POV Shorts

The best and boldest independent short films, curated by America's longest-running documentary

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POV Shorts: Comic Culture

Slices of life from opposite sides of the world--where the everyday veers into comedy.

POV Shorts: Comic Culture

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POV Shorts: In The Absence

A South Korean community is torn apart by a disaster. The victims’ families seek justice.

POV Shorts: In The Absence

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POV Shorts: Cherish

Three stories reflecting the many faces of love through memory, community and family.

POV Shorts: Cherish

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Twins of Mankala

A day in the lives of Kenyan children living in Africa, and Massachusetts.

Twins of Mankala

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A Song For Daniel

A day in the life of two boys living on opposite sides of the world.

A Song For Daniel

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Olivia's Puzzle

Two seven-year-old Goanese girls experience life on opposite sides of the world.

Olivia's Puzzle

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POV Shorts: Water Warriors

A community resists.

POV Shorts: Water Warriors

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POV Shorts: The Changing Same

One man runs a marathon in hopes of lifting the veil of racial terror in his town.

POV Shorts: The Changing Same

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Wendy's Shabbat

A group of Jewish seniors celebrate the Sabbath (Shabbat) at the local Wendy's restaurant.

Wendy's Shabbat

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POV Shorts: Earthrise

This film tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968.

POV Shorts: Earthrise

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xoxosms

A modern-day love story of two very different people who meet and begin dating on Facebook

xoxosms

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Nutkin's Last Stand

A plague of North American grey squirrels threatens the beloved British red squirrel.

Nutkin's Last Stand

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Team Meryland

Meryland Gonzales, a twelve-year-old boxer trains to be the 2019 Junior Olympics champion.

Team Meryland

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Integrate.Me

Tristan takes a chance on an experimental therapy, finding their authentic place.

Integrate.Me

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Elaine is Almost

One sister interviews another on the eves of her 14th and 15th birthdays.

Elaine is Almost

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The Hairdresser

Kathleen reflects on her experience as a hairdresser while we bear witness to her work.

The Hairdresser

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Águilas

A group of searchers–the Águilas del Desierto–who volunteer to recover the missing.

Águilas

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Seahorse

A young Yezidi girl wrestles quietly with her traumatic memories of the Mediterranean Sea.

Seahorse

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I'm Free Now, You Are Free

A story about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie Africa.

I'm Free Now, You Are Free

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To The Future, with Love

A nonbinary trans boy is found between his immigrant family and living happily ever after.

To The Future, with Love

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Al Futuro, con Amor

Un adolescente trans entrapado entre la lealtad a su familia inmigrante y sus sueños.

Al Futuro, con Amor

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Share

An 18-year old influencer attempts to reconcile his real life and online identities.

Share

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StoryCorps Shorts: A Piece of Home

An Ethiopian refugee remembers the home she left behind.

StoryCorps Shorts: A Piece of Home

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StoryCorps Shorts: A Life of Honor

A gay veteran recalls serving in silence.

StoryCorps Shorts: A Life of Honor

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A Broken House

Mohamad Hafez missed his homeland, so he decided to create a stand-in.

A Broken House

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StoryCorps Shorts: September 12

A man reflects on feeling responsible for the September 11 attacks.

StoryCorps Shorts: September 12

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StoryCorps Shorts: Father Mychal's Blessing

Remembering the September 11 victim who died praying for others.

StoryCorps Shorts: Father Mychal's Blessing

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Standing Above the Clouds

Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists stand to protect their sacred mountain.

Standing Above the Clouds

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Another Hayride

In the 1980s, self-help guru Louise Hay created a space for healing -- called the Hayride.

Another Hayride

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Sing Me a Lullaby

A daughter searches for her mother's birth parents in Taiwan, unraveling complex tensions.

Sing Me a Lullaby

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Tungrus

A suburban Mumbai household is turned topsy-turvy when a chicken is adopted as a pet.

Tungrus

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Traffic Separating Device

A traffic separating device illustrates how practical solutions can become human failures.

Traffic Separating Device

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Kachalka

A journey into the heart of what is widely considered the world's most hardcore gym.

Kachalka

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All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha.

All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

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Natour's Grocery

Filmmaker Nadine Natour tells the story of her parents’ emigration to the United States.

Natour's Grocery

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The Love Bugs

Lois and Charlie O’Brien have amassed the world’s largest private insect collection.

The Love Bugs

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When I Write It

Two teenage artists spend a day in creative and community fellowship.

When I Write It

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True Love in Pueblo Textil

Maribel tells us how it feels to be stricken with the world's oldest affliction.

True Love in Pueblo Textil

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La Lectora

A decades-old cigar factory in Cuba is home to the long-standing tradition of La Lectora.

La Lectora

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¡Chaporazzi!

Outside of El Chapo's Brooklyn trial, his mythology appears in spectacles and selfies.

¡Chaporazzi!

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Muxes

In the town of Juchitán, Méxcio, the world is not divided simply into males and females.

Muxes

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Clash

Critiquing the lack of diversity in on-screen representation in Britain today.

Clash

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Edgecombe

An examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.

Edgecombe

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Crisanto Street

For eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, leaving home is bittersweet.

Crisanto Street

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The Velvet Underground Played At My High School

In 1965, the Velvet Underground played for a crowd of shocked New Jersey high schoolers.

The Velvet Underground Played At My High School

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Stay Close

Home videos and animation tell the story of Keeth Smart, an Olympic Fencer from Brooklyn.

Stay Close

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Reluctantly Queer

A Ghanaian gay man struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his sexuality.

Reluctantly Queer

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A Night At The Garden

20,000 Americans gather in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

A Night At The Garden

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Balloonfest

The city of Cleveland was abuzz on September 27, 1986. Over 1.5 million balloons were a

Balloonfest

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Into My Life

Cassandra edits and examines the Super-8 films her mother shot of 1960s-80s Brooklyn.

Into My Life