Spending a cozy night in with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Might we suggest these short docs — all streaming right now on POV — exploring the power of love in its many forms.
xoxosms follows the modern-day love story of Gus, a home-schooled Christian guy from small-town Illinois who takes a chance and Facebook messages Jiyun, a beautiful New York City art student from Korea. The two meet in the only place that such different people might ever find each other–online. Their two-year correspondence over email, iChat and Skype blooms into a long- distance relationship captured in instant messages and video-chat footage. When they decide to explore their romance offline, one wonders: Will online love work IRL (in real life)?
StoryCorps Shorts: She Was The One
From the moment Richard Pecorella met Karen Juday, he knew she was the one. They were inseparable until September 11, 2001, the day that two planes attacked the World Trade Center towers. Richard remembers watching helplessly from his office in Brooklyn as the towers fell, knowing that Karen was at work there.
StoryCorps Shorts: To R.P. Salazar, with Love
In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of each other’s existence. But when an email meant for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben, it wasn’t long before an ordinary mistake began to look like an extraordinary stroke of luck.
Follow Joesy Gerrish, an undocumented worker from Fiji who tenderly cares for Haru Tsurumoto, a 95-year-old Japanese American woman, during the last months of her life.
StoryCorps Shorts: Me and You
In New York, 73-year-old Jackie Miller talks to her adopted son, Scott, revealing something about her early life that sheds new light on his adoption. As they express their profound love for one another, Scott touchingly recalls how he came out to her and expresses his trepidation about the future.