At Wednesday’s Television Critics Association Press Tour, HBO announced its upcoming documentaries for the second half of 2012. First of all, they’re staying in business with “A Family Is a Family Is a Family” producer Rosie O’Donnell, who continues to explore themes close to home with her latest documentary “Don’t Divorce Me: Kids’ Rules For Parents On Divorce.”
According to the press release, the documentary is an upbeat and heartfelt look at advice for parents guiding their children through divorce. “Combining candid interviews, drawings, songs and photos, this insightful film gives kids a chance to share poignant stories of how divorce has impacted their lives – and offer helpful advice to their parents,” HBO says. It’s directed by Amy Schatz and set to premiere Sept. 20.
HBO also announced a Rolling Stone documentary. “We’ll be presenting a new documentary this fall on The Rolling Stones, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, from the acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgan who did for us ‘The Kid Stays in the Picture,'” said HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo. “This is all done as part of the band’s 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members, Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ron, as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Nick Taylor. We’ll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world. It’s our second time with The Rolling Stones. As some of you may recall, we had them in concert ten years ago.”
On Sept. 24, HBO will premiere “The Latino List: Volume 2.” The film “focuses on a remarkable group of Latino notables as they share candid personal stories in intimate interviews with NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, offering a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America,” according to the release.
The highly anticipated documentary “Ethel” will premiere Oct. 18. Directed by Rory Kennedy, the film takes an intimate look at the life of her mother, Ethel Kennedy. Including a candid interview with Ethel, who hasn’t been interviewed in over 20 years, the film explores her unique life, the loss of her husband Robert Kennedy, and her triumph in raising eleven children on her own.
“Witness” is set to premiere in November. The four-part film “follows a new generation of young combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya” — answering questions about photographers’ bravery in wartime.
Finally “The Lady of Rangoon,” a film which profiles “Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition movement for democracy in Burma, who was under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years,” will air in December.