Docs

Coming Soon: “Family I Had,” “Chain of Command”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’, Investigation Discovery, National Geographic and Bravo Media. American pubcaster PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent ...
December 7, 2017

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’, Investigation Discovery, National Geographic and Bravo Media.

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ is preparing to share the television broadcast premiere of director Jessie Auritt‘s documentary Supergirl.

The 80-minute film, which premiered at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, paints an intimate portrait of Naomi Kutin, who broke a world powerlifting record at the age of nine, lifting 215 pounds when she herself weighed only 97 pounds.

The doc chronicles Kutin’s attempts to hold onto her title while navigating adolescence, from strict Orthodox Judaism obligations to cyberbullying and health issues that could jeopardize her career. Supergirl premieres Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Independent Lens’.

Meanwhile, Katie Green and Carlye Rubin’s feature-length documentary The Family I Had (pictured) will receive its television debut when it airs across Investigation Discovery on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by Smoke & Apple Films, the 77-minute true crime documentary reveals the anatomy of a broken family after a 13-year-old boy kills his three-year-old sister, and also examines the complicated relationships of a family in mourning. The Family I Had made its theatrical debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Elsewhere, NBCUniversal-owned lifestyle net Bravo Media has set an early January air date for Asylum Entertainment’s docuseries To Rome for Love.

Previously titled Love Italian Style, the series follows relationship expert Diann Valentine as she leads five African-American bachelorettes to the Italian territory in search of love. With her years of experience, Valentine teaches the women to move beyond the stigmas and stereotypes they face in the U.S. and seek love abroad. To Rome for Love premieres Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

Finally, National Geographic is gearing up for the premiere of the Chris Evans-narrated docuseries Chain of Command from National Geographic Studios and showrunner Scott Boggins.

The eight-part global event series features unprecedented access into the decisions made at the Pentagon and how the orders have a direct impact on service members fighting on the front lines of the U.S. military’s mission to fight global extremism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Niger, and South America, and to the ISIS recruiting ground of Trinidad and Tobago. Chain of Command transmits Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will air globally in 171 countries and in 45 languages in early 2018.

About The Author
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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