Attention non-fiction film fans: mark your calendars because POV returns on Monday, June 24th at 10pm. The full lineup features thirteen groundbreaking documentaries including Oscar-nominated “5 Broken Cameras” by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi and Sundance 2012 award-winner “The Law In These Parts” by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor. Films will air on Monday at 10pm.
I personally can’t wait for “Homegoings” by filmmaker Christine Turner.
PBS Description: Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.” An Official Selection of MoMA’s 2013 Documentary Fortnight. A co-production of ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (nbpc).
This film in particular has been featured on my favorite blog Shadow and Act and is a topic that treads the wonderful line of specific (traditions of Black funeral ceremonies) yet universal (every culture has some way of saying farewell to the dead). “Homegoings” is also part of this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 4-7th) in North Caroliina.
Have you watched any of the PBS documentary series (POV, Frontline or Independent Lens) before?