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Living, loving, celebrating

“The Year We Thought About Love,” directed by Ellen Brodsky, documents the Boston teenage LGBTQ acting troupe True Colors.
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“The Year We Thought About Love,” directed by Ellen Brodsky, documents the Boston teenage LGBTQ acting troupe True Colors.

The Boston LGBTQ teenagers of the acting troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater didn’t just want to come out, they wanted to celebrate their sexual identities onstage for all to see. In “The Year We Thought About Love,” local documentarian Ellen Brodsky records the group’s progress as members collaborate on creating a production for The Theater Offensive, and also look into the challenges and triumphs experienced offstage by individuals. The film has its local premiere at the Bright Family Screening Room on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. (a discussion with the director and True Colors members will follow) and screens again at 3 p.m. on March 15 at Hibernian Hall.

For more information, go to www.theyearwethoughtaboutlove.com/screenings/

Years of living dangerously

The problems endured by the city of New Orleans did not end with Hurricane Katrina. For a decade it has experienced four to six times the national average of homicides. Of those victims, 80 percent are black and most of those are teenagers. Documentarian John Richie looks into the causes and consequences of this plague in “Shell Shocked,” a presentation of “America ReFramed,” which will broadcast Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. on the World Channel. Following the program “America ReFramed” hostess Natasha Del Toro will moderate a round-table discussion featuring an expert on gun violence.

For more information, go to www.worldchannel.org

Paradise glossed

After spending months filming the rigorous “Nanook of the North” (1922), Robert Flaherty and his wife, Florence, were ready for a warmer clime. They traveled to Samoa, where they filmed the indigenous inhabitants living lives of Edenic peace and ease. No wonder they had to devise painful coming-of-age rituals, if only to provide Flaherty with some conflict in his narrative.

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The resulting documentary “Moana” (1926), is not as well known as “Nanook” or Flaherty’s later masterpiece, “Man of Aran,” (1934). Nonetheless, it pulses with a sensuous beauty intensified by the soundtrack added by the Flahertys’ daughter Monica in 1980. That version, titled “Moana With Sound,” was recently restored by Bruce Posner and Sami van Ingen and will screen on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Harvard Film Archive as part of its ongoing series “The Lost Worlds of Robert Flaherty.”

For more information, go to hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2015janfeb/flaherty.html#moana

August Wilson remembered

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Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the great African-American playwright’s birth and the 10th anniversary of his death, PBS will broadcast the American Masters documentary “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (Feb. 20 at 9 p.m.), directed by Sam Pollard. This profile of the author of “The Piano Lesson” and “Fences” includes interviews with such Wilson collaborators as Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, and James Earl Jones. The film will also be available on DVD from PBS Distribution on Feb. 23.

For more information, go to www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand/about-the-film/3610/

Peter can be reached at petervkeough@gmail.com.