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Aired Saturday June 11th, 2011 at 8:00 am on KUED World Ch. 7.2
Abu Jandal - POV "The Oath"
The new season of PBS' award-winning POV (Point of View) kicks off on Tuesday, June 21 at 11 p.m. with "Kings of Pastry," a behind-the-scenes account of France's greatest pastry competition, an epic, three-day test of passion, perseverance, artistry and nerves. The Meilleurs Ouvriers de France awards are like the country's Nobel Prize for pastry. Sixteen chefs whip up delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters and successes prove both poignant and hilarious.
In advance of the new season on Tuesday, June 7, POV presents a special encore broadcast of the Oscar-nominated film, "The Most Dangerous Man in America," in honor of Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers, an event that changed the course of the Vietnam War and world history.
My Perestroika" on June 28 at 11 p.m., takes an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev's reforms and the confusion of the USSR's dissolution, to searching for their places in today's Moscow. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother, entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the challenges, dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Through first-person testimony, vérité footage and vintage home movies, this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on film.
POV's new slate of documentaries continues through the summer, telling of people as different as cowboys herding sheep into Montana's rugged mountains for the last time in "Sweetgrass" to soldiers at war and at home in "Armadillo" and "Where the Soldiers Come From."
Also included are political activists who cross the line into law-breaking and authorities who may be crossing their own lines to catch them in "Better This World" and "If a Tree Falls;" Chinese workers caught in the largest human migration in history in "Last Train Home;" a cunning Cambodian journalist who elicits a startling admission about the 1970s "killing fields" from the highest-ranking surviving Khmer Rouge leader in "Enemies of the People."
The new season of POV offers a dramatic view of a world in conflict and remarkable stories of individual tenacity, courage and inventiveness.
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