Zeiger to deepen his connection with one son, while paying tribute to the loss of another.
Tobacco Blues
by Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 19, 1998
Can a good person grow tobacco? As the cigarette war rages, small American tobacco farmers have been the often overlooked casualties. Dynamic filmmaking duo Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate travel across Kentucky to meet the families who have been growing this crop for generations, as they face the consequences of this fuming controversy in their own backyards.
Kelly Loves Tony
by Spencer Nakasako
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 30, 1998
She's a straight-A student; he's trying to leave gang life behind. A camcorder becomes both witness and confidante for these markedly singular yet utterly typical teens as they self-document the trials of growing up too fast and too soon in urban America.
If I Can't Do It
by Walter Brock
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 7, 1998
Arthur Campbell, Jr. doesn't want your sympathy, he just wants what most people do: a living wage, a meaningful social life, a few good laughs and the means to get around.
Barbie Nation
by Susan Stern
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 14, 1998
"Everybody has a Barbie story...but the stories are really about us," says reporter turned filmmaker Susan Stern as she rips the roof off Barbie's "Dreamhouse" and explores the history and fantasy behind this unlikely cultural icon.
The Vanishing Line
by Maren Monsen
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 1998
Encore Broadcast: Jun. 15, 2002
When does life become a fate worse than death? In this age of medical "miracles," increasing numbers of doctors, patients and their families are forced to face this question.
Sacrifice
by Ellen Bruno
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 28, 1998
Burmese girls, lured into prostitution with promises of a better life for themselves and their families, give voice to their experiences in this poetic tribute to their struggles for survival.
She Shorts (1998)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
A selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
Family Name
by Macky Alston
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 15, 1998
This winner of the 1997 Sundance Freedom of Expression Award follows filmmaker Macky Alston from New York to the South, as he embarks on an excavation to unearth the history of his white slave-owning family, and explores the link to the black families that shared his name.
Golden Threads
by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 8, 1999
If ever someone has embodied the maxim, age is a state of mind, it's 90-year-old Christine Burton. After decades of personal struggle, she reinvented her own life at age 80 by founding Golden Threads, an international network for older gay women.
In My Corner
by Ricki Stern
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 1999
Two teenagers seek refuge and respect in a boxing gym in the South Bronx.
The Green Monster
by David Finn and David Hess and A.C. Weary
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 1999
Art Arfons is an American original. Without a high school diploma, engineers, or even blueprints, this small town Midwestern prodigy of practical mechanics designed, built, drove and broke land speed records in a series of supercharged automobiles he dubbed The Green Monster. In this coming-of-age story for the senior set, director David Finn offers an unvarnished portrait of a flinty, single-minded, slyly charming, obsessive man literally driven to continue his race against time long after he has established himself as a living legend.
School Prayer
by Slawomir Grünberg and Ben Crane
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 1999
The battle cry on both sides is "religious freedom" when a Mississippi mother takes a stand on prayer in her children's public school. While most of Pontotoc County rally together to preserve a cornerstone of their faith, Lisa Herdahl is a lone voice calling for separation of church and state.
The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez
by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 27, 1999
A son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries learns of his parents' past. A chronicle of his turbulent journey of self-discovery, offering a striking account of the costs of fiercely held convictions and the binding force of a son's love.
La Boda
by Hannah Weyer
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 27, 2000
Elizabeth is marrying Artemio in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and you are cordially invited to the wedding. Meet these two young people from the U.S.-Mexican border region whose lives are framed by the challenges of migrant life.
Stranger with a Camera
by Elizabeth Barret
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 11, 2000
In the coal-mining heart of Appalachia's "poverty belt," where residents have felt alternately aided and assaulted by media exposure, the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor still stirs strong community feelings.
Blink
by Elizabeth Thompson
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 18, 2000
Witness the testimony of Greg Withrow, once a fanatical rising star in the white supremacist movement, as he struggles with the legacy of hatred handed down across generations.
