Did you know that September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month? Started in 1968 (as Hispanic Heritage Week), the now month-long observation recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days in September. Today, there are more than 44 million people in the U.S. who are of Hispanic origins.

A great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is learning more about Hispanic culture. POV documentaries are a great way to bring the celebration into your classroom or community. You can borrow full DVDs from our free Lending Library, or visit our Educators page to access standards-aligned lesson plans and streaming clips for use in the classroom. POV films span a range of topics and countries, from a donkey library in Columbia, to female matadors in Spain, to the U.S. Mexico border, to astronomers in Chile and more. Check out some of these recommended titles: Al Otro LadoBiblioburro: The Donkey LibraryCalavera HighwayElla Es El MatadorGranito: How to Nail a DictatorNostalgia for the LightReportero and Sin País (Without Country).

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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.