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Blood in the Mobile
Blood in the Mobile
2010-01-01 | 1h 22m 18s | Investigative
The dark side of our cell phones. No company can say for sure that they didn't buy conflict minerals from the Congo to produce your cell phone. Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most resource rich countries on the planet. These riches, however, feed and sustain the ongoing civil wars there. Tin is vital for electronics and large tin mines exist in eastern Congo; the nature of modern supply chains means no company can confirm that they didn't buy conflict minerals from the Congo. This film looks at the issue from both ends, examining both the mobile manufacturers and their refusal of corporate responsibility and the conditions of the mines for Congolese living in poverty. Throughout, director Frank Poulsen asks: is there blood in my mobile?
Revolution: Dos and Don'ts
Revolution: Dos and Don'ts
2007-01-01 | 45m 18s | Politics
What happens to revolutionaries after the revolution? This is the story of Jiovana Navias, chosen by Morales Bolivian government to represent unemployed single mothers. Her explicit mandate was to represent those like her, some of the most marginalised Bolivians. Shot between 2007 and 2014, the film charts her initial campaigning and optimism, her frustrations with the compromises she has to make and her trial on corruption charges. Through her we see what happens when far-left ideology meets the realities of power.
India's Daughter
India's Daughter
2015-01-01 | 57m 25s | crime
When walking home from the cinema, student Jyoti Singh was gang raped and left for dead by six men; she later died of her injuries. This is the story of her life, her death, the course of the legal case and the use wave of protests her death inspired. Banned in India and the subject of much vitriol from the government, the film includes discussions with one of the rapists. Singh's parents, other sexual offenders and the defendants lawyers are all interviewed in an examination of the wider context of sexual assault in India and attitudes around women's rights.
Give Up Tomorrow (Innocent on Death Row)
Give Up Tomorrow (Innocent on Death Row)
2012-01-01 | 1h 35m 56s | Political
As a tropical storm beats down on the island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home. Simultaneously a murder-mystery and an exposé of endemic corruption in the Philippines. Give Up Tomorrow looks intimately at the case of Paco Larrañaga, a student accused of killing two sisters in July 1997. In a way that is both specific to the country and disquietingly universal, the film exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly crooked public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. The film is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry, sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
2009 | 1h | Documentary
Examines the thoughts and observations of English writer, barrister and raconteur Sir John Mortimer. Enjoying a successful career as a QC before becoming a full-time writer, a staunch defender of civil liberties who was involved in the Oz magazine obscenity trial in the 1960s and the man who won the Sex Pistols the right to put the word 'bollocks' in the title of their infamous album. Opinionated and unconventional, Mortimer persisted in speaking out against the ludicrous ways in which politicians try to curtail our liberties and, very often, our fun.
Barbados at the Races
Barbados at the Races
1 season
This four-part series looks at Barbados through the lives - at work and at play - of the island's horse racing community. The series is centred on the Barbados Turf Club and following the stories of a colourful cast of characters, from the big white owners at the top of the tree right down to the poor black exercise riders and grooms.
Cutting Barking
Cutting Barking
2007 | 40m 35s | Documentary
Marc Isaacs and his Editor David Charap, who collaborated on the documentary 'All White In Barking', have produced this behind-the-scenes film in which the director and editor reveal the ups and downs of constructing a narrative feature length film. Between the filmmaker’s intentions and the agendas of his subjects, the documentary goes in a direction of its own.
The Undocumented
The Undocumented
2013 | 44m 43s | Investigative
Investigating the causes and effects of undocumented migrant deaths along the Arizona-Mexico border. This human tragedy is explored through three sets of characters: Border Patrol Search and Rescue agents fighting to save migrant lives, forensic investigators working to name the dead, and Mexican families struggling to heal after losing loved ones. The Undocumented tells the story of migrants who died while trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life, following them on their long journey home.
My Afghanistan
My Afghanistan
2013 | 59m 16s | War
Nagieb Khaja is a Danish journalist of Afghan origin and he believes that the West makes decisions on Afghanistan based on an uninformed view of the country and its people. Despite the volume of media produced about Afghanistan since the American invasion of 2001, it is rare to get a sense of what life is like for normal Afghans. Rarer still is it to see that life unmediated by western eyes. Khaja gave villagers in Helmand smartphones in an attempt to show these narratives. Cameras would arouse suspicion, but shooting on phones would not. We see lives of a range of Afghans - young, old, farmers, students, men, women. Khaja also examines his own relationship with the country of his parents, and the people’s relationship with the West.
Peace One Day
Peace One Day
2004-01-01 | 1h 20m 58s | historic
The story of director Jeremy Gilley's six year quest to persuade the global community via the United Nations to sanction officially a day without conflict. This film documents the process to the eventual unanimous adoption by UN member states of the first ever creasefire day or global day of peace, fixed as September 21st.
Calais: The Last Border
Calais: The Last Border
2003 | 59m | Documentary
While the British perceive Calais as the gateway to Europe or a place to buy cheap alcohol, others see it as the last frontier in the quest for a better life in England. This character-driven film follows the lives of refugees and migrants who have come from afar only to be stranded so close to their final destination. Meanwhile, British expatriates, whose relationship to this space is far more casual, offer an insight to a different yet equally relevant reality.
Amazing Azerbaijan
Amazing Azerbaijan
2012 | 1h 1m | Documentary
‘Amazing Azerbaijan!’ pulls back the curtain on the glittery facade that this oil-rich nation presented to the world when hosting Eurovision 2012, telling personal stories of human rights abuses to which Europe's leaders have turned a blind eye. It’s a tale of two countries: one a shiny democracy the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land where bloggers are arrested on trumped up charges, peaceful protesters are beaten and arrested, and journalists are blackmailed, locked up, and killed. This creative documentary combines a fast-paced tour Baku with perspective from Azeri exiles and activists, using a pop-sensibility and led by brave, engaging characters.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
2010-01-01 | 1h 24m 55s | Biographical
Joan Rivers was a comedic force of nature. This film offers a profanely hilarious peek into the 75th year of her life, on the road and off it. Co-directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg insert flashbacks into the high and low points of a turbulent career, including her feud with Johnny Carson, the suicide of her producer husband, Edgar and her insatiable desire to work.
Putin's Kiss
Putin's Kiss
2012-01-01 | 59m 4s | politics
Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the coming-of-age story of Masha, a middle-class Russian girl and a member of Nashi, a nominally ''anti-fascist'' movement whose members are expected to pledge their unswerving support to Vladimir Putin and all his policies. In Putin's Russia, a wide range of semi-independent civil groups have formed to support Putin's government and policies. One of these is Nashi, a group with a membership of around 300,000, all under 25. 19-year-old Masha Drokova is a leading figure in the movement; in exchange for acting as the organisation's public face, she has a flat and a university scholarship. Although initially a strong supporter of the government, however, Masha happens to befriend anti-Putin critics who argue democracy has been eroