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POV Season 13 Episodes

10 Episodes 2000 - 2000

Episode 1


Tue, Jun 20, 2000 60 mins

Chronicling the two-year "tree-sit" by environmental activist Julia Hill, examining the controversy over clear-cutting in old-growth Northern California forests. Hill, who took the name Butterfly, is interviewed on a platform more than 100 feet off the ground in the redwood (she calls it "Luna") she lived in from December 1997 to December 1999 as part of a protest organized by the environmental group Earth First! "By staying in the tree," she says, "I am completely enwrapped and encased in nature's world."

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Episode 2

La Boda

Tue, Jun 27, 2000 60 mins

"La Boda" (The Wedding) follows a Mexican-American migrant farmworker during the six days prior to her nuptials. Bride-to-be Elizabeth Luis, an American citizen, lives with her parents and seven siblings (six of them sisters) in Texas's Rio Grande Valley, but the family travels frequently to California fields and to their home town, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where her wedding to Artemio Guerrero is to take place. "Destiny will take us," he tells director Hannah Weyer, "and that's where we will go." But he and Elizabeth both suspect that destiny will take them north again.

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Episode 3

Stranger With a Camera

Tue, Jul 11, 2000 60 mins

"Stranger with a Camera" recalls the 1967 killing of a documentarian who was shot while filming a report on Appalachian poverty by the man whose land he was filming on. In this poignant chronicle of that long-ago crime, Kentucky filmmaker Elizabeth Barret also recalls the poverty in eastern Kentucky during the '60s, and the reporting on it by the national and international media.

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Episode 4


Tue, Jul 18, 2000 60 mins

Ex-white supremacist Ron Withrow, who founded the White Students Union at a California college, discusses why he became a racist and why he turned away from it in the late 1980s. Withrow is also seen in clips from "The Phil Donahue Show" (both before and after his conversion) and he's seen with his Hispanic wife. Also interviewed are Tom Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance and authors Matt Wray ("White Trash: Race and Class in America") and Jessie Daniels ("White Lies"). Directed by Elizabeth Thompson.

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Episode 5

Our House in Havana

Tue, Jul 25, 2000 60 mins

Following Cuban expatriate Silvia Moroni Heath, the daughter of a sugar planter, as she returns to her homeland after an absence of 37 years. First stop: the house in which she grew up. It's now a bank, and the guard outside won't let her in. The hour, which intersperses family stills and footage of prerevolutionary Cuba, also follows Moroni to the the Cuban countryside and to the Havana Yacht Club, where her debutante ball was held.

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Episode 6


Tue, Aug 22, 2000 90 mins

Gambling hits home in filmmaker Lisanne Skyler's perceptive profile of Las Vegas residents living with constant temptation. "The hardest part of living in Las Vegas is the gambling machines," says one woman. "They're everywhere." Adds Lou Gerard, a Los Angeles tailor who retired to Las Vegas (and is the film's primary focus), about his gambling: "Sometimes I feel sorry for myself but I get over it. There's always a next time." (But Gerard did stop gambling in 1999).

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Episode 7

American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land

Tue, Aug 29, 2000 90 mins

Exploring the secretive and largely unassimilated Romani culture as it follows one Spokane, Wash., Gypsy family. That family, the Markses, had a score to settle with the city of Spokane, which had their house raided in 1986 in search of stolen goods. The family later sued for improper police search, and writer-director Jasmine Dellal's film follows the case---and family head Jimmy Marks' obsession with it---closely.

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Episode 8

KPFA on the Air

Wed, Sep 20, 2000 60 mins

A heartfelt history of KFPA, the nation's oldest alternative radio station, the Pacifica Foundation's eclectic flagship, based in Berkeley, Cal. Since KPFA signed on in 1949, it has broadcast everything from Soviet-press reviews to bird calls. Even conservatives have gotten airtime. Of course, KPFA has always been controversial, and recently, the controversy has been internecine. This hour doesn't shrink from that, but mostly it celebrates KPFA. Author Alice Walker narrates.

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Episode 9

Live Free or Die

Wed, Sep 27, 2000 60 mins

Following abortion politics as they played out during the 1990s in one U.S. town, Bedford, N.H. It focuses on OB/GYN Wayne Goldner, who performs abortions. Not surprisingly, Goldner is a lightning rod for pro-life protesters, and he's also involved in two controversies: a hospital merger that imperiled abortion rights and a sex-education course he taught at Bedford's middle school.

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Episode 10

First Person Plural

Mon, Dec 18, 2000 60 mins

A Korean-American adoptee tries to forge relationships with her biological family as she sorts out her feelings toward her adoptive one in "First Person Plural," an intensely introspective film by Deann Borshay Liem, who was born amid the chaos and poverty of mid-1950s Korea, and adopted in 1966 by Californians Alveen and Arnold Borshay. They assumed Deann was an orphan, but she wasn't---a fact she learned after growing up.

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