Top 10 Lists We Recommend in February

Top 10 Lists We Recommend in February

Documentaries to watch at home brings you the OSCAR edition in advance of the Academy Award ceremonies coming at the end of February.

Click the film image to watch the trailer (for some short film, you can watch the film in entirety by clicking the image)

Feature Length Documentary Nominations



Free solo climber Alex Honnold has long desired to attempt El Capitan, the 3,000-foot granite rock in Yosemite National Park. Although he wants to begin, Honnold is suddenly plagued by injuries and his friends and family worry for his safety. But nothing can stop him and Honnold becomes the only athlete to make the treacherous ascent without ropes. So all you Newburyport rock climbers, sit back and enjoy. Its a National Geographic Channel movie and the date of March 3 has been set for the broadcast TV premiere. It will air commercial-free on Nat Geo in the U.S., followed by a global rollout in 172 countries and 43 languages. It is also showing this week at the Cape Ann Cinema in Gloucester



Hale County This Morning, This Evening: A collection of “intimate and unencumbered moments” of two African American men living in the rural South. 

The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, the mother of Quincy's children, are depicted as they go about their lives in Hale County, Alabama. Also explored is the idea of how the Southern African-American experience can be depicted on film.

The movie is available on WGBH (Channel 2) from Monday February 11th and on-demand.

You can also watch online by clicking here.

Click for a schedule of showings



Bing Liu films his fellow skateboarders over the years, and wonders why so many of them have contentious relationships with their fathers. As he focuses on friends Zack, who is about to become a father himself, and Keire, who is grappling with his racial identity, Liu realizes that he must resolve his feelings about his own abusive childhood.

Bing Liu directed this fascinating documentary from childhood to adulthood in Rockford, Illinois. The movie, which has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is available on on Hulu.



After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland and gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His focus was primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems to want to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. The film can be rented on VUDU ($3.99) and Amazon ($4.99).



Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 1993 and spent her prior legal career battling laws that allowed gender discrimination. Supported by her devoted husband, a fellow lawyer, and their two children, Ginsburg becomes renowned for her tireless work ethic, liberal outlook and keen intellect. RGB and movie RBG: The first of two movies about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both playing to packed audiences at The Screening Room (the other is On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones). RGB is streaming on Hulu and available to rent on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and YouTube $3.99.

Short Length Documentary Nominations



Following the killing in 2000 of a 10-year-old boy of Nigerian descent, Cornelius Walker's Nigerian mother, fearing that her sons could also be targeted, moves her family from London to Essex. Their housing estate is filled with racists, however, prompting Cornelius to go to extremes to fit in and find friendship.

Click on the image to watch it here - our thanks to The Guardian.

26 Minutes



At Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, teams of medical professionals, social workers and counselors work with patients and their families to ensure that their end-of-life care is compassionately tailored to their needs while also trying to alleviate their fears about death.

Available on Netflix

40 Minutes



In 2016, the German nonprofit Sea-Watch aids refugees braving the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. One such rescue mission, piloted by British captain Jon Castle, plucks refugees from several tiny boats and carries them to safety. During the journey, the refugees reveal how poverty, violence and sexual trafficking forced them to flee their homes.

Click on the image to watch it here - our thanks to The New Yorker.

34 Minutes



On February 20, 1939, more than 20,000 Americans gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. Archival footage shows the speech given by Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund, as he urges his supporters to mistrust the media and free America from the influence of Jews.

Click on the image to watch it here - our thanks to Field of Vision.

7 Minutes.



In the rural village of Hapur, outside of Delhi, India, women hope to make feminine hygiene supplies easily available and end the stigma surrounding menstruation, which often results in girls having to drop out of school. A machine that makes sanitary pads is installed, and the women operating it find financial security and independence.

The film streams on Netflix starting Tuesday February 12th.

26 Minutes.