Spectrum editor’s list of films to watch for March 31

“Crime and Punishment” (2018)

This documentary captures the raw emotion of a group of Black and Latino New York City police officers, known as the NYPD 12, who seek to expose the department’s enforcement of illegal arrest quotas that disproportionately affect minority communities. Directed by Stephen Maing, this film won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary in 2019.

Available on Hulu | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Hush” (2016)

 

In this eerie film starring Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr., a horror author who lost her ability to hear and speak must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer visits her isolated home in the woods. 

Available on Netflix | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“I Am Greta” (2020)

This documentary features never-before-seen footage of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as she challenges government figures on their environmental policies. The 18-year-old  is known for her school strikes for climate action that began in 2018 and inspired similar movements around the world. 

Available on Hulu | 79% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Lost Girls” (2020)

Inspired by a true story, this crime drama details activist Mari Gilbert’s experience in trying to find her missing daughter, Shannan Gilbert, after police inaction. Shannan Gilbert was an online escort, and her mother’s personal investigation of her death leads police to the bodies of several sex workers who were murdered by the Long Island serial killer, who remains unidentified. 

Available on Netflix | 73% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Crip Camp” (2020) 

This documentary, executively produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, tells the story of teens who attended Camp Jened, a summer camp established in 1971 for children with disabilities. The campers, such as Judith Heumann, go on to become well-known disability rights activists. “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” is nominated for a 2021 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Available on Netflix | 100% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Horse Girl” (2020)

In this dramatic film that is intentionally left ambiguous, Alison Brie plays a socially isolated woman named Sarah. She has lucid dreams that affect her waking life and experiences strange gaps in time, leaving her unable to decipher what’s real from what’s not. Sarah’s psychotic episodes lead her to believe she may be a clone or an alien abductee. Brie, who co-wrote the film, said in an interview with Vulture that she hoped to inspire an extensive Reddit thread about the movie’s meaning.

Available on Netflix | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

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