July 10, 2017

Screen Time: Week of July 10

From Firas Fayyad's 'Last Men in Aleppo.' Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

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

Premiering tonight, Monday, July 10 on P.O.V. is Feras Fayyad's Last Men in Aleppo, a vivid and heartbreaking account of wartime Syria told through the eyes of the White Helmets volunteer rescue workers. The film won the 2017 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary. 

Currently streaming on MUBI is Sophie Huber's Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, an intimate and impressionistic portrait of the enigmatic American actor. The Boston Globe calls it "an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight."

Premiering Friday, July 14 on Netflix is Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Coral, about an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "Superbly crafted...as beautifully descriptive as it is scientific, at times conjuring an almost magical sense of wonder."

Showing this week on HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now is Allen Hughes and Doug Pray's The Defiant Ones, telling the story of the improbable partnership of music industry pioneers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "illuminating and entertaining deep dive."