POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 15, Episode 1 The Smith Family
First Aired: June 25, 2002
An affecting portrait of a Mormon family confronting AIDS opens the series' 15th season. Director Tasha Oldham follows Kim and Steve Smith, and their teenage sons through Steve's illness, which he contracted through homosexual contact. (Supplementing Oldham's footage are family home videos.) Kim admits to feelings of anger and betrayal. She's also frustrated by insurance snafus, and her own health isn't the best (she contracted the HIV from Steve). And Steve, guilt-ridden, worries about his standing with the church.