WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen attended The Nantucket Film Festival last week, and joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday to talk about the three documentaries he saw that for him, were the highlight of the festival.
First up on Bowen's list was "The Apollo," a documentary about the historic theater in Harlem where greats like Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie got their starts. Bowen said the film was "rich" and "wealthy" with archival material of the the theaters great performances.
The second documentary Bowen talked about was about the horrors of China's one-child policy called, "One Child Nation." Bowen spoke of the horrific imagery the film uses to show the the devastation that resulted from China's policy and called the film an "exceptionally well-told piece."
The last documentary Bowen spoke about was "For Sama," which follows the war in Syria from the perspective of a female filmmaker and mother. Bowen called "For Sama" the "best documentary he has ever seen."