Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world. Julie Moggan's "Guilty Pleasures" takes a look at this global phenomenon. Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of the books' readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. This film portrays five romance devotees who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world.
Pov Short Cuts
Short is sweet as POV presents brief documentary encounters -- including an Academy Award nominee, a Student Academy Award winner and the return of StoryCorps. "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday: James Armstrong, whose Alabama barbershop has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights for 50 years, celebrates the election of the first black president in this Academy Award-nominated short. "Sin Pai-s (Without Country)" is a winner of a 2011 Student Academy Award. This film, by Theo Rigby, explores one family's complex and emotional journey involving deportation. The oral-history project StoryCorps brings intimate conversations among friends and families to life in touching, often hilarious animated shorts that are sure to strike a chord in all of us. "Eyes on the Stars," by Carl McNair, tells the story his brother Ronald, an African-American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars. In "Facundo the Great," Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez recounts how the new kid at school became a hero when his teachers could not find a way to Anglicize his name. In "A Family Man," Sam Black talks to his wife about his father, an enduring lesson and the power of a look.
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.
5 Broken Cameras
This film is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family's evolution over five years, witnessing a child's growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him.
Out in the Night
Examine 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.
Having lost custody of their children, two parents fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes, both contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance.
Of Men and War
At a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center in California, follow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families on their paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts, their loved ones and themselves.
Monday, May 30 at 10:30pm TPT 2
Tuesday, May 31 at 4:30am TPT 2
The Look of Silence
Watch this Oscar nominated film, winner of more than 50 awards, in which an optometrist identifies the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. He confronts them while testing their eyes and demands they accept responsibility.