PBS’s indie doc strand POV will start its 30th season with three feature films and two shorts about the Syrian war and global refugee crisis.
Kicking off the special series is the feature documentary “Dalya’s Other Country,” which follows a young Syrian girl and her mother displaced by the conflict as they adjust to their new life in Los Angeles.
“Dalya’s Other Country” will premiere with two shorts, starting with the Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles,” which puts the spotlight on a small Greek town on the sea and the coast guard’s daily efforts to save thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. The second, “From Damascus to Chicago,” follows two young Syrian siblings as they resettle in Chicago and sign up for a dance class while their family navigates their new city and country.
The special series then turns to the collateral damage of the Syrian civil war with the feature documentaries “The War Show” and “Last Men in Aleppo.”
Captured through the lens of radio host Obaidah Zytoon, “The War Show,” airing July 3, chronicles the start of the conflict with the country’s protests in 2011, the youth that fueled them and the country’s descent into violent conflict. “Last Men in Aleppo” premiering July 10, spotlights the volunteer rescue workers and first responders known as the White Helmets who have stayed behind in the city to pull their neighbors from the rubble.
The 30th season of POV begins June 26 on PBS. The special series continues for three weeks with each broadcast premiere airing on Monday.