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PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009Check local listings »

Synopsis

POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers. Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall (By Sam Green, Carrie Lozano) - If you thought Minnesota's Mall of America was the world's biggest shopping center, think again. South China Mall is a Vegas-like spectacle built in 2005 that now sits almost entirely empty. In the current economic climate, could this be a symbol of things to come? City of Cranes (By Eva Weber) - Cranes dominate our skylines, yet few people ever notice them, nor do they notice the men and women who operate them. Spending most of their time alone up in the crane, crane operators seem to merge with their machines, becoming invisible to passers-by. City of Cranes takes the viewer hundreds of feet above the ground to hear the insights of crane operators, and see a glimpse of the poetic, mesmerizing world of cranes. Nutkin's Last Stand (By Nicholas Berger) - Something is rotten in England. A plague of North American grey squirrels threatens the beloved native red squirrel. The English are up in arms, and a band of patriots — including lords, priests, artists and farmers — has come together to fight back against the grey menace. 34x25x36 (By Jesse Epstein) - This latest installment in a trilogy about body image shows the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory outside Los Angeles and the musings of the people who decide what the perfect female body should look like.

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