EATING UP EASTER – Review by Lois Alter Mark

The pandemic is the perfect time to watch Eating Up Easter – especially if you’re an avid traveler. Not only does this documentary about Rapa Nui (known to most of the world as Easter Island) cinematically transport you to the mysterious island and make you want to plan a trip to see the ancient statues for yourself but, more importantly, it makes you re-examine that desire and start to understand the devastating environmental impact of tourism.

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PICTURE OF HIS LIFE – Review by Carol Cling

The documentary dives deep into Amos Nachoum’s background, exploring how, and why the Israeli photographer became a celebrated scuba diver and photographer, specializing in face-to-face images of killer whales, sharks and other underwater creatures. There’s stirring contrast between the stark Arctic setting and the grizzled, dogged “soldier of Mother Nature” dedicated to shooting photos instead of bullets.

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HUMAN NATURE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I don’t want to call Human Nature a science documentary because you’ll probably go running for the hills, already bored and starting to snore. So let me describe it instead as a true story about amazing people who are turning science fiction into science fact, people who have figured out how to “change the fundamental chemical nature of who we are.”

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SCREENED OUT – Review by Carol Cling

The current pandemic-related shutdown has given all of us too much time to think. Some of us may be pondering how digital technology has enabled us to stay in virtual touch with family, friends and colleagues. But we’re probably not thinking about what online existence is doing to our brains. That’s the focus of the cautionary documentary Screened Out.

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THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF – Review by Leslie Combemale

The film’s conclusion, and there is a very clear trajectory leading to it, is a powerful gut-punch. At that point, you are not only in love with both the painter and the thief, you can’t decide if you want to pay for their therapy, buy a painting, or try to forget they exist — just so you can escape their call to such a high level of self-examination.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna May Wong Spotlighted in PBS Documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Trailblazing Asian American movie star Anna May Wong is being spotlighted in PBS’ “American Masters — Unladylike2020,” a multimedia series with a one-hour broadcast special followed by 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

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SPACESHIP EARTH – Review by Sarah Ward

Detailing the genesis and execution of 1990s-era ecological sustainability experiment Biosphere 2, Spaceship Earth draws upon more than 600 hours of recordings; however it’s equally reliant upon the determination of the project’s participants not to chart their own actions, but to amass every piece of information they could about a pioneering and prescient endeavour.

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