73-year-old Ohio nun’s shooting death in Brazil is the subject of They Killed Sister Dorothy

Four years ago, a 73-year-old nun from Ohio was shot to death in a Brazilian rainforest. Tonight, HBO debuts They Killed Sister Dorothy, a documentary that “examines [Dorothy Stang’s] life work in the rainforest of Brazil, and follows the sensational trials and arrest of the three men who killed her,” according to HBO.

Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Henry Ansbacher, the film is narrated by Martin Sheen, and will be broadcast on HBO 2 tonight at 8 p.m., and then throughout the month. It won the audience and jury prizes at SXSW last year,

The network says her death “exposed a sordid ongoing battle that was taking place in the Amazon rainforest, and raised questions about Sister Dorothy herself. Was she a martyred social advocate or, as some claimed, a social agitator? What powerful economic and political interests led to her murder? Will justice prevail and her legacy endure, or will she be vilified and her life’s work destroyed?”

Here’s the trailer, which makes the film look super-compelling:

They Killed Sister Dorothy
They Killed Sister Dorothy [HBO]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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