Michael Jackson Estate Sues ABC Over 'Mediocre' Documentary Special

Last week, just hours before it debuted, news broke that the Michael Jackson estate was not happy with a two-hour ABC special dedicated to the King of Pop’s final moments. MJ’s estate claimed that the documentary, The Last Days of Michael Jackson, was in no way “sponsored or approved” by the late star’s family and…

Reese Witherspoon Is Producing a Documentary on the Social Activism of Tennis Icon Martina Navratilova 

On Tuesday, Variety reported that Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, is tackling the development of its first feature-length documentary: a look at the legacy of legendary lesbian tennis player Martina Navratilova, which will highlight her social and political activism on behalf of women and the…

An Interview With the Co-Director of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

The act of watching a documentary in the same room as the subject’s family and friends is a harrowing experience, especially when the subject isn’t there to witness it. For the past two years, co-directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner have closely followed the case of Sandra Bland, and Wednesday night was the first…

A Young Woman in India Struggles With Losing Her Identity to Marriage in This Clip From A Suitable Girl

In this clip from A Suitable Girl, a documentary about the divisive tradition of arranged marriages in India, a woman named Amrita explains the burden of being seen as a man’s property. “You lose your identity when you get married, and that’s one thing I never wanted to do,” she says. “More than eighty precent of…

A Conversation with Director Nancy Buirski About the Untold Story of Recy Taylor

On September 3, 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor was walking home from a church revival in rural Alabama. That evening, she later reported, she was kidnapped at gunpoint and raped by six white teenage boys. According to court records, her attackers said they’d kill her if she talked. She talked anyway, which led to a…