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  • Premiered: 
    July 9, 1988
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Anthology
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Plot Synopsis

The award-winning POV (a cinema term for "point of view") series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America's best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues.

The 26th season of POV debuted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10pm ET, with HOMEGOINGS, which reveals the world of undertaking in the black community through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens. Other new films in Season 26 include: SPECIAL FLIGHT (7/1); HERMAN'S HOUSE (7/8); ONLY THE YOUNG (7/15); HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE (7/22); NEUROTYPICAL (7/29); THE LAW IN THESE PARTS (8/19); 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (8/26); PING PONG (9/9); THE WORLD BEFORE HER (9/16); and BEST KEPT SECRET (9/23).

POV returned for its 27th season on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT (check local listings), with WHEN A WALK, a one-hour documentary that follows Jason DaSilva's life-affirming journey to survive after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25. Other new films in Season 27 include: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS (June 30); MY WAY TO OLYMPIA (July 7); GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL (July 14); DANCE FOR ME (July 21); FALLEN CITY (July 28); 15 TO LIFE: KENNETH'S STORY (August 4); A WORLD NOT OURS (August 18); BIG MEN (August 25); and more.

On Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT (check local listings), PBS premiered the 28th season of POV. The season's first documentary, OUT IN THE NIGHT, examines the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system. In a special arrangement, OUT IN THE NIGHT was simulcast on Logo TV. Subsequent new programs in Season 28 include: THE OVERNIGHTERS (June 29); TOUGH LOVE (July 6); WEB JUNKIE (July 13); RETURN TO HOMS (July 20); TEA TIME (July 27); BEATS OF THE ANTONOV (August 3); NEULAND (August 17); POINT AND SHOOT (August 24); and THE STORM MAKERS (August 31).

Season 29 of POV premiered on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). The new season opens with THE RETURN, a 90-minute film that examines how California's Prop 36 -- the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated -- affects released prisoners, told through the eyes of those on the front lines: prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. Other new films in the 29th season include: OF MEN AND WAR (May 30); THE LOOK OF SILENCE (June 27); PERVERT PARK (July 11); IRIS (August 1); THE BIRTH OF SAKE (September 5); ALL THE DIFFERENCE (September 12); KINGDOM OF SHADOWS (September 19); FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (October 10); HOOLIGAN SPARROW (October 17); THANK YOU FOR PLAYING (October 24); and WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS (October 31).

On Monday, June 26, 2017 at the special time of 9pm (check local listings), PBS premiered the 30th season of POV. The season opener, "Dalya's Other Country; 4.1 Miles," follows the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, walking the line between their Muslim values and the new world they inhabit, and a Greek Coast Guard captain caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Subsequent documentaries debut on Mondays at 10pm and include these stories: THE WAR SHOW (July 3); LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (July 10); PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (July 17); JOE'S VIOLIN / SHALOM ITALIA (July 24); MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (July 31); TRIBAL JUSTICE (August 21); and RAISING BERTIE (August 28).

Season 31 of POV premiered on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). The season opener features a 90-minute documentary by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, BILL NYE: THE SCIENCE GUY, which follows Bill Nye, who is on a mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thought and action. Once the host of a popular kids' show and now the CEO of the Planetary Society, he's leading a mission to launch LightSail, a satellite propelled by sunlight, while in turn fulfilling the legacy of his late professor and Planetary Society cofounder Carl Sagan. This film is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Science Guy, who continues to inspire millennials to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In addition to Nye, the film features Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many other notable voices in the field. Nye's mission is driven in part by anxiety about what future generations may face. Sitting on climate change denier Joe Bastardi's porch, Nye implores, "What if you're wrong? What about Garrett?" Garrett is Bastardi's college-age son, who is following in his father's footsteps by studying meteorology and also shares his father's skepticism about climate change. BILL NYE: THE SCIENCE GUY also illuminates Nye's private life. He remains close to his two siblings, who are struggling with a hereditary neurological disorder that Nye doesn't have. Numerous friends, both from his childhood and from his Science Guy days, speak to his quirks and ambitions. Nye even opens up about his romantic life.
The 32nd season of POV premiered on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). Films in the new season include:

ROLL RED ROLL (June 17): Go behind the headlines of the assault of a teenage girl by members of a high school football team, uncovering the deep-seated and social media-fueled "boys will be boys" culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA (June 24): he spotlight is beaming on drag shows and passion plays in an Arkansas town. With verve, humor and unfailing compassion, The Gospel of Eureka builds unexpected bridges between religious faith and sexual orientation.

CALL HER GANDA (July 1): Three women pursue justice for Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transgender woman who was brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine. In galvanizing a political uprising, they take on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

BISBEE '17 (July 15): Community members in Bisbee, Arizona commemorate the story of the Bisbee Deportation, when 1,200 immigrant miners were taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die.

ON HER SHOULDERS (July 22): Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people's good intentions.

INVENTING TOMORROW (July 29): In preparation for the world's largest convening of high school scientists, teenage innovators from around the globe create cutting-edge solutions to confront environmental threats while navigating the doubts and insecurities of adolescence.

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (August 5): Follow the life of 10-year-old Oleg and witness the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.

HAPPY WINTER (August 12): Every summer on Palermo's Mondello beach, over 1,000 cabins are built for the summer holiday, producing a vanity fair of beachgoers hiding behind the memory of a social status that the economic crisis of recent years has compromised.

DO NOT RESIST (August 19): Director Craig Atkinson puts viewers in the center of the action in this vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Winner, Best Documentary Feature Award, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by American Documentary, Inc.