Learn more about American Documentary's major projects.


POV is PBS's award-winning showcase for independent nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 of the most important documentary films of our time. The series has provided a showcase for the early efforts of documentary superstars like Errol Morris, Jonathan Demme, Michael Moore and Freida Lee Mock, and introduced new generations of viewers to legendary films like Albert and David Maysles' Salesman, Fred Wiseman's High School and Mel Stuart's Wattstax. POV has won every coveted industry award, including 32 Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards, the Prix Italia and the Webby Award.

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Through the lens of 26 independent films, America ReFramed tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. In these weekly 60 or 90 minute independent films, the series takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes.

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Since launching our series, POV has featured on-camera interviews with filmmakers about their artistic choices, the challenges and inspirations for their work, and the technical advances that have changed the filmmaking process.

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True Lives is a new programming initiative that revisits classic documentaries from the POV series, as well as other films that have not aired on POV, repackaging them into themed collections for broadcast by public television stations, including PDP stations.

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Left: MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION by Freida Lee Mock (POV 1996)