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Coming Soon: “Real Boy,” “The Defiant Ones”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS strands ‘Independent Lens’ and ‘POV’, History and HBO. American cable net History is gearing up to ...
June 1, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS strands ‘Independent Lens’ and ‘POV’, History and HBO.

American cable net History is gearing up to premiere the limited docuseries America’s War on Drugs on June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by Talos Films, the eight-hour, four-night series uncovers the origins of the decades-long drug war that has cost America US$1 trillion, while also exploring the secret alliances of drug traffickers and covert government operations have shaped American culture, institutions and politics over the last 50 years.

Shaleece Hass’ feature-length documentary Real Boy (pictured), meanwhile, will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ later this month.

The 72-minute obs-doc, which airs June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows the journey of transgendered teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety and the ramifications of his changing gender identity. Filmed over four years, the documentary also captures his mother Suzy’s transformation as she accepts the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.

Meanwhile PBS sister brand ‘POV’ will kick off its 30th season with Julia Meltzer’s documentary feature Dalya’s Other Country on June 26, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The 74-minute film, which will debut alongside shorts 4.1 Miles and From Damascus to Chicago, tells the story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict and explores the life of Dalya as she’s caught between highly politicized identities. The film follows the young family as they adjust to their new life in Los Angeles under the backdrop of the 2016 presidential campaign in which then-candidate Donald Trump calls for restrictions against Muslim immigrants.

Finally, American premium cable net HBO will bow the Allen Hughes-directed four-part docuseries The Defiant Ones in early July.

Produced by Silverback 5150 Pictures in association with Alcon Television Group, The Defiant Ones highlights the improbable partnership of hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine as well as their leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. Featured in the docuseries are never-before-seen images from recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, NWA, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Exclusive interviews include Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Sean “Diddy” Combs and will.i.am.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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