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POV Podcasts

POV brings a collection of documentary filmmakers, writers, experts, and viewers together for conversations about topics relevant to POV's nonfiction films.

2007 Podcasts

Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Filmmaker Freida Lee Mock talks about how she became interested in the subject of her film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, how she pursued him and why she thinks he is an inspirational figure. (12 minutes)
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Freida Lee Mock

49 Up
Filmmaker Michael Apted talks about the drama of ordinary life in his film 49 Up, the seventh installment of the Up Series, one of documentary cinema's most remarkable enterprises, and according to Apted, "the most important work" that he's ever done. (34 minutes)
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Michael Apted

Lumo: A Conversation with Eve Ensler
Playwright and activist Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, and activist Christine Schuler Deschryver talk to journalist Michele Kort of Ms. Magazine about the horrors of sexual violence and its aftermath in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Find out how you can help. (16 minutes)
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Eve Ensler

Filmmakers Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Nelson Walker III talk about their film Lumo, which follows Lumo Sinai, a young woman in eastern Congo who fell victim to rape, which resulted in a fistula, a chronic condition that leaves women incontinent. (14 minutes)
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Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

The Camden 28
How far would you go to stop a war? For a group of Catholic Left activists during the Vietnam War, the answer involved breaking into a draft board office. Filmmaker Anthony Giacchino talks about making his film, The Camden 28. (10 minutes)
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Anthony Giacchino

Made in L.A.
Filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar talk about the making of their film Made in L.A., which follows three Latina garment workers as they participate in a boycott campaign against Forever 21, a clothing retailer whose clothes they sew. (13 minutes)
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Almudena Carracedo

Libby, Montana
Filmmakers Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr talk about their film Libby, Montana, which documents the story of a seemingly ideal American town that was also the site of the worst case of community-wide exposure to a toxic substance in U.S. history. (11 minutes)
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Doug Hawes-Davis

Arctic Son
The clash of tradition and modernity puts a Native father and son at odds in a remote village 80 miles above the Arctic Circle in Arctic Son. Filmmaker Andrew Walton talks the process of making the film and how he built trust with his characters. (11 minutes)
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Andrew Walton

Following Sean
Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck talks about his film, Following Sean. Arlyck first met four-year-old Sean in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury at the height of the 1960s. Thirty years and a lifetime later, Arlyck returns in search of the adult Sean might have become.
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Ralph Arlyck

Prison Town, USA
Hear from filmmakers Po Kutchins and Katie Galloway, who talk about their film Prison Town, USA, which tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resucitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences. (11 minutes)
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Katie Galloway

The Chances of the World Changing
The Chances of the World Changing chronicles Richard Ogust, who kept 1,200 turtles in his Manhattan apartment in an effort to save endangered turtles. Filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar talks about the making of the film. (8 minutes)
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Eric Daniel Metzgar

Revolution '67: New Jersey Historical Society Panel Discussion
Listen to a special panel of historians and activists discuss the 1967 Newark riots and their aftermath. Recorded at the New Jersey Historical Society's special screening of Revolution '67. (21 minutes)
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Revolution '67

Revolution '67
Filmmaker Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno talks about the making of her film, Revolution '67, which chornicles the six-day Newark, New Jersey urban rebellion that occurred forty years ago. (8 minutes)
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Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno

Standing Silent Nation
Filmmakers Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann talk about their film Standing Silent Nation, about a Lakota family that planted hemp, a relative of marijuana that is illegal to grow in the U.S. (8 minutes)
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Suree Towfighnia

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
In this week's podcast, filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White talk about how they came to make Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, an extraordinary story of a group of refugees who fight back with music. (12 minutes)
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Banker White

Rain in a Dry Land
POV's director of programming and production Chris White interviews filmmaker Anne Makepeace about her film, Rain in a Dry Land. The film follows two Somali Bantu families from a refugee camp in Kenya through their first year and a half in America. Makepeace talks about her inspiration for Rain in a Dry Land, the plight of refugees in America and the ethical challenges of making a verité film. (14 minutes)
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Anne Makepeace

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