In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Sundance Now, Netflix, CBC documentary strand ‘CBC Docs POV’ and World Channel.
Digital streaming giant Netflix is preparing to launch an investigative look into the state of policing in America through a Michigan police department.
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, Flint Town (pictured) will document three filmmakers embedded with the local officers struggling to gain traction in a community growing skeptical of law enforcement officials in the face of infrastructure issues and decreasing resources. Produced by Anonymous Content, the eight-part docuseries is directed by Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock and Drea Cooper. Flint Town premieres March 2 across Netflix.
Meanwhile, Xochitl Dorsey and Monica Campbell’s feature-length documentary Shot in Mexico will receive its television debut when it airs across World Channel on March 2.
The documentary recounts the story of young activist and journalist Brad Will, who was fatally shot in Oaxaca, Mexico while filming a rebellion in 2006. Will’s murder, captured by his own camera, would place an international spotlight on the corruption and injustice rampant south of the border.
The film also follows the struggles of two families in aftermath of his death: the efforts of Will’s parents to demand a true investigation and in Mexico, where Liliana Martinez fought for the release of her husband, who was mistakenly jailed for Will’s murder. Shot in Mexico broadcasts March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on World Channel.
Elsewhere, AMC Networks-owned streaming service Sundance Now is gearing up to launch Morten Traavik and Ugis Olte’s doc feature Liberation Day.
The film, which premiered at New York City’s Film Forum, explores what happens when music and politics combine by tracing Slovenian cult band Laibach as they become the first rock group to ever perform in North Korea. The project follows as the band attempts to get their brand of alternative rock music through the needle’s eye of censorship in the secretive country. Liberation Day begins streaming on Sundance Now on March 8.
Finally, Canadian pubcaster CBC will transmit Helen Slinger‘s Love, Hope & Autism across its CBC Docs POV banner on March 18.
The film provides an intimate look into Fraser Fresco, a 21-year-old man with severe autism, and his family as they deal with the disorder from birth through to adulthood. The doc project will also focus its lens on confronting the statistical rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder in North America and the myriad difficulties faced by autistic children aging out of a publicly-funded system. Love, Hope & Autism airs on March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across CBC Docs POV.