Sunday Doc Links

Three quick documentary links:

  • Agnes has a recent post featuring the schedule for the upcoming summer season of PBS’s excellent documentary series, P.O.V. I won’t reproduce the full schedule here, but I am excited about a number of the upcoming documentaries, and Agnes offers a number of reasons to appreciate P.O.V. beyond good programming. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m also increasingly enthusiastic about P.O.V.’s web presence, including their blog, which is quickly becoming a great source for documentary news. Worth noting: their preview of Traces of the Trade, Katrina Browne’s documentary exploring northern complicity in the slave trade during the 19th century, including the involvement of many of her own New England ancestors.
  • Also on PBS, the series Frontline will be featuring Bad Voodoo’s War, Deborah Scranton’s follow-up to The War Tapes (my review), in which she equipped U.S. soldiers with cameras to allow them to document their experience of the war while also conducting interviews with the family members who waited at home for them to return. Bad Voodoo’s War uses a similar approach, by providing members of a group of California National Guard soldiers, who refer to themselves as the “Bad Voodoo Platoon,” with cameras. In a very cool move for those of us with busy schedules, Bad Voodoo’s War will debut on TV and online beginning April 1.
  • Finally, I’ve been watching bits and pieces of another Frontline doc, Bush’s War, online today. So far, I’ve watched the first two chapters, which provide a compelling and cogent account of how the attacks of 9/11 morphed into the seemingly endless war in Iraq. I’ll try to write in more detail about Bush’s War later this week, but with Full Frame coming up, I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance.

Update (3/31): I’ve had the chance to watch the first half of Bush’s War, which documents the buildup to the Iraq War, and it’s a pretty impressive look at the decision-making process in the White House, especially the power dynamics between Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Powell.


  1. ruiyan Said,

    March 31, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    Thanks for the link, Chuck. We’ll be putting up more trailers for the 2008 P.O.V. films in the coming weeks — and they can be found linked off of the film titles here:

  2. Chuck Said,

    March 31, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the pointer. Hopefully I can write full entries on some of the P.O.V. films at some point.

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