Our House in Havana
by Stephen Olsson
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 25, 2000
After 40 years, Silvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern Cuban reality. Yet as Silvia discovers an evolving Cuba, she herself undergoes a surprising change-not entirely altering her political outlook but becoming, as she puts it, "more human."
Dreamland
by Lisanne Skyler
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 22, 2000
With a roll of the dice, 75 year-old Lou stakes everything to retire and start a new life in Las Vegas. But beneath the glittering surface of the city, Lou discovers a world quite different from his dreams.
Live Free or Die
by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 26, 2000
New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" motto acquires tense contemporary meaning when abortion politics play out in a quiet New England town.
First Person Plural
by Deann Borshay Liem
PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 18, 2000
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 10, 2010
A young Korean girl grows up with an American family: but years later, Deann Borshay Liem discovers that her Korean mother is still very much alive.
Scout's Honor
by Tom Shepard
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 19, 2001
"To be physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight" - this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can't. A 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.
The Sweetest Sound
by Alan Berliner
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 26, 2001
What's in a name? Berliner dives headfirst into the American name pool and discovers the power and mystery embedded in every name.
My American Girls
by Aaron Matthews
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 3, 2001
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2002
In vivid vérité detail, My American Girls: A Dominican Story captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews' film captures the rewards — and costs — of pursuing the American dream.
Take It From Me
by Emily Abt
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 24, 2001
As shown in the experiences of several women and their families, the new welfare system, with its recent controversial reforms, may make it easier to ignore rather than confront the complexities of poverty amidst plentitude.
In the Light of Reverence
by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 14, 2001
In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.
High School
by Frederick Wiseman
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 28, 2001
Remember high school? Renowned filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's classic documentary High School renders this nearly universal American experience in unforgettable terms.
5 Girls
by Maria Finitzo
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 2, 2001
5 Girls presents a real-life portrait of growing up female today through the eyes of five thoughtful and articulate young women. Join Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha and Haibinh as they take us on a journey through their teenage years.
The Smith Family
by Tasha Oldham
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 25, 2002
On her ninth wedding anniversary, Kim's perfect life is shattered when she learns that her husband Steve has been having affairs with men. Three years later, she discovers she is HIV-positive.
Hybrid
by Monteith McCollum
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 9, 2002
Welcome to the Midwest, land of visionary farmers like Milford Beeghly. Hybrid combines interviews, animation and rare dry wit to create a meditative portrait.
Refrigerator Mothers
by David E. Simpson and J.J. Hanley and Gordon Quinn
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 16, 2002
Encore Broadcast: Jul. 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.
Fenceline
by Slawomir Grünberg and Jane Greenberg
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 23, 2002
Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco, Louisiana, is home to two distinct communities — one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. A modern David and Goliath story, Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms.
Escuela
by Hannah Weyer
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 27, 2002
Liliana Luis is a Mexican-American teenager rushing headlong into the turbulence of puberty as she tries to finish high school. The saga of the Luis family started in POV's 2000 film, La Boda, continues in this story of one family's drive towards a better future.
Flag Wars
by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 17, 2003
Flag Wars is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. Working-class black residents in Columbus, Ohio fight to hold on to their homes. Realtors and gay home-buyers see fixer-uppers. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own.
Larry v. Lockney
by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 1, 2003
What happens when a father goes against the grain to uphold the democratic rights of his son? Meet Larry Tannahill. He was the only parent in Lockney, TX to object to the school board's new mandatory drug-testing policy.
West 47th Street
by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 19, 2003
Life on the streets of New York City for the poor and homeless is an unforgiving struggle. For those who also battle mental illness, it is marked by the additional pressures of fear, isolation and misunderstanding. West 47th Street reveals the human face of mental illness — and the faith and courage with which its victims fight to recover control of their lives.
Family Fundamentals
by Arthur Dong
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 26, 2003
What happens when conservative Christian families have children who are homosexual? Family Fundamentals goes to the heart of today's debate over homosexuality, where the personal is inextricably — and dramatically — bound up in the political.
