A side-necked turtle, from the POV documentary The Chances of the World Changing Credit: Andy Amsbaugh
POV has featured numerous films that are ideal for familiarizing students with Asian-Pacific American history and the environment. In honor of Earth Day and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we’ve collected all these films and resources into ‘Featured Themes’ which can be found on our For Educators page. Each ‘Featured Theme’ presents educators with our most popular accompanying content, including lesson plans, discussion guides, web features and reading lists

Featured Theme: The Environment

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, forty-three years after the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Today, more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Accompanying material for If A Tree Falls, Food Inc., The Chances of the World Changing  and The City Dark, among others, elucidate the importance of environmental awareness to students.

Featured Theme: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (May) traces its roots back to 1978 when a congressional resolution inaugurated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week. Congress expanded the week into a month-long celebration in 1992 in observance of Asian-Pacific American accomplishments. Accompanying materials for films such as American Aloha, The Learning, Enemies of the PeopleThe Betrayal and Last Train Home are available in the Asian/Pacific American Heritage collection.

Check out these and other featured themes on the For Educators page on the POV website.

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.