December 3, 2019

Screen Time: Week of December 2

From Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham's 'The Confession Killer,' which premieres December 6 on Netflix. Courtesy of Netflix

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

Premiering December 6 on Netflix, The Confession Killer, a new series from Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham, digs into the story of Virginia-born convict Henry Lee Lucas, who in the 1980s began claiming responsibility for hundreds of murders across the US. Even though there was no physical evidence linking him to the scenes and even documents and witnesses placed him in completely different locations, the Texas Rangers still took Lucas at his word in order to close the cases and move on. The Confession Killer looks beyond murder and challenges what we believe and trust about the criminal justice system.

Join POV, PBS Learning Media and Society for Science and the Public for a free online screening of Laura Nix's Inventing Tomorrow on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm EST/4:00 pm PST. Prior to the screening, Nix and  Michele Glidden, Chief Program Officer for Society for Science and the Public will lead a discussion of the film, which follows a global cross-section of aspiring teenage scientists as they prepare for the prestigious Intel Science Fair.

Now streaming on the newly relaunched and revamped Topic, Marc Singer’s multi-award-winning Dark Days profiles a homeless community that has managed to find refuge in a train tunnel beneath New York City. 

Now streaming on Al Jazeera, Exiled, from Shahida Tulaganova, explores the roots and historical context of increasing violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State in Myanmar, covering the perspectives of Rohingya refugees, former Burmese government officials and radical Buddhist monks. 

Now streaming on Ovid.TV, The Hand That Feeds, from IDA Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award honoree Rachel Lears and partner Robin Blotnick, captures the story of a team of undocumented immigrant workers at a popular Manhattan bakery who take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve.