POV: Season 27 (2014 - 2015)

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Air date: Jun 23, 2014

The Season 27 premiere features Jason DaSilva's "When I Walk," in which the filmmaker chronicles his life for five years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. By happenstance, a family member records the moment when the diagnosis hits home: while vacationing in the Caribbean, his legs give out. Yet, not all is bad: he meets Alice Cook, whose mother also has MS, at a support group. The two fall in love, marry and collaborate on completing the documentary.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2014

A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2014

Filmmaker Niko von Glasow profiles participants at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, including a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer who uses his feet and a Greek paraplegic boccia player. Along the way, von Glasow—who was born with severely shortened arms—sees his preconceptions and stereotypes about the Paralympics and sports in general upended.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2014

The changed realities of post-Katrina New Orleans, including a population that is less African-American and less poor than before the storm, are examined in this documentary, which focuses on the 2010 re-election campaign of city councilwoman Stacy Head, a polarizing figure, and her aide, Barbara Lacen-Keller.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2014

The world of professional ballroom dancing in Denmark, where participants often look beyond the country's borders for the perfect partner, is examined. The documentary follows Egor, a 15 year old from Russia, as he adjusts to life in Denmark and to his 14-year-old Danish partner, Mie.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2014

Survivors of a 2008 earthquake in China that leveled the town of Beichuan and killed 90,000 people share their experiences, which include grieving for lost loved ones. A new Beichuan is built near the old, and residents make the move, but the transition to a new life is anything but smooth for some, as echoes from the past prove to be very powerful. A boy whose father died in the earthquake, for example, has difficulties accepting his mother's new husband, a widower, and eventually runs away.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2014

Chronicling the effort of Kenneth Young, who's serving four life sentences for participating in a series of armed robberies when he was just 14 and 15 years old in 2000, to have his sentence reduced. Among his arguments: he was coerced into committing the crimes by his accomplice, a neighborhood drug dealer.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2014

Life at the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon is examined by filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, who grew up there. Created in 1948 as a temporary measure, the camp has become a permanent home for multiple generations; and has a population of 70,000. Fleifel uses footage shot over 20 years by various members of his family; shares memories; and details the precarious state the camp's residents still find themselves in, since Lebanon views them—even those born there—as foreigners.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2014

An American company's quest for oil in Ghana is chronicled. The documentary also explores conditions in nearby Nigeria, where the country's 50-year-old oil industry has done little for the people of the Niger Delta, many of whom live in abject poverty.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2014

A look at former colleagues of Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider murdered in 2009 Wichita, who also perform third-term abortions. The documentary, which also shares the stories of their patients, explores the ethical dilemmas they face as well as the ever-present threats of violence they cope with.

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