January 7, 2020

Screen Time: Week of January 6, 2020

From Rosine Mbakam's 'Chez Jolie Coiffure,' currently streaming on Ovid.tv.

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

Now streaming on Ovid.tv, Chez Jolie Coiffure, from Rosine Mbakam, tells the story of Sabine, whose hair salon serves as a cultural hub for the largely immigrant Brussels district of Matonge. Here, Sabine and her employees fit extensions and glue on lashes while watching soaps, dishing romantic advice, sharing rumors about government programs to legalize migrants, and talking about people back home in West Africa.

A new season of the documentary series Link Voices premieres January 10 on Link TV. The new season offers new perspectives on critical global issues with a compelling mix of topics that include the dangerous journeys of immigrants, indigenous rainforest inhabitants, members of the disability community and a female-led business venture in the Middle East. 

Following the groundbreaking Emmy and IDA Documentary Award-nominated and Critics Choice Award and MTV Award-winning series, Lifetime unravels more to the saga with Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning. Now streaming on MyLifetime.com, the series features interviews from a variety of perspectives including with new survivors, supporters, psychologists and cultural and legal experts, and more insights into the ever-growing saga of the R&B singer, who is currently facing federal and state charges. 

Streaming on American Experience, McCarthy, directed, produced and written by Sharon Grimberg, chronicles the rise and fall of the notorious US Senator who wreaked havoc on American politics and culture through his relentless crusade against his perceived Communist conspiracy that threatened America. After ruining countless lives through his bullying and grandstanding, he was brought down by his own hubris.

Now streaming on Mubi through January 21, Lost Lost Lost, a 1976 film from the late Jonas Mekas, documents his and his brother Adolfas' early years as immigrants in New York, as they built their new life in America and discovered the city and its burgeoning film and arts community.