March 12, 2018

Screen Time: Week of March 12

A scene from "School Life", a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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

Premiering tonight on National Geographic is Brett Morgen's Jane, which draws on over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage to tell the story of Jane Goodall's revolutionary research on chimpanzees. The film was awarded Best Documentary of 2017 by the National Board of Review.

Tonight on HBO, catch Traffic Stop, Kate Davis and David Heilbronner's Academy Award-nominated short about an Austin-Texas-based African-American schoolteacher who is pulled over for speeding, then violently arrested.

New on Hulu is David Rane and Neasa Ní Chianáin's School Life, about two inspiring teachers working at the only boarding school in Ireland for children ages 7 to 12. Variety called the film "gentle but keen-eyed."

Streaming at Kanopy is Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's Karl Marx City, in which the filmmakers travel to what was once East Germany to investigate the suicide of Epperlein's father, who may have been a spy for the Stasi security service. 

Launching March 16 on Netflix, Wild Wild Country, a six-part series from Maclain Way and Chapman Way, tells the story of an Indian guru and his followers who set up roots in Oregon, with the intention of building a world-class utopian city.  Conflict erupts with local ranchers and state authorities, as both sides are pushed down paths neither thought imaginable.