‘POV’ Turns 30

(Pictured above: ‘Dalya’s Other Country,’ YouTube screenshot.)

PBS’s documentary series POV starts its 30th season tonight with the first in a series of films about the Syrian war and the ongoing global refugee crisis.

Dalya’s Other Country focuses on a young Syrian girl and her mother, who, having fled the war, adjust to their new life in Los Angeles. Dalya will be accompanied by two shorts: the Oscar-nominated 4.1 Miles, spotlighting “a small Greek town on the sea and the coast guard’s daily efforts at saving thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean; and From Damascus to Chicago, concerning two young Syrian siblings who “resettle in Chicago and enroll in a dance class, while their family navigates a new city and new country.”

You can check the PBS website for your local station and air time. The series can also be streamed at pov.org. Future episodes will premiere on Mondays through the fall, with specials airing in 2018.

Next Monday, July 3, POV will air The War Show, “a wrenching chronicle” that starts with Syria’s Arab Spring protests in 2011, “then follows its descent into violent conflict.” On July 10, Last Men in Aleppo will examine the conflict’s “terrifying aftermath, and the volunteer rescue workers and first responders known as the White Helmets who stayed behind to pull their neighbors from the rubble.”

Later in the season, POV will turn to “overlooked communities” across the US. In Memories of a Penitent Heart (July 31), a filmmaker looks “to reconstruct the life of her late uncle, whose Catholic and Puerto Rican family spurned him as he expressed his gay identity in New York in the midst of the AIDS epidemic.” Tribal Justice (August 21) “delves into the practice of restorative justice-championed by two Native American judges in California who emphasize rehabilitative and personal interventions with youth threatened by the school-to-prison pipeline in their community.” In Raising Bertie (August 28), African-American boys come of age in rural North Carolina.

For more about upcoming films, visit POV.org.

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