Point of View, better known as POV, presents outstanding documentary features on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations nationwide. All of the films programmed by POV have social and political relevance. The series is one of the most popular documentaries programs on television, and is a leading resource for nonfiction film fans. Here, in order of broadcast date, is the list of documentary features scheduled to be shown during the 2011 summer season from June 21 to September 27, 2011. The documentaries air on Tuesdays at 10 pm and are re-broadcast or may be available on line or on DVD. Check local listings.
Master filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker follow 16 master pastry makers as they prepared to meet the extreme challenges set for them by a panel of judges who will determine if they deserve the exclusive artisanal title of Meillieurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen of France) that so few can attain.
Director Robin Hessman, who spent much of the 1990s living and working in Russia, follows several 30-something Russians who were educated in public schools during the last years of the Soviet regime and are now sending their kids to the schools they attended -- but life for both the parents and their children is very different during the era of Perestroika. This documentary is an insightful and poignant portrayal of the effects of political, social and economic change that resulted from Perestroika.
Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor follow Montana sheep herders as they drive 3,000 sheep through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana during the summer of 2003. This challenging and dangerous journey was the final annual sheep drive along a trail that has been followed since the early 1900s. This is Cinema Vérité
in its purest form.
Cambodian journalist and filmmaker Thet Sambath embarks on a personal journey to expose the truth about the genocide and infamous 'killing fields' attributable to the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that killed his father and brother. After years of reaearch and getting to know former Khmer Rouge soldiers, he gets to meet and interview Nuon Chea, Pol Pot's second in command. Directed by Rob Lemkin.
Filmmaker Carlos Réndon Zipagauta follows a Colombian school teacher, Luis Soriano, who spends his weekends distributing library books, which he transports on two donkeys, to impovrished children whose lives are surrounded by violence. Soriano risks dangerous encounters with drug traffickers, armed men, snakes and other threats to bring hope and inspiration to the children.
Filmmakers Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson reveal the deeply personal and moving story about one white African family's courageous efforts to maintain the farm founded by their ancestors and protect their property rights against the prejudiced, unjust and brutal land grab by Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe.
Shot throughout Finland and Sweden by filmmakers Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen, Steam of Life
)follows men into saunas, where they discuss love, death, birth and friendship. Sitting naked, surrounded by sauna heat, the men cleanse themselves physically and mentally.
is an alarming expose of the way food is produced and distributed in the United States. Interviewing investigators, journalists and farmers, filmmaker Robert Kenner shows how almost everything we eat is produced and distributed by a very few huge multinational corporations, such as Monsanto and Tyson, and that quality of nutrition is secondary to production cost and corporate profits.
Director Laura Poitras filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to tell the stories of two men who were associated with Osama Bin Laden: Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo facing war crimes charges.
POV Short Cuts (on August 23, 2011)This is a program of documentary shorts directed by various emerging filmmakers, including Big Birding Day by David Wilson, Flawed by Andrea Dorfman and Tiffany by Beverly Morris, plus two POV StoryCorps shorts, in which the Rauch Brothers animate the stories of everyday people, as recorded by Dave Isay for public radio.