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POV Nabs Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘A House Made of Splinters’

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POV created the Sundance-winning doc “A House Made of Splinters,” directed by Simon Lehring Wilmont and produced by Oscar nominee Monika Hellström (“Flea”). Shortlisted for 95 peoplem Academy Awards, the acclaimed doc will make its broadcast premiere on pubcaster PBS as part of POV’s 36m The season begins in summer.

A co-production of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Ukraine, “A House Made of Splinters” follows three children who await their fate in a makeshift shelter in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

As described by of diversity Guy Lodge in his review: “Neglect and abandonment unite the young residents of the Lysichansk center in eastern Ukraine, where children of unfit parents are sheltered for up to nine months while their next steps are determined.”

He added, “The camera waits with them, silently observing a fragile limbo period from which life can go in any number of directions – including, with the least luck, regaining the suffering they left in the first place.”

The highly relevant documentary won the Best Director award for Lereng Wilmont in the World Cinema-Documentary category at Sundance this year. It also won the top prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, where it received the Golden Alexander Award.

“For more than three decades, American Documentary has championed the work of nonfiction filmmakers, and these films are the highest examples of our industry’s high level of talent,” said Erica Dilday, executive director/executive producer of American Documentary and POV.

“As the demand for authentic stories grows, especially related to marginalized identities, public media allows us to share these films with audiences across America without barriers to entry,” he added.

“Being in POV feels like coming home; We are really excited to collaborate again,” said Lereng Wilmont. “They did an amazing job with our previous film ‘The Distant Barking of Dogs,’ so having ‘A House Made of Splinter’ with them seemed a natural and perfect fit,” he added.

In “A House Made of Splinters,” Lereng Wilmont continues the theme of “the distant barking of a dog” by focusing on the long-term effects of war on society, especially its most vulnerable.

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