THE FILM explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. It is named after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. The issues of incarceration from 1865 up to the modern day may astound you. Something seems seriously broken in the country.
When you watch “13th,” you feel that you’re seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That’s what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do.
Three Identical Strangers
THIS REAL-LIFE documentary tells the extraordinary story of three identical brothers brought up in separate adoptive households with no knowledge of each other as part of a covert experiment of ‘nature versus nurture’. At 19 years of age their lives changed forever. Although it’s sometimes a little slow and predictable, this intriguing documentary excels in its relentless attention to detail, which will keep viewers watching and waiting for more.
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ATYPICAL IS A coming of age TV series focussing on the life of 18-yearold Sam Gardner who has autism spectrum disorder and is trying to find his way in the world. It is both funny and moving in equal measure, and extremely well-acted. No one programme can represent every child or person with autism and there is an element of artistic license, but those with experience of autism and even those without will enjoy this programme. Don’t miss this!
WARNING: there are some adult themes involved so probably one for age 14
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
This real-life series shows the horrific murder case of Gabriel at the hands of his parents and the systematic failure of all agencies including education, police, and social services who should have protected him (US). It is not for the faint hearted and it is heartbreaking.
WARNING: Expect to see graphic photographs of the injuries the boy sustained over a prolonged period of abuse and hear
detailed descriptions of what he endured. There’s also cursing (including “f–k,” “bulls-t,” and more), references to sexuality and
sexual gratification, references to drug use, and discussions of sexual assault
Babies is a documentary series that looks at child development from birth and explores different scenarios affecting brain development and why care giving is so important. It also looks at how important a primary care giver is, irrespective of the biological relationship. Most of you should find the content interesting and created with significant investment in the production, albeit not necessarily groundbreaking for those of you up to date with aspects of attachment theory.