PBS documentary series “POV” will launch a new season on June 21 with festival favorites that include Sweetgrass, Armadillo and encore presentations of docs such as The Oath.
The 24th season of “POV” officially begins on June 21, after an advanced encore presentation of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and will run to September 27, after which it will continue into the fall 2011 and winter/spring 2012.
The doc strand has also teamed up with oral-history project StoryCorps for the second year to present everyday people’s intimate conversations in five animated shorts, on television and online.
POV 2011 schedule is below:
June 7 – Encore Presentation: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, which tells the story of the man who leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, which led to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.
June 21 – Kings of Pastry by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker, turns the lens on a highly regarded French pastry competition.
June 28 – My Perestroika by Robin Hessman, takes a look at the last generation of Soviet children.
July 5 – Sweetgrass by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, follows one of the last modern-day cowboys.
July 12 – Enemies of the People by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, focuses on the “killing fields” of Cambodia
July 19 – Biblioburro by Carlos Réndon Zipagauta, is about the Columbian teacher who is dedicated to bringing books to the children of a poor and violence-ridden province, via two donkeys.
July 26 – Mugabe and the White African by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson, tells the story of one “White African” who held his ground against Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe.
August 2 – Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen is a comic and dramatic study of Finnish men sweating and talking it out in the sauna.
August 9 – Encore Presentation of Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner. The doc lifts the veil on the U.S. food industry.
August 16 – Encore Presentation of The Oath by Laura Poitras. The doc weaves together the stories of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard and a prisoner at Guantanamo facing war crimes charges.
August 23 – POV Short Cuts is a one-hour collection of doc shorts from David Wilson, Andrea Dorfman, Beverly Morris, and two StoryCorps shorts, Miss Devine and No More Questions.
August 30 – Armadillo by Janus Metz is a dramatic and candid account of combat in Afghanistan.
September 6 – Better This World by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway is the story of the two men accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention.
September 13 – If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front by Marshall Curry explores environmentalism and terrorism in America by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group.
September 20 – The Learning by Ramona Diaz is a story of four Filipino women leaving their families to teach in America.
September 27 – Last Train Home by Lixin Fan is about one family among the 130 million migrant workers in China who journey home for the New Year.
Fall 2011 Special – Where Soldiers Come From by Heather Courtney follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after high school.
Winter/Spring 2012 Special – Racing Dreams by Marshall Curry chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers.