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POV Season 19 Episodes

13 Episodes 2006 - 2006

Episode 1

No More Tears Sister

Tue, Jun 27, 2006 57 mins

"No More Tears Sister," a moving examination of the life of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a Sri Lankan human-rights activist who was allegedly assassinated in 1989 by a guerrilla group---the Tamil Tigers---she once championed. Included: insights from Rajani, via letters; her older sister, Nirmala Rajasingam, who was also an activist; and her husband, Dayapala Thiranagama, a former student revolutionary.

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Episode 2

Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball

Tue, Jul 4, 2006 57 mins

An examination of the Japanese high-school baseball tournament known as Koshien (which grabs national attention every August), focusing on two teams competing in the 2003 event. One squad is from Tennoji High School, a public school with limited resources; the other is from Chiben High School, a private school coached by the legendary Hitoshi Takashima, who has taken more than 20 teams to Koshien and won the national championship three times.

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Episode 3

Tintin and I

Tue, Jul 11, 2006 87 mins

A profile of the reclusive Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (1907-83), aka Herge, best known for his "Tintin" cartoons. The documentary draws on 14 hours of interviews Remi gave journalist Numa Sadoul in 1971; and includes insights from scholars Harry Thompson, Fanny Rodwell and Gerard Valet. Also: Monteith McCollum's short "Lawn," a film collage about mankind's relationship with nature.

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Episode 4

The Fall of Fujimori

Tue, Jul 18, 2006 87 mins

The tumultuous 10-year reign of Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori is documented via interviews with Fujimori, Peruvian journalists and others. He took office in 1990 and defeated two of the nation's major problems, hyperinflation and terrorism. But he suspended democracy to achieve those ends. In 2000, he fled to his ancestral home, Japan, and resigned the presidency by fax; he now faces charges of authorizing a paramilitary death squad and financial irregularities.

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Episode 5

The Tailenders

Tue, Jul 25, 2006 57 mins

"The Tailenders" details the work of Global Recordings Network, a Christian missionary group that has provided Bible recordings to the world's remote regions since 1939; and has stories in more than 5500 languages and dialects. The documentary also looks at the technology used to spread the Bible's teachings to people in undeveloped areas; why the missionaries spread the gospel; and how the message is received by the native peoples.

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Episode 6

Al Otro Lado

Tue, Aug 1, 2006 57 mins

This fascinating episode, "Al Otro Lado" (To the Other Side), puts a personal spin on illegal immigration through eyes of aspiring corrido singer Magdiel, who lives in Sinaloa. "Mexico is nice for the rich, but for the poor it isn't," Magdiel explains; and poor he is---he can't afford to pay a border-crossing guide ("coyote") to take him to the U.S. The documentary also details the history of corridos (folk songs that celebrate outlaws); and profiles influential corrido singer Chalino Sanchez.

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Episode 7

Lomax the Songhunter

Tue, Aug 22, 2006 57 mins

The remarkable "Lomax the Songhunter" celebrates the life and work of musicologist Alan Lomax (1915-2002) by retracing his 1950s trek to record indigenous folk music in Scotland, Spain and Sicily; and meeting with people he recorded. The documentary also examines his earlier work in the American South; features archival footage and insights from friends and colleagues, including Pete Seeger (who helped Lomax catalog many of his field recordings).

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Episode 8

Waging a Living

Tue, Aug 29, 2006 87 mins

Compelling, and sometimes heartbreaking, "Waging a Living" chronicles the frustrating lives of four low-wage earners over three years. Included: a nursing assistant who supports three children as well as the kids of her oldest daughter, who has thyroid cancer; a security guard with $10 in his savings account; a waitress going through a divorce; and a child-care supervisor whose increased job earnings result in a drop in her standard of living as her government assistance is decreased.

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Episode 9

The Boys of Baraka

Tue, Sep 12, 2006 87 mins

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "The Boys of Baraka" offers a perceptive look at the lives of four young males from inner-city Baltimore who are given the opportunity to attend Kenya's Baraka School, which challenges them academically and attempts to instill self-discipline. The documentary follows up with the youths the following school year, when, due to a civil war in Kenya, they return to Baltimore's public-school system.

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Episode 10

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Tue, Sep 19, 2006 87 mins

Thomas Allen Harris's impressive "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela" tells the story of his stepfather, Benjamin Pule Leinaeng---and, through him, the story of the African National Congress. In 1960, Leinaeng and 11 other ANC members, all followers of Nelson Mandela, fled South Africa to set up resistance to the apartheid state. Commenting are others who fled, including Moses Medupe, Mochubela Seekoe, Percy Mokonopi and Isabella Winkie Direcko, a teacher of Leinaeng.

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Episode 11

No Bigger Than a Minute

Tue, Oct 3, 2006 57 mins

"No Bigger than a Minute" explores the world of dwarfism. Filmmaker Steven Delano, who is a dwarf, details the difficulties he faced while growing up, including a sense of isolation; and examines the place little people have in pop culture. Included: comments from short celebs Peter Dinklage ("The Station Agent") and Meredith Eaton ("Family Law"); and rap star Bushwick Bill. Also: German director Werner Herzog and singer-songwriter Randy Newman are interviewed.

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Episode 12

Maquilapolis [city of factories]

Tue, Oct 10, 2006 57 mins

"Maquilapolis [City of Factories]" examines the deplorable conditions and pay of workers in multinational-owned plants south of the U.S.-Mexican border as seen through the eyes of the workers. Included: When her plant relocates to Indonesia, single mother-of-three Carmen Durán battles for the severance pay Mexican law grants her but that the company tried to renege on. Also: Lourdes Luján, who lives in Tijuana, fights for a cleanup of a battery-recycling factory.

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Episode 13

My Country, My Country

Tue, Oct 24, 2006 87 mins

Featured: Laura Poitras's engrossing "My Country, My Country," which documents the months leading up to Iraq's January 2005 elections through the eyes of a Sunni doctor in Baghdad, who decides to run for Baghdad's provincial council. Included: He leads a visit to Abu Ghraib prison; meets with the Americans to voice his objections to the fighting in Fallujah; helps someone whose son is being held for ransom by militants. Also: the Iraqi Islamic Party's election boycott.

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