Icarus – It’s not every day a full-blown international scandal lands in your lap, but that’s exactly what happened with sports doping documentary “Icarus.” Intending to catch flaws in international sports’ anti-doping systems, actor and comedian Brian Fogel instead stumbled headfirst into a widespread web of corruption reaching to the highest level of sports.
Tempestad – A terrifying look at two Mexican women’s lives turned into living nightmares by a corrupt government, one storyline of “Tempestad” follows the plight of pagadore (aka someone “paying” for the crime of others so authorities can appear effective) Miriam Carbajal, shoved through an extortive jail system run by Mexico’s Gulf cartel. The other storyline involves Adela Alvarado’s 20-year-old daughter, Monica, who was kidnapped, likely by sons of corrupt police officials. The police extort bribes and mostly block the investigations, while Alvarado tirelessly looks for her daughter, a search going into its 10th year.
Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Deception – There have been documentaries telling the story of Armenian murder at the hands of the Turks, a slaughter so brutal the word “genocide” was coined to describe it over 100 years ago. This film, though, looks at something more insidious and recent — the mechanisms of denial and cover-up when it comes to popular culture.
The Day I Met El Chapo – This Netflix documentary series focuses on the bizarre story of Mexican telenova star Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn’s clandestine meeting in 2015 with notorious drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.” The series features never-before seen footage of the actor, her family, and the art-imitates-life events leading up to her and Penn’s encounter with the notorious narco.
Trophy – Originally intending to make an exposé shaming the big-game trophy hunting industry in Africa, directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau were surprised to hear the other side of the debate, and find they agreed on more than expected.
Wormwood – Known for his offbeat, personal documentaries, Errol Morris pushes even his boundaries with the Netflix series “Wormwood.” The series explores the suspicious death of Cold War scientist Frank Olsen, who was involved in a U.S. top-secret biological warfare program. CIA operative Olsen either jumped (according to government reports) or was pushed (his family’s belief) from a hotel window in 1953, and the series follows his work, research, and personal life leading up to that fateful day.
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