MoMA to spotlight POV during its yearly ‘Documentary Fortnight’

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One of the documentaries to be showcased in MoMA's tribute to POV is Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. It includes the story of the Caba family in the Isil highlands of Guatemala. The army massacred 95 people in their village in 1982. (Photo: Diane Lixenberg)

As part of its annual “Documentary Fortnight,” the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is celebrating 25 years of the iconic public TV documentary series POV with a six-day showcase.

“MoMA Selects: POV” will feature 22 films, discussions and a world premiere, Feb. 27 to March 4.

Screenings include the first film presented on POV in 1988, American Tongues, a humorous look at American dialects; the provocative 2011 film Girl Model, following a 13-year-old through the brutal world of high fashion; Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which shows how a film helped bring a bloody regime to justice; the Oscar-nominated 5 Broken Cameras, focusing on nonviolent resistance in a West Bank settlement; and the world premiere of Homegoings, about African-American funerals.

Also on the schedule is a two-part tribute to director Marlon Riggs, featuring his groundbreaking films Tongues Untied: Black Men Loving Black Men (1989) and Color Adjustment (1992), tracing the evolution of the black image in television.

Moderating discussions will be Marc Weiss, POV founder; Simon Kilmurry, series executive producer; and Cynthia Lopez, co-executive producer.

This article was first published in Current Feb. 11, 2013.