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P.O.V. - Documentaries with a Point of View

P.O.V. - Documentaries with a Point of View

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: 12 & Up
Producer: David Nanasi
Producer: Simon Kilmurry
Producer: Catherine Jhee
Producer: Ruiyan Xu
Producer: Theresa Riley
The P.O.V. library of documentaries and associated resources provides a rich starting point for older children and adults who are interested in learning more about a particular subject, as well as learning more about the documentary medium. The site offers previews of upcoming PBS documentaries, clips from current and previous films, and behind-the-scenes interviews, history, and profiles to provide even more context and information to interested viewers.

At the time of this review, the Arabic documentary (with English subtitles) 9 Star Hotel - a film about the daily struggles of Palestinian men who have illegally crossed the border to work in construction in Israel - was available in its entirety to view online. Broken into four chapters, viewers could mouse over each chapter to get a better feel for the movie before watching it. Supporting content included an accompanying lesson plan for classroom teachers to use to examine and compare border issues around the world and a production journal with links to follow-up cast interviews and to ask the filmmaker questions directly.

While not all P.O.V. documentaries are available in their entirety on the site, associated material for both streamed and broadcast-only films provides informative support and extension for interested viewers. This is the best of documentary form, delivered in an interactive frame, direct to your nearest computer.

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It is important to note that this site is designed for children ages 12 and up and therefore some content may not be appropriate for younger children.

Fran Wilde   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Fran Wilde is a writer, 3D simulation and web developer, and educator. She is an Interactive and Immersive Narrative Designer with Rezzable Inc. of London, England, was the Director of Web Services at The Park School in Baltimore, MD, for 10 years, and taught web design and programming at both Loyola College and at the University of Baltimore's Interactive Design and Information Architecture program. Her freelance clients include schools, corporations, and non-profit groups. She edits a group blog about family travel,, just for fun. Fran and her family currently live in Philadelphia, PA.

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