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POV Shorts: Positive Images

"GIVE" (2018), David de Rozas
Courtesy of David de Rozas
"GIVE" (2018), David de Rozas

Airs Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Friday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 + Stream now with the PBS Video App

POV presents two short documentaries that explore the history and memory of African-American communities:

"GIVE" - Challenging traditional documentary practices with experimental approaches to editing and sound, "Give" explores Roland Gordon’s motivations to create a monumental visual archive displaying centuries of black agency and achievements, in the United States and beyond.

Roland’s collage, "Cloud of Witnesses," is comprised of thousands of photographic portraits, newspapers, and magazines cutouts, presenting an alternative visual history to empower the black community. The film explores collective representations of history, memory, and culture; where pasts, presents, and futures are modeled by the blending of imagination, facts, and love.


"INTO MY LIFE" - Growing up in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8 camera. Today, still living in the same place, Cassandra examines and edits these remarkable films, gaining insight into the challenges her mother faced as a creative black woman and the importance of her vision.

Originally aired in December 2018. Expires: Sept. 30. 2022.

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For "Into My Life," Sarah Keeling and Ivana Hucíková are co-directors. Grace Remington is co-director/ producer. For "Give," David de Rozas is director.