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15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

by Nadine Pequeneza

Premiere Date: August 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. (60 minutes)

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)

American Promise

by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Premiere Date: February 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. (120 minutes)

Making It

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: November 28, 2013


Noe Rueda grew up on Chicago’s West Side, raised by a single mom. Noe watched his family struggle and decided to help. Noe told Alex Fernandez, his high school economics teacher, about launching his first business venture.

Brooklyn Castle

by Katie Dellamaggiore

Premiere Date: October 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. (90 minutes)

Best Kept Secret

by Samantha Buck

Premiere Date: September 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. (90 minutes)

Only the Young

by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims

Premiere Date: July 15, 2013


Three teens in a Southern California town wrestle with questions of love and friendship along with adult realities of financial uncertainty. (70 minutes)

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.

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)

Racing Dreams

by Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: February 23, 2012


In Racing Dreams, three "tweens" dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. A humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle. (90 minutes)

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)

Off and Running

by Nicole Opper

Premiere Date: September 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. (90 minutes)

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy

by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Premiere Date: August 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? (90 minutes)

Adoption Stories

by Deann Borshay Liem and Nicole Opper and Stephanie Wang-Breal

Premiere Date: August 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. (various minutes)

Q&A

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: August 24, 2010


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. (4 minutes)

Bye

by Anthony Morrison

Premiere Date: July 13, 2010


Bye follows Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of school in the Bronx. (9 minutes)

Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Premiere Date: September 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. (60 minutes)

So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away

by Annie P. Waldman

Premiere Date: September 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.

The Principal Story

by Tod Lending and David Mrazek

Premiere Date: September 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. (60 minutes)

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

by Kim Longinotto

Premiere Date: July 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. (90 minutes)

Following Sean

by Ralph Arlyck

Premiere Date: July 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. (90 minutes)

Rain in a Dry Land

by Anne Makepeace

Premiere Date: June 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.

The Boys of Baraka

by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Premiere Date: September 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.

Kokoyakyu

by Kenneth Eng

Premiere Date: July 4, 2006

Encore Broadcast: August 26, 2008


In Japan, baseball is not a pastime — it's an obsession epitomized by the national high school baseball tournament known simply as "Koshien." (60 minutes)

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)

A Song for Daniel

by Jason DaSilva

Premiere Date: August 23, 2005


A Song for Daniel compares a routine day of two nine-year-old boys — one living in Baghdad and the other, born and raised in New York City — and offers a profound examination of culture and place through the eyes of two Iraqi youth living on opposite sides of the world. (9 minutes)

The Education of Shelby Knox

by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt

Premiere Date: June 21, 2005


A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Texan Shelby Knox becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education. (90 minutes)

Lost Boys of Sudan

by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk

Premiere Date: September 28, 2004


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

Larry v. Lockney

by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck

Premiere Date: July 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. (54 minutes)

Escuela

by Hannah Weyer

Premiere Date: August 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 P.O.V.'s 2000 film, La Boda, continues in this story of one family's drive towards a better future. (53 minutes)

Mai's America

by Marlo Poras

Premiere Date: August 6, 2002


A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime — to study in the United States. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai’s unforgettable journey offers an outsider’s glimpse inside America. (80 minutes)