CINEMAX SETS DIVERSE LINEUP OF CINEMAX REEL LIFE DOCUMENTARIES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2005
Presentations include Liz Garbus' XIARA'S SONG, Joe Berlinger's GRAY
MATTER, SISTER ROSE'S PASSION And THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2005 - Top documentary filmmakers will explore a
wide range of timely issues in CINEMAX Reel Life presentations during
the first half of 2005. From Liz Garbus ("The Farm: Angola") comes
XIARA'S SONG, the story of a young girl's struggle to stay connected
to her imprisoned father; in GRAY MATTER, Joe Berlinger (HBO's
"Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills") searches for
Dr. Heinrich Gross, a former Nazi, and the alleged murderer of over
800 children "euthanized" in a Vienna hospital during World War II.
Among the other documentaries are SISTER ROSE'S PASSION, the story of
a nun's tireless crusade against anti-Semitism, and THE CHILDREN OF
LENINGRADSKY, a look at the thousands of homeless children who live in
Moscow's train stations.
Upcoming CINEMAX Reel Life documentaries include:
LOVING & CHEATING (debuts Feb. 14), which debuts on Valentine's Day,
explores conflicting views on commitment and infidelity, touching on
universal issues that are rarely discussed so frankly. A former male
stripper and his wife discuss the effects of their mutual affairs; a
young engaged couple confront their differing views on cheating; a
Baptist minister and his wife reflect on the success of their 50-year
marriage; and a middle-aged couple who call themselves "poly-amorous"
explain how they opened up their marriage. Directed by Thom Powers.
A DOG'S LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY (March 15), a humorous and poignant
portrait of a dog's life in New York City, exploring the positive
effects of the intense bond between dogs and humans. Told through the
eyes of director Gayle Kirschenbaum's Shih Tzu, Chelsea, who sports a
"doggiecam," the film examines Chelsea's role in her owner's life, and
how it touches others when Chelsea is certified as a therapy dog after
9/11, offering comfort and companionship to humans in distress.
Directed by Gayle Kirschenbaum.
THE POWER OF GOOD (April) tells the story of Englishman Nicholas
Winton, who saved the lives of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from
Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, bringing them across Hitler's Germany to
his native Britain. For nearly 50 years, he did not tell anyone about
his extraordinary rescue mission -- not even his wife. The story
surfaced in 1988 when the BBC broadcast a show about the first meeting
of approximately 100 of the rescued children with their "secret"
rescuer. Today, there are more than 5,000 descendants of the Winton
children. Directed by Matej Minac.
GRAY MATTER (April) attempts to track down Dr. Heinrich Gross, a
former Nazi who rose to prominence after the war as Vienna's leading
forensic psychiatrist. In April 2002, a funeral was held to bury the
brains of more than 800 children "euthanized" in a Vienna hospital -
allegedly by Dr. Gross -- during World War II. The search for Dr.
Gross, now 86 and living as a free man in Austria, explores the
difficulties of coming to grips with a society's past. Directed by
SISTER ROSE'S PASSION (May) is a portrait of Rose Thering, who, as a
Catholic girl growing up in America's heartland, read in her religion
books that Jesus was killed by the Jews. When she joined the
sisterhood, Sister Rose began to examine why so few in her religion
had responded to the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust.
Subsequently challenging the doctrine that blamed Jews for the death
of Jesus, she took a leading role in Vatican II, which officially
changed the Catholic Church's position on their relationship with
Jewish people. This documentary follows Sister Rose today, at age 84,
as she continues her crusade against anti-Semitism. Directed by Oren
THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY (June) explores the plight of the more
than 30,000 homeless children who live in Moscow's train stations.
Sleeping in stairways, garbage containers and underground tunnels,
they panhandle or prostitute themselves for money, and sniff glue to
curb hunger and to escape the violent world around them. Still, many
of them consider life on the streets preferable to what they
experienced at home. Directed by Hanna Polak & Andrzej Celinski.
XIARA'S SONG (June) documents a young girl's struggle to stay
connected to her father through their mutual love of music, and a
mother's battle to keep her daughter from following in her father's
dangerous footsteps. Seven-year-old Xiara's father Harold has been in
and out of jail throughout her life, and his current sentence will
keep him locked up until she's 17. Combining present-day footage with
home movies to explore a father-daughter relationship under
extraordinary circumstances, this is a moving portrait of one of the
ten million American children with a parent in prison. Produced and
directed by Liz Garbus; produced by Rory Kennedy.