POV Documentaries

Through a partnership with POV, the Ephrata Public Library and the Northern Lancaster Hub, we are able to screen these award-winning documentaries.  There will be an opportunity to discuss, share and wonder about these topics after the film with moderators from both the Library and the Hub. Join us as we learn and grow together.  All film screenings require registration.  

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And She Could Be Next -Part I

Directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia

And She Could Be Next follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series features organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized. A co-production of POV and ITVS in association with the Center for Asian American Media and Latino Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation of Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media.

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Time

Moderator

July 22, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

The Overnighters

Directed by Jesse Moss

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation’s objections and neighbors’ fears. When opposition to the “overnighters” reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, The Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Time

Moderator

July 23, 2020

3:00PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

And She Could Be Next -Part II

Directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia

And She Could Be Next follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series features organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized. A co-production of POV and ITVS in association with the Center for Asian American Media and Latino Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation of Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media.

Date

Time

Moderator

July 29, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

15 to Life

Directed by Nadine Pequeneza

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society's most dangerous criminals.

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Time

Moderator

July 30, 2020

3:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Portraits and Dreams

Directed by Wendy Ewald and Elizabeth Barret

Portraits and Dreams revisits photographs created by Kentucky schoolchildren in the 1970s and the place where the photos were made. The film is about the students, their work as visionary photographers and the lives they have led since then, as well as the linkage of personal memory to the passage of time. A POV co-production with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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Time

Moderator

August 5, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

After Tiller

Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Time

Moderator

August 6, 2020

3:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Whose Streets?

Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis

When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of the St. Louis area and beyond. Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson, Missouri uprising. As the national guard rolls in, a new generation mounts a powerful battle cry not just for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Official Selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival. A co-presentation with Black Public Media.

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Time

Moderator

August 10, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Through the Night

Directed by Loira Limbal

Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center in New Rochelle, New York. Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival. A co-production of POV and ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting and Black Public Media.

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Time

Moderator

August 12, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Tough Love

Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal

What makes a good parent? How do you prove you are responsible after you’ve been deemed unfit? Having lost custody of their children to Child Protective Services, two parents — one in New York City and one in Seattle — fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families in Stephanie Wang-Breal’s moving film. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes due to poverty, poor choices and addiction, both Hannah and Patrick contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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Time

Moderator

August 17, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Our Time Machine

Directed by Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang

When artist Maleonn realizes that his father is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever. Best Documentary Cinematography, Tribeca Film Festival.

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Time

Moderator

August 19, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

The Grown-Ups

Directed by Maite Alberdi

In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults. Winner, Best Female-Directed Film at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

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Time

Moderator

August 24, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

The Apology

Directed by Tiffany Hsiung

The Apology follows three former "comfort women" who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment and after decades of living in silence and shame, the survivors give their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Date

Time

Moderator

August 26, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Lindy Lou Juror Number 2

Directed by Florent Vassault

For 20 years, Lindy has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt. Committed to fulfilling her civic duty, Lindy sat with 11 other people on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. An overwhelming feeling of regret compels Lindy to track down her fellow jurors. A conservative, religious woman from the South, she manages to tackle this topic with humor, an open mind and sincere curiosity.

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Time

Moderator

August 31, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

The Infiltrators

Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of two young immigrants who get detained by the U.S. Border Patrol—on purpose—and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting.

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Time

Moderator

September 2, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Of Men and War

Directed by Laurent Becue-Renard

The warriors in Of Men and War have come home, but their minds remain on the battlefield. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering. But at The Pathway Home in California, a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center, soldiers resolve to stop the damage. Their therapist helps them forge meaning from their trauma. Over five years, the film follows the men and their families on their grueling paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts, their loved ones and themselves.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 7, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Roll Red Roll

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman

At a pre-season party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, the now-infamous sexual assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team took place. Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep seated and social media-fueled “boys-will be-boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. Official Selection, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Time

Moderator

September 9, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

From This Day Forward

Directed by Sharon Shattuck

From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of life's most intimate transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender and began living as Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father's transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.

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Time

Moderator

September 14, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Inventing Tomorrow

Directed by Laura Nix

Passionate teenage innovators from around the globe create cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats—found right in their own backyards—while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. These inspiring teens prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 16, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

The Return

Directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California's experiment teach the nation? A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 21, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Farmsteaders

Directed by Shaena Mallett

Clear-eyed and intimate,Farmsteaders follows Nick Nolan and his young family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. A study of place and persistence, Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at everyday life in rural America, offering an unexpected voice for a forsaken people: those who grow the food that sustains us.

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Time

Moderator

September 23, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Pervert Park

Directed by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors

How can we solve a societal problem if it's too horrifying to discuss? Pervert Park is a film about the people nobody wants as their neighbors. Founded by the mother of a convicted sex offender, Florida Justice Transitions is a trailer park that is home to 120 sex offenders struggling to reintegrate into society. Their crimes range from misdemeanors to unthinkable acts, and they are each fighting different battles and demons. This groundbreaking film challenges us to understand how these men and women got here, and to consider how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse — and the silence surrounding it — can be broken.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 28, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

We Are The Radical Monarchs

Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice. Set in Oakland, California, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units on such subjects as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment and disability justice. We follow the two founders as they face the challenge to grow the organization, before and after the 2016 election. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 30, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

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