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POV Season 25 Episodes

14 Episodes 2012 - 2013

Episode 1

My Reincarnation

Thu, Jun 21, 2012 87 mins

Season 25 opens with "My Reincarnation," about exiled Tibetan spiritual master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his first-born son Yeshi, whom he believes is the reincarnation of his uncle, a Dzogchen master. Yeshi, however, isn't so sure; and, even if he is what his father believes, becoming a Tibetan teacher isn't necessarily the life he wants.

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Episode 2

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 87 mins

"Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" tells how Pamela Yates' 1983 documentary "When the Mountains Tremble," about the 1982 genocide of indigenous Mayans by the Guatemalan military, was used to hold ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt responsible. "Granito" also features individuals who appeared in the 1983 film, including storyteller Rigoberta Menchú, who would go on to win the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize; and former guerrilla commander Gustavo Meoño.

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Episode 3

The City Dark

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 57 mins

In "The City Dark," filmmaker Ian Cheney—who grew up in a small Maine town—ponders light pollution, a phenomenon foreign to him until he moved to New York City. To learn what the consequences of diminished darkness might be, he talks with experts, including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. What he discovers: possible health implications for humans; and serious issues for such wildlife as sea turtles. Yet, as criminologist Jon Shane points out, there is some good: less crime in well-lit areas.

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Episode 4

Guilty Pleasures

Thu, Jul 12, 2012 57 mins

"Guilty Pleasures" examines the popularity of romance novels through the stories of three fans, an author and a male model whose face graces the covers of many books. The fiction feeds Japanese housewife Hiroko's fantasies of being wooed by a David Beckham look-alike. Shumita, an Indian woman whose husband left her, recognizes the books' Utopian take on love but enjoys them, anyway. And British author Gill Sanderson, surprisingly, turns out to be a male pensioner who resides in a trailer park.

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Episode 5

The Light in Her Eyes

Thu, Jul 19, 2012 57 mins

"The Light in Her Eyes" offers a vérité portrait of Houda al-Habash, a religiously observant Syrian woman who has defied tradition for the past 30 years by teaching the Koran to young girls at a school she runs at a Damascus mosque.

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Episode 6

Up Heartbreak Hill

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 57 mins

"Up Heartbreak Hill" chronicles the senior year of two Navajo high-school students in New Mexico. One, a rebellious cross-country runner named Thomas, hopes to win a scholarship and attend college, then return to and help improve the Navajo Nation. The other, fellow runner and valedictorian contender Tamara, has her heart set on a college out of state, though her parents would prefer she stick closer to home.

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Episode 7

POV Short Cuts

Thu, Aug 9, 2012 57 mins

Five shorts, including "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement," about an octogenarian Alabama barber and WWII veteran who carried the American flag across the bridge on the first Selma to Montgomery march of 1965; and "Sin País (Without Country)," about illegal immigrants from Guatemala who, 20 years after arriving in the U.S., are deported to their home country. Also: three StoryCorps animations, including "Eyes on the Stars," about astronaut Ronald McNair.

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Episode 8

I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 87 mins

The Jonathan Demme-directed "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful" tells the story of a New Orleans native and civil-rights activist who works to rebuild her house, church and community after they're devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Episode 9

El Velador (The Night Watchman)

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 57 mins

"El Velador (The Night Watchman)," about a guard who oversees a cemetery in Culiacán, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The region is the nexus of the country's illegal drug trade; the cemetery is the final resting place for many drug lords.

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Episode 10

Give Up Tomorrow

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 87 mins

"Give Up Tomorrow" examines the Filipino justice system via the case of Paco Larrañaga, who was convicted of the 1997 rape-murder of two sisters despite evidence that placed him elsewhere at the time of the crime.

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Episode 11

Sun Kissed

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 57 mins

A Navajo couple investigates XP, a genetic disorder that makes exposure to sunlight potentially fatal, and learns that it is far more prevalent on their reservation than in the population at-large: one in 30,000 vs. one in a million. They lost a son to the disorder, and now care for his sister, who also has it. Their study leads to a possible reason for the increased likelihood that Navajos will develop XP: the Long Walk of 1864, when their people were forced to relocate to eastern New Mexico.

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Episode 12

Nostalgia for the Light

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 87 mins

A look at a haven for astronomers and archaeologists: Chile's Atacama Desert. At 10,000 feet above sea level, it offers a clear view of the sky. It also holds clues about the distant and recent past: ancient mummies and the remains of the "disappeared" (Pinochet-era political prisoners).

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Episode 13

Reportero

Mon, Jan 7, 2013 57 mins

The dangers faced by journalists in Mexico are examined from the perspective of veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at the Tijuana-based newsweekly Zeta. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 48 journalists in Mexico were murdered or disappeared from December 2006 through December 2011 for daring to report on drug cartels and the corrupt politicians in league with them.

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Episode 14

Girl Model

Sun, Mar 24, 2013 87 mins

The Season 25 finale examines the modeling business through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian who signs with an agency in Japan, where the Russian preadolescent "look" is apparently all the rage, and the scout—a former model herself—who discovered her. Also: the StoryCorps shorts "Sundays at Rocco's" and "To R.P. Salazar, With Love."

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