Launched in 1988 to showcase point-of-view documentaries and now American television’s longest-running series dedicated to contemporary nonfiction programming, POV returns for its 25th season. The series kicks off with “My Reincarnation,” the story of a father’s spiritual persistence and a son’s spiritual awakening, airing Sunday, June 24 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT on KET2.
Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, “My Reincarnation” chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi. As Norbu rises as a teacher in the West, Yeshi, recognized from birth as the reincarnation of a famed Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s spiritual legacy alive? With intimate access to both the family and H.H. the Dalai Lama, Fox distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation and destiny.
Also this season, “Up Heartbreak Hill,” “Guilty Pleasures” and “The City Dark” push the boundaries of the documentary genre. In “Up Heartbreak Hill,” Thomas and Tamara, track stars at their rural New Mexico high school, are torn between the lure of brighter futures and ties to home on a Navajo reservation. “Guilty Pleasures” explores the world of five romance novel devotees, who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world. And “The City Dark” provides a fascinating look at the science of the dark and our relationship to the stars.
In addition, Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme, whose “Cousin Bobby” premiered on POV in 1993, returns with “I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful,” a story of personal triumph after Hurricane Katrina.
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