New class of MacArthur fellows includes two POV filmmakers

Two acclaimed filmmakers whose work has been featured on the documentary showcase¬† POV on PBS were among the 2012 “Genius Grant” recipients, announced Monday by the¬† John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Natalia Almada and Laura Poitras, along with the 21 other grantees, will each receive $500,000 paid over five years. Almada, based in Brooklyn and Mexico City, produces works that spotlight the conflict and turmoil of individual lives in Mexico, as well as the complex realities of immigration. Three of her films have been featured on POV, including 2005’s Al Otro Lado and 2009’s El General. Her most recent work, El Velador (The Night Watchman), aired on Sept.