State of Denial
by Elaine Epstein
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2003
State of Denial takes viewers into the lives of six people struggling to survive with HIV in the face of social stigma, a severe lack of access to lifesaving treatments, and their president Thabo Mbeki's controversial stance on the connection between HIV and AIDS.
What I Want My Words To Do To You
by Madeleine Gavin and Judith Katz and Gary Sunshine
PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 16, 2003
What I Want My Words To Do To You focuses on a writing group led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Ensler's classes have given birth to a powerful writing community in which women from strikingly different strata of society, all of whom are serving long sentences, help each other tell their stories.
Love & Diane
by Jennifer Dworkin
PBS Premiere Date: Apr. 21, 2004
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Love & Diane is a frank and astonishingly intimate real-life drama of a mother and daughter desperate for love and forgiveness, but caught in a devastating cycle. During the 1980s, a crack cocaine epidemic ravaged and impoverished many inner city neighborhoods. As parents like Diane succumbed to addiction, a generation of children like Love entered the foster care system. Shot over ten years, the film centers on Love and Diane after the family is reunited and is struggling to reconnect.
A Family Undertaking
by Elizabeth Westrate
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 3, 2004
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
Every Mother's Son
by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Speedo
by Jesse Moss
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
The Education of Shelby Knox
by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 21, 2005
A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Texan Shelby Knox becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education.
Big Enough
by Jan Krawitz
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 2005
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 8, 2006
In this intimate portrait, Jan Krawitz revisits some of the subjects who appeared in her 1982 award-winning film Little People. Through a prism of 'then and now,' she contrasts the youth of these individuals affected with dwarfism with their lives 20 years later. From navigating everyday life to dating and marrying, they confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace and sometimes, frustration.
The Self-Made Man
by Susan Stern
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 26, 2005
Encore Broadcast: Sep. 26, 2006
On Independence Day at Stern Ranch in central California, 77-year-old solar-energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he is seriously ill — possibly dying. Part King Lear, part Western, The Self-Made Man is a true-life family drama about a controversial issue: Should we control how we die?
Hardwood
by Hubert Davis
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Encore Broadcast: Sep. 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.
I Used to Be a Filmmaker
by Jay Rosenblatt
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt and his newborn daughter, Ella, are the main protagonists as the filmmaker documents the first 18 months of her life, showing the progression from newborn to infant to toddler (and budding filmmaker herself).
A Thousand Words
by Melba Williams
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 16, 2005
A Vietnam veteran who has suffered a stroke tries to recapture his war experience for his children through photography and moving images.
Bright Leaves
by Ross McElwee
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2005
What legacy is passed down to generations when a family is a giant tobacco producer? Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Time Indefinite — POV 1994), whose great-grandfather created the famous Bull Durham brand in his native North Carolina, takes viewers on an autobiographical journey across that state's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain.
Omar & Pete
by Tod Lending
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 13, 2005
Omar and Pete are determined to change their lives. Both have been in and out of prison for more than 30 years — never out longer than six months. This intimate and penetrating film follows these two longtime African-American friends after what they hope will be their final release.
The Boys of Baraka
by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 12, 2006
The Boys of Baraka follows four boys from Baltimore to rural Kenya, where a teacher-student ratio of one to five, a strict disciplinary program and a comprehensive curriculum form the core of an extraordinary journey in their transformation to men.
No Bigger Than a Minute
by Steven Delano
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 3, 2006
Size matters: Filmmaker Steve Delano explores his identity as a dwarf with heart and humor. Brimming with bright colors, bold images, surreal reenactments, and an original score composed from Steven's very own mutated DNA sequence, No Bigger than a Minute finds the dignity of dwarfs in an exposé of the delightful, fulfilling and sometimes shocking realities that define a tip-toe life.
