POV (TV series)

POV (TV series)
POV logo.png
Genre Documentary
Created by Marc Weiss
Developed by Marc Weiss
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 24
No. of episodes 250+
Producer(s) American Documentary, Inc.
Original channel PBS
Original run July 5, 1988 – present
External links
Production website

POV (aka P.O.V.) is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television series which features independent nonfiction films. POV is a cinema term for "point of view".

POV is the longest-running showcase on television for independent documentary films.[1] PBS presents 14-16 POV programs each year, and the series has premiered over 250 films to U.S. television audiences since 1988.[2] POV's films have a strong first-person, social-issue focus. Many established directors, including Michael Moore, Jonathan Demme, Terry Zwigoff, Errol Morris, Albert and David Maysles, Michael Apted, Frederick Wiseman, Marlon Riggs, and Ross McElwee have had work screened as part of the POV series.

The series has garnered both critical and industry acclaim over its 20-plus years on television. POV programs have also won major industry awards including three Oscars, 19 Emmys, 36 Cine Golden Eagles and 12 Peabody Awards.[2]




  • American Tongues by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker
  • Acting Our Age by Michal Aviad
  • Fire From the Mountain by Deborah Shaffer
  • Knocking on Armageddon's Door by Torv Carlsen, John Magnus
  • Rate It X by Lucy Winer, Paula de Koenigsberg
  • Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo by Susana Munoz, Lourdes Portillo
  • The Good Fight by Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills
  • Metropolitan Avenue by Christine Noschese
  • Louie Bluie by Terry Zwigoff
  • Gates of Heaven by Errol Morris
  • Best Boy by Ira Wohl


  • Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy, Renee Tajima
  • Coming Out by Ted Reed
  • The Family Album by Alan Berliner
  • Dark Circle by Christopher Beaver, Judy Irving, Ruth Landy
  • Jack Levine: Feast Of Pure Reason by David Sutherland
  • No Applause, Just Throw Money by Karen Goodman
  • Partisans Of Vilna by Aviva Kempner
  • The Fighting Ministers by Bill Jersey, Richard Wormser
  • Binge by Lynn Hershman
  • Lost Angeles by Tom Seidman



  • Absolutely Positive by Peter Adair
  • Marc and Ann by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Chris Simon
  • Honorable Nations by Chana Gazit, David Steward
  • Chemical Valley by Mimi Pickering, Anne Lewis Johnson
  • Tongues Untied by Marlon Riggs
  • Berkeley in the Sixties by Mark Kitchell
  • A Little Vicious by Immy Humes
  • The Big Band by James Toback
  • Maria's Story by Pamela Cohen, Monona Wali, and Catherine M. Ryan
  • Homes Apart: The Two Koreas by Christine Choy, JT Takagi
  • Casting The First Stone by Julie Gustafson
  • Sa-I-Gu by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Christine Choy and Elaine Kim[disambiguation needed]



  • Silverlake Life: The View From Here by Tom Joslin, Peter Friedman
  • Who's Going To Pay For These Donuts, Anyway? by Janice Tanaka
  • When Your Head's Not A Head, It's A Nut by Garth Stein
  • Compassion In Exile by Mickey Lemie
  • For Better Or For Worse (documentary film) For Better Or For Worse by David Collier
  • Money Man by Philip Haas
  • Building Bombs: The Legacy by Mark Mori, Susan Robinson
  • Miami-Havana by Estela Bravo
  • Cousin Bobby by Jonathan Demme



  • Leona's Sister Gerri by Jane Gilooly
  • Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter by Deborah Hoffmann
  • No Place Like Home by Kathryn Hunt
  • Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy by Ellen Bruno
  • The Uprising of '34 by George Stoney, Judith Helfand, Susanne Rostock
  • Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics by Paul Stekler, Andrew Kolker, Louis Alvarez
  • Twitch and Shout by Laurel Chiten
  • Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia by Jenny Cool
  • Out of Sight by David Sutherland
  • Dealers Among Dealers by Gaylen Ross


  • Taking On The Kennedys by Joshua Seftel
  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision by Freida Lee Mock
  • Personal Belongings by Steven Bognar
  • A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada Gay Griffin, Michele Parkerson
  • a.k.a. Don Bonus by Spencer Nakasako, Sokly Don Bonus Ny
  • No Loans Today by Lisanne Skyler
  • The Transformation by Susana Aiken, Carlos Aparicio
  • The Women Outside by J.T.Orinne Takagi, Hye Jung Park
  • Just For The Ride by Amanda Micheli
  • Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself by Yvonne Welbon
  • Taken for a Ride by Jim Klein, Martha Olson


  • Nobody's Business by Alan Berliner
  • Battle for the Minds by Steven Lipscomb
  • A Healthy Baby Girl by Judith Helfand
  • Jesse's Gone by Michael Smith
  • Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary by Laura Simon
  • Who is Henry Jaglom? by Alex Rubin, Jeremy Workman
  • In Whose Honor? by Jay Rosenstein
  • Girls Like Us by Jane C. Wagner, Tina DiFeliciantonio
  • Blacks and Jews by Deborah Kaufman, Bari Scott, Alan Snitow
  • A Perfect Candidate by R.J. Cutler, David Van Taylor


  • Baby, It's You by Ann Makepeace
  • Tobacco Blues by Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate
  • The Band by David Zeiger
  • Licensed to Kill by Arthur Dong
  • Kelly Loves Tony by Spencer Nakasako
  • If I Can't Do It by Walter Brock
  • Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour by Susan Stern
  • The Vanishing Line by Maren Monsen
  • Sacrifice by Ellen Bruno
  • Cuba 15 by Elizabeth Schub
  • Family Name by Macky Alston


