POV's 28th Season

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Vince Lombardi famously said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” The 15 compelling films in the new season of PBS’s award-winning documentary series POV (Point of View) introduce extraordinarily strong and determined individuals. Subjects including an artist jailed for speaking freely and members of the Syrian resistance willing to lose their lives exhibit incredible resilience when, time and again, they fight to get back on their feet.

  • Out in the Night - Self Defense

    Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain raise the issue of who is and isn't allowed to defend themselves.

    Grades: 10-12
  • Out in the Night - Injury According to the Defense

    These two clips demonstrate the presentation of "facts" in an adversarial court system and the way each side depicts the same events differently.

    Grades: 10-12
  • Out in the Night - Injury According to the Prosecution

    This clip demonstrates the presentation of "facts" in an adversarial court system, and how each side depicts the same events differently.

    Grades: 10-12
  • Out in the Night - The Third Telling: The Videotape

    The events on the night of the arrest are told from video surveillance cameras with commentary by lawyers and voice over from trial transcripts.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Out in the Night - The Second Telling: The News

    This clip focuses on the way various media sources reported the events on the night of the arrest in 2006.

    Grades: 10-12
  • Out in the Night - The First Telling: The Participants

    The events on the night of the arrest are told directly by the defendants and also, via trial transcript, in the words of the "victim."

    Grades: 10-12
  • The Role of Storytelling in the Justice System

    From "stand-your-ground" and "open carry" laws to police shootings and responses to bullying, the legal limits of self-defense have never been fuzzier. Sensationalized media reports further confuse and complicate the issues. Students' interpretations of the controversies have real-life consequences, especially for young people of color.

    This lesson uses media analysis, group discussion and persuasive writing to help students make sense of the legal reality. They'll sort through stereotypes and prejudices as they examine the role of storytelling in the legal system. This in-depth exploration will focus on a single case as it is presented in the documentary Out in the Night. The film looks at a 2006 case in which a group of young, low-income, African-American lesbians were accused of gang assault and attempted murder.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • Evaluating Political Arguments with Community-Based Evidence

    Using clips from The Overnighters, students will evaluate whether private charity can replace government welfare programs and would, ultimately, do a better job accomplishing the policy goal of alleviating poverty and suffering.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • The Overnighters | Church Members Object

    Overnighters act in ways that Shelly Schultz, a church member, considers disrespectful.


    Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

    Grades: 10-12
  • The Overnighters | The Problem

    At a town council meeting, commissioners consider a ban on RV parking.

    Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

    Grades: 10-12
  • The Overnighters | Life at Church

    Pastor Jay Reinke talks about his "overnighters" program.

    Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

    Grades: 10-12
  • The Overnighters | Sleeping at the Church

    "We have people literally walking up to our door from all over the world." - Pastor Jay

    Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

    Grades: 10-12
  • Return to Homs | Street Protests I

    This clip from Return to Homs begins with street protestors at night and ends after the narrator reports, "We lost him on that very night."

    The documentary film Return to Homs provides an unprecedented look at the Syrian conflict--a fight largely waged behind a media blackout. The film focuses on Abdul Basset Saroot, once the teenage goalkeeper of the Syrian national soccer team, who morphed into a peaceful advocate of Arab Spring reforms and then into an armed opponent of President Bashar al-Assad's regime ready to be martyred for his cause.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Return to Homs | The Crossing

    The Syrian military blocks a major thoroughfare and citizens dismantle it. The clip begins with a long shot of Homs. It ends with a shot of snipers on the top of a building.

    The documentary film Return to Homs provides an unprecedented look at the Syrian conflict--a fight largely waged behind a media blackout. The film focuses on Abdul Basset Saroot, once the teenage goalkeeper of the Syrian national soccer team, who morphed into a peaceful advocate of Arab Spring reforms and then into an armed opponent of President Bashar al-Assad's regime ready to be martyred for his cause.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Return to Homs | Khalidiya Massacre

    Basset explains a fighting strategy and Ossama is injured.

    The documentary film Return to Homs provides an unprecedented look at the Syrian conflict--a fight largely waged behind a media blackout. The film focuses on Abdul Basset Saroot, once the teenage goalkeeper of the Syrian national soccer team, who morphed into a peaceful advocate of Arab Spring reforms and then into an armed opponent of President Bashar al-Assad's regime ready to be martyred for his cause.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Return to Homs | Battle Scenes II

    Fighting continues. The revolution's power grows with stolen weapons from the Assad's army and donations from abroad.

    The documentary film Return to Homs provides an unprecedented look at the Syrian conflict--a fight largely waged behind a media blackout. The film focuses on Abdul Basset Saroot, once the teenage goalkeeper of the Syrian national soccer team, who morphed into a peaceful advocate of Arab Spring reforms and then into an armed opponent of President Bashar al-Assad's regime ready to be martyred for his cause.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Return to Homs | Ossama’s Home

    Basset and Ossama walk through the wreckage of Ossama's family home.

    The documentary film Return to Homs provides an unprecedented look at the Syrian conflict--a fight largely waged behind a media blackout. The film focuses on Abdul Basset Saroot, once the teenage goalkeeper of the Syrian national soccer team, who morphed into a peaceful advocate of Arab Spring reforms and then into an armed opponent of President Bashar al-Assad's regime ready to be martyred for his cause.

    Grades: 9,11-12
  • Web Junkie | Investigating Internet Addiction - Lesson Plan

    This lesson uses the documentary film Web Junkie as a springboard for a project-based research exercise, assigning students to investigate whether Internet addiction is a problem in their community.

    Grades: 8-13+
  • Web Junkie | Daxing Boot Camp

    An introduction to Daxing Bootcamp, an Internet addiction treatment center in China.

    China is the first country in the world to classify Internet addiction as a clinical disorder, the cure for which is the subject of the documentary film Web Junkie. The filmmakers were given incredibly open access to Daxing Boot Camp, a three-month military style anti-addiction program in Beijing designed for patients 13 to 18 years old. Web Junkie portrays the rehabilitation process and the evolving diagnosis behind it.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Web Junkie | Electronic Heroin

    Professor Tao describes Internet addicted teens.

    China is the first country in the world to classify Internet addiction as a clinical disorder, the cure for which is the subject of the documentary film Web Junkie. The filmmakers were given incredibly open access to Daxing Boot Camp, a three-month military style anti-addiction program in Beijing designed for patients 13 to 18 years old. Web Junkie portrays the rehabilitation process and the evolving diagnosis behind it.

    Grades: 8-12