PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ has slated After Tiller (pictured), Koch and The Act of Killing for its 27th season.
The season features 13 independent feature docs, one encore broadcast and will conclude in the fall with a special presentation of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. It will kick off with director Jason DaSilva’s autobiographical account of his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, When I Walk, on June 23.
Among the films playing this season are Neil Barksy’s Koch, about the life and times of former New York City mayor Ed Koch; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller, about the handful of doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions; and A World Not Ours, director Mahdi Fleifel’s award-winning account of life in a Lebanese refugee camp.
Banker White and Anna Fitch’s The Genius of Marian is a portrait of a family’s attempt to come to terms with early-onset Alzheimer’s; Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs profiles the 98-year-old Chinese-American philosopher, writer and activist; and Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler’s Getting Back to Abnormal recounts the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman occupying a New Orleans city council seat traditionally held by a black representative.
‘POV’ is also collaborating with The New York Times to premiere short docs online via both organizations’ websites.
The 2014 schedule follows below. All programs air Mondays at 10 p.m. (check local listings).
June 23 – When I Walk by Jason DaSilva
June 30 – American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs by Grace Lee
July 7 – My Way to Olympia by Niko von Glasow
July 14 – Getting Back to Abnormal by Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler
July 21 – Dance for Me by Katrine Philp (including the StoryCorps animated short Bryan and Mike Wilmoth by The Rauch Brothers)
July 28 – Fallen City by Zhao Qi
August 4 – 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story by Nadine Pequeneza
August 11 – Neutrotypical by Adam Larsen (encore presentation)
August 18 – A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel
August 25 – Big Men by Rachel Boynton
September 1 – After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
September 8 – The Genius of Marian by Banker White and Anna Fitch
September 22 – Koch by Neil Barsky
Fall TBD – The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer