Screen Time: Week of July 11, 2022
By Tom White
Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.
Kicking off POV’s 35th Season is Yung Chang’s Wuhan Wuhan, which premieres July 11, then will be available for streaming through August 11 at pbs.org. The film takes viewers to the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, in its early months, through the frontline perspectives of medical workers, patients and ordinary citizens doing extraordinarily magnanimous work. Chang and his crew were afforded remarkable access to hospitals and homes alike, as doctors, nurses, patients, psychologists and volunteers weather this unprecedented—and ongoing healthcare crisis.
From Academy Award-winner Ben Proudfoot comes his latest short, Mink!, about pioneering US Congresswoman Patsy Mink (D-HI), whose fight for the landmark Title IX bill of 1972—which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government—was one of many achievements in a career of challenging the status quo. Now streaming on New York Times Op-Docs.
Streaming on Field of Vision is Youjin Do’s Open Shutters, an IDA Documentary Award nominee for Best Documentary Short. The film tells the story of a journalist, who, upon investigating spy cam porn in South Korea, discovers that she is being watched in her own home. She joins a national uprising of women seeking protection from this ubiquitous crime.
Now available on MUBI is Alice Diop’s 2021 Berlinale prize-winning WE, a lyrical profile of a crosssection of the marginalized communities living in the outskirts of Paris, including Diop herself, who deploys the commuter train as the narrative throughline that connects her protagonists on the journey from home to work and back again.
Streaming July 13 on The Criterion Channel is Thai director’s Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By the Time It Gets Dark, which weaves a delicately poetic, shape-shifting tapestry of a nation haunted by political trauma.