PBS to spotlight Community Activists and Essential Workers

The network is planning a series which will tackle social issues from economic inequity to voter suppression.


Broadcast on the national PBS schedule, POV is a series which streams on PBS and returns this summer with thirteen features that showcase unsung heroes and protagonists—from youth activists in Oakland to caregivers in New York state, from organizers in Atlanta to educators in Appalachia.

POV’s historic 33rd season will kicks off with Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s “We Are The Radical Monarchs” on July 20 at 9 p.m., which debuted at SXSW Film Festival last year. It follows a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice.  “Through The Night” will explore the close bonds forged between parents, children and caregivers at a 24-hour daycare in New Rochelle, New York–a community in the news due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Softie,” the first Kenyan-produced and directed film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a political activist running for local office amid widespread corruption. Chilean documentary “The Mole Agent,” another 2020 Sundance film, introduces audiences to an 83-year-old widower who goes undercover in a retirement home—calling to mind our nation’s senior care facilities.

“Our Time Machine” is a portrait of an artist who creates a sweeping stage production when his father develops Alzheimer’s disease. The film won the best documentary cinematography award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  “About Love” explores nuanced relationship dynamics across three generations of a family in India. Arthouse favorite Chez Jolie Coiffure offers a vérité look at the critical role of hair salons in an African immigrant community in Brussels. An intimate look at the ongoing refugee crisis, “Love Child” follows an illicitly formed family as they escape Iran to plead asylum and start a new life someplace safe. ”

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