Published On: Wed, Oct 8th, 2014

HBO premiers powerful lineup of documentaries

A new film will premiere each Monday, beginning October 13th in the Caribbean

HBO---LatinAmericaMIAMI – HBO presents a compelling array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries, each representing diverse social realities and cultures from different regions around the world through the eyes of their distinguished directors. A new documentary will premiere each Monday in the Caribbean, starting October 13th and running through December.

The documentaries featured include (in chronological order):

The Act of Killing (October 13th): Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing examines the murders from the 1960s when the Indonesian government was overthrown by Anwar Congo and other paramilitary gangsters, taking the lives of over one million people. Oppenheimer manages to convince the notorious murderers to recall and reenact their heinous crimes on-screen, writing their own scripts and playing both killer and victim roles themselves. As Anwar and his friends begin retelling their stories, the moral reality of their acts begin to haunt them with varying degrees of acknowledgement, justification and denial.

Inside Out: The People’s Art Project(October 20th): Known for billboard-sized photographic portraits of everyday people in urban settings, French street artist JR transformed an idea into reality when he created the world’s largest participatory art project, the Inside Out Project. A remarkable testament to the power of the image and the role that art can play in transforming lives, this film by director Alastair Siddons explores the groundbreaking global art movement.

Love Child (October 27th): Directed by Valerie Veatch (HBO’s Me @ the Zoo), Love Child explores the growing problem of the obsessive online gaming culture in a world where virtual is the new reality. Delving into the case of a South Korean couple put on trial in 2010 for the negligent death of their three-month-old daughter due to their online gaming addiction, the documentary weaves a tale of personal tragedy together with social commentary, exposing how new technology can have unforeseen dire consequences.

Red Obsession (November 3rd): Through a series of interviews with winemakers, wine critics and wine lovers, Red Obsession sets out to explore the phenomenon of Bordeaux wine consumption in Chinese culture, showing how this new trend has transformed China into the biggest importer of wines from this region in France. The documentary is a study of power and passion in the booming Asian economy. Directed by David Roach y Warwick Ross.

The Newburgh Sting (November 10th):The Newburgh Sting reveals the rarely told story of the homegrown terror case of the “Newburgh Four,” in which street criminals with no history of violence or terrorist ties were drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated plot to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy New York suburb and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Featuring previously unseen FBI hidden camera footage, insights from Muslim leaders and high-level Washington insiders, and intimate interviews with the families of the “Newburgh Four,” the documentary offers startling insights into surveillance in a post-9/11 world. Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (HBO’s Jockey).

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (November 17th):In 1990, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiring the murder of her husband, carried out by her teenage lover and his three friends in their New Hampshire home. The documentary explores the role of the media in the first murder trial televised live in its entirety, laying the ground for the birth of reality TV and examining how the coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar (HBO’s In a Dream).

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. (November 24th): Directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. presents a deeply moving portrait of the painter told by those who knew him best. The film traces the artist’s story from his childhood in Syracuse, NY, to the prestigious recognition of having his work exhibited at Peggy Guggenheim’s “Art of the Century” gallery in 1945. As part of his mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy, actor Robert De Niro, Jr. reads from De Niro, Sr.’s letters and journals, providing his own recollections of the artist’s personal and professional struggles.

The Armstrong Lie (December 1st): In 2008, director Alex Gibney set out to document cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s comeback after his 2005 retirement, setting out to win his eighth Tour de France. However, in early 2013, Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs following a federal criminal investigation and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, and was consequently stripped of his seven titles. Instead of the intended comeback story, The Armstrong Lie chronicles the collapse of one of the greatest athletes of all time and exposes the world to the greatest deception in the history of sports.

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