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 3 Hybrid
First Aired: July 9, 2002
Filmmaker Monteith McCollum's lyrical portrait of his grandfather, Iowa corn farmer Milford Beehgly, who believed passionately in the value of corn hybridization (and built a successful seed business on it). The flinty Beeghly, who died in 2001 at age 102, was certain that hybrid corn could solve world hunger and lead to world peace. “Corn has personality, too,” says Beeghly in the film. Supplementing Beeghly's remarks are comments from family members.