A new week, a new batch of documentaries to talk about. Up first we have Terror in Little Saigon. From PBS/Frontline, this investigative piece looks into the unsolved murder of a Vietnamese-American journalist in Houston in the 1980s. Four others were also killed and this tries to put together the puzzle that is this story. Some people think it was a group called The Front who bullied and allegedly killed those who they thought supported Communism. We like to think the Vietnam War ended in the 1970s, but this shows us that to some, it never ended. The Frontline reporter travels the US and to Asia to investigate who could have done these killings and why. The story was never headline news in the US and the government seemed to sweep it under the rug. That either says the government knew who was involved or covered it up so no one would find out who really was involved. Twenty to thirty years later there are people still frightened to talk about the murders and the parties involved. I was not familiar with the story in the slightest so it was pretty interesting and eye opening to me.
Next we have Becoming Bulletproof. This is a documentary about the making of Bulletproof, a Western film starring disabled actors. It was pretty fascinating. I had no idea there was a production company out there that every year made a movie with disabled actors to show that even though they are disabled, they can still do things. You have actors with Down’s Syndrome, actors in wheel chairs and many other disabilities. This shows, no, proves, that these actors are talented and deserve opportunities. They talk about acting and wanting to be seen on film. They talk about relationships and dating and love and everything in between. I know the people in the production company aren’t doing it to be recognized, but they should be praised for providing a platform to these actors. And you know what? They are pretty good. I thought the actor who plays Bulletproof Jack in the film was really, really good. Plus most of them are really funny. I hope more people see this.
Last we have Natural Born Hustlers. Also from PBS, this three part series shows how animals hide, mimic, shape shift and more to escape from prey or even be predators themselves. I’m not the biggest animal lover type guy in the world, but I still found it pretty interesting. Part 1 is about staying alive. It’s pretty amazing how evolution has helped some of these creatures adapt in order to survive. Part 2 is about how they trap other animals in order to eat. I liked this part the best because it shows the true animal instinct and not just survival skills. Part 3 is about what animals do to get the opposite sex. Again, I’m not a big animal watcher type, but even I loved the monkeys in this. Watching them steal stuff was pretty funny because well, they are monkeys! Safe for the whole family to watch.