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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Dalya’s Other Country’ and ‘Making a Scene With James Franco’


Dalya Zeno at a protest in “Dalya’s Other Country.”

Dustin Pearlman

A Syrian-American teenager adjusts to life in a new world in “Dalya’s Other Country,” and James Franco parodies memorable pop culture moments in “Making a Scene.”

What’s on TV

DALYA’S OTHER COUNTRY 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). “POV” begins its 30th season with this story of Dalya Zeno, who in 2012, at the age of 13, moved with her mother from Syria to Los Angeles, where two of her brothers already lived, and became an American citizen. Here, the filmmaker Julia Meltzer follows Dalya across four years, as she struggles to stay true to her Muslim values while attending an all-girls Catholic high school and mourning the upheaval in her home country, where her father stayed behind. The film is shown alongside “4.1 MILES,” Daphne Matziaraki’s short for The New York Times’s Op-Doc series about a Greek Coast Guard captain caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

THE BACHELORETTE 8 p.m. on ABC. An emotion-filled rose ceremony in South Carolina leads Rachel and the remaining bachelors across the Atlantic to Oslo.

PREACHER 9 p.m. on AMC. The show moves into its regular time slot as Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy milk Fiore for information about their Saint of Killers stalker. “TALKING PREACHER” follows at 10.

What’s Streaming


Frédéric Diefenthal in “Elite Squad.”

Walter Presents

ELITE SQUAD on Walter Presents. In this French police procedural, best friends have turned into rival cops: Yach (Frédéric Diefenthal) is 40-something, divorced, and running on instinct and aggression, and Constantine (Yann Sundberg), destroyed by the death of his wife, is determined to play by the rules. They join forces to bring down a Parisian crime syndicate and settle the score after a fateful night from which their squad’s formidable chief, Léa (Catherine Marchal), also bears scars.

MAKING A SCENE WITH JAMES FRANCO on Blackpills. Mr. Franco satirizes some of pop culture’s most memorable TV shows, movies and music videos in 10-minute shorts. The lineup includes “Beyoncé Express,” a mash-up of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and David Gordon Green’s “Pineapple Express,” and “Anaconda Scissorhands,” a fusion of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands.”


From left, Arthur Dujardin, Marie Drion, Juliette Binoche and Iris Grillet in “Paris.”

David Koskas/IFC Films

PARIS (2009) on Mubi. Élise (Juliette Binoche), a divorced social worker, moves with her three children into the apartment of her younger brother, Pierre (Romain Duris), a Moulin Rouge dancer, to care for him as he awaits a heart transplant — and in the process opens his eyes to the city’s possibilities. A subplot follows the romantic misadventures of a history professor (Fabrice Luchini) who becomes so besotted with a beautiful student (Mélanie Laurent) that he sends her anonymous text messages, some in cyberspeak (“I’m 2 hot 4 U”) and others quoting the love poetry of Baudelaire. “Both a Parisian answer to Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ and a multicharacter mosaic in the mode of Robert Altman’s ‘Short Cuts,’ Cédric Klapisch’s sumptuous Gallic comedy “sprawls invitingly across the screen like a glowing Impressionist painting,” Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times.

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