Next on POV: The national broadcast premiere of director Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill, which follows two Native teens torn between the lure of opportunities outside their remote reservation community and the cultural ties that bind them to home.

Watch it now on your iPhone or iPad, or watch it on PBS stations starting this Thursday, July 26, 2012. Check your local listings ».

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

View the trailer for the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, July 26, 2012, on POV.

Whether you watch the film on your mobile device, on our website or on television, visit POV’s Up Heartbreak Hill companion site for additional video, an extended interview with the filmmaker and more interactive features.

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Up Heartbreak Hill is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a national public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to identify and implement solutions to the dropout crisis.

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