HBO Documentary Films has unveiled its line-up for the second half of 2011, and the titles include Joe Berlinger’s continued examination of the West Memphis Three in Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
Kicking off the second half of the documentary season on September 29 is Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ The Latino List, which focuses on a group of Latino artists and leaders who are posing for a video portrait series.
As reported earlier, the two-part George Harrison doc airs on October 5 and 6. Living in the Material World: George Harrison traces the former Beatle’s life from his musical beginnings to his interests in philanthropy and filmmaking. The film includes never before seen interviews, footage and photographs.
On October 17, the Harry Belafonte documentary Sing Your Song airs, celebrating the life of the singer-actor-activist.
On October 27, HBO will air The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, the story of a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer and now raises money for a Harlem cancer clinic for the under-served and uninsured.
Airing in November, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory revisits Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, dubbed the “West Memphis Three.” All three were jailed in 1993 for child murders, and still maintain their innocence. Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have followed their fight for nearly two decades. The third film promises to uncover shocking new developments.
Lastly, airing in December is Marathon Boy, the story of four-year-old Budhia Singh, who was taken from the slums of India to train to become India’s greatest runner. Led by coach Biranchi Das, the boy had run more than 24 half-marathons in his first six months of training and by the following year, he had run 48 full marathons. The doc also follows the Indian government’s decision to intervene, and what happened to the boy afterwards.
Meanwhile over on HBO2, the second half of its doc line-up kicks off with Killing in the Name, nominated this year for an Academy Award for best documentary short. The film, directed by Matthew Justus and produced by Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus, tells the story of Muslim Ashraf Al-Khaled’s quest to uncover the true cost of terrorism, after his 2005 wedding was devastated by a suicide bomber.
Other highlights include the festival favorite Position Among the Stars, the last instalment in Leonard Retel Helmrich’s trilogy; this past year’s Oscar-winning short from Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, Strangers No More ; Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris; and The Bengali Detective, directed by Philip Cox.