How much would you sacrifice to survive? When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the “breast cancer gene” at age 27, she knew the information could save her life. And she knew she was not only confronting mortality at an early age, but also was going to have to make heart-wrenching decisions about the life that lay ahead of her. Should she take the irreversible preventive step of having her breasts and ovaries removed or risk developing cancer? What would happen to her romantic life, her hopes for a family? In the Family documents Rudnick’s efforts to reach out to other women while facing her deepest fears.
Hackers get a morning pep talk before starting their weekend of web documentary innovation #povhackathon
Check out POV’s upcoming 2013 season on PBS!
Homegoings, June 24
Special Flight, July 1
Herman’s House, July 8
Only the Young, July 15
High Tech, Low Life, July 22
Neurotypical, July 29
The Law in These Parts, August 19
5 Broken Cameras, August 26
Ping Pong, September 9
The World Before Her, September 16
Best Kept Secret, September 23
Brooklyn Castle, TBD
56 Up, TBD
American Promise, TBD
StoryCorps Special, TBD
The Creators Project goes inside the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab and gives a look into McSweeney’s new storytelling project and the inspiration and execution behind Welcome to Pine Point.
Girl Model goes beyond the perceived glamour of the international modeling industry and exposes labor abuses and the commodification of youth and beauty. The film is streaming for free on P.O.V. until April 23, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to watch!
They say that in America and Europe they don’t use girls under 16. But I see these girls at castings, I talk to them.
The average fashion model starts working between the ages of 13 and 16. They are often underpaid, paid late, or not paid at all. Many of them have no adult chaperones on set and don’t speak the language. They have almost no legal recourse when it comes to labor violations.
This morning’s featured film from the PBS Online Film Festival is “Sin País,” a short documentary film that explores one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation.
Watch it above, and then vote for the PBS Online Film Festival People’s Choice Winner at http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/vote/.
Today’s second featured film from the PBS Online Film Festival is “CatCam,” a short documentary film about a cat whose owner straps on a camera after noticing his cat’s constant disappearances from their home in North Carolina.
Watch it above, and then vote for the PBS Online Film Festival People’s Choice Winner at http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/vote