POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is PBS’ longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. All films are a collaboration with POV, the award winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS (www.pbs.org/pov).

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Ping Pong

10/7/14 @ 12p and 5p

CSDI Lounge Room 48, Lombardo Student Center

Call this old age, extreme edition: Seven players with 620 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China’s Inner Mongolia.  Ping Pong is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love — and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.

(60 minutes)

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The Barber of Birmingham

1/28/15 @ 12p and 5pm

CSDI Lounge Room 48, Lombardo Student Center

Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experiences the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president.

(25 minutes) 

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Guilty Pleasures

2/11/15 @ 12p and 5p

CSDI Lounge Room 48, Lombardo Student Center

Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of romance novel readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape.  Follow five romance devotees who must ultimately find their dreams in the real world. (60 min)

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Ella Es el Matador/She is the Matador

3/25/15 @ 12p and 5p

CSDI Lounge Room 48, Lombardo Student Center

For Spaniards — and for the world — nothing has expressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador.  So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. (60 min)

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Inheritance

4/16/15 at 12p and 5p

CSDI Lounge Room 48, Lombardo Student Center

Imagine watching Schindler’s List and knowing the sadistic Nazi camp commandant played by Ralph Fiennes was your father.   Emotional meetings unearth when terrible truths and lingering questions about how the actions of parents can continue to ripple through generations.

(90 min)