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

2009 Podcasts

Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Filmmaker Steven Sebring and Patti Smith talk to music writer Anthony DeCurtis about how they met, their decade-long collaboration, their respect for and trust in each other, and how Steven worked with 12 years of footage during the editing of the film.
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Steven Sebring

The Way We Get By
Filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly talk about their film, The Way We Get By, which takes an intimate look at three elderly troop greeters in Maine, one of whom is Gaudet's mother Joan. The filmmakers talk about how they became close to the characters, what sending a loved one off to war means and what we can all learn from the troop greeters.
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Aron Gaudet

Bronx Princess
Filmmakers Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed talk about the making of Bronx Princess. They explain why Rocky's mother expresses both excitement and trepidation about Rocky going to college, and talk about how the film reflects the changing identity of what it means to be an American.
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Musa Syeed

So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away
Filmmaker Annie P. Waldman talks about the making of her film, discusses balancing her desire to help her subjects with the need to stay at arm's length as a filmmaker, and reveals how the filmmaking process boosted the confidence of her subjects.
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Annie P. Waldman

The Principal Story
Filmmakers Tod Lending and David Mrazek talk about their film, The Principal Story. They explain why they chose to focus on principals Kerry Purcell and Tresa Dunbar and discuss what it takes to be an effective leader in America's schools.
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Tod Lending

The English Surgeon
Filmmakers Geoffrey Smith talks about his film, The English Surgeon. He talks about how Henry Marsh met Igor Kurilets and the friendship the two men have developed over 15 years of working together, and how Henry's sense of moral responsibility and desire to help others drives his work.
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Geoffrey Smith

Ella Es El Matador (She is the Matador)
Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco talk about their film, Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador). They explain how they came upon the idea of making a film about female bullfighters and talk about the perception that bullfighting is a quintessential symbol of masculinity in Spain.
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Celeste Carrasco

This Way Up
Filmmaker Georgi Lazarevski talks about his film, This Way Up. He discusses how the presences of the security barrier in the West Bank affects the residents of the Our Lady of Sorrows hospice, and talks about how he identifies with all four of the film's main subjects.
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Georgi Lazarevski

City of Cranes
Filmmaker Eva Weber talks about her short documentary, City of Cranes, which takes the viewer into the poetic, mesmerizing world of cranes. Watch the entire film.
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Eva Weber

Nutkin's Last Stand
Filmmaker Nicholas Berger talks about his short documentary, Nutkin's Last Stand, about the battle between the English red squirrel and the North American grey squirrel. Watch the entire film.
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Nicholas Berger

34x25x36
Filmmaker Jesse Epstein talks about her short documentary, 34x35x36, which examines issues of body image by heading to a mannequin factory.
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Jesse Epstein

Utopia Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall
Filmmaker Sam Green talks about his short documentary, Utopia Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall, which takes a look at an empty mall in China. Watch the entire film.
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Sam Green

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
Filmmaker Kim Longinotto talks about the making of Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, an unblinking look at Oxford's Mulberry Bush School for emotionally disturbed children.
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Kim Longinotto

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Filmmakers Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath talk about The Betrayal, their Academy Award-nominated documentary about the Phrasavath family's escape from Laos after the Vietnam War. In America, they find a different kind of war.
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Ellen Kuras

The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court
Filmmakers Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy talk about their film, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court. The film follows the court as it tries to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide.
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Pamela Yates

Life. Support. Music.
Filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar talks about the making of Life. Support. Music., which follows guitarist Jason Crigler, who suffers a brain hemorrhage on stage, and his astonishing journey to recovery.
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Eric Daniel Metzgar

Beyond Hatred
Filmmaker Olivier Meyrou talks about Beyond Hatred, the story of a family's struggle to seek justice for their murdered son while trying to transcend hatred and the desire for revenge.
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Olivier Meyrou

New Muslim Cool
Filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor talks about New Muslim Cool, which follows Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez, who pulled himself out of street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim.
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Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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