35th Season of POV Includes Two Full Frame Grand Jury Winners

    The longest running series for independent documentary, PBS’s acclaimed POV program, announced its 35th season. In total, four festival alums will take part in the series this season, including the two most recent Full Frame Grand Jury Award winners: Faya Dayi (Full Frame 2021) and I Didn’t See You There (Full Frame 2022).

    More than half of the films this season were directed by women, and two thirds by filmmakers of color. Read more about all of the films and the program here.

    Learn more about the alums featured this year and when they will be broadcast on PBS below.

    Faya Dayi

    Faya Dayi (dir. Jessica Beshir) | Full Frame 2021 | Broadcast Date: August 29

    Filmed in Harar, a rural Ethiopian town where director Jessica Beshir grew up, Faya Dayi takes as its subject the khat trade, borrowing its title from a hymnal chant recited by the stimulant plant’s harvesters. Khat’s pervasive influence is explored in this lyrical and atmospheric portrait of rituals and dreams.


    Accepted (dir. Dan Chen) | Full Frame 2022 | Broadcast Date: October 10

    Four high school seniors in rural Louisiana are pushed to their breaking point at T.M. Landry, an unconventional school famous for sending its graduates to elite universities.

    Let The Little Light Shine

    Let The Little Light Shine (dir. Kevin Shaw) | Full Frame 2022 | Broadcast Date: December 12

    A top-ranked elementary school in Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhood is a beacon for Black children until gentrification threatens its closure: When an effort emerges to transform the National Teachers Academy into a high school benefitting the neighborhood’s wealthier residents, parents, students, and educators fight to save their beloved school.

    I Didn’t See You There

    I Didn’t See You There (dir. Reid Davenport) | Full Frame 2022 | Broadcast Date: January 16

    Spurred by the sight of a circus tent that goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on spectacle, (in)visibility, and the corrosive legacy of the “freak show.”

    Image ID: In a reflection of an unmarked storefront is a grayish silhouette of a man using an electric wheelchair. Behind the man is a spectacular red and yellow circus tent.