November 5, 2018

Screen Time: Week of November 5

From  Sareen Hairabedian's "We Are Not Done Yet," premiering November 8 on HBO. Courtesy of HBO
Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Premiering November 8 on HBO, We Are Not Done Yet, from Sareen Hairabedian, profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they come together to combat past and current traumas through the written word, sharing their experiences in a United Service Organizations (USO) writing workshop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Airing this week on Al Jazeera English: WITNESS and streaming on YouTube, Halima, from Mike Shum, Arthur Nazaryan and Eugene Yi, recounts the experiences of Somali-American model Halima Aden, who, at 21, is challenging the meaning on conventional beauty in the US and abroad. As she prepares for New York Fashion Week, she contemplates the challenges of being a trailblazer:  “You’re not Somali enough. You’re not a good Muslim. You’re not American enough. I have multiple identities, multiple things that make me who I am.”

Dawnland, premiering November 5 on Independent Lens, presents the history of Indigenous child removal in the US through the nation's first-ever government-sponsored truth-and-reconciliation commission, which investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people. Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip direct.

From Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Give Us This Day, premiering  November 8 on AT&T Direct TV, tracks a year in the life of East St. Louis, Illinois, which has the highest homicide rate in the US. Told from the perspectives of both police officers and residents, complex challenges and heartbreak face a community plagued by gun violence.

Inside North Korea’s Dynasty, a four-part series that premieres November 11 on National Geographic, examines the extraordinary history of the world’s only communist dynasty, three generations in the making. The series reveals the workings behind the Kim family dynamics and its seven-decade rule over North Korea.

We the People, from Emmanuel Itier, is a global exploration into politics and economics through the insights of Nobel Laureates, university professors, authors, spiritual leaders and many more. Available on iTunes.