The Obamas’ ‘American Factory’ Reveals Stark Difference Between U.S. and Chinese Culture and the Challenge of Globalization

By Gregory Crofton Procedural documentaries are some of my favorites. “American Factory” is an excellent addition to the genre. It’s the first film released via Netflix by the Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. It tells the story of…

‘Weed the People’ Documentary Follows People with Cancer Who Receive Cannabis Treatments

Research has shown that cannabis has a number of health benefits, but because of federal regulations, access and further research is limited. A new documentary, “Weed the People,” follows several families as they navigate finding cannabis treatments for their children…

‘Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press’ Documents the Battle for ‘Gawker’ and Makes Clear We Need to Keep a Tight Grip on the Truth

By Barry Rubinow We hear it loudly every day. The press is under attack! Our First Amendment rights are being systematically compromised by the current administration!!! “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” Brian Knappenberger’s fascinating feature documentary, delves deeply…

‘INTO THE INFERNO’ Delivers Funny, Profound Insights from Volcanic World of Werner Herzog’s Making

By Gregory Crofton The best sections of Werner Herzog’s new Netflix documentary “INTO THE INFERNO,” come from the footage shot by two French volcanologists, the married couple Katia and Maurice Krafft. Glorious opera music accompanies a scientist wearing a heat…

‘SINS OF MY FATHER’: Forgiveness, Sons, and the Sordid History of Pablo Escobar

By Gregory Crofton Watching Netflix’s NARCOS makes for good entertainment, at least once you get past episode four or five. The series makes clear what happened to Pablo Escobar, the man who helped invent the production and sale of cocaine.…

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