November 4, 2019

Screen Time: Week of November 4

From Richard Ladkani's 'Sea of Shadows.' Courtesy of National Geographic

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

IDA Documentary Award nominee Sea of Shadows, from Richard Ladkani, makes its broadcast premiere this Saturday, November 9 on National Geographic. The film tracks the efforts of a team of scientists, conservationists, journalists, undercover agents and the Mexican Navy as they battle to save the rare totoaba fish from poachers, whose deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the Sea of Cortez region.

Julia Reichert, the 2018 IDA Career Achievement Award honoree, is the subject of a year-long national tour in celebration of her five-decade career. You can catch her first film, Growing Up Female, on Kanopy. The 1971 documentary is one of the first to document the modern women's movement, by taking a personal look into the lives of six women and the forces that shape them, and affording viewers a chance to gauge how much--and how little--has changed.

Get out your Google Cardboard devices for this one: Virtually History: The Berlin Wall commemorates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a VR journey back in time. Join three witnesses to that unprecedented moment in European history as they share the powerful human stories behind the wall. A co-production of Remarkable Television and YouTube, Virtual History: The Berlin Wall premieres November 6 on YouTube Originals.

Premiering November 4 on POV Shorts, Water Warriors, from Michael Premo, documents the efforts of indigenous and white families in New Brunswick, Canada, to drive out an energy company that, in its quest for natural gas, was threatening the local water supply and the forestry, farming and fishing industries in the region.

Freedom Road, a new series from Angelina McLeod, Paula Kelly and the National Film Board of Canada, makes its debut November 5 on The series tells the story of Shoal Lake 40 Anishinaabe First Nation and their battle to build a road, after their community was forcibly relocated and cut off from the mainland over 100 years ago, so that water could be diverted to the city of Winnipeg.