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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.

Tea Time

by Maite Alberdi

Broadcast: Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


A charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped five Chilean women commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.Official Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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Beats of the Antonov

by hajooj kuka, Steven Markovitz

Broadcast: Monday, August 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Aug. 4, 2015 – Sept. 2, 2015


Sudanese civilians facing government bombing campaigns celebrate their heritage through music, finding hope and a common identity. Winner, Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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When I Walk

by Jason DaSilva

Broadcast: Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)
This is an encore broadcast.*


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 CAAM.

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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.

Neuland

by Anna Thommen

Broadcast: Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Aug. 18, 2015 – Sept. 16, 2015


One teacher prepares his students for their new life in Switzerland as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.

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Point and Shoot

by Marshall Curry

Broadcast: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Aug. 25, 2015 – Sept. 23, 2015


In 2006, Matt VanDyke left his home in search of a "crash course in manhood" and ended up amidst a revolution in the Middle East. A co-production of Marshall Curry Productions, American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Winner, Best Documentary Feature Award, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

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The Storm Makers

by Guillaume Suon

Broadcast: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.

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Cutie and the Boxer

by Zachary Heinzerling

Broadcast: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Sept. 19, 2015 – Oct. 18, 2015


An Oscar®-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

by Mikaela Shwer

Broadcast: Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Sept. 22, 2015 – Oct. 21, 2015


In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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Art and Craft

by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker

Broadcast: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)
  • Online: Sept. 26, 2015 – Oct. 25, 2015


A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

by Andreas Johnsen

Broadcast: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


How the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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Past Programs


Return to Homs

by Talal Derki

Broadcast: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.

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Web Junkie

by Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia

Broadcast: Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


An extraordinary look into a internet addiction rehab in Beijing, China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Tough Love

by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Broadcast: Monday, July 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


Having lost custody of their children to Child Protective Services, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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The Overnighters

by Jesse Moss

Broadcast: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor risks everything to help them. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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A More Perfect Union

by Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch

Broadcast: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM (2:48 minutes)


Theresa Burroughs recalls her persistence to claim her right to vote during the Jim Crow era in the rural South.

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The Caretaker

by Theo Rigby, Kate McLean

Broadcast: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


The Caretaker is a portrait of two women who are outsiders in the place they call home. Haru is a 95-year-old Japanese-American migrant who was interned during World War II. Joesy is an undocumented worker from Fiji who cares for her.

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The Last Viewing

by Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch

Broadcast: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son.

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Out in the Night

by blair dorosh-walther

Broadcast: Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM ( minutes)


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).

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The Act of Killing

by Joshua Oppenheimer

Broadcast: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM (120 minutes)


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.

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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 Genius of Marian

by Banker White, Anna Fitch

Broadcast: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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.

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After Tiller

by Martha Shane, Lana Wilson

Broadcast: Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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.

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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.

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A World Not Ours

by Mahdi Fleifel

Broadcast: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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

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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.

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

by Nadine Pequeneza

Broadcast: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes)


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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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.

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Dance for Me

by Katrine Philp

Broadcast: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM (90 minutes)


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.

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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)


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.

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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.

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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)


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.

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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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Tea Time

Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five Chilean women, ritual centers on a monthly gathering that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change.


Return to Homs

A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.


Web Junkie

Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: "Reality is too fake."


Tough Love

Two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families.


Out in the Night

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.


In the Light of Reverence

In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites.


Listening Is an Act of Love

Six stories from 10 years of StoryCorps.


Brother Outsider

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.


Well-Founded Fear

This powerful film takes an unprecedented look into the asylum process at the former INS.



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