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POV Season 28 Episodes

14 Episodes 2015 - 2015

Episode 1

Out in the Night

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 60 mins

Season 28 opens with "Out in the Night," about four African-American lesbian friends who became embroiled in a melee with a man who had verbally and physically attacked them in 2006 NYC. He was stabbed; and they were eventually convicted of gang assault. The case spurred sensationalized press coverage, with headlines labeling them a "Gang of Killer Lesbians." Included: remarks from the women, their families and one of the arresting officers; and surveillance-camera footage of the confrontation.

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Episode 2

The Overnighters

Mon, Jun 29, 2015 120 mins

"The Overnighters," about the North Dakota oil boom, details the goings-on at a Williston church whose pastor turned it into a makeshift dorm for folks unable to find housing. The emigres moved to the region in hopes of finding work. Some have, some haven't, but a housing shortage means they have nowhere to live. Not all in the community welcome the arrangement, however. Also: the Immigrant Nation short "The Caretaker"; and StoryCorps shorts "A More Perfect Union" and "The Last Viewing."

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Episode 3

Tough Love

Mon, Jul 6, 2015 90 mins

A single dad in Seattle and a mother of two in NYC navigate the child welfare system in hopes of regaining custody of their children, who were removed from their care due to neglect. Patrick lost his daughter after he alerted CPS about her meth-addicted mother; he was addicted, too, but is now recovering. Hannah lost her kids after leaving them with her mom for nights on end. She's since married and is again pregnant; and her husband supports her in her quest to put her family back together.

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Episode 4

Web Junkie

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 60 mins

A look at Internet addiction in China via the experiences of teens at Daxing Boot Camp in Beijing, one of some 400 rehabilitation centers created by the government to treat the disorder. Patients, who are kept under constant surveillance, take part in rigorous exercise, group therapy, brain scans and classroom instruction. "It is an abyss swallowing my son," says one mother of why she sought help for her son. It's also not cheap. Parents, many at their wits' end, often borrow money to pay.

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Episode 5

Return to Homs

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 87 mins

The transformation of a one-time goalie for the Syrian national soccer team from peaceful protester to armed opponent of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime is chronicled. In 2011, when the documentary begins, 19-year-old Abdul Basset Saroot—once voted the second best goalie in Asia—is singing protest songs to like-minded people in Homs. The regime responds to the protests, however, with artillery fire, tanks, jets and snipers. Assad and his friends see no option but one: take up arms.

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Episode 6

Tea Time

Mon, Jul 27, 2015 60 mins

Five Chilean women meet each month for tea and pastries, a tradition they've maintained for 60 years. Through the decades, they've experienced many personal and societal changes; and weathered disagreements amongst themselves.

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Episode 7

Beats of the Antonov

Mon, Aug 3, 2015 60 mins

A look at life along the Sudan-South Sudan border, where many who fought to create South Sudan found themselves on the wrong side of the border once it was established in 2011. They harvest crops, raise cattle, try to avoid air raids—and make music on instruments made from found objects.

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Episode 8


Mon, Aug 17, 2015 90 mins

The experiences of adolescent immigrants in Switzerland who are enrolled in an integration class, which is mandatory for anyone receiving government support, are chronicled. Among the pupils: a young man from Afghanistan who needs to raise $20,000 to repay a loan or see his parents, who remain in his home country, lose their property; and a brother and sister who left Serbia after their mother died. It's a challenging time for the students, as they must balance their dreams with reality.

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Episode 9

Point and Shoot

Mon, Aug 24, 2015 90 mins

The saga of Matt VanDyke, a one-time American couch potato who chronicled his transformation into a motorcycle-riding rebel in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2011, he joined the fight against Muammar Gaddafi; and, after being captured by government forces, spent months in solitary confinement before being freed by the rebels. In addition to charting his evolution, the documentary explores questions about manhood, personal risk and the nature of war in the era of selfies and social media.

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Episode 10

The Storm Makers

Mon, Aug 31, 2015 60 mins

A look at human trafficking in Cambodia through the eyes of an ex-slave who, upon her return home, isn't welcomed by her mother; a trafficker who sells people, mostly girls; and a recruiter who funnels girls, including her daughter, to the trafficker. Included: the political and economic roots of human trafficking; and the moral choices made by those on both sides of the equation.

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Episode 11

Cutie and the Boxer

Fri, Sep 18, 2015 90 mins

The story of married artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who met in the early 1970s when he was 41 and she was 19. In the following years, she put her ambitions on hold to act as his assistant and care for their son; and, though he's earned accolades for his work, financial success has eluded him—paying the rent is still, at times, a challenge. Noriko, for her part, is finally fulfilling her own (delayed) dreams via "Cutie and Bullie," a series of drawings that recount their life together.

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Episode 12

Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

Mon, Sep 21, 2015 90 mins

The story of Angy Rivera, who came to the U.S. at age 3 when her mother fled Colombia due to growing violence. Their undocumented status, however, left them living in the shadows; and being deported haunted Angy's dreams. High-school graduation brought with it another issue: financial aid for college was beyond her reach. In time, she stepped into the light via an undocumented-youth advice column and YouTube. (She was eventually granted a visa as part of a program for sexual-abuse victims.)

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Episode 13

Art and Craft

Fri, Sep 25, 2015 90 mins

The story of infamous art forger Mark Landis, who donated his faux works to art museums and institutions, sometimes while posing as a priest, over a 30-year period. He may have gotten away with it, too, if not for former Oklahoma City Museum of Art registrar Matthew Leininger, who methodically investigated his donations before exposing him in 2008. Because the forgeries were donations, however, Landis committed no crime.

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Episode 14

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Fri, Oct 2, 2015 60 mins

A vérité look at Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose opposition to his country's autocratic rule led to his secret detention for three months in 2011. Following his release, he's tried on trumped-up charges and sentenced to a year of house arrest. Despite the potential for further recriminations, he can't help but to slam the government. He also displays an impish humor, inviting the men who spy on him to parties; and installing webcams in his home so that everyone can join the surveillance team.

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