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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 #2705
Dance For Me
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In "Dance for Me," 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance -- and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. This film is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.
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 #2602
Special Flight
"Special Flight" is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system. The 25 Frambois inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial, and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. The film, made in Switzerland, is an expose of the contradictions between the country's compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.
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 #2706
Fallen City
In today's go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt -- boasting new and improved civic amenities -- in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as this film reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Bichuan to the new Bichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss -- most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren -- and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Zhao Qi offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #2410
Better This World
The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. "Better This World" follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. This film goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Aug 3rd @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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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

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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 #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 #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

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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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

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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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 Channel 2.1

Sun Sep 21st @ 10:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.


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

Episode #2602
Special Flight
"Special Flight" is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system. The 25 Frambois inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial, and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. The film, made in Switzerland, is an expose of the contradictions between the country's compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Jul 28th @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #2705
Dance For Me
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In "Dance for Me," 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance -- and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. This film is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
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 #2508
I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and The Bea
In 2005, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. When he met Carolyn Parker, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a vibrant character study of the courage and resiliency of this fearless matriarch and civil rights activist. "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful" is Demme's account of Parker's five-year crusade to rebuild her beloved neon-green house, her church, her community -- and her life.
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 #2509
El Velador (the Night Watchman)
Award-winning director Natalia Almada ("Al Otro Lado," POV, 2005; "El General," POV, 2009) returns with a mesmerizing new film. From dusk to dawn, "El Velador (The Night Watchman)" accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Jul 21st @ 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 #2704
Getting Back To Abnormal
What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for "Getting Back to Abnormal," a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2609
Ping Pong
Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years among them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, 81, who has been given a week to live, and Les, 91, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, 85, is playing for the first time. "Ping Pong" is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love - and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality. By Hugh Hartford and Anson Hartford.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Jul 19th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #2309
The Edge of Dreaming
Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When she dreamed one night that her horse was dying, only to wake and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as coincidental. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 -- the next year. When Hardie does get ill, just as the dream predicted, her search takes her to neuroscience experts and finally a shaman. "The Edge of Dreaming" is an evocative, intimate chronicle of that year and a fascinating investigation into the human subconscious.
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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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Jul 13th @ 4:30 am

Episode #2308
Salt
In his search for "somewhere I could point my camera into pure space, " award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making annual solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia. These trips have yielded remarkable photos of a boundless, desolate yet beautiful environment where sky, water and land merge. Made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Michael Angus, "Salt" is the film extension of Fredericks' work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences to offer viewers the liberating and disorienting experience of being thrown into an infinite dimension of mind and spirit. "Salt" will be accompanied by a selection of shorts: Ellen Frick's "A Healing Art" delves into the world of artificial eye makers as they rekindle hope for victims of tragedy; and animated shorts from the Peabody Award-winning oral-history project StoryCorps These shorts capture the stories of everyday Americans in their own voices.
Learn more about this episode » 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #2703
My Way To Olympia
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately -- or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary -- this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are "a stupid idea." Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London's Paralympics competition in "My Way to Olympia." As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get punctured.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2702
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

Episode #2606
Neurotypical
"Neurotypical" is an exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the "neurotypical" world -- the world of the non-autistic -- revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Jul 5th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #2701
When I Walk
Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything -- and inspired him to make another film. "When I Walk" is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man's struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S., while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva's spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother's tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.


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