POV is a television program produced and aired on PBS stations across the United States. The show airs independent nonfiction documentaries that would not normally be seen by the majority of viewers. POV are the initials standing for "point of view" since the documentaries aired are typically from the viewpoint of a person or group organization. It is the longest running television show airing independent films with 14-16 being shown each year.

A great number of directors have been featured on POV including Michael Moore, best known for his inflammatory documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, also Errol Morris, Michael Apted, and Ross McElwee. The films presented by these directors and others typically showcase a social issue or follow the life of a person or persons as they conduct themselves in everyday activities.

POV has been on air since July 5, 1988 and has currently aired over 300 different independent documentary films. There has been a total of 24 seasons with the show entering it's 25th season fairly soon in 2013. It is a well known show and has garnered critical acclaim and fame for its work in displaying independent film. The films shown on POV have gone on to win three Oscars, 15 Peabody awards, a Webby award, 32 Emmys, 36 Cine Golden Eagles among a great number of other awards and prizes. Some of the great documentary films shown on the show include The Lost Boys of Sudan, Bright Leaves, Prison Town USA, and Food Inc.

As a television show, POV is considered to be one of the greatest shows for displaying the variety of American documentary films and film making. Airing the greatest documentaries on TV has led to its acclaim. Its long accomplishments has allowed it to continue airing the greatest of these.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
30 Seasons, 405 Episodes
July 5, 1988
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Angela Davis, Deann Borshay, Peter Dinklage

POV Full Episode Guide

  • In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Almost Sunrise is an intimate, vérité film that eschews stereotypes and instead captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans

  • A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

  • Motherland is an absorbingly intimate, vérité look at the busiest maternity hospital on the planet, in one of the world's most populous countries: the Philippines. Women share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition.

  • On the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in the whales, decimated seabird populations, and anti-whaling activists. The Faroe islanders consider themselves a canary in the mine, their tale a warning to the rest of the world.

  • Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning.

  • 89-year-old Kang Gye-Yeol and 98-year-old Jo Byeong-Man are married and have lived together for 76 years. While Kang and Jo spend every day like a newlywed couple, they now must face the reality of their aging romance. My Love, Don't Cross that River captures the fleeting moments of their twilight days.

  • In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults.

  • Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men's narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity.

  • Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo investigates a conflict surrounding her uncle's death during the AIDS crisis.

  • A violin unites a Holocaust survivor and a Bronx, N.Y., schoolgirl; three Italian Jewish brothers search for the cave where they hid as children from the Nazis.

  • YouTube artist Kutiman brings the work of aspiring musician Princess Shaw to a wide audience.

  • The daily struggle of volunteers known as the White Helmets, a rescue group in the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria.

  • A film short about a Greek coast guard captain responsible for saving refugees.

  • A woman and her mother flee Aleppo, Syria, for Los Angeles in 2012; a film short about a Greek coast guard captain responsible for saving refugees.

  • Come see a Scottish hospice where patients confront pain, uncertainty and mortality with music and laughter.

  • Inside the very first girls' school in a tiny Afghan village, education goes far past the classroom as the students learn the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of having.

  • When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, discovers that his young boy Joel has cancer, he and his wife start to record their emotional path with a poetic video game. Follow Ryan and his family over two years inventing "That Dragon, Cancer," which develops from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming business abuzz.

  • The danger is eminent as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang trails maverick activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) and her team of colleagues to southern China as they search for justice in the case of six elementary school girls presumably sexually abused by their principal.

  • When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.

  • Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. Witness the human side of the conflict through the eyes of a U.S. drug enforcement agent, an activist nun in Mexico and a former Texas smuggler.

  • Follow two African-American teenagers on their path to reach a dream of graduating from college.

  • Come behind the scenes of Yoshida Brewery to observe how artisans create saké, Japan's loved and respected rice wine.

  • Meet Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old style expert with an enormous presence on the New York fashion scene.

  • Contemplate how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse - and the silence surrounding it - can be discontinued.

  • An optometrist identifies the men who killed his brother in the horrific 1965 Indonesian genocide. He confronts them while testing their eyesight and demands they accept responsibility.

  • At a PTSD treatment center in California, follow veterans and their loved ones on their journeys to recovery.

  • In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law, suddenly freeing jailers and spinning lives upside down.

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