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Koch

by Neil Barsky

Premiere Date: September 22, 2014


Meet Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker. Combative, funny and blunt, he was mayor from 1978 to 1989, an era of graffiti, near-bankruptcy and crime. Before his death in 2013, the intensely private man recalled his life and legacy. (90 minutes)

Getting Back to Abnormal

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 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. (90 minutes)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014


Meet Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher in Detroit who has been waging a revolution for 75 years. Her story unfurls to portray an evolving city and to examine the power of ideas and imagination to propel change. (90 minutes)

The Law in These Parts

by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor

Premiere Date: August 19, 2013


For the first time, Israeli military and legal professionals who devised the legal framework behind the occupation are interviewed about this system, which mirrors the country’s toughest moral quandaries. (90 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)

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)

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


POV continues to share Mike and Tim Rauch's distinctive and delightful animations, bringing StoryCorps to a new audience. Watch animated shorts from past seasons. (various minutes)

Enemies of the People

by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath

Premiere Date: July 12, 2011


The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain largely unexplained. Until now. (90 minutes)

Sweetgrass

by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Premiere Date: July 5, 2011


Sweetgrass follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. (90 minutes)

My Perestroika

by Robin Hessman

Premiere Date: June 28, 2011


My Perestroika is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children searching for their places in today’s Moscow. (90 minutes)

The Most Dangerous Man in America

by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

Premiere Date: October 5, 2010

Encore Broadcast: June 7, 2011


Forty years ago, a whistleblower's daring act of conscience led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. (90 minutes)

Germans in the Woods

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 31, 2010


Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. (2 minutes)

El General

by Natalia Almada

Premiere Date: July 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. (90 minutes)

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath

Premiere Date: July 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. (90 minutes)

Inheritance

by James Moll

Premiere Date: December 10, 2008


Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, the daughter of mass murderer Amon Goeth, and her efforts to come to terms with her "inheritance." (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)

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

by Kieran Fitzgerald

Premiere Date: July 8, 2008


In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández Jr. (90 minutes)

The Camden 28

by Anthony Giacchino

Premiere Date: September 11, 2007


How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a draft board office by activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America.

Libby, Montana

by Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr

Premiere Date: August 28, 2007


In the small town of Libby, many hundreds are sick or have already died from exposure to asbestos, a notorious industrial toxin that many Americans consider long banned or under control. (60 minutes)

Revolution '67

by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno

Premiere Date: July 10, 2007


Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s.

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

by Thomas Allen Harris

Premiere Date: September 19, 2006


As part of the first wave of black South African exiles, Harris's stepfather, B. Pule Leinaeng, and his 11 comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960.

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.

Hiding and Seeking

by Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum

Premiere Date: August 30, 2005


Is it possible to heal wounds and bitterness passed down through generations? An Orthodox Jewish father tries to alert his adult sons to the dangers of creating impenetrable barriers between themselves and those outside their faith. He takes them on an emotional journey to Poland to track down the family who risked their lives to hide their grandfather for more than two years during World War II. (90 minutes)

Bright Leaves

by Ross McElwee

Premiere Date: August 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 — P.O.V. 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.

Brother Outsider

by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

Premiere Date: January 20, 2003


During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement. But his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background. (83 minutes)

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights

by Eric Paul Fournier

Premiere Date: July 10, 2001

Encore Broadcast: July 15, 2003


Of Civil Wrongs and Rights is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Fred Korematsu — who resisted the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. (54 minutes)

The Sweetest Sound

by Alan Berliner

Premiere Date: June 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. (60 minutes)

KPFA On the Air

by Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood

Premiere Date: September 19, 2000


This riveting film takes us through KPFA's passionate 50-year history, including its founding by pacifists and poets, through its defiance of Cold War conformity, to the present day challenges that confront this on-going experiment in democratic media.

Stranger with a Camera

by Elizabeth Barret

Premiere Date: July 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.

Butterfly

by Doug Wolens

Premiere Date: June 30, 2000


In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed a 1000-year-old redwood tree vowing to not come down until it was saved from being clear-cut. (53 minutes)

Regret to Inform

by Barbara Sonneborn and Janet Cole

Premiere Date: January 4, 2000


Exploring the meaning of war and loss with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the chilling legacy of war.