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HBO slates Gibney, Junger docs

U.S. net HBO has unveiled its slate of documentaries for the first half of 2013, which includes Mea Maxima Culpa (pictured), 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus and Tales from the Organ Trade.
January 8, 2013

U.S. net HBO has unveiled its slate of documentaries for the first half of 2013, which include Mea Maxima Culpa, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus and Tales from the Organ Trade.

Starting with Alex Gibney’s TIFF hit Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, HBO will air the television debut of the Alex Gibney doc (pictured above) on February 4. The Oscar-shortlisted doc tells the story of four deaf men who set out to expose the priest they say sexually abused them.

In March, the pay-TV network will air Kings Point, directed by Sari Gilman. The film, which was a Silverdocs winner, tells the story of five seniors living in a retirement resort.

Also airing in March is American Winter, produced and directed by Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab Confessions). The doc shines a light on Portland residents who are struggling through the U.S. economic crisis.

Airing in April is 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, directed by Steven Pressman and narrated by Alan Alda and Mamie Gummer. The film tells the story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who traveled to Nazi Germany in spring 1939 to save 50 Jewish children.

Elsewhere, the Sundance-selected film Which Way is the Frontline From Here?: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington will air on HBO in April, and focuses on the life of the late photographer and filmmaker. The portrait of Hetherington, details of which were first revealed by realscreen in September 2011, will include interviews with friends and family, and is directed by Sebastian Junger, Hetherington’s co-director on Restrepo.

Finally, HBO will air Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden and Tales from the Organ Trade in May. Manhunt tells the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, through exclusive footage and first-person interviews with key people involved in the raid, and is directed by Greg Barker (Sergio).

Tales from the Organ Trade, meanwhile, investigates international organ trafficking, and the role the Internet plays in the black market trade. Ric Esther Bienstock is the producer and filmmaker, while Simcha Jacobovici and Felix Golubev serve as producers on the doc which is narrated by David Cronenberg.

In addition, A Youngarts Masterclass will air on HBO Family during the months of February, March and April. The ongoing series of half-hour documentaries follow high school students participating in a mentorship program, with mentors including Bobby McFerrin, playwright John Guare and performer Patti LuPone. The doc series is directed by Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman.

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