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POV -- Independent documentary films

by Susan Harari on 2020-05-11T19:56:04-04:00 | Comments

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POV (in movie-making terms, that's "point of view") has been championing and broadcasting independent documentary films for the last 32 years. Looking for powerful stories that commercial film and even news outlets have missed? Check out POV. Want to learn more about music, art, social justice, the environment, not just in the U.S. but around the world? Check out POV. Want to see great shorts based on StoryCorps interviews? Check out POV. POV even offers support materials for educators (click on the Engage tab.) Now available on the POV website:

Full-length documentaries

  • Survivors Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmaker Arthur Pratt, Survivors presents an intimate portrait of his country during the Ebola outbreak. (84 minutes)
  • MIdnight Traveler When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters.  (90 minutes)
  • Lost Boys of Sudan Rebroadcast from 2004. Follows two young Dinka refugees, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. (83 minutes)
  • The end of the nightstick Rebroadcast from 1995. This startling expose unravels a history of abuse of suspects by the Chicago police. (45 minutes)

Shorts Want to watch something shorter or find a short film to screen with a class? Check out POV shorts.

  • Clash is a short experimental documentary critiquing the lack of diversity in on-screen representation in Britain today. (8 minutes)
  • Crisanto Street In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a hidden community thrives despite difficult circumstances. (12 minutes)
  • Earthrise Tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. (26 minutes)

And don't forget to look for POV on your television! It airs on Tuesday evenings at 9:00pm on WGBH.


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