P.O.V. To Kick Off 16th Season with “Flag Wars”
by Wendy Mitchell
The famed PBS doc series P.O.V. kicks off its 16th season on Tuesday with SXSW jury winner “Flag Wars.” Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras’ film is about the cultural conflicts that arise when gay whites move into a black neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.
That film is one of five P.O.V. offerings that is part of the series’ new Diverse Voices Project, which “aims to bring emerging and diverse voices to American television.” Funding for the project came in part from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The other four projects in the Diverse Voices program are Lisette Marie Flanery’s “American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii,” about the past and future of the dance; Juan Carlos Zaldivar’s “90 Miles,” reflecting on his move from Cuba to Miami; Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee’s “Soldanos: Chicanos in Viet Nam,” about Califonia Latinos who fought in the war; and Alex Rivera’s “The Sixth Section,” which chronicles Mexican immigrants working in New York to support themselves and their loved ones at home.
Other films playing as part of the P.O.V. series (airing at 10 p.m. most Tuesdays through September, check local listings) are Annie Goldson and Peter Wills’ “Georgie Girl,” about a transsexual elected to New Zealand’s parliament; Mark Birnbaum’s “Larry v. Lockney,” examining a farmer’s fight against school drug testing; Patricia Flynn’s “Discovering Dominga,” following a woman who returns to the Guatemalan village where her parents were massacred; Eric Paul Fournier’s “Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story,” about the court case over Japanese-American internment during WWII; Jocelyn Glatzer’s “The Flute Player,” a look at the lives of some of Cambodia’s musicians; Leah Mahan’s “Sweet Old Song,” about a blues musician and the love of his life; Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples’ “West 47th Street,” chronicling a mental illness rehab center; and Arthur Dong’s “Family Fundamentals,” which examines conservative Christian families dealing with homosexuality. Special presentations during the season will be Elaine Epstein’s “State of Denial,” Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, and Gary Sunshine’s “What I Want My Words To do to You,” and Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk’s “Lost Boys of Sudan.”
Also, sometime in spring 2004, P.O.V. and ITVS will co-present Jennifer Dworkin’s lauded doc “Love & Diane,” which follows the real-life drama of a mother and daughter trapped in a cycle of addiction and poverty.
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