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Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Source:  Decider A new documentary on Netflix is stirring up controversy for its portrayal of religion, faith, and Christianity in America. "American Gospel: Christ Alone," a 2018 film that arrived on the streaming service last month, is dividing viewers between those...

What it’s like for EMTs to battle coronavirus in Detroit

Source:  VICE Not long after midnight in Detroit, Michigan, another call came in.  EMT Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving.  The screen glowed red. “Emergency pending,” a digitized voice said...

“Pahokee” finds heart and hope in a small Florida town

Source:  Los Angeles Times Nestled along the shores of Lake Okeechobee, among sugar cane fields and gator-filled canals, the rural farming town of Pahokee, Florida could have been the backdrop of a very different story than the one told in “Pahokee.” Pegged for years...

Lebanon fears hunger, not coronavirus. Protesters return in rage

Source:  The Guardian Lebanon’s coronavirus lockdown has sent an economy already in deep trouble into freefall, and many are struggling to survive. Gino Raidy is an activist who was prominent during the October 2019 anti-government corruption protests. Now, with many...

“The Uprising” is a masterpiece of iPhone cinema

Source:  The New York Times Steven Soderbergh, after shooting his 2018 feature “Unsane” with an iPhone, declared smartphone cinema to be the future. Yet the technology is also a window on the recent past, as shown in the largely unknown masterpiece, “The Uprising,” a...

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...

“Eating Up Easter” examines the wasteful side of tourism

Source:  The New York Times Easter Island is often described as “mysterious” and “mystical.” That outsider perspective is reflected in archival TV segments included in “Eating Up Easter,” a documentary about the very real, terrestrial, socio-economic concerns of the...

Find out the truth about recycling in FRONTLINE’s “Plastic Wars”

Source:  FRONTLINE Despite efforts across the country to reduce the use of the material, the plastics industry is rapidly scaling up new production and promoting a familiar solution: recycling. But it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has...

“After Truth” examines the real-world impact of fake news

Source:  IndieWire A film about fake news might seem like a tough sell given the nonstop political discourse of the last few years, but Andrew Rossi's "After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News" offers a new take on the issue. “After Truth" takes a more...

What it’s like for EMTs to battle coronavirus in Detroit

Source:  VICE Not long after midnight in Detroit, Michigan, another call came in.  EMT Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving.  The screen glowed red. “Emergency pending,” a digitized voice said...

Fighting the opioid crisis with an innovative treatment

Source:  The Atlantic “The first time I used, it was the most euphoric rush I had ever felt in my life.  And I knew then that I was not going to stop,” says Kenny Shadday, a McDonald’s manager in eastern Kentucky. Shadday did, in fact, stop—he’s now recovered from his...

“The American Nurse” is a tribute to our Florence Nightingales

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle During the deadly new coronavirus pandemic, we have come to think of the nurses treating COVID-19 patients as soldiers on the front lines of a global war — underequipped, but undeterred. They are our Florence Nightingales, putting...

Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Source:  Decider A new documentary on Netflix is stirring up controversy for its portrayal of religion, faith, and Christianity in America. "American Gospel: Christ Alone," a 2018 film that arrived on the streaming service last month, is dividing viewers between those...

New documentary provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican

Source:  PBS Filmed over the course of the fifth year of Pope Francis’s papacy, "Inside the Vatican" provides a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the city-state. From the Pope himself to the head of security, the nuns who serve the homeless, the choristers of the...

New HBO documentary sheds new light on the Atlanta child murders

Source:  AP Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked the city of Atlanta four decades ago. With the HBO documentary “Atlanta’s Missing...

Meet the man who tried to feed the world

Source:  American Experience American Experience's "The Man Who Tried to Feed the World" tells the story of Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in fighting global hunger. By increasing the world’s food supply,...

“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,...

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...

An Astronaut’s Guide to Sheltering in Place

Source:  Wired Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino shares stories from his nearly 30 days in space to help those currently sheltering in place due to the new coronavirus. Massamino goes over a few of the things that helped him the most while he was isolated from...

“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...

BBC America is airing a ton of calming nature documentaries

Source:  Vulture In November, BBC America replaced its entire Saturday schedule with shows and specials devoted to wildlife and the natural world, rebranding itself as Wonderstruck one day each week. Now, realizing audiences could use more cuddly creatures in their...

“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...

Relive the heady days of crypto with “Crypto Rush”

Source:  TechCrunch When Liliana Pertenava decided to go all in on cryptocurrency by investing $2,000 in a mining rig in 2017, she went so far down the crypto rabbit hole that she decided to make a documentary about it. Covering blockchain technology, its...

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...

BBC World Service releases its first documentary on Instagram

Source:  journalism.co.uk The BBC World Service has released its first documentary on Instagram as a new way of engaging with audiences on the platform. The ten-minute documentary looks at the brujería (witchcraft) spiritual movement which has gained a following on...

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...