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CrossFit doc “The Fittest” is getting an early release

Source:  Men's Health CrossFit fans might be frustrated that they're stuck at home with most gyms across the country closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their spirits will surely lift when they find out they're getting an early gift. The Buttery Bros—the...

“The Last Glaciers” highlights the grim effects of climate change

Source:  South China Morning Post A year after releasing "A Plastic Ocean," a documentary about the disastrous effects of disposable plastic on the world’s oceans, Craig Leeson turned his attention to a different project. In 2017, the Australian and long-time Hong...

“Crip Camp” uncovers a forgotten history

Source:  IndieWire Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s feature documentary “Crip Camp” starts off like any other summer camp story:  Kids of different backgrounds meet up, hook up, and fall into a series of youthful hijinks. The only distinction is that the residents of...

Homeless youth doc “Lost in America” offers a rare glimmer of hope

Source:  TheWrap Director Rotimi Rainwater’s “Lost in America” could have easily been another forlorn look at a pervasive tragedy: childhood homelessness. The documentary is often relentless in its intention to show you just how urgent this issue is.  But ultimately,...

National Geographic Documentary Films acquires “Saudi Runaway”

Source:  Variety National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired “Saudi Runaway” which follows a young woman in Saudi Arabia attempting to flee the country before her arranged marriage. The announcement was made last Tuesday prior to the film's screening at the...

“7 Murders a Day” explores cartel violence in Tijuana

Source:  KTSM Charlie Minn’s latest documentary, “7 Murders a Day,” explores the ongoing issue of cartel violence in Tijuana, Mexico, which became the murder capital of the world in 2018. In the film, Minn and his crew ride along with the Tijuana Police to find out...

Teranga is the afrobeats nightclub uniting Italy

Source:  The Guardian Fata and Yankuba are two young men from Gambia with ambitious dreams, who fled dictatorship and poverty and landed in Naples, Italy, only to discover a new kind of violence: a pernicious climate of racism and an unhelpful immigration system....

“The Last Glaciers” highlights the grim effects of climate change

Source:  South China Morning Post A year after releasing "A Plastic Ocean," a documentary about the disastrous effects of disposable plastic on the world’s oceans, Craig Leeson turned his attention to a different project. In 2017, the Australian and long-time Hong...

“Trans Pecos” is a beautiful plea to protect West Texas

Source:  The Texas Observer “To be part of this land,” rancher Pilar Pedersen says early on in "Trans Pecos: The Story of Stolen Land and the Loss of America’s Last Frontier," “it’s just ephemeral.  Nobody owns this land.” Living in West Texas’ Big Bend country makes...

Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong”

Source:  FRONTLINE For months, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets in a massive movement initially sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China. Now, as anger...

Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Source:  CNN Hulu has released the official trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. For "Hillary," director Nanette Burstein sat down with Clinton for 35 hours and culled together more than 1,700 hours of...

CBSN Originals presents “The War on Science”

Source:  CBS News As the government struggles to contain growing public concern about coronavirus from spilling over into panic, it’s faced with a potentially larger problem — trust in science. More access to misinformation online is casting doubt on established...

“Bedlam” examines the mental health crisis in Los Angeles

Source:  Independent Lens on PBS Haunted by the death of his mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine a national health crisis. "Bedlam" follows the stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and...

Coping with severe OCD as a teenager

Source:  VICE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that often involves ritualization, anxiety, and intrusive thoughts. While millions suffer from OCD, the mental disorder is often misunderstood by the general public and misrepresented in the media...

“Crip Camp” uncovers a forgotten history

Source:  IndieWire Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s feature documentary “Crip Camp” starts off like any other summer camp story:  Kids of different backgrounds meet up, hook up, and fall into a series of youthful hijinks. The only distinction is that the residents of...

The Truth About Stalin’s Prison Camps

Source:  The Atlantic Vera Golubeva spent more than six years in one of Joseph Stalin’s gulag camps.  Her crime?  “To this day, I still don’t know,” she says. In a new documentary from Coda Story, Golubeva remembers the excruciating details of her imprisonment. When...

Watch American Experience’s “Influenza 1918”

Source:  American Experience on PBS The influenza epidemic of 1918 holds the record for the deadliest flu outbreak in American history. In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die.  The cause of death was identified as influenza,...

Dogwoof acquires “Max Richter’s Sleep”

Source:  Variety London-based distributor Dogwoof and music films specialist Eagle Rock have partnered on international sales for the Natalie Johns-directed “Max Richter’s Sleep.” The documentary follows the groundbreaking British-born German composer — who rose to...

CrossFit doc “The Fittest” is getting an early release

Source:  Men's Health CrossFit fans might be frustrated that they're stuck at home with most gyms across the country closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their spirits will surely lift when they find out they're getting an early gift. The Buttery Bros—the...

“Human Nature” explores the promise and perils of CRISPR

Source:  The Washington Post Should you be terrified or exhilarated at the prospect of a gene-editing tool fueling a modern-day scientific revolution? “Human Nature,” a new film on the technology, braids the tool’s promise and potential perils into a riveting double...

New Kids on the Blockchain

Source:  VICE Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain...

“Gunda” is a landmark film from a bracingly original filmmaker

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Shot in black-and-white and dialogue-free, "Gunda," the new documentary from "Aquarela" director Victor Kossakovsky, spends quality time with farm animals, centering on a sow raising her piglets. Countless films offer invaluable...

Sony Pictures Classics acquires “The Truffle Hunters”

Source:  TheWrap Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Truffle Hunters,” a documentary about truffle hunting dogs in Italy that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, “The Truffle...

Nature shows are hot again

Source:  The New York Times At a time when millions of species are at risk of extinction and deep-pocketed streaming services are spending billions on content, an old television genre, the nature show, is booming. The latest big-budget nature documentary series from...

Meet the woman behind the Uber of China

Source:  Bloomberg Jean Liu is the president of Didi Chuxing, one of the world’s biggest ride-hailing services.  She has overcome tough challenges in life:  She drove Uber out of China and has survived breast cancer.  But serious questions remain about Liu's company...

“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

Source:  FRONTLINE Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world; he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism. His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future...

The Rise of Listening Bars in Europe

Source:  Resident Advisor The past few years have seen a wave of listening bars opening across Europe. Taking inspiration from Japan's culture of audiophile venues, these spots put a unique twist on a long-standing tradition, creating an environment for discovering...

FX acquires first feature documentary “AKA Jane Roe”

Source:  Deadline FX, the flagship channel of FX Networks, has acquired its first feature documentary "AKA Roe" which puts the spotlight on the real-life Norma McCorvey who was known as “Jane Roe” in the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court case. The film follows...

Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Below are the nominees in the documentary categories. Documentary Feature American Factory The Cave The Edge of Democracy For Sama Honeyland...

“For Sama” named best feature documentary at IDA Awards

Source:  TheWrap “For Sama,” Waad al-Kateab’s wrenching story of raising a young daughter in war-torn Syria, was named best feature documentary of 2019 at the International Documentary Association’s 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday...