Screen Time: Week of August 26
Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.
Jawline, the debut film from Liza Mandelup, follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, as he transforms his life in dead-end rural Tennessee into teenage stardom in the live-broadcast ecosystem, connecting with a global audience of young girls through an ongoing stream of positivity. Jawline, for which Mandelup won a Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival, streams on Hulu.
Ghana Controversial: Music from the Ground Up, streaming on Al Jazeera English, profiles a vibrant alternative music scene in Ghana that confronts global and local social issues with a heady mix of funk and finesse. Peter Guyer and Thomas Burkhalter direct.
Heart of a Dog, from legendary multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, takes the losses of her husband Lou Reed and her dog Lolabelle as a touchstone for an elegiac meditation on death and absence, Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation and the modern surveillance state. Now streaming on The Criterion Channel
Scenes from a Dry City, from Simon Wood and Francois Verster, takes viewers through Cape Town, South Africa, where a severe water shortage is forcing residents to contemplate the day when the taps run dry. Now available on Field of Vision.
NY Times Op Docs presents My Name Is Darlin. I Just Came Out of Detention, Isabel Castro’s profile of a Honduran family divided by US immigration authorities and struggling to reunite.