Documentaries with a point of view


by Lisa Leeman
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 3, 1990
Gary, a 39 year-old successful animation artist and devout Christian, is pursuing a lifelong dream — to become a woman. Metamorphosis is a candid, non-sensational and sometimes humorous journey of nearly three years as Gary prepares physically and emotionally for sex reassignment surgery. Along the way, the film raises provocative questions about what really makes us men and women.
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.
Tongues Untied
by Marlon Riggs
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 16, 1991
"Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied rises above the 'deeply personal' — far above it — in exploring what it means to be black and gay."
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.
One Nation Under God
by Teodoro Maniaci and Francine Rzeznik
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 14, 1994
Can homosexuality be cured? From exorcisms to shock therapy, from Homosexuals Anonymous to beauty make-overs for lesbians, many have tried. While some of these methods may seem comical, filmmakers Teodoro Maniaci and Francine Rzeznik pose serious questions about who's asking gay men and lesbians to change and why.
A Litany For Survival
by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 18, 1996
Poet, lover, mother, warrior — Audre Lorde wrote passionately of love and anger, civil rights and sexuality, family politics and the glories of nature.
The Transformation
by Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 9, 1996
Ricardo was once Sara, a homeless HIV positive transvestite, living in the underbelly of Manhattan. Today he is a churchgoing, married man, saved by a Dallas ministry.
Licensed to Kill
by Arthur Dong
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 23, 1998
Arthur Dong goes inside prison to probe the minds and souls of men whose attitudes towards homosexuality have led them to murder.
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.
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.
Brother Outsider
by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer
PBS Premiere Date: Jan. 20, 2003
Streaming Now (Until Mar. 31, 2016)
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.
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.
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.
Beyond Hatred
by Olivier Meyrou
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 30, 2009
The story of a family's struggle to seek justice for their murdered son while trying to transcend hatred and the desire for revenge.
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.
StoryCorps Short: A Good Man
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 21, 2014
Streaming Now (Until Jul. 20, 2018)
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.
Out in the Night
by blair dorosh-walther
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 2015
A moving account of four women sensationalized by the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians" reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
StoryCorps Shorts: The Saint of Dry Creek
by Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi
Digital Premiere Date: Oct. 11, 2015
Streaming Now (Until Oct. 11, 2019)
Patrick Haggerty remembers his father's unexpected advice to his gay son in rural Washington during the 1950s.