Auburn University to partner with Gnu’s Room to preview episodes of PBS’s “Point of View”

AUBURN – The PBS “Point of View” program has selected The Gnu’s Room, partnering with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, as a preview site for upcoming films.

“Point of View,” known as POV, is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Each year, it selects community partners from around the country to preview programs on a variety of contemporary social issues before they air on PBS.

“Being selected as a preview site by POV is an honor,” Gnu’s Room owner Tina Tatum said. “We did not apply to be a site, but POV sought us out. I think it reflects our commitment to bringing community members together. To have that recognized at such a national level is exciting.”

“This a great opportunity for the Center for the Arts & Humanities to partner with The Gnu’s Room and to offer the community a unique chance to see and discuss POV films before they air,” said the center’s Maiben Beard.

POV previews will begin on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. with “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library,” the story of one man’s journey to deliver books to children in the Colombian countryside via two hard-working donkeys. The film is directed by Carlos Rendon Zipagauta.

Upcoming screenings will include “Sweet Grass,” Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Future screenings will be announced through The Gnu’s Room’s website and through the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities.

The free screenings are open to the public and will be followed by discussion. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.
(Contributed by Maiben Beard.)

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