May 12, 2020

Screen Time: Week of May 11

Frpm Sasha Joseph Neulinger's 'Rewind,' now streaming on 'Independent Lens.' Courtesy of John Solem

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

Now streaming on Independent Lens, Rewind takes a brave and wrenching look at filmmaker Sasha Joseph Neulinger's childhood through home video footage that reveals not only family gatherings and the rituals of growing up, but also a long-kept secret: an unflinching story of abuse, cycled through generations, that triggered a media firestorm, a high-stakes court battle and a family reckoning. Neulinger revisits the footage 20 years later to examine what it means to heal and how to use those childhood experiences to effect positive change.

Nadia Shihab's Jaddoland, now streaming on WORLD Channel as part of America Reframed, is an intimate portrait of the work and process of the director’s visual artist mother, Lahib Jaddo. Through an exploration of Jaddo's art and connections to her life in Texas, Shihab also drafts a unique picture of how art can help both the creator and the audience make sense of familial and cultural connections, loss, perseverance and life.

Streaming on Al Jazeera English on the platform's Witness strand, Kristof Bilsen's Kissing Mother Goodbye profiles the lives of caregivers in Thailand and the foreign Alzheimer's patients under their care, exploring the moments of joy and sacrifice that come with looking after loved ones.

The latest NY Times Op-Doc, Sarah Klein and Tom Mason’s The Sound of Gravity, follows astrophysicist Rai Weiss' decades-long quest to prove Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and his prediction of gravitational waves. Through the help of his colleagues and students at MIT, Weiss' dogged pursuit of the truth behind Einstein's prediction led Weiss to the Nobel Prize in Physics.

In commemoration this month of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, DAFilms presents 75 Years of Peace in Europe, a collection of documentaries depicting the casualties of war and its victims while exploring the consequences on the political, social and economic ecosystems in the continent today.

Streaming in three parts on Mubi, Wang Bing's Dead Souls takes us to Gansu Province in northwest China, where, in 1957, the Communist Party forced those accused of those of being ultra-rightists, into re-education camps, where thousands starved. Wang Bing introduces us to some of the survivors.

Premiering May 17 on CNN, Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer, from Mark Landsman, explores the origin and evolution of the most notorious US tabloid in history, and its "catch-and-kill" practices deployed to benefit powerful partisan political interests.

 

 

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