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POV Season 12 Episodes

10 Episodes 1999 - 2000

Episode 1

The Legacy: Murder and Media, Politics and Prisons

Tue, Jun 1, 1999 78 mins

From 1999: "The Legacy: Murder & Media, Politics & Prisons" chronicles the passage of California's "Three Strikes, You're Out" law in interviews with Mike Reynolds, who spearheaded it, and the father of murder victim Polly Klaas, who opposes it. Michael J. Moore is the writer-director.

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Episode 2

Golden Threads

Tue, Jun 8, 1999 60 mins

Chronicling an annual reunion of the Golden Threads, a networking organization for lesbians over 50, in Provincetown, Mass. Included: a profile of the group's founder, Christine Burton; and interviews with group members, who talk about "coming out" and their relationships.

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Episode 3

In My Corner

Tue, Jun 22, 1999 60 mins

Following two tough-loving mentors, Luis Camacho and Angel Alejandro, as they teach boxing skills to streetwise kids in Camacho's South Bronx gym. Alejandro's motivation: "So [the teens] won't get into trouble like I got into trouble." The hour (filmed between 1995 and '97) follows the two as they work with promising youngsters, one of whom went on to win a 1999 Golden Gloves title.

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Episode 4

The Green Monster

Tue, Jun 29, 1999 60 mins

P.O.V. profiles seventysomething speed racer Art Arfons, who recalls his last attempt at the land speed record in 1990 (he didn't make it) and his obsession with speed. Arfons last held the record (576 mph) in 1965.

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Episode 5

Rabbit in the Moon

Tue, Jul 6, 1999 90 mins

Japanese-Americans look back on life in WWII internment camps. "Those places were jails," says writer Chizuko Omori, whose sister Emiko is the film's director and writer. Among the topics: the effect of internment on family life; political and generational divisions among internees; a loyalty questionnaire the U.S. government required internees fill out; and internee resistance to a wartime draft.

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Episode 6

Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena

Tue, Jul 13, 1999 60 mins

In "Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena," filmmaker Lourdes Portillo explores the slain Tejano superstar's life and legacy in interviews with Selena's fans and family members, as well as Latina writers and Corpus Christi, Texas, radio personality Vincente Carranza. "When she died," he says, "she became part of our soul."

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Episode 7

School Prayer: A Community at War

Tue, Jul 20, 1999 60 mins

"School Prayer: A Community at War" follows one woman's legal battle from 1994 to '96 to stop devotional sessions over the intercom in a Mississippi county's public schools. "The issue," she says, "is that my children's rights were being violated." Prayer, counters an opponent, is "a part of us. It's part of everything we do."

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Episode 8

The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez

Tue, Jul 27, 1999 60 mins

"The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez" chronicles the tumultuous childhood of this son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries, who was separated from them at 13 months in 1980, and raised in Mexico. At age 10, he learned his true identity, and five years later he sought out his mother (who's interviewed in a California prison). Ernesto's adoptive parents in Mexico are also interviewed.

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Episode 9

Regret to Inform

Mon, Jan 24, 2000 90 mins

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Episode 10

Well-Founded Fear

Mon, Jun 5, 2000 120 mins

"Well-Founded Fear," a poignant, balanced report about the process of seeking political asylum in the U.S. Filmed in INS offices in New York and New Jersey, the report consists mostly of actual INS interviews with asylum seekers. Granting asylum is anything but routine, and questioning can be tough ("What do you mean by tortured," one man is asked). And lurking behind every interview are what one officer delicately calls "credibility issues."

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