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POV airs new independent documentaries on Monday nights during the summer and fall. Dates and times below reflect national PBS broadcasts.

When I Walk

by Jason DaSilva

Broadcast: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Jason DaSilva was 25 and a rising filmmaker when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and inspired to film this forthright—and surprisingly uplifting—look at his new life. He searches for a cure, yet a different miracle comes his way. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Broadcast: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: July 1, 2014 – July 30, 2014


Meet Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher in Detroit who has been waging a revolution for 75 years. Her story unfurls to portray an evolving city and to examine the power of ideas and imagination to propel change. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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My Way To Olympia

by Niko von Glasow

Broadcast: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games “stupid?” When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

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Getting Back to Abnormal

by Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler

Broadcast: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: July 15, 2014 – Aug. 12, 2014


Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.

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Dance for Me

by Katrine Philp

Broadcast: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: July 22, 2014 – Aug. 20, 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?

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A Good Man

by Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch

Broadcast: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM (3 minutes)


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. Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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Fallen City

by Qi Zhao

Broadcast: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

by Nadine Pequeneza

Broadcast: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)
  • Online: Aug. 5, 2014 – Sept. 3, 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.

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Neurotypical

by Adam Larsen

Broadcast: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a "neurotypical" world.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

A World Not Ours

by Mahdi Fleifel

Broadcast: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: Aug. 19, 2014 – Sept. 17, 2014


A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

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Big Men

by Rachel Boynton

Broadcast: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

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After Tiller

by Martha Shane, Lana Wilson

Broadcast: Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: Sept. 2, 2014 – Oct. 1, 2014


Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country openly provide late abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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The Genius of Marian

by Banker White, Anna Fitch

Broadcast: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
  • Online: Sept. 9, 2014 – Oct. 8, 2014


When Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, her family grapples with the disease alongside her, and her eldest son attempts to recover her memories by recording conversations in this visually rich, poignant film. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Koch

by Neil Barsky

Broadcast: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Meet Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker. Combative, funny and blunt, he was mayor from 1978 to 1989, an era of graffiti, near-bankruptcy and crime. Before his death in 2013, the intensely private man recalled his life and legacy.

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The Act of Killing

by Joshua Oppenheimer

Broadcast: Fall 2014 Special Presentation


An Oscar® nominee and the most honored documentary of 2013, this dreamlike, terrifying film asks Indonesian death-squad leaders to dramatize their roles in genocide. In a mind-bending twist, they play both themselves and their victims. Winner, 2014 BAFTA Film Award, Best Documentary.

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Past Programs


Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

by Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch

Broadcast: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM (30 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


Celebrate the transformative power of listening with this animated special from the oral history project StoryCorps, which captures intimate conversations among everyday people.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

American Promise

by Joe Brewster , Michèle Stephenson

Broadcast: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM (120 minutes)


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.

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56 Up

by Michael Apted

Broadcast: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM (140 minutes)


In 1964 a group of 7-year-old children were interviewed for the groundbreaking documentary Seven Up. Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. Now they are 56.

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Brooklyn Castle

by Katie Dellamaggiore

Broadcast: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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.

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Best Kept Secret

by Samantha Buck

Broadcast: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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.

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The World Before Her

by Nisha Pahuja

Broadcast: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.

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Ping Pong

by Hugh Hartford, Anson Hartford

Broadcast: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


Seven players with 620 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships. Ping Pong is a meditation on mortality and a joyous tribute to the human spirit.

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5 Broken Cameras

by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Broadcast: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Oscar®nominee 5 Broken Cameras depicts life in a West Bank village where a security fence is being built. The film was shot by a Palestinian and co-directed by an Israeli.

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The Law in These Parts

by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Liran Atzmor

Broadcast: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


For the first time, Israeli military and legal professionals who devised the legal framework behind the occupation are interviewed about this system, which mirrors the country’s toughest moral quandaries.

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The City Dark

by Ian Cheney

Broadcast: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light pollution, The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Last Train Home

by Lixin Fan

Broadcast: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

High Tech, Low Life

by Stephen Maing

Broadcast: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters, bloggers who are fighting censorship to document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development.

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Only the Young

by Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims

Broadcast: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM (70 minutes)


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

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xoxosms

by Nancy Schwartzman

Broadcast: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM (14 minutes)


The modern-day love story of a guy from small-town Illinois who reaches out to a beautiful New York City art student from Korea. They meet in the only place that such different people might ever find each other—online.

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Herman's House

by Angad Singh Bhalla

Broadcast: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Herman Wallace has spent more than 40 years in a 6’ x 9’ prison cell. He works with artist Jackie Sumell to imagine his "dream home," questioning justice and punishment in America.

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Special Flight

by Fernand Melgar

Broadcast: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, points up contradictions between compassionate social policies and intractable immigration laws.

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Homegoings

by Christine Turner

Broadcast: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Homegoings paints a portrait of grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

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Girl Model

by A. Sabin, David Redmon

Broadcast: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


The provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen through the eyes of a conflicted American modeling scout and the 13-year-old girl she discovers.

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Reportero

by Bernardo Ruiz

Broadcast: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue publishing the news.

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Nostalgia for the Light

by Patricio Guzmán

Broadcast: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


In the Atacama Desert, earthly and celestial quests meld. Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.

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Sun Kissed

by Maya Stark, Adi Lavy

Broadcast: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


When a Navajo couple uncovers a hidden link between their children’s rare genetic disorder and the American government’s conquest of their tribe, their lives are changed forever.

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

by Marshall Curry

Broadcast: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s "number one domestic terrorism threat."

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Give Up Tomorrow

by Michael Collins, Marty Syjuco

Broadcast: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


A riveting exposé of corruption and injustice in the Philippines, chronicling a sensational murder case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment — but fails to free an innocent man.

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El Velador (The Night Watchman)

by Natalia Almada

Broadcast: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


From dusk to dawn, a guard watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords.

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I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

by Jonathan Demme

Broadcast: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


Jonathan Demme’s portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans tells the story of Carolyn Parker, a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, who is fighting for the right to rebuild her home and community.

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Kings of Pastry

by Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker

Broadcast: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


Pastry chefs whip up the most gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their desserts for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Where Soldiers Come From

by Heather Courtney

Broadcast: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


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.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Better This World

by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway

Broadcast: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


The story of two men who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Presumed Guilty

by Roberto Hernández, Layda Negrete, Geoffrey Smith

Broadcast: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. Watch now »  

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

Steam of Life

by Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen

Broadcast: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


In Finland, the sauna is a national obsession - a place to come together and sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also grief, hopes, joys and memories.

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* Note: Not all PBS stations choose to rebroadcast encore presentations. Please check local listings to see whether this show will be airing.

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Listening Is an Act of Love

Six stories from 10 years of StoryCorps.


Neurotypical

A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a "neurotypical" world.


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A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who turns the camera on himself.


Kelly Loves Tony

A camcorder becomes both witness and confidante for these markedly singular yet utterly typical teens as they self-document the trials of growing up too fast and too soon in urban America.


Girl Model

As a young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth — and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.


If a Tree Falls

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America's most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America's "number one domestic terrorism threat."


Racing Dreams

Though they aren't old enough for driver's licenses, Brandon, Josh and Annabeth race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the World Karting Association's national series, the "Little League" of professional racing.



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