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.
Up Heartbreak Hill (#2506) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf's "Up Heartbreak Hill" is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
Sun Kissed (#2511H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? "Sun Kissed" follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: the consequences of the Navajos' Long Walk -- their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 --are far from over.
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Listening Is An Act of Love: A Storycorps Special (#2614) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. "Listening Is an Act of Love" 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.
Homegoings (#2601) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, "Homegoings" takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinema verite with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."
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.
Racing Dreams (#2415H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Fondly described as "Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye," this film chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. Though they aren't old enough for driving licenses, Brandon, Josh and Annabeth race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the World Karting Association's national series, the "Little League" of professional racing. The film, by Marshall Curry (Oscar-nominated "Street Fight," POV 2005; "If a Tree Falls," POV 2011), is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle. Winner of Best Documentary Feature Award, 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.