POV Shorts, a collection of non-fiction short films curated by the PBS documentary strand ‘POV,’ has acquired six new titles that screened at major film festivals earlier this year, including such major platforms as Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW.
The films will air on PBS stations and be available for streaming on POV.org as part of the upcoming season of POV Shorts, with the full season lineup to be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to have these outstanding titles as part of the upcoming season of POV Shorts,” said ‘POV’ co-producer Opal H. Bennett. “Each one illuminates a particular identity, experience, and place in time which we are glad to see resonating with festival audiences. This upcoming season marks five years of POV Shorts, and we’re so glad to have each of these films in this anniversary year.”
The titles picked up by POV Shorts are below, with loglines supplied by PBS:
Chilly and Milly (U.S.)
Director: William D. Caballero
Producers: William D. Caballero, Elaine Del Valle
Eleven years after filming a documentary about his family, director William D. Caballero returns home to revisit scenes with his parents. Chilly, William’s father, is a diabetic with kidney failure, while his mother Milly sees herself as a caretaker. Watching the documentary, Chilly and Milly discuss their life together, including their successes and setbacks.
Coming Home (U.S./UK)
Directors: Naim Naif, Margot Bowman
Producers: Naim Naif, Margot Bowman, Meghan Doherty
Freedom Dabka Group, a collective of Palestinian-American dancers, use the traditional Dabka as a way to connect to their community and homeland.
Freedom Swimmer (Australia/France/UK/
Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire
Producers: Olivia Martin-McGuire, Brooke Silcox, Ron Dyens
The story of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong that parallels his granddaughter’s own quest for a new freedom.
My Duduś (U.S.)
Director: Tom Krawczyk
Producer: Nick J. Santore
A Polish mother grieves when her only child leaves their home in the suburbs of Chicago to study in Poland. While her son is away, she finds a baby squirrel in her backyard and forges a unique and powerful bond with the animal, raising him as if he were her own child.
Shut Up and Paint (U.S.)
Directors: Titus Kaphar, Alex Mallis
Producer: Chloe Gbai
Executive producers: Perri Peltz, Matthew O’Neill
Painter Titus Kaphar looks to film as a medium in the face of an insatiable art market seeking to silence his activism.
You Can’t Stop Spirit (U.S.)
Director/producer: Vashni Korin
You Can’t Stop Spirit (pictured) centers the Baby Doll Mardi Gras masking tradition: a group of self-liberated Black women who created an alternative social space where they are encouraged to be free.