POV is happy to announce free streaming of four full feature-length documentaries: Girl Model, Scout’s Honor, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, When the Mountains Tremble, and A Perfect Candidate.
And a reminder: POV has four short documentaries currently in the PBS Online Film Festival (CatCam, Ars Magna, Sound of Vision, and Sin País). Watch and vote by March 22 to show your support for these four great short docs.
Girl Model is available only on mobile devices, via the PBS mobile app, starting March 18, 2013, leading up to the national broadcast premiere on March 24 at 10PM (check local listings). It will be available for free streaming on the POV website starting March 25, 2013.
“To be physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight” – this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can’t. Witness how a 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy. From Petaluma, California to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor.
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
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In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide 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 for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator 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.
When the Mountains Tremble
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When the Mountains Tremble filmed in 1982 at the height of the Guatemalan Army’s repression against the Mayan indigenous people, has become a classic political documentary. It describes the struggle of the largely Indian peasantry against a heritage of state and foreign oppression. Centered on the experiences of Rigoberta Menchú, who later became a Nobel Peace laureate, the overall effect of the film is exhilarating. With clarity and energy it conveys the birth of a national and political awareness.
A Perfect Candidate
Disproving the adage that there are no second acts in American life, Iran/Contra legend Oliver North re-emerged to challenge incumbent Charles Robb in a hotly contested 1994 Virginia senatorial race. R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor weave a modern-day parable about leadership in America and campaign culture in a cynical age. The result is a clear-eyed examination of the electoral process, where issues take a back seat to the machinations of spin doctors, and voter interests are lost in a media hall of mirrors.
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