Blanca Alvarez and her husband risked crossing the border to immigrate to the United States, and then struggled to make ends meet. They hoped to shelter their children from these harsh realities, but Blanca's daughter Connie reveals how much children can really see of their parents' lives — and the inspiration they draw from their parents' struggles.
The new season of PBS' award-winning documentary series POV (Point of View) kicks off on Tuesday June 21, 2011 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) with "Kings of Pastry," D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' behind-the-scenes account of France's greatest pastry competition, an epic, three-day test of passion, perseverance, artistry and nerves. In advance of the new season, on Tuesday, June 7, POV will present a special encore broadcast of the Oscar-nominated film "The Most Dangerous Man in America," in honor of the 40th anniversary of Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers, an event that changed the course of the Vietnam War and world history.
The 24th season of POV airs on PBS on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. from June 21-Sept. 27, 2011, and will continue with fall 2011 and winter/spring 2012 specials. POV is American television's longest-running independent documentary series. It is the winner of a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, an International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series and NALIP's 2011 Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.
POV's new slate of documentaries tells of people as different as cowboys herding sheep into Montana's rugged mountains for the last time and aspiring teenage NASCAR drivers whirling around tracks at 70 miles per hour before they're old enough for driver's licenses. In addition, POV and the renowned oral-history project StoryCorps will team up for the second year to present everyday people's intimate conversations in five imaginative and whimsical animated shorts, on television and online.
Also included are soldiers at war and at home, in "Armadillo" and "Where Soldiers Come From;" political activists who cross the line into law-breaking and authorities who may be crossing their own lines to catch them, in "Better This World" and "If a Tree Falls;" Chinese workers caught in the largest human migration in history, in "Last Train Home;" a Colombian librarian whose books travel on hooves through inhospitable jungles, in "Biblioburro;" Finnish men unburdening themselves in a most surprising fashion, in "Steam of Life;" Russian classmates reflecting on their country's sweeping transformations on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, in "My Perestroika;" and a cunning Cambodian journalist who elicits a startling admission about the 1970s "killing fiends" from the highest-ranking surviving Khmer Rouge leader, in "Enemies of the People."