This series presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America' s and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.
Fallen City (#2706H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
In today's go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt - boasting new and improved civic amenities - in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as this film reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Bichuan to the new Bichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss - most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren - and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Zhao Qi offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.
- KQED World: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 11:00pm
The World Before Her (#2610H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
This is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant - a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment - and of two women who hope to shape its future. By Nisha Pahuja.
- KQED World: Sun, May 31, 2015 -- 3:00pm Remind me
American Promise (#2615) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, NY, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
Short Cuts (#2408H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
"Big Birding Day" by David Wilson - This short offers a glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours.
"Flawed" by Andrea Dorfman - Artist Andrea Dorfman's drawings burst colorfully into life as she animates the story of her long-distance relationship with a man whose profession, plastic surgery, gives her plenty of fodder. < br />"Tiffany" by Beverly Morris - In this animated short, Beverly Morris tells of her ongoing struggle to hold onto the most contested object in her divorce - the Tiffany lamp.
"StoryCorps" - StoryCorps brings its Peabody Award-winning storytelling to POV for a second season. Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded and preserved the voices of everyday people, one conversation at a time. POV's animated short films use original recordings that have become beloved public-radio "driveway moments." Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"Miss Devine" - Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their inimitable Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine. This animation, set in the small Florida town of the cousins' memories, will have you laughing along with the cousins as they remember the fearsome, larger-than-life Miss Devine.
"No More Questions" - Strong-willed grandmother Kay Wang allowed her son and granddaughter to drag her into a StoryCorps booth. Though Kay was reluctant, she had stories to tell - from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale's department store.
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 -- 2:00pm Remind me
Steam of Life (#2407H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
From a land of long, dark winters comes "Steam of Life," a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. Beautifully and hauntingly shot, the acclaimed film provides a surprising glimpse into the lives of Finnish men and a remarkable depiction of the troubled and often reticent hearts of contemporary Western men.
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Listening Is An Act of Love: A Storycorps Special (#2614H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
This first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. It features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life's important questions. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his inquisitive 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable visual style of The Rauch Brothers.
Out in the Night (#2801) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14 (Secondary audio: none)
Examine the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.
The Overnighters (#2802H) Duration: 56:46 STSURR TVPG
Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor risks everything to help them. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.