3 Inspiring Documentaries to get you through the Election

It’s been a long, long presidential campaign. And if you’ve already cast your vote, you may be feeling the need for a break from all the politics and election coverage. (You’ve earned it.) And perhaps the whole affair has you feeling a bit disillusioned with the political system, the state of our country, and democracy in general.

If so, these 3 films are guaranteed to give you the feel-good, life-affirming, shot of inspiration you may be craving. Each demonstrates how, through dedication and hard work, one can beat the odds and follow their passions. Grab some popcorn, maybe some tissues, and allow us to accentuate the positive…


POV – Marathon

In Theo Rigby and Kate McLean’s short film, an undocumented immigrant, Julio Sauce, competes in the New York City Marathon. This film is part of Immigrant Nation, an interactive storytelling project designed to collect immigrant narratives and share them with the world.

Hamilton's America

Great Performances – Hamilton’s America

This film brings American history to life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize. See how it all came together, and how the story of this founding father ignited a new excitement for our nation’s history.

All the Difference

POV – All The Difference

The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly – and heroically – to life in this moving documentary, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans.

We’re broadcasting PBS NewsHour’s full election coverage tomorrow, both on air and on our social channels, so if you’re ready to jump back into the fold, we’ll have you covered with analysis you won’t find anywhere else! Let’s do this America!