Kim LonginottoMoMA’s retrospective of Kim Longinotto‘s work starts this week. This is a rare chance to see all of Kim’s masterful films in America, and to hear from Kim herself — she is considered one of the foremost vérité filmmakers in the documentary world. Kim’s film Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go will air on POV on July 28th. We’ll also be heading to this evening’s screening and discussion of Rough Aunties, so check back for a report on the event next week. Also, don’t forget about Kim’s master class at DCTV on May 9th. There is also a wonderful interview with Kim over on AJ Schnack‘s blog, where she talks about her obsession with American Idol‘s Adam Lambert!

reviews New Muslim Cool (POV 2009) and calls it “a fine illustration of the melting pot’s latest cultural flavors, as well as a helpful look past post-9/11 Islamic stereotypes…” New Muslim Cool kicks off POV’s 22nd season on June 23 at 10 p.m. (check your local listings).

The D-Word, a worldwide community of documentary professionals, has kicked off an online discussion of the Stranger Than Fiction (STF) series, which takes place at the IFC Center in New York. STF just screened The Way We Get By, which will air on POV in November 2009. STF hosts Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen have been answering questions about the possibility of STF in other cities, why they started the series and more.

POV alum Marshall Curry (Street Fight, POV 2005) continues to receive accolades for his new film, Racing Dreams. The film, about the country’s top go-kart racers, who range in age from 11-13, won the Best Documentary Feature prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 16th annual HotDocs Documentary Festival began in Toronto last week with more than 170 titles, including 40 films making their world premiere. Read more about the festival on indieWIRE.

Nutkin’s Last Stand, a short film by Nicholas Berger which will air on POV as a part of a program of short docs on August 18, 2009, was selected as a finalist in the Student Academy Awards competition. Congratulations, Nicholas!

Patrol Magazine takes a look at the independent documentaries available for streaming on Netflix, and revisits The Education of Shelby Knox, which aired on POV in 2005.

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Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.