Thursday, June 18, 2015

POV on PBS: Thoughtful New Documentaries

POV is excited to begin their 28th year on PBS with a lineup of 14 outstanding new documentaries. How do gay African American women fare in the criminal justice system? What is the reality for workers in America's oil boom states? We see so many stories about parents adopting children. What about birth parents trying to get their kids back? And how has technology blurred the lines between who we are and who we'd like to be?​
This season, they present films by award-winning filmmakers and newcomers, and welcome back Stephanie Wang-Breal with Tough Love, Jesse Moss with the Sundance award-winner The Overnighters and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry, who marks 10 years on POV with the Tribeca award-winner Point and Shoot.
POV airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Below is the season lineup.

June 22: Out in the Night by blair dorosh-walther
In a case that made headlines, African-American lesbians fought back against a threatening man and were charged with assault and attempted murder. Out in the Night delves below surface sensationalism to examine race, gender and sexuality in our justice system. A co-production of ITVSA co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

June 29The Overnighters by Jesse Moss
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.

July 6Tough Love by Stephanie Wang-Breal
This moving film accompanies two parents as they navigate the often-murky waters of the foster-care system, trying to reunite with their children and prove that they deserve second chances. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

July 13Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
In China, Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis. With extraordinary access, Web Junkie delves into the treatment regimen for teenagers in a three-month military-style rehab program. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

July 20Return to Homs by Talal Derki
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, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 

July 27Tea Time by Maite Alberdi
Tea Time visits with five well-heeled Chilean women who have met monthly for tea and pastries for 60 years, offering an intimate view of life’s joys and difficulties—and the enduring power of friendship. A co-production of ITVS InternationalA co-presentation with Latino Public BroadcastingOfficial Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Aug. 3Beats of the Antonov by hajooj kuka
Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where people celebrate their survival and battle to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them. Winner, Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Aug. 10When I Walk by Jason DaSilva - Encore Presentation
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 CAAM.

Aug. 17Neuland by Anna Thommen
Neuland (“New Territory”) immerses viewers in a Swiss integration class, where for two years adolescent immigrants struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.

Aug. 24The Storm Makers by Guillaume Suon
This chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld weaves the story of a peasant girl sold into slavery at 16 with that of two traffickers who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country’s borders.

Aug. 31Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry
Two-time Oscar® nominee Marshall Curry’s Point and Shoot rides shotgun with Matt VanDyke, who films his self-transformation from a timid 26-year-old to a motorcycle-driving rebel, fighting in the Libyan revolution. A co-production of Marshall Curry Productions, American Documentary | POV and ITVSWinner, Best Documentary Feature Award, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Fall 2015: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen
This stunning dissection of the persecution of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei explores how the government’s attempts to silence him have backfired and turned him into an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Fall 2015: Art and Craft directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker
The jig is up for art forger Mark Landis, who has donated his expert copies to museums for 30 years. But stopping isn’t simple. This cat-and-mouse caper 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 ReviewProduced in association with American Documentary | POV.

Fall 2015: Cutie and the Boxer by Zachary Heinzerling
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.

Fall 2015: Don’t Tell Anyone by Mikaela Shwer
Meet immigrant activist Angy Rivera, the country’s only advice columnist for undocumented youth. In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, she steps out of the shadows to share her own parallel experiences of being undocumented and sexually abused. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

About POV
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. The series airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on PBS from June to September, with primetime specials during the year. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.

POV films have won 32 Emmy® Awards, 18 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two IDA Awards for Best Continuing Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. More information is available at

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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