Monday on POV: Sudanese people preserve their culture, music in 'Beats of the Antonov'

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Monday on POV: Sudanese people preserve their culture, music in 'Beats of the Antonov'
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A scene from Beats of the Antonov. Credit: hajooj kuka.

Tune-in alert! ‘Beats of the Antonov’ reveals the power of music to bring Sudanese people together in wartime, Monday, Aug. 3 on POV

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. Today, on the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them. Winner of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Grolsch People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary, Beats of the Antonov has its national broadcast premiere on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on POV.

Since October 2012, Sudanese director hajooj kuka has been filming farmers, herders and rebels in their mountain hideouts and refugee camps, always on the lookout for air raids waged by the government of Sudan. His initial idea was to focus on the atrocities taking place against his people. But he discovered a resilient community joining together to celebrate their culture. “This film took shape as I was listening to music from the refugee camps,” he says. “The music was made by instruments created from found objects; a radio was used as an amplifier to create an electronic Sudanese sound that was unique. It was new and very hip and I loved it. The music moved me so much that I knew the story behind it was key."

Jason DaSilva in When I Walk. Credit: Long Shot Factory.

Aug. 10 on POV: Encore of ‘When I Walk’

Stay tuned to POV next week for an encore of When I Walk. Monday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything—and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. Winner of awards from Hot Docs and the Christophers, the film is nominated for a 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media.

POV Hackathon Chicago - Aug. 15-16: Participate, volunteer or attend!

POV Hackathon, POV’s weekend lab for “reinventing the documentary,” is coming to Chicago for the first time! If you are a technologist interested in joining a team (or know one), email us at Interested in seeing how interactive documentaries get made in a weekend? Volunteer for POV Hackathon by emailing and introducing yourself.

Tickets for the public screening of POV Hackathon 9 projects are now available! The screening will take place at The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E 53rd Street Chicago, IL 60615 on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you must RSVP to attend at

POV Hackathon 9 will take place the weekend of Aug. 15-16, in partnership with Kartemquin Films, a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society, and The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the University of Chicago's new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products.

POV intern screening of Salesman. Credit: Simon Mendes.

POV accepting applications for fall 2015 interns; deadline Sept. 1, 2015

POV is now accepting applications for fall 2015 internships! Deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2015.

Interns are provided training and mentorship through a hands-on internship program that offers challenging educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Interns see first-hand how POV staff work with filmmakers to craft strategic broadcast plans around some of the best, boldest and most innovative programs on PBS. Executive lunches, industry screenings and workshops provide an opportunity to gain new skills and perspectives and expand professional networks. POV is committed to working with individual interns to meet their unique learning objectives. All internships are based in Brooklyn, NY.

Intern Qualifications

• Self-motivated and organized
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
• A keen attention to detail
• Previous experience with documentary filmmaking or online media a plus
• Committed to a minimum of 12-16 hours per week

Internships are unpaid, but travel stipends are available and college credit can be arranged. Non-students may also apply. Note: We are not a production company.

To apply, fill out the application form and upload the following materials in DOC, DOCX or PDF format to

• Cover letter detailing your availability and your interest in POV
• Resume
• Writing sample

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Angélica Charpentier and Ximena Calderón in Tea Time. Credit: Alvaro Reyes.

‘Tea Time’: free resources to start the conversation

Engage your community in a conversation around the issues with free resources from POV:

•  Discussion Guide
•  Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan
•  Delve Deeper Reading List
•  Borrow Tea Time for free from the POV Community Network.

Questions about hosting an event or using these free resources in your work? Contact

Tea Time continues to stream online. Watch here! Make sure to register your Premiere Party for a chance to win documentary swag, plus popcorn, chocolate and coffee.


Tuesday, Aug. 4: America ReFramed finds grace in garbage collection - ‘Trash Dance’ on WORLD Channel

Take a trip to Austin where a choreographer partners with city sanitation workers to reveal the grace in garbage collection. Watch Trash Dance (Dir. Andrew Garrison) on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel. (Check local listings). Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, and join the discussions online #AmericaReframed.

Check out WORLD Channel’s August programming focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which includes the following America ReFramed films:

•  8/11: American Heart (Dir. Chris Newberry)
•  8/18: By the River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana (Dirs. Don Howard and Jim Shelton)
•  8/25: Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (Dir. Leah Mahan)

Upcoming funding and festival deadlines

Don't wait until the next newsletter to find out about a deadline! Visit POV’s ‘For Filmmakers’ Calendar.

 • July 31: Ambulante: Submission Deadline
•  July 31: DOK Leipzig: Registration Deadline for Co-Production Meeting Submissions
•  July 31: DOK Leipzig Net Lab Conference: Interactive Projects Submission Deadline
•  July 31: The Southern Documentary Fund: SDF Filmmaking Grants: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 1: IDFA 2015: Film Entry Deadline for Documentaries completed after April 1, 2015
•  Aug. 1: IDFA DocLab: Submission Deadline
•  Aug. 3: The Sundance Documentary Fund: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 3: TFI Documentary Fund: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 7: ITVS Digital Open Call Fund: Application Deadline
•  Aug.15: Altercine Foundation Documentary Film Grant: Application Deadline
•  Aug.16: 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellowship: Application Deadline
•  Aug.17: Knight Prototype Fund: Application Deadline

View rolling deadlines and more funding opportunities, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events on POV's For Filmmakers Calendar.

View rolling deadlines and more funding opportunities, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events on POV's For Filmmakers Calendar.

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Beats of the Antonov is available to borrow for free from POV's DVD Lending Library. Bring this story to your class, staff and/or community, and start a conversation about the issues. Also, be sure to check out the Partner Toolkit for free resources, including a lesson plan, discussion guide, flyer templates and more!

Upcoming POV Screenings

Beats of the Antonov
Patagonia, Ariz.
Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.
Patagonia Public Library
Join the Patagonia Public Library for a free sneak preview screening and discussion of Beats of the Antonov. For more information, call the library at (520) 394-2010.

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Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, and Schumann Media Center.  Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.
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