October 9, 2017

Screen Time: Week of October 9

From 'The Great Wall.'

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

Currently streaming at MUBI is Tadhg O'Sullivan's The Great Wall, a film that audaciously looks the migration crisis in the eye by considering the resonance of Franz Kafka's universe in today's Europe. The Irish Times called it "extraordinary...a beautiful, puzzling film."

Premiering on Starz tonight, October 9, is Natalie Avital's The Three Hikers, telling the story of three Americans who went hiking in Northern Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2009, and were captured and held as political hostages by the Iranian Government for more than two years.  

Premiering on POV tonight, October 9, is Mike Day's The Islands and the Whales, about Faroe islanders whose hunting practices are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in the whales, decimated seabird populations, and anti-whaling activists. 

Currently streaming on Filmstruck is Agnes Varda's 1980 film Mur Murs, a kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate Los Angeles. The New York Times called it "a photographic monument of what, thanks to the movies, may be the world’s most photographed city."