Rain in a Dry Land
by Anne Makepeace
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 19, 2007
Two Somali Bantu families are transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to settle in Springfield, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.
Following Sean
by Ralph Arlyck
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 31, 2007
Ralph Arlyck goes back to San Francisco to find out what happened to the precocious four-year-old he'd met during the height of the '60s.
Arctic Son
by Andrew Walton
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 21, 2007
A clash of tradition and modernity puts a Native father and son at odds in the remote village of Old Crow, 80 miles above the Arctic Circle.
Keeping House
by May Lin Au Yong
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 4, 2007
A reflection on a mother's resolute love as she confronts the fragile promise of life through the eyes of her son.
49 Up
by Michael Apted
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 9, 2007
In one of documentary cinema's more remarkable enterprises, 49 Up is the seventh in a series of films that has profiled a group of English children every seven years, beginning in 1964.
Ars Magna
by Cory Kelley
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Calavera Highway
by Renee Tajima-Peña and Evangeline Griego
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2008
A sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings.
Critical Condition
by Roger Weisberg
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 30, 2008
What happens if you get sick and are one of 47 million Americans without health insurance?
In the Family
by Joanna Rudnick
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 1, 2008
How much would you sacrifice to survive? When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the "breast cancer gene" at age 27, she knew the information could save her life, but she didn't know what to do about it.
New Muslim Cool
by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 23, 2009
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world.
Life. Support. Music.
by Eric Daniel Metzgar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 7, 2009
When a guitarist suffers a brain hemorrhage onstage, doctors doubt he will emerge from a coma. The story of a family's astonishing struggle in the face of tragedy.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 2009
This Academy Award-nominated film chronicles Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family's escape from Laos after the Vietnam War. In America, they find a different kind of war.
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
by Kim Longinotto
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 28, 2009
An unblinking look inside a British school for emotionally disturbed kids captures what happens when a community of determined adults envelops them in love rather than force.
34x25x36
by Jesse Epstein
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
Streaming Now!
Go behind the scenes at the Patina V Mannequin Factory in City of Industry, Calif., of the artistry, craft and marketing that go into creating "the ideal woman of the moment" — in plastic.
This Way Up
by Georgi Lazarevski
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 25, 2009
The security wall being built by Israel on the West Bank has isolated a nursing home, leaving its residents to face old age in the throes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Principal Story
by Tod Lending and David Mrazek
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 15, 2009
Over the course of a school year, two public school principals with unique styles and similar passions make a difference in the lives of their students.
So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away
by Annie P. Waldman
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 22, 2009
A determined group of teenagers return to New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina to finish high school. Since Katrina, one out of five teens live without parents.
Jennifer
by Stewart Copeland
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 22, 2009
Filmmaker Stewart Copeland explores his relationship with his late mother and the distance spaces between memory and history.
Bronx Princess
by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 22, 2009
Rocky Otoo is the sassy teenage daughter of Ghanaian parents. After she rebels against her mother's rule in the Bronx, she flees to her father, a chief in Ghana.
The Way We Get By
by Aron Gaudet
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 11, 2009
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 3, 2010
Over the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine.
Notes on Milk
by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum
PBS Premiere Date: Apr. 21, 2010
A poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America's favorite drink: the industry's spiritual underpinnings, politics and the struggle of independent farmers.
Food, Inc.
by Robert Kenner
PBS Premiere Date: Apr. 21, 2010
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 9, 2011
This 2010 Oscar-nominated film lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer.
William Kunstler
by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 2010
In this intimate biography, Kunstler's daughters seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.
A Different Color Blue
by Melanie Vi Levy
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Bye
by Anthony Morrison
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 13, 2010
Bye follows Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of school in the Bronx.
El General
by Natalia Almada
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 2010
Past and present collide as the daughter of Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico's president in 1924, reflects on his legacy.
StoryCorps Shorts: Danny and Annie: Parts I & II
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2010
Streaming Now!
