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POV Season 26 Episodes

15 Episodes 2013 - 2014

Episode 1


Mon, Jun 24, 2013 57 mins

Season 26 opens with "Homegoings," which profiles Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the son of a South Carolina sharecropper whose fascination with burials began as a boy, while also examining the traditions of African-American funerals. Owens' fascination with burials dates to his childhood: He buried matchsticks at age 5, then progressed to actual dead things, including chickens, dogs and even a mule. He moved to NYC at age 17 to learn the craft and, in time, opened his own funeral home.

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Episode 2

Special Flight

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 57 mins

The award-winning "Special Flight" examines life at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses undocumented foreigners. Detainees, some of whom have lived in the country for years, can spend up to 18 months at such centers waiting for their appeals to be heard. The decisions generally go against them, however, and then they face a choice: willingly board a plane to their native lands or be forcibly evicted from Switzerland, a process that doesn't always end well for them.

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Episode 3

Herman's House

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 80 mins

The story of Louisiana prisoner Herman Wallace, who has been kept in solitary confinement since being accused and convicted of killing a guard in 1972, and art student Jackie Surnell, who in 2001 wrote and asked him what his dream house would look like. Her idea was to create an art installation that featured a full-size replica of his 6-foot-by-9-foot cell adjacent to the detailed plans of his idealized home. But she then sets out to actually build the home—a feat that may be beyond her means.

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Episode 4

Only the Young

Mon, Jul 15, 2013 87 mins

The cinema-vérité "Only the Young" chronicles the lives of three teens in a small California town that's pockmarked by foreclosed homes, empty swimming pools and a closed mini-golf course. Also: "xoxosms," about love and intimacy in the digital age.

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Episode 5

High Tech, Low Life

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 87 mins

The award-winning "High Tech, Low Life" details the experiences of two Chinese bloggers who buck government censorship and risk arrest as political dissidents in order to report on news and injustices that are otherwise suppressed. Zhang Shihe, aka "Tiger Temple," began blogging in 2004 when a murder in his neighborhood went unmentioned in the government-controlled press. Zhou Shuguang, aka Zola, started doing the same in 2007 after he heard of a family resisting eviction in a nearby province.

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Episode 6


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 57 mins

Adam Larsen's "Neurotypical" explores autism from the perspective of individuals with autism, including a 4-year-old girl, teenage boy and adult woman.

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Episode 7

The Law in These Parts

Mon, Aug 19, 2013 87 mins

"The Law in These Parts" examines the justice system created by the Israeli military to maintain order in the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip and West Bank since the 1967 War. Made by Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, the provocative documentary features interviews with many of the system's architects, including former Israeli Supreme Court president Meir Shamgar.

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Episode 8

5 Broken Cameras

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 87 mins

"5 Broken Cameras" relates the story of Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought a video camera in 2005 to record his and his wife's new baby, and wound up using it to also document his village's protests against Israel's security fence, which cut through the community's farmlands, and the expansion plan of a nearby Israeli settlement. The film takes its name from the number of video cameras that Burnat used. Two were shot; a third broken by a settler; and a fourth damaged in an auto accident.

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Episode 9

Ping Pong

Mon, Sep 9, 2013 57 mins

Profiling some of the participants in the over-80 division of the World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, including one with cancer who's been given one week to live; his doubles partner, who's also a weightlifter and a poet; and a 100-year-old player from Australia.

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Episode 10

The World Before Her

Mon, Sep 16, 2013 57 mins

"The World Before Her" examines life for women in India through the stories of Ruhi Singh, who hopes a win in the Miss India beauty pageant will free her from the constraints of a patriarchal society; and Prachi Trivedi, a militant Hindu who teaches at a Durga Vahini camp for girls.

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Episode 11

Best Kept Secret

Mon, Sep 23, 2013 87 mins

The efforts of educator Janet Mino at John F. Kennedy High School in Newark, N.J., to help students with autism open up to the world around them is chronicled. Her entire class consists of six young men who, because they're due to turn 21, will soon "age out" of the school system. Continuing-education programs and accommodations for such special-needs students are scarce, however, leading Mino to take it upon herself to find suitable situations for each of them.

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Episode 12

Brooklyn Castle

Mon, Oct 7, 2013 87 mins

The story of a Brooklyn junior-high chess team that has achieved astonishing results since it began competing in national tournaments in 2000, including winning 30 national titles and, in 2012, the U.S. High School National Championship. The documentary focuses on five team members, including an 11 year old who is one of America's highest-ranked young chess players; and a 13 year old who could well become the first black female master in the history of chess.

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Episode 13

56 Up

Mon, Oct 14, 2013 147 mins

The lives of 14 people in Britain are examined in "56 Up," an installment in the "Up" series that first profiled the subjects in 1964, when they were 7, and has updated their stories every seven years since. Cabbie Tony reflects on changes to the East End; teacher Nick and homemaker Suzy discuss how the series has impacted them; and Peter, who leads a band called the Good Intentions, returns for the first time since "28 Up," when he received bad press for criticizing Margaret Thatcher.

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Episode 14

Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

Thu, Nov 28, 2013 27 mins

StoryCorps animated shorts celebrate the act of listening. Included: "Making It," about a Chicago high-school student who helped his family make ends meet as a boy; "Marking the Distance," about a San Francisco woman who lost her short-term memory following surgery to remove a brain tumor; "The Road Home," about a North Carolina man who embraced sobriety after his 28th stint in rehab; and "Me & You," in which a 73-year-old New Yorker talks to her son about her early life.

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Episode 15

American Promise

Mon, Feb 3, 2014 117 mins

The experiences of two middle-class African-American boys at a prestigious, historically white private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side are chronicled from kindergarten through high-school graduation.

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