December 14, 2020

Screen Time: Week of December 14, 2020

From Paul Taylor's 'The Art of Political Murder.' Courtesy of HBO

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home. 

Premiering December 16 on HBO and HBO Max, The Art of Political Murder tells the story of the 1998 murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi and how it stunned a country ravaged by decades of political violence. Just two days after presenting a damning report blaming the atrocities of the civil war on the Guatemalan military, Bishop Gerardi was found dead in his home. The documentary highlights the team of young investigators who take on the case and begin to unearth a web of conspiracy and corruption, entangling the highest levels of government in their pursuit of the truth. Directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Teddy Leifer and 2020 IDA Amicus Award honoree Regina K. Scully.

Premiering December 18 in virtual cinemas through Virgil Films, Nasrin, from Jeff Kaufman,  profiles attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran's remarkably resilient women's rights movement. Nasrin was secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this film. 

Streaming December 20 on Pop, Logo and Pluto TV is David Charles Rodrigues’ Gay Chorus Deep South, which follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as they embark on a tour of the American South in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag. presents a tribute to legendary Indigenous Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obansawin whose body of work over the past several decades has re-evaluated Canadian national mythology and highlighted the role that descendants of the Inuit, Cree, Métis, Mi’kmaq, Mohawks, or Ojibwe people play in it.