PBS will kick-off the 19th season of its P.O.V. doc series on June 27, with Helene Klodawsky‘s “No More Tears.” P.O.V., the longest running independent documentary series on American television, will air documentaries every Tuesday night from June through October at 10 p.m. This year’s lineup addresses a number of timely themes from worldwide politics and poverty in America, to the growing phenomenon of baseball in Japan. The series opener “No More Tears,” is set in Sri Lanka in the decades it was plagued by ethnic conflict and profiles the life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Dr. Rajani, who was assassinated at age 35, was also a courageous mother and professor.
Filmmaker Kenneth Eng was granted incredible access for his documentary, “Kokoyaku: High School Baseball,” the story of Japan’s national high school baseball tournament. The sport has not only become a national obsession, but is also considered a rite of passage for Japanese youth. In Anders Ostergaard‘s documentary “Tintin and I,” he explores the life of Dutch cartoonist Herge who created the popular comic-strip “Adventures of Tintin.” The film examines how Herge’s fictional hero reflected the catoonist’s inner life and the changing values of Europe. P.O.V will also air “The Fall of Fujimori,” an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and Ellen Perry‘s documentary about the rise and fall of Peru’s president Alberto Fujimori during the 1990s. In Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady‘s “The Boys of Baraka,” the filmmakers take a look at the story of poverty as told through the eyes of African-American boys in inner-city Baltimore.
Other P.O.V. selections for the season include: Adele Horne‘s “The Tailenders“; Natalia Almada‘s “Al Otro Lado“; Roger Weisberg‘s “Waging A Living“; Rogier Kappers‘ “Lomax The Songhunter“; and Laura Poitras’ “My Country, My Country,” which will close the P.O.V. season on October 17. PBS will also air special encore presentations of Jan Krawitz‘s “Big Enough“; Mel Stuart‘s “The Hobart Shakespeareans“‘ and Hubert Davis’ Academy Award nominated short doc, “Hardwood.”
For a complete schedule of P.O.V. showtimes, visit the PBS website.