How have documentaries changed our conception of politics? Throughout its illustrious history POV has been committed to dissecting political issues and illuminating the electoral process. At the Paley Center for Media, filmmakers Marshall Curry, Shola Lynch, Laura Poitras and Marco Williams, along with critic Caryn James, discussed how to cover the politcal system and gain access to it.
In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Undocumented by acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, a staff member of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos describes how the organization keeps records of missing migrants and their recovered bodies. They try to notify the family members of the deceased so that they may be identified, but each year more and more bodies are found.
In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Undocumented by acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, a forensics expert examines the remains of a mother and her young daughter, explaining that both perished in the desert while migrating to the U.S. However, no one knows why they were left along in the desert, or which of them died first.
In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Undocumented by acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, a young man describes how his grandmother -- a woman named Blanca -- died while accompanying him during his border crossing. Confronting their grief over this terrible loss, her son says 'without a doubt, these are very hard times.'
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