HBO Heats Up Summer Docs


HBO has lined up a slate of documentaries on Monday nights this summer.

The premium network, whose original series lineup is a bit barren owing to delays with the Writers Guild of America strike, tips off a 12-week documentary run at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) June 9, with Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which looks at the legal troubles of the Oscar-winning director.

That’s followed by Resolved (June 16), an examination of the highly competitive world of high school debate; Hard Times at Douglas High (June 23), a look at the "No Child Left Behind" policy at a storied inner city school; and Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (June 30), which takes a gaze at where U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are entombed.

In July, HBO will showcase The Art Of Failure: Chuck Connelly’s Not For Sale (July 7), the story of a former rising star, along with Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 1980’s art world; China’s Stolen Children (July 14), an investigation into the boom in stolen children that has resulted from China's infamous “One Child” policy; Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal (July 21), about Fleiss's failed attempt to open the first legal brothel for female clients in that Nevada community; and The Recruiter (July 28), chronicling Sergeant First Class Clay Usie and four of his high school recruits in a small Louisiana town over a nine-month period leading up to their deployment to Iraq.

In August, HBO will present Baghdad High (Aug. 4), a view of the war from four Iraqi teens as they enter their senior year at high school; We Are Together: The Children of Agape Choir (Aug. 11), the tale of 12-year-old Slindile Moya, her siblings and other residents of the Agape Orphanage in South Africa for children who've lost their parents to AIDS; Ganga Queen, the harrowing saga of Schapelle Corby, an Australian woman accused of international drug trafficking after 10 pounds of marijuana are found in her bags while on a Bali holiday; and finally The Black List, Vol. 1 (Aug 25), portraits of some of the most influential African-Americans, including Sean Combs, Al Sharpton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Rock and Slash.