  • Rabbit In The Moon by Emiko Omori
  • Golden Threads by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton
  • In My Corner by Ricki Stern
  • The Green Monster by David Finn, David Hess and A.C. Weary
  • Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena by Lourdes Portillo
  • School Prayer: A Community At War by Ben Crane and Slawomir Grünberg
  • The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg


  • Regret To Inform by Barbara Sonneborn and Janet Cole
  • Well-Founded Fear by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini
  • Butterfly by Doug Wolens
  • La Boda by Hannah Weyer
  • Stranger with a Camera by Elizabeth Barret
  • Blink by Elizabeth Thompson
  • Our House in Havana by Stephen Olsson
  • Dreamland by Lisanne Skyler
  • American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land by Jasmine Dellal
  • KPFA On the Air by Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood
  • Live Free or Die by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
  • First Person Plural by Deann Borshay Liem



  • The Smith Family by Tasha Oldham
  • Boomtown by Bryan Gunnar Cole
  • Hybrid by Monteith McCollum
  • Refrigerator Mothers by David E. Simpson, J.J. Hanley & Gordon Quinn
  • Fenceline: A Company Town Divided by Slawomir Grunberg with Jane Greenberg
  • Señorita Extraviada by Lourdes Portillo
  • Mai's America by Marlo Poras
  • Sweet Old Song by Leah Mahan
  • Escuela by Hannah Weyer
  • Afghanistan Year 1380 by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati and Giuseppe Pettito
  • Escuela by Hannah Weyer


  • Flag Wars by Linda Goode Bryant and Linda Poitras
  • Georgie Girl by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells
  • Larry v. Lockney by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck
  • Discovering Dominga by Patricia Flynn with Mary Jo McConahay
  • The Flute Player by Jocelyn Glatzer
  • 90 Miles by Juan Carlos Zaldívar
  • American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i by Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens
  • West 47th Street by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples
  • Family Fundamentals by Arthur Dong
  • Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam by Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee
  • The Sixth Section by Alex Rivera
  • State of Denial by Elaine Epstein
  • What I Want My Words To Do To You by Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, and Gary Sunshine
  • Love & Diane by Jennifer Dworkin


  • Farmingville by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini
  • Bill's Run: A Political Journey in Rural Kansas by Richard Kassebaum
  • War Feels Like War by Esteban Uyarra
  • Thirst by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
  • Last Man Standing: Politics- Texas Style by Paul Stekler
  • A Family Undertaking by Elizabeth Westrate
  • Every Mother's Son by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson
  • Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story by Jesse Moss
  • Wattstax by Mel Stuart
  • Freedom Machines by Jamie Stobie and Janet Cole
  • A Panther in Africa by Aaron Matthews
  • Lost Boys of Sudan by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk
  • Chisholm 72 by Shola Lynch





  • Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North by Katrina Browne
  • Ars Magna by Kory Kelley
  • Election Day by Katy Chevigny
  • The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez by Kieran Fitzgerald
  • The Last Conquistador by John Valadez & Cristina Ibarra
  • 9 Star Hotel by Ido Haar
  • Campaign by Kazuhiro Soda
  • Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music by Robert Elfstrom
  • Belarusian Waltz by Andrzej Fidyk
  • The Judge and the General by Elizabeth Farnsworth & Patricio Lanfranco
  • Calavera Highway by Renee Tajima-Pena & Evangeline Griego
  • Critical Condition by Roger Weisberg
  • In the Family by Joanna Rudnick
  • Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang
  • Soldiers of Conscience by Catherine Ryan & Gary Weimberg
  • Inheritance by James Moll
  • City of Cranes by Eva Weber


  • New Muslim Cool by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
  • Beyond Hatred by Olivier Meyrou
  • Life.Support.Music by Eric Daniel Metzgar
  • The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court by Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates
  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) by Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go by Kim Longinotto
  • Nutkin's Last Stand by Nicholas Berger
  • 34 x 25 x 36 by Jesse Epstein
  • Utopia Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall by Sam Green & Carrie Lozano
  • This Way Up by Georgi Lazarevski
  • Ella Es el Matador - She is the Matador by Gemma Cubero & Celeste Carrasco
  • The English Surgeon by Geoffrey Smith
  • The Principal Story by Tod Lending
  • Bronx Princess by Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed
  • Jennifer by Stewart Copeland
  • The Way We Get By by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly
  • Patti Smith: Dream of Life by Steven Sebring


  • Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner
  • Notes on Milk by Monteith McCollum & Ariana Gerstein
  • William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler
  • The Beaches of Agnès by Agnès Varda
  • Promised Land by Yoruba Richen
  • Good Fortune by Jeremy Levine & Landon Van Soest
  • El General by Natalia Almada
  • Presumed Guilty by Roberto Hernández & Geoffrey Smith
  • Salt by Michael Angus & Murray Fredericks
  • A Healing Art by Ellen Frick
  • The Edge of Dreaming by Amy Hardie
  • Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal[3]
  • Off and Running by Nicole Opper
  • In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem
  • The Oath by Laura Poitras
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith


  • Kings of Pastry by Chris Hegedus & D. A. Pennebaker
  • My Perestroika by Robin Hessman
  • Sweetgrass by Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  • Enemies of the People by Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath
  • Biblioburro: The Donkey Library by Carlos Rendón Zipagauta
  • Mugabe and the White African by Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson
  • Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen
  • Armadillo by Janus Metz
  • Better This World by Kelly Duane de la Vega & Katie Galloway
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front by Marshall Curry
  • The Learning by Ramona Diaz
  • Last Train Home by Lixin Fan
  • Where Soldiers Come From by Heather Courtney
  • Racing Dreams by Marshall Curry

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