Pride and War Docs

(Above: ‘Alive!’ Source: YouTube video)

Today, June 28, subscription arthouse streamer Ovid.tv is adding two documentaries commemorating LGBT Pride Month, as well as three war-related docs.

108: Cuchillo de Palo (2010). Director Renate Costa Perdomo investigates her Uncle Rodolfo’s death in Paraguay in the 1980s. She interviews witnesses and examines evidence revealing that Rodolfo was included on one of 108 lists of homosexuals who were arrested and tortured during the repressive Alfredo Stroessner regime. Stroessner ruled Paraguay as a right-wing dictator from 1954 to 1989. The film is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

Alive! (2014). Five HIV-positive gay men spend a week preparing for their first solo parachute jump. The camaraderie inspired by the rigorous training and team-building exercises encourage the men to share their feelings about their diagnosis. The documentary, which is in French with English subtitles, was directed by Vincent Boujon.

You can also rent Alive! for $2.99 on Vimeo.

Both 108: Cuchillo de Palo and Alive! are distributed by Icarus Films.

Sir! No Sir! (2005) Jane Fonda joins veterans and soldiers in discussing the antiwar movement that occurred within the United States military during the Vietnam War. Ed Asner is the voice of Colonel Heinl. Directed by David Zeiger.

You can also watch the documentary below:

Do You Remember Vietnam? (1978). Three years after the fall of Saigon, John Pilger returns to Vietnam to see what life is like under the new regime. Directed by David I. Munro.

The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It (2000). During World War II, 42,000 conscientious objectors refused to fight for the US military but served with distinction in other noncombat duties. Directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Tejada-Flores.

This documentary is also available to stream with an Amazon Prime or Fandor subscription.

All three war documentaries are distributed by Bullfrog Films.

Available in the US, with plans to launch in Canada this fall, Ovid.tv can be streamed on its website or on Fire TV, Roku, iOS and Android devices.

The service costs $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, with a seven-day free trial.

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