@MoMAFilm celebrates 25 years of PBS’ award-winning documentary series @POVdocs with a special program Feb. 27-March 4 (LatAm Docs + Full Programme)
‘MoMA Selects: POV’ Features 22 Films, Including First POV Broadcast, ‘American Tongues,’ and World Premiere of ‘Homegoings,’ Plus Filmmaker Conversations and a Musical Performance
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will celebrate 25 years of PBS’ award-winning documentary series POV (Point of View) with a special program, MoMA Selects: POV from Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Monday, March 4, 2013, as part of the museum’s Documentary Fortnight 2013 showcase. The six-day event will feature 22 POV films that have pushed the boundaries of the documentary craft and tackled some of our society’s most vital political issues. The selections range from POV’s first broadcast in 1988, Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker’s American Tongues; to the last film of the series’ 25th season, David Redmon and A. Sabin’s Girl Model; to a preview of the Academy Award®-nominated 5 Broken Cameras. The program will feature the world premiere of Christine Turner’s Homegoings with a special musical performance.
MoMA Selects: POV will also feature a two-part tribute to the late Marlon Riggs, along with conversations with some of the documentary world’s most respected filmmakers. Marc Weiss (founder of POV); Simon Kilmurry (executive producer, POV), Cynthia López (co-executive producer, POV) and others will moderate the conversations.
“POV films and filmmakers have been at the center of a golden age of documentary filmmaking,” said POV Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry. “The films in MoMA’s special program not only look back at the first 25 years of POV, but also look forward. Collectively, they illustrate how vibrant and essential documentaries have become in exploring the human experience.”
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary on PBS, MoMA’s retrospective program allows us to review our history, share insights about documentary craft and culture with the public and celebrate with the indie filmmaking community,” said POV Co-Executive Producer Cynthia López. “The ways in which documentaries have contributed to our culture will be a focus of conversations at the screenings. We hope the public will find that these documentaries inform, entertain and challenge conventional wisdom.”
Here are our suggestions and you can find link to full programme below:
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – American Tongues
1988. USA. Directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker. 56 min.
Rich in humor and regional color, this 1988 classic uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Boston Brahmins and black Louisiana teenagers, from Texas cowboys and New York professionals, American Tongues elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking and always telling comments on American English in all its diversity. Introduced by Marc Weiss, founder, POV; followed by a discussion with Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker.
Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. – Two Towns of Jasper
2002. USA. Directed by Marco Williams, Whitney Dow. 83 min.
In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, a modern-day lynching occurred when James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. Two film crews–one black and one white–set out to document the aftermath of the murder and follow the trials of the accused. Followed by a discussion with Marco Williams and Whitney Dow moderated by Cynthia López, co-executive producer, POV.
Sunday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. – The Oath
2010. USA. Directed by Laura Poitras. 96 min.
Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo facing war crimes charges. Directed by Laura Poitras, whose POV film My Country, My Country was a 2006 Academy Award nominee, The Oath unfolds in a narrative structure filled with plot reversals and betrayals, leading to Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantánamo and the U.S. Supreme Court. Winner, 2010 Sundance Film Festival Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary.
Sunday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. – Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
2011. USA/Guatemala. Directed by Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís. 104 min.
In a stunning milestone for justice in Guatemala, former dictator Efraín Rios Montt will stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s–and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence in bringing the indictment. Granito tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito–a tiny grain of sand–that helped tip the scales of justice. Followed by a discussion with Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís moderated by Cynthia López, co-executive producer, POV.
POV Series Credits: Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry; Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López; Vice President, Programming and Production: Chris White; Coordinating Producer: Andrew Catauro.
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Source: LatAm Film