When I Walk
When I Walk

While the 2013-2014 Independent Lens season has now wound down to a close (the final film of the season The New Black just had its broadcast premiere last week), we’re not going to hang our heads about it. Namely, because as we transition into a break, our friends at POV are just heating up for summer, with another fantastic season of acclaimed documentaries. The 27th season of POV begins today, Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10 pm (check local listings) on PBS and continues with regular broadcasts through September 2014. As always, (and to borrow from the POV blog), the “POV slate features films from around the globe that are a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.”

POV’s season kicks off with the broadcast premiere of When I Walk [ITVS page] by Jason DaSilva. DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. “Extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise,” wrote Inkoo Kang in the Los Angeles Times.

Visit the POV site to watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast (June 24, 2014 – July 23, 2014), watch an extended interview with filmmaker-subject DaSilva and see what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, find out how you can “make the world a more accessible place” with AXS Map, and ask the filmmakers about the film on Twitter tomorrow (Tuesday, June 24, 2014) from 7 pm to 9 pm ET (4-6 PT).

For the complete lineup of POV’s Season 27 films, visit: pbs.pov/org.

When I Walk also has its own blog as well, which include the filmmaker’s personal journal-ish entries and videos.

When I Walk trailer:

Meanwhile, we also urge you to watch the ITVS-produced series airing on the WORLD Channel this summer called Global Voices. Read more about the excellent lineup of films sharing amazing stories from around the world, airing on WORLD from June into September, and many available to watch online as well.