Films from Reid Davenport, Yung Chang join 35th season of ‘POV’

Long-running feature documentary strand ‘POV’ is returning to American pubcaster PBS for its 35th season, kicking off in July with Yung Chang’s Wuhan Wuhan. Diversity is a focal point for the ...
May 17, 2022

Long-running feature documentary strand ‘POV’ is returning to American pubcaster PBS for its 35th season, kicking off in July with Yung Chang’s Wuhan Wuhan.

Diversity is a focal point for the upcoming edition, with more than half of this season’s films directed by women and two-thirds by filmmakers of color. In addition, half of the 14 features come from filmmakers of Asian descent, and several titles are by and about people with disabilities.

From a geographic perspective, the series will feature stories from China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Greenland, Myanmar, Norway, the Philippines and Zimbabwe, as well as contemporary Muslim perspectives from both outside and within the U.S.

Wuhan Wuhan, which premieres on July 11, chronicles the first wave of the COVID-19 lockdown. Other highlights from this season include the acclaimed Sundance feature Midwives, from Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing; the Oscar-shortlisted President, from Camilla Nielsson; and I Didn’t See You There (pictured), another Sundance favorite that earned its director, Reid Davenport, the U.S. documentary directing award at the festival.

“PBS is proud that after 35 years, ‘POV’ continues to deliver artistically unique, essential, and dynamic films by a diversity of creators,” said Sylvia Bugg, PBS’ chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming, in a statement. “As our passionate, inclusive, and intellectually curious audience continues to grow, ‘POV’ remains a powerful linchpin in the mission of public television.”

Below are the titles to be featured this year, with director credits and air dates.

Who Killed Vincent Chin? (Special encore presentation)
Directors: Renee Tajima-Peña, Christine Choy
Premieres June 20, 2022

Wuhan Wuhan
Director: Yung Chang
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Luo, Diane Quon
Premieres July 11, 2022

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
Director: Ann Kaneko
Producers: Ann Kaneko, Jin Yoo-Kim, Tracy Rector
Premieres July 18, 2022

Winter’s Yearning
Directors: Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog
Producers: Sturla Pilskog, Are Kvalnes Pilskog, Vibeke Vogel, Emile Hertling Péronard
Premieres July 25, 2022

He’s My Brother
Directors/producers: Cille Hannibal, Christine Hanberg
Premieres August 1, 2022

Director: Camilla Nielsson
Producers: Joslyn Barne, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Premieres August 8, 2022

Faya Dayi
Director/producer: Jessica Beshir
Premieres August 29, 2022

Love & Stuff
Directors: Judith Helfand, David Cohen
Producers: Helfand, Hilla Medalia, Julie Parker Benello
Premieres September 5, 2022

Director: Karl Malakunas
Producers: Karl Malakunas, Michael Collins, Marty Syjuco, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala
Premieres September 26, 2022

The Last Out
Directors: Sami Khan, Michael Gassert
Producers: Sami Khan, Michael Gassert, Jonathan Miller
Premieres October 3, 2022

Director: Dan Chen
Producers: Dan Chen, Mark Monroe, Jason Y. Lee, Jesse Einstein
Premieres October 10, 2022

Director: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Bob Moore, Ulla Lehmann
Premieres November 21, 2022

Let the Little Light Shine
Director: Kevin Shaw
Producers: Steve James, Rachel Dickson
Premieres December 12, 2022

I Didn’t See You There
Director: Reid Davenport
Producers: Raphael Kriegel, Keith Wilson
Premieres January 16, 2023

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.