In an intimate and heartbreaking glimpse into a marriage, this animated short witnesses true love as it braves the finality of loss.
Trash-Out
by Maria Fortiz-Morse
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2010
This deeply affecting and simple short shows workers cleaning out a house that has been foreclosed upon. What does an empty house say that was once a home?
StoryCorps Shorts
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch and Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2010
Streaming Now!
POV continues to share StoryCorps stories through the distinctive and delightful animations of The Rauch Brothers and Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi, bringing their recordings to a new audience.
StoryCorps Shorts: Q&A
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2010
Streaming Now!
This four-minute animated short from the producers of StoryCorps features Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, interviewing his mother, Sarah.
The Edge of Dreaming
by Amy Hardie
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2010
Can dreams predict the future? A filmmaker explores dreams, neuroscience and the realm of spirituality in this fascinating investigation of the human subconscious.
Seltzer Works
by Jessica Edwards
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2010
The last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink's place in history.
Adoption Stories
by Deann Borshay Liem and Nicole Opper and Stephanie Wang-Breal
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2010
POV features three films about adoption — Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal; Off and Running by Nicole Opper; and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem — and has launched a national public awareness campaign to examine issues facing adoptees and families who choose to adopt.
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy
by Stephanie Wang-Breal
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2010
What is it like to be torn from your Chinese foster family, put on a plane with strangers and wake up in a new country, family and culture?
Off and Running
by Nicole Opper
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 7, 2010
Avery is one of three children adopted by a Jewish lesbian couple in Brooklyn. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s is like most families — until she writes to her birth mother.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Icing on the Cake
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 7, 2010
Streaming Now!
The daughter of two Mexican immigrants reveals how much she saw of her parents' lives as a child — and the inspiration she drew from their struggles.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Human Voice
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 7, 2010
Streaming Now!
Studs Terkel talks about what has been lost in modern life and where he sees hope for our future.
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
by Deann Borshay Liem
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 14, 2010
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966.
My Perestroika
by Robin Hessman
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 2011
My Perestroika is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children searching for their places in today’s Moscow.
Not So Square
by Courtney Hermann and Jameson Posey and Lindsie Reitz
Digital Premiere Date: Aug. 5, 2011
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.
Flawed
by Andrea Dorfman
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
The story of a long-distance relationship with a man whose profession — plastic surgery — gives the woman plenty of fodder.
Six Weeks
by Marcin Janos Krawczyk
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Six weeks is the period in which parents of newborn babies in Poland may decide to give up a child for adoption.
StoryCorps Shorts: No More Questions!
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Streaming Now!
A grandmother who shared her entertaining life stories with StoryCorps is remembered by her son and granddaughter.
Tiffany
by Alix Lambert
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Beverly Morris tells of her ongoing struggle to hold on to the most contested object in her divorce — the Tiffany lamp, in this animated short.
StoryCorps Shorts: Miss Devine
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Streaming Now!
Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their inimitable Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine.
POV Short Cuts (2011)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
A one-hour collection of documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers, including: Big Birding Day, Flawed, Miss Devine, No More Questions, Six Weeks and Tiffany.
StoryCorps Shorts: September 11 Stories
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Sep. 6, 2011
Streaming Now!
In this special collection of shorts from the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps, family and loved ones remember the people they lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
StoryCorps Shorts: Always a Family
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Sep. 6, 2011
Streaming Now!
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower to say goodbye.
StoryCorps Shorts: She Was The One
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Sep. 7, 2011
Streaming Now!
From the moment Richard Pecorella met Karen Juday, he knew she was the one. They were inseparable until Sept. 11, 2001, the day that two planes attacked the World Trade Center towers.
StoryCorps Shorts: John and Joe
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Sep. 8, 2011
Streaming Now!
On September 11, 2001, the Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Their father remembers them and copes with his loss.
Last Train Home
by Lixin Fan
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 27, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2013
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration.
Racing Dreams
by Marshall Curry
PBS Premiere Date: Feb. 23, 2012
In Racing Dreams, three "tweens" dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. A humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle.
StoryCorps Shorts: To R.P. Salazar, with Love
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Mar. 24, 2012
Streaming Now!
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.
My Reincarnation
by Jennifer Fox
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Guilty Pleasures
by Julie Moggan
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 12, 2012
Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love. Because real life begins where romance novels end.
Up Heartbreak Hill
by Erica Scharf
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
StoryCorps Shorts: Facundo the Great
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Streaming Now!
The new kid at school becomes a hero when his teachers cannot find a way to anglicize his name.
StoryCorps Shorts: A Family Man
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Streaming Now!
Sam Black talks to his wife about his father, an enduring lesson and the power of a look.
StoryCorps Shorts: Eyes on the Stars
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Streaming Now!
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 (2012)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Sound of Vision
by Dongnan Chen and Julia Doran and Loretta van der Horst and Konstantin Syomin and Joseph Vele
Digital Premiere Date: Sep. 13, 2012
Streaming Now!
Frank Senior spends his waking and dream-swaddled hours confronting the hurdles, and embracing the beauty, of the city he will never see.
I'm Carolyn Parker
by Jonathan Demme
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
Nostalgia for the Light
by Patricio Guzmán
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 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.
StoryCorps Shorts: Sundays at Rocco's
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 15, 2012
PBS Premiere Date: Mar. 24, 2013
Streaming Now!
Nicholas Petron remembers family dinners at his grandfather's place and how everything changed when the city made new plans for their neighborhood.
Grounded By Reality
by Elizabeth Strickler and Phoebe Brown
Digital Premiere Date: Apr. 30, 2013
Streaming Now!
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.
Homegoings
by Christine Turner
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 24, 2013
Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Homegoings paints a portrait of grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."
Only the Young
by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 15, 2013
Three teens in a Southern California town wrestle with questions of love and friendship along with adult realities of financial uncertainty.
xoxosms
by Nancy Schwartzman
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 15, 2013
Streaming Now!
The modern-day love story of a guy from small-town Illinois who reaches out to a beautiful New York City art student from Korea. They meet in the only place that such different people might ever find each other— online.
High Tech, Low Life
by Stephen Maing
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 22, 2013
High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters, bloggers who are fighting censorship to document the underside of the country's rapid economic development.
Neurotypical
by Adam Larsen
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 29, 2013
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2014
A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a "neurotypical" world.
5 Broken Cameras
by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 26, 2013
Oscar®nominee 5 Broken Cameras depicts life in a West Bank village where a security fence is being built. The film was shot by a Palestinian and co-directed by an Israeli.
Ping Pong
by Hugh Hartford and Anson Hartford
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 9, 2013
Seven players with 620 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships. Ping Pong is a meditation on mortality and a joyous tribute to the human spirit.
The World Before Her
by Nisha Pahuja
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2013
The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.
Best Kept Secret
by Samantha Buck
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 23, 2013
A Newark, N.J. public high school teacher races against the clock to find a place in the world for her students with autism before they graduate and "age out" of a unique and caring support system.
Brooklyn Castle
by Katie Dellamaggiore
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 7, 2013
Brooklyn public school I.S. 318, serving mostly minority students from working-class families, has won more than 30 national chess championships, the country’s best record.
56 Up
by Michael Apted
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 14, 2013
In 1964 a group of 7-year-old children were interviewed for the groundbreaking documentary Seven Up. Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. Now they are 56.
StoryCorps Shorts: Marking the Distance
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Streaming Now!
Gweneviere Mann talks to her boyfriend Yasir Salem about losing her short term memory.
Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 28, 2013
Streaming Now!
Celebrate the transformative power of listening with this animated special from the oral history project StoryCorps, which captures intimate conversations among everyday people.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Road Home
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 28, 2013
Digital Premiere Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Streaming Now!
Eddie Lanier struggled with alcoholism for over 40 years, until his 28th stint in rehab finally led to sobriety.
American Promise
by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
PBS Premiere Date: Feb. 3, 2014
In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson film their son and his friend, who attend one of the country’s most prestigious private schools.
The Jazz Ticket
by Rob King and Noel True
Digital Premiere Date: Feb. 3, 2014
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A high school jazz teacher helps kids in LA's toughest neighborhoods go to college.
StoryCorps Shorts: Me & You
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Streaming Now!
In New York, 73-year-old Jackie Miller talks to her adopted son, Scott, about her early life, shedding new light on his adoption.
Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds
by Stewart Copeland
Digital Premiere Date: Mar. 5, 2014
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In 1968 Roger Smith ate a peach during a break from work and carved the pit into a pig.
Good Soil
by Sebastian Lemke and Benjamin Leers and Pablo Ben Yakov and Roland Scheliga and Christoph Ortmann
Digital Premiere Date: Mar. 12, 2014
Streaming Now!
The Meier brothers' nursery faces the edge of the Garzweiler II coal pit. Every day the digger comes closer. A grey and lonesome world—except for one hidden place.
The Whistle
by Grzegorz Zariczny
Digital Premiere Date: Apr. 7, 2014
Streaming Now!
The Whistle follows Marcin, a soccer referee in small-town Poland who faces angry players, managers and fans as he yearns for a better job and a better life.
When I Walk
by Jason DaSilva
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 23, 2014
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
Getting Back to Abnormal
by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 14, 2014
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll.
Dance for Me
by Katrine Philp
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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?
StoryCorps Short: A Good Man
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 2014
Streaming Now!
Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. In this StoryCorps Animated Short, he talks to his brother Mike about reconnecting years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay.
Fallen City
by Qi Zhao
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 28, 2014
After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors.
15 to Life
by Nadine Pequeneza
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 2014
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
A World Not Ours
by Mahdi Fleifel
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2014
A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
After Tiller
by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 1, 2014
Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country openly provide late abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.
The Genius of Marian
by Banker White and Anna Fitch
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 8, 2014
When Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, her family grapples with the disease alongside her, and her eldest son attempts to recover her memories by recording conversations in this visually rich, poignant film.
StoryCorps Shorts: 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 10, 2014
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Streaming Now!
In August 2005, Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Iraq.
StoryCorps Shorts: Military Voices
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 10, 2014
Streaming Now!
StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative aims to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Last Viewing
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Nov. 11, 2014
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2015
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Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son.
StoryCorps Shorts: Clean Streets
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
Digital Premiere Date: Apr. 30, 2015
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 11, 2015
Streaming Now!
New York City sanitation worker Angelo Bruno and his long-time partner, Eddie Nieves, talk about becoming a part of the community they served on their route.
The Overnighters
by Jesse Moss
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2015
Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor risks everything to help them. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
StoryCorps Shorts: A More Perfect Union
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2015
Streaming Now!
Theresa Burroughs recalls her persistence to claim her right to vote during the Jim Crow era in the rural South.
Tough Love
by Stephanie Wang-Breal
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 6, 2015
Having lost custody of their children to Child Protective Services, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
Web Junkie
by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 13, 2015
An extraordinary look into a internet addiction rehab in Beijing, China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Tea Time
by Maite Alberdi
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Point and Shoot
by Marshall Curry
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2015
In 2006, Matt VanDyke left his home in search of a "crash course in manhood" and ended up amidst a revolution in the Middle East. A co-production of Marshall Curry Productions, American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Winner, Best Documentary Feature Award, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Storm Makers
by Guillaume Suon
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2015
An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.
Cutie and the Boxer
by Zachary Heinzerling
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
by Mikaela Shwer
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 21, 2015
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she's ever known — the United States. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.
Art and Craft
by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Saint of Dry Creek
by Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi
Digital Premiere Date: Oct. 11, 2015
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Patrick Haggerty remembers his father's unexpected advice to his gay son in rural Washington during the 1950s.