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POV

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: Heart to Heart

2m 22s

In 1972, Sarah Churchill gave birth to her third child, Yomi. After she was born, doctors told her the baby had a rare genetic disorder that causes bones to break under the slightest pressure. At StoryCorps, Yomi asked her mom to tell her about the night she was born.

Episodes

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    S36 E3616 - 1h 22m

    As a blind, undocumented immigrant, Pedro faces obstacles to obtain his college degree, become a social worker, and support his family. Uncertainty looms over him even after he graduates. Through experimental cinematography and sound, unseen reimagines the accessibility of cinema, while exploring the intersections of immigration, disability, and mental health.

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    Brief Tender Light

    S36 E3615 - 1h 22m

    A Ghanaian MIT alum follows four African students at his alma mater as they strive to become agents of change for their home countries Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Over an intimate, nearly decade-long journey, all must decide how much of America to absorb, how much of Africa to hold on to, and how to reconcile teenage ideals with the truths they discover about the world and themselves.

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    How to Have an American Baby

    S36 E3614 - 1h 54m

    How to Have an American Baby is a kaleidoscopic voyage into the shadow economy that caters to Chinese tourists who travel to the US to give birth in order to obtain citizenship for their babies. Told through a series of intimately observed vignettes, the story of a hidden global economy emerges–depicting the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people caught in its web.

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    Wisdom Gone Wild

    S36 E3613 - 1h 10m

    A vibrant tender cine-poem, a filmmaker collaborates with her Nisei mother as they confront the painful curious reality of wisdom ‘gone wild’ in the shadows of dementia. Made over 16 years, the film blends humor and sadness in an encounter between mother and daughter that blooms into an affectionate portrait of love, care, and a relationship transformed.

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    POV Shorts: Boom and Bust

    S36 E604 - 25m

    Two stories from California and Texas excavating distinct portraits of place, politics, and economy. In When the LAPD Blows Up Your Neighborhood, locals and news organizations witness a volatile situation turn into a literal powder keg. In When It’s Good It’s Good, a filmmaker returns to West Texas and documents the local oil industry's boom and bust.

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    Fire Through Dry Grass

    S36 E3612 - 1h 22m

    Wearing snapback caps and Air Jordans, the Reality Poets don’t look like typical nursing home residents. In Fire Through Dry Grass, these young, Black and brown disabled artists document their lives on lockdown during Covid, using their poetry and art to underscore the danger and imprisonment they feel. In the face of institutional neglect, they refuse to be abused, confined, and erased.

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    Aurora's Sunrise

    S36 E3611 - 1h 22m

    At 14, Aurora Madriganian survived the horrors of the Armenian Genocide and escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Her newfound fame led to her starring as herself in Auction of Souls, one of Hollywood's earliest blockbusters. Blending storybook animation, video testimony, and rediscovered footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora's Sunrise revives her forgotten story.

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    Murders That Matter

    S36 E3610 - 1h 23m

    How would you handle the trauma of losing a loved one? Set in Philadelphia, Murders That Matter documents African American, Muslim mother Movita Johnson-Harrell over five years as she transforms from victim of violent trauma into a fierce advocate against gun violence in Black communities. Her relentless activism exposes the emotional and psychological toll the killings take on those left behind.

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    Uýra – The Rising Forest

    S36 E3609 - 52m 58s

    While traveling through the Amazon, Uýra shares ancestral knowledge with Indigenous youth to promote the significance of identity and place, threatened by Brazil's oppressive political regime. Through dance, poetry, and stunning characterization, Uýra boldly confronts historical racism, transphobia, and environmental destruction, while emphasizing the interdependence of humans and the environment.

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    Bulls and Saints

    S36 E3608 - 52m 57s

    After 20 years living in the United States, an undocumented family decides to return home. Little do they know it will be the most difficult journey of their lives and reawaken an intense desire for a place to belong. Set between the rodeo arenas of North Carolina and the spellbinding Mexican town they yearn for, Bulls and Saints is a love story about reverse migration, rebellion, and redemption.

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    While We Watched

    S36 E3607 - 1h 22m

    A timely depiction of a newsroom in crisis, While We Watched follows tormented journalist Ravish Kumar for two years as he battles a barrage of fake news, falling ratings and the resulting cutbacks. Are there viewers for fact-based analyses anymore? Will his show survive or become a swan song of reason – drowning out in sensationalism, misinformation, and ratings-driven editorial decisions?

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    Children of the Mist

    S36 E3606 - 1h 22m

    Children of the Mist traces the story of Di, a 13-year-old girl coming of age in an indigenous Hmong community in the mountains of Northwest Vietnam. As part of the first generation in her village with access to formal education, Di navigates the cultural and social challenges faced by young girls in her community while balancing inherited tradition with change.

Extras + Features

Schedule

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    Out in the Night

    Saturday
    Jun 15

    1 Hour

    A group of black lesbians is charged with attempted murder when they fight back after being threatened.
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    King Coal

    Wednesday
    Jun 26

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    King Coal

    Thursday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    King Coal

    Thursday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    King Coal

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    Uýra: The Rising Forest

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    Uýra shares ancestral knowledge with Indigenous youth in the Amazon, confronting historical racism, transphobia and environmental destruction.
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    POV: King Coal: TVSS: Iconic

    POV

    King Coal

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    King Coal

    Sunday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    King Coal

    Sunday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped and the myths it has created.
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    POV: Uýra: The Rising Forest: TVSS: Iconic

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    Uýra: The Rising Forest

    Monday
    Jul 1

    1 Hour

    Uýra shares ancestral knowledge with Indigenous youth in the Amazon, confronting historical racism, transphobia and environmental destruction.

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