What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ and ‘Strangers’

Nancy Buirski’s documentary on Recy Taylor airs on Starz. And on Facebook Watch, “Strangers” is back for a second season.

What’s on TV

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR (2017) 9 p.m. on Starz. “Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review of this documentary for The New York Times. On a September night in 1944, Mrs. Taylor, then a 24-year-old sharecropper, was raped by six white men. They were never prosecuted, and the incident played an early role in ushering in the civil rights movement. In her film, Nancy Buirski interviews Mrs. Taylor, members of her family and Rosa Parks. “I can’t help but tell the truth of what they done to me,” Taylor says in the film. She died a few weeks after its release, at 97.

LIAR LIAR (1997) 8 p.m. on HBO. Ahead of his return to television this September, revisit Jim Carrey’s leading role in a rental store classic. Released years before recent talk of the degradation of truth in American discourse, Tom Shadyac’s film stars Mr. Carrey as an attorney with an aversion to facts. Through some mysterious higher power, he loses his ability to lie. “Well into his tumultuous career, Mr. Carrey finally turns up in a straightforward comic vehicle,” Janet Maslin wrote in her review in The Times. “The results are much wilder and funnier than this mundane material should have allowed.”

BRIMSTONE & GLORY (2017) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Viktor Jakovleski’s documentary has an extremely high rate of explosions per minute, but its subject matter has nothing to do with war or conflict. Filmed during three iterations of the annual National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, fireworks are the source of the movie’s blasts. Stunning as the visuals are, those looking for a nuanced dive into the culture or the sometimes-fatal danger of the pyrotechnics may come away frustrated. The film “ultimately treats the sociological context as secondary,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review for The Times. “Mostly, it’s a vehicle for cinematographic derring-do.”

STRANGERS on Facebook Watch. Mia Lidofsky’s comedy series has moved to New York from Los Angeles for its second season. Isobel (Zoe Chao) continues to explore her sexuality while answering another crucial personal question: whether she’s a New Yorker or a Californian. The first season is available to stream for free on Facebook Watch; new episodes of the second season, which began June 24, are added every Sunday at 9 p.m.

EUROTRUMP (2017) on Amazon and Hulu. His hair is coifed, his politics incendiary. Who is he? Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician. Or President Trump? This documentary, directed by Nick Hampson and Stephen Robert Morse, compares the two politicians through a portrait of Mr. Wilders.

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