PBS’ POV has released six short interactive documentaries on subjects ranging from gentrification to Dutch colonialism. Delving into topics about contemporary social issues, these web-native documentaries allow audiences to engage with documentaries on a deeper level using new technologies and new paradigms in storytelling.
The documentaries include:
89 Steps: A Chapter of Living Los Sures (coming soon)
Audiences will experience Marta Avilés’ Brooklyn neighborhood and climb the 89 steps to her apartment as she walks them through her 30-year story, a personal account of a rapidly gentrifying community.
Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box (coming 9/29)
Award-winning director Whitney Dow investigates ethnicity and what it means to be white through candid perspectives on the polarizing subject of race in America.
Photographer Jake Price’s exploration of post-nuclear disaster Japan weaves together art, artifacts and data to highlight the resilience of one survivor who has remained in Fukushima.
A global examination of the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism pushes the boundary of what’s possible online with web video that flips, spins, fragments and reconnects stories.
America’s story is the story of its people, of its immigrants, now told in a new crowdsourced platform from Student Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Theo Rigby.
In Greenland, a community is uprooted, but this interactive documentary asks viewers to look into the sights and sounds of the town and then ask themselves what happened.
Says Adnaan Wasey, executive producer of POV Digital, “Documentaries are no longer confined by conventional linear narratives. By leveraging digital technology, we are able to elevate nonfiction content into a creative art form to connect with more audiences and tell stories on an entirely new level. And the short interactive documentary format gives creators more room for experimentation as this nascent field develops.”