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POV Season 29 Episodes

13 Episodes 2016 - 2017

Episode 1

The Return

Mon, May 23, 2016 90 mins

The Season 29 premiere chronicles the reintegration into society of two prison inmates whose life sentences under California's three-strikes law were shortened after voters approved Proposition 36 in 2012.

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Episode 2

Of Men and War

Mon, May 30, 2016 90 mins

A look at the lives of a dozen combat veterans and their families as the soldiers undergo intense residential PTSD therapy at the Pathway Home, a unique specialized care facility.

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Episode 3

The Look of Silence

Mon, Jun 27, 2016 60 mins

An optometrist in Indonesia identifies the men who killed his brother during the 1965 genocide in his country. While testing their eyes, he confronts them and demands they accept responsibility.

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Episode 4

Pervert Park

Mon, Jul 11, 2016 60 mins

A look at the Florida Justice Transitions trailer park, which is home to 120 sex offenders.

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Episode 5


Mon, Aug 1, 2016 90 mins

Albert Maysles profiles interior designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel, who became—in her words—"a geriatric starlet" thanks to a 2005 exhibition of her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Episode 6

The Birth of Saké

Mon, Sep 5, 2016 90 mins

A look at Japan's Yoshida Brewery, where artisans spend six months in nearly monastic isolation while following an age-old process to create saké, the nation's revered rice wine.

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Episode 7

All the Difference

Mon, Sep 12, 2016 90 mins

The stories of two young African-American men from Chicago's South Side who achieve their dream of graduating college. It's not an easy journey for either. The average high-school graduation rate in Chicago for black males is 41 percent; and, as one's elementary-school teacher observes, many children don't expect to make it to 18. Shot over five years, the film follows them from high school to college; and details the obstacles they overcome on their way to earning their college diplomas.

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Episode 8

Kingdom of Shadows

Mon, Sep 19, 2016 90 mins

A look at the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border through the eyes of a DEA agent, an activist nun in Mexico and a former drug smuggler in Texas.

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Episode 9

From This Day Forward

Mon, Oct 10, 2016 90 mins

In "From This Day Forward," filmmaker Sharon Shattuck examines the marriage of her parents, who've remained together even though her father came out as transgender decades ago. The decision strained the relationship between them, of course, and they separated for a time, but in the end decided that their bond was too strong. The change also weighed on Sharon, who admits that she "pretty much rejected my dad" for years. Also: "Pink Boy" profiles a gender-nonconforming boy in rural Florida.

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Episode 10

Hooligan Sparrow

Mon, Oct 17, 2016 90 mins

The story of Chinese human-rights activist Ye Haiyan, who finds herself in the crosshairs of her government after seeking justice for six children, ranging in age from 11 to 14, who were sexually abused by their school principal.

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Episode 11

Thank You for Playing

Mon, Oct 24, 2016 90 mins

A video-game programmer and his wife create a video game about their son's battle with cancer. What starts as a coping mechanism morphs into something larger, however, and results in an emotional and poetic work that deftly explores love, loss and grief.

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Episode 12

What Tomorrow Brings

Mon, Oct 31, 2016 60 mins

The story of the first girls' school in a remote Afghan village unfolds through the eyes of its students, teachers and founder; and also the parents and village elders.

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Episode 13

Seven Songs for a Long Life

Mon, Jan 30, 2017 60 mins

A look at a Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, Scotland, where patients rely on song and laughter to help cope with their uncertain fates.

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