Socially-committed, honest documentary films do the same work great newspapers and digital platforms do in bringing accurate information and uncompromising truths to audiences. They are another way in which we, can counter the disinformation and lies coming from so many of our elected leaders.
Maryland has no shortage of real stories that are being used in documentaries, TV series and podcasts. Here are some of the top jaw-dropping stories that have been retold for your viewing (or listening) pleasure.
An explosive grand jury report on pervasive child abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has called into question the actions — or inactions — of late Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who previously was hailed for his transparency in handling abuse cases.
Public health officials in Ireland say they are reviewing services delivered by the late Catholic priest in the Netflix series "The Keepers," who worked as a psychologist there after leaving Baltimore in the 1990s amid sexual abuse allegations.
We moved from Baltimore to a small suburb in Pennsylvania when I was 7 years old. I remember the day my mom enrolled me in public school. I was upset. I wanted to go to Catholic school like my friends and cousins back in Maryland. Today, I understand. My mother is one of the women featured in the latest Netflix crime saga "The Keepers." She was sexually abused by A. Joseph Maskell, the former chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, and a string of other men to whom Maskell gave
Donna Von Den Bosch climbed to the attic of her home so she could watch the footage alone. The images flashed on her computer screen: the police car, the churches, the priests. Her heart raced. "I'm 60," she told herself, again and again. "I'm not 15 anymore."
The president of Seton Keough High School in southwest Baltimore wrote to parents this week about the upcoming Netflix series "The Keepers," which focuses on sexual abuse and the unsolved killing of a nun who taught there decades ago.
Secrets within secrets, crimes upon crimes, layers upon layers and journeys within journeys. That's the way documentary filmmaker Ryan White talks about his Netflix docuseries "The Keepers," which revisits the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a Baltimore nun who went missing in 1969.