POV: Season 1 (1988)


Season 1

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Air date: Jul 5, 1988

"American Tongues," a look at regional dialects; and "Acting Our Age," which features older women (ages 65 to 74) discussing the "stigma" of aging, body image, sexuality, family and politics.

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Air date: Jul 12, 1988

Director Deborah Shaffer examines the Sandinista rebel forces in "Fire from the Mountain," based on the autobiography of Omar Cabezas, who led the July 1979 insurrection against Gen. Somoza's dictatorship. Filmed on location.

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Air date: Jul 19, 1988

"Knocking on Armageddon's Door," about survivalists who prepare for nuclear disaster by making fallout shelters; "Living with AIDS," which follows a 21-year-old AIDS patient.

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Air date: Jul 26, 1988

Men are interviewed on the portrayal of women in advertising and pornography. Directed by Lucy Winer and Paula de Koenigsberg.

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Air date: Aug 2, 1988

"Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo," about Argentine mothers protesting the "disappearances" of their children by picketing the presidential palace. Included: a history of modern Argentina. Carmen Zapata is the narrator.

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Air date: Aug 9, 1988

"The Good Fight" interviews American veterans who fought for the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War. Included: the effects of American isolationism on morale; and their political motivations. Directors: Sam Sills, Noel Buckner, Mary Dore. Narrator: Studs Terkel.

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Air date: Aug 16, 1988

A group of women living in Brooklyn, NY, bands together to try and regain municipal benefits cut off to their Metropolitan Avenue neighborhood. The film highlights how these determined parents, homeowners, renters, and others managed to make their voices heard without the benefit of large political contributions or insider ties to city hall.

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Air date: Aug 23, 1988

A portrait of Howard (Louie Bluie) Armstrong, one of the last major acoustic blues musicians in America, whose music has influenced modern blues, jazz, country-western, and rock and roll.

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Air date: Aug 30, 1988

"Gates of Heaven" begins as a study of a pet cemetery, but evolves into a larger exploration of American ideology, family, mortality and spirituality. Directed by Errol Morris; filmed in Los Altos and Napa, Cal.

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Air date: Sep 6, 1988

"Best Boy" (1979) shows how a mentally disabled man achieved independence when he moved from his parents' house to a group home in Queens, N.Y. Directed by Ira Wohl.

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