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Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action.

StoryCorps Shorts: Going Up

3m 6s

Marty Smith and her father, Paul Wilson, 93, discuss the first time he set eyes on her mother, Wilma. She was an elevator operator in the building where he was working, and he had just been drafted and was about to spend the next three years in the service. They married three days after he returned, and remained together and in love for the next 63 years before her death.

Episodes

  • I Didn't See You There: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Didn't See You There

    S35 E3514 - 1h 24m

    Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility. Shot from director Reid Davenport's physical perspective - mounted to his wheelchair or handheld - I Didn't See You There serves as a clear rebuke to the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard.

  • Let the Little Light Shine: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Let the Little Light Shine

    S35 E13 - 1h 22m

    National Teachers Academy (NTA) is considered a beacon for Black children: a top-ranked, high-performing elementary school in the fastest growing neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. As the neighborhood gentrifies, a wealthy parents’ group seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus. How will NTA's community fight to save their beloved institution?

  • Midwives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Midwives

    S35 E3512 - 1h 23m

    Midwives chronicles two women who run a makeshift medical clinic in a region torn apart by violent ethnic divisions. Hla, the owner, is a Buddhist in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her people.

  • POV Shorts: Shut Up and Paint: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    POV Shorts: Shut Up and Paint

    S35 E501 - 24m 2s

    Painter Titus Kaphar uses film as a medium while grappling with an insatiable art market seeking to silence his activism.

  • An Act of Worship: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    An Act of Worship

    S35 E3511 - 1h 21m

    In An Act of Worship, Muslim-Americans recount the past 30 years of pivotal moments in U.S. history and policy from their own perspective. Weaving together observational footage of activists who came of age after 9/11, community-sourced home videos and evocative recollections from individuals impacted by incidents of Islamophobia, the film opens a window into their world through collective memory.

  • The Last Out: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Last Out

    S35 E9 - 1h 23m

    Three Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to train in Central America and chase their dreams of playing in the United States. At the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports, The Last Out chronicles their difficult journey, from multi-step immigration obstacles and learning English to the broken promises and dubious motives of agents.

  • Delikado: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Delikado

    S35 E8 - 1h 22m

    Palawan is a tropical island paradise and one of Asia's tourist hotspots. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders struggling to protect its spectacular forests and seas, it is a battlefield. Delikado follows three land defenders as they brave violence, death threats and murder while trying to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ last ecological frontier.

  • Love & Stuff: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Love & Stuff

    S35 E7 - 1h 17m

    “How do you live without your mother?” Filmmaker Judith Helfand asks this unbearable question twice: as a daughter caring for her terminally ill mother, and as an “old new mom,” single parenting her much-longed-for adopted baby girl. With footage from 25 years of first-person filmmaking, shiva babka and 63 boxes of dead parents’ “stuff,” the film asks: what do we really need to leave our children?

  • President: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    President

    S35 E5 - 1h 52m

    Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition party, MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by the acting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 2018 Zimbabwean general election serves as the ultimate test for both the ruling party and for the opposition. How will they interpret democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in discourse and in practice?

  • He's My Brother: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    He's My Brother

    S35 E4 - 52m 15s

    Christine's brother Peter experiences his world through touch, smell, and taste. Now 30 years old, Peter's family is having trouble finding the proper care for his multiple disabilities. Told through Christine's eyes, He's My Brother explores how the family works to assure him a dignified life once the parents are gone -- and Christine's uncertainties about one day becoming his primary caregiver.

  • Winter's Yearning: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Winter's Yearning

    S35 E3 - 52m 46s

    In Maniitsoq, Greenland, the US aluminum giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. With the promise of economic renewal, Winter's Yearning follows the lives of the area’s loyal aging population and its stymied youth. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people await their plant and with it, the nation's possible first step towards sovereignty.

  • Wuhan Wuhan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wuhan Wuhan

    S35 E1 - 1h 24m

    With unprecedented access in a period of pandemic lockdown, Wuhan Wuhan documents February and March 2020 in Wuhan where the coronavirus was first discovered. Going beyond the statistics and salacious headlines, frontline medical workers, patients, and ordinary citizens put a human face on the early days of the mysterious virus as they grapple with an invisible, deadly killer.

Extras + Features

  • Trailer | Let the Little Light Shine: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Let the Little Light Shine

    S35 E13 - 1m 58s

    National Teachers Academy (NTA) is considered a beacon for Black children: a top-ranked, high-performing elementary school in the fastest growing neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. As the neighborhood gentrifies, a wealthy parents’ group seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus. How will NTA's community fight to save their beloved institution?

