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POV presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America' s and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #2414
Where Soldiers Come From
From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men's transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from -- and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Nov 8th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #2506
Up Heartbreak Hill
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf's "Up Heartbreak Hill" is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2511
Sun Kissed
When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? "Sun Kissed" follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: the consequences of the Navajos' Long Walk -- their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 --are far from over.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Nov 16th @ 12:00 am

Episode #2403
Sweetgrass
This film presents a poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, "Sweetgrass" follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. The film discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature.
1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2404
Enemies of The People
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the "killing fields" of Cambodia have remained largely unexplained. Until now, in "Enemies of the People." Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning investigative journalist who lost his family in the conflict and spends a decade gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. Sambath and co director Rob Lemkin record shocking testimony, never before seen or heard, from the foot soldiers who slit throats and from Pol Pot's right-hand man, the notorious Brother Number Two.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Nov 22nd @ 11:30 pm


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #2613
56 Up
In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, "Seven Up." Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of "49 Up" in 2007, returns with "56 Up" to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the "kids" have come to terms with both hope and disappointment.
2 hours, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Oct 19th @ 10:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2611
Best Kept Secret
At a public school in Newark, New Jersey, the staff answers the phone by saying, "You've reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark's best-kept secret." JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In "Best Kept Secret," Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system. By Samantha Buck.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2502
Granito: How To Nail a Dictator
In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efrai-n Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country's Mayan people in the 1980s -- and Pamela Yates' 1983 documentary, "When the Mountains Tremble," provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" tells the story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito -- a tiny grain of sand -- that helped tip the scales of justice.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2713
The Act of Killing
Nominated for an Academy Award, "The Act of Killing" is as dreamlike and terrifying as anything that Werner Herzog (one of the executive producers) could imagine. The film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love - and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they've done. Winner, 2014 BAFTA Film Award, Best Documentary.
1 hour, 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2513
Reportero
"Reportero" follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon came to power and launched a government offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Oct 6th @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2712
Koch
New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky's film recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city's fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era -- fiscally conservative and socially liberal. The film finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013) -- still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Sep 28th @ 11:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2711
The Genius of Marian
This film is an emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam's adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer's herself and died in 2001.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2408
Short Cuts
POV Short Cuts is a one-hour collection of documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers. "Big Birding Day" offers a glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching. In "Flawed," artist Andrea Dorfman's drawings burst into life as she animates the story of her long-distance relationship with a man whose profession plastic surgery -- gives her plenty of fodder. In Poland, a mother has the right to give her child away and lose all parental rights -- during the first six weeks of the newborn's life. "Six Weeks" follows a single mother who must decide what is best for her baby. In the animated short "Tiffany," Beverly Morris tells of her ongoing struggle to hold on to the most contested object in her divorce -- the Tiffany lamp. StoryCorps brings its Peabody Award-winning storytelling to POV for a second season. In "Miss Devine," cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their inimitable Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine. In "No More Questions!," strong-willed grandmother Kay Wang allowed her son and granddaughter to drag her into a StoryCorps booth.
55 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Sep 21st @ 5:00 am

Episode #2412
The Learning
One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. "The Learning" is the story of four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families' lives back in their impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher's craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore's tough realities.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2503
The City Dark
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, "The City Dark" provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Sep 8th @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Sep 13th @ 10:30 pm

Episode #2710
After Tiller
This film is a probing portrait of the four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas -- and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, "After Tiller" presents the complexities of these women's difficult decisions, and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2407
Steam of Life
From a land of long, dark winters comes "Steam of Life," a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. Beautifully and hauntingly shot, the acclaimed film provides a surprising glimpse into the lives of Finnish men and a remarkable depiction of the troubled and often reticent hearts of contemporary Western men.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Sep 1st @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2709
Big Men
Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer filmed the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country's first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. This film, executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development -- a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2708
A World Not Ours
This film is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family's multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees. Now a Danish resident, director Mahdi Fleifel grew up in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, established in 1948 as a temporary refuge for exiled Palestinians. Today, the camp houses 70,000 people and is the hometown of generations of Palestinians. The filmmaker's childhood memories are surprisingly warm and humorous, a testament to the resilience of the community. Yet his yearly visits reveal the increasing desperation of family and friends who remain trapped in psychological as well as political limbo.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.


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