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POV Season 27 Episodes

13 Episodes 2014 - 2015

Episode 1

When I Walk

Mon, Jun 23, 2014 87 mins

The Season 27 premiere features Jason DaSilva's "When I Walk," in which the filmmaker chronicles his life for five years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. By happenstance, a family member records the moment when the diagnosis hits home: while vacationing in the Caribbean, his legs give out. Yet, not all is bad: he meets Alice Cook, whose mother also has MS, at a support group. The two fall in love, marry and collaborate on completing the documentary.

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Episode 2

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 87 mins

A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

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Episode 3

My Way to Olympia

Mon, Jul 7, 2014 57 mins

Filmmaker Niko von Glasow profiles participants at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, including a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer who uses his feet and a Greek paraplegic boccia player. Along the way, von Glasow—who was born with severely shortened arms—sees his preconceptions and stereotypes about the Paralympics and sports in general upended.

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Episode 4

Getting Back to Abnormal

Mon, Jul 14, 2014 87 mins

The changed realities of post-Katrina New Orleans, including a population that is less African-American and less poor than before the storm, are examined in this documentary, which focuses on the 2010 re-election campaign of city councilwoman Stacy Head, a polarizing figure, and her aide, Barbara Lacen-Keller.

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Episode 5

Dance for Me

Mon, Jul 21, 2014 87 mins

The world of professional ballroom dancing in Denmark, where participants often look beyond the country's borders for the perfect partner, is examined. The documentary follows Egor, a 15 year old from Russia, as he adjusts to life in Denmark and to his 14-year-old Danish partner, Mie.

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Episode 6

Fallen City

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 57 mins

Survivors of a 2008 earthquake in China that leveled the town of Beichuan and killed 90,000 people share their experiences, which include grieving for lost loved ones. A new Beichuan is built near the old, and residents make the move, but the transition to a new life is anything but smooth for some, as echoes from the past prove to be very powerful. A boy whose father died in the earthquake, for example, has difficulties accepting his mother's new husband, a widower, and eventually runs away.

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Episode 7

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

Mon, Aug 4, 2014 57 mins

Chronicling the effort of Kenneth Young, who's serving four life sentences for participating in a series of armed robberies when he was just 14 and 15 years old in 2000, to have his sentence reduced. Among his arguments: he was coerced into committing the crimes by his accomplice, a neighborhood drug dealer.

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Episode 8

A World Not Ours

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 87 mins

Life at the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon is examined by filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, who grew up there. Created in 1948 as a temporary measure, the camp has become a permanent home for multiple generations; and has a population of 70,000. Fleifel uses footage shot over 20 years by various members of his family; shares memories; and details the precarious state the camp's residents still find themselves in, since Lebanon views them—even those born there—as foreigners.

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Episode 9

Big Men

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 87 mins

An American company's quest for oil in Ghana is chronicled. The documentary also explores conditions in nearby Nigeria, where the country's 50-year-old oil industry has done little for the people of the Niger Delta, many of whom live in abject poverty.

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Episode 10

After Tiller

Mon, Sep 1, 2014 87 mins

A look at former colleagues of Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider murdered in 2009 Wichita, who also perform third-term abortions. The documentary, which also shares the stories of their patients, explores the ethical dilemmas they face as well as the ever-present threats of violence they cope with.

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Episode 11

The Genius of Marian

Mon, Sep 8, 2014 87 mins

"The Genius of Marian" relates the experiences of 61-year-old Pam White and her family after she develops early onset Alzheimer's. As her ability to write slips away, so does her plan of writing a book about her mother, the artist Marian Williams Steele (1912-2001), who also developed Alzheimer's. Son Banker (the film's director), however, decides to record her conversations, enabling her to share her memories of her childhood and mother.

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Episode 12


Mon, Sep 22, 2014 87 mins

A profile of former New York mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013), whose blunt, combative ways personified the city during his years in office (1978-'89). He restored the Big Apple's fiscal health and reduced crime, though not all were happy with his methods. The documentary also delves into his private life, including his friendship with former Miss America Bess Myerson; and the claims that he was gay. It also details his life post-office, when he was always happy to share his opinions on TV and radio.

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Episode 13

The Act of Killing

Mon, Oct 6, 2014 117 mins

The acclaimed "Act of Killing" finds former Indonesian death-squad leader Anwar Congo and his friends, who helped kill more than a million people during the 1965 military takeover of their country, re-enacting their roles in the atrocities. To them and many countrymen, however, the slaughter was not a nightmarish event, but a patriotic endeavor. Yet, as he re-enacts the events, for the first time in his life Anwar unexpectedly confronts the consequences of his long-ago actions.

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