  • Trailer | Midwives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Midwives

    S35 E3512 - 1m 59s

    Midwives chronicles two women who run a makeshift medical clinic in a region torn apart by violent ethnic divisions. Hla, the owner, is a Buddhist in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her people.

  • Trailer | Accepted: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Accepted

    S35 E10 - 1m 45s

    Accepted follows four high school students at T.M. Landry, a prep school in Louisiana known for its viral videos of seniors being accepted to the Ivy Leagues, and sending 100% of its graduates to college. But an explosive NY Times article exposes the controversial methods of its dynamic founder -- and the fiction of higher education's promise.

  • Trailer | The Last Out: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | The Last Out

    S35 E9 - 2m 9s

    Three Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to train in Central America and chase their dreams of playing in the United States. At the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports, The Last Out chronicles their difficult journey, from multi-step immigration obstacles and learning English to the broken promises and dubious motives of agents.

  • Trailer | Delikado: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Delikado

    S35 E8 - 3m 11s

    Palawan is a tropical island paradise and one of Asia's tourist hotspots. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders struggling to protect its spectacular forests and seas, it is a battlefield. Delikado follows three land defenders as they brave violence, death threats and murder while trying to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ last ecological frontier.

  • Trailer | Faya Dayi: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Faya Dayi

    S35 E6 - 2m 7s

    A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, a place where one commodity – khat, a euphoria-inducing plant – holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi captures intimate moments in the lives of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from political strife.

  • Trailer | President: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | President

    S35 E5 - 2m 24s

    Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition party, MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by the acting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 2018 Zimbabwean general election serves as the ultimate test for both the ruling party and for the opposition. How will they interpret democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in discourse and in practice?

  • Trailer | He's My Brother: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | He's My Brother

    S35 E4 - 1m 34s

    Christine's brother Peter experiences his world through touch, smell, and taste. Now 30 years old, Peter's family is having trouble finding the proper care for his multiple disabilities. Told through Christine's eyes, He's My Brother explores how the family works to assure him a dignified life once the parents are gone -- and Christine's uncertainties about one day becoming his primary caregiver.

  • Trailer | Winter's Yearning: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Winter's Yearning

    S35 E3 - 2m 27s

    In Maniitsoq, Greenland, the US aluminum giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. With the promise of economic renewal, Winter's Yearning follows the lives of the area’s loyal aging population and its stymied youth. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people await their plant and with it, the nation's possible first step towards sovereignty.

  • Trailer | Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

    S35 E2 - 2m

    Three communities intersect, sharing histories of forced removal – Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Manzanar WWII concentration camp, Native Americans who were forced from these lands, and ranchers turned environmentalists, who were bought out by the LA Department of Water and Power. How do they come together in the present moment to defend their land and water from Los Angeles?

  • Trailer | Wuhan Wuhan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Wuhan Wuhan

    S35 E1 - 2m

    With unprecedented access in a period of pandemic lockdown, Wuhan Wuhan documents February and March 2020 in Wuhan where the coronavirus was first discovered. Going beyond the statistics and salacious headlines, frontline medical workers, patients, and ordinary citizens put a human face on the early days of the mysterious virus as they grapple with an invisible, deadly killer.

Schedule

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    In My Blood It Runs

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    On the brink of incarceration, a 10-year-old child healer and hunter grapples with school as he faces scrutiny from welfare authorities and the police.
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    In My Blood It Runs

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    On the brink of incarceration, a 10-year-old child healer and hunter grapples with school as he faces scrutiny from welfare authorities and the police.
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    Homegoings

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
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    Homegoings

    Friday
    Feb 3

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
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    Homegoings

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
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    Homegoings

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
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    Homegoings

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
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    15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

    Monday
    Feb 13

    1 Hour

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision could set free Kenneth Young, who was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for armed robbery when he was 15.
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    15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision could set free Kenneth Young, who was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for armed robbery when he was 15.
  • Image
    POV: TVSS: Iconic

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    Homegoings

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.
  • Image
    POV: TVSS: Iconic

    POV

    15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision could set free Kenneth Young, who was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for armed robbery when he was 15.
  • Image
    POV: TVSS: Iconic

    POV

    Homegoings

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    Funeral director Isaiah Owens of Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, New York, provides insight into funeral rituals in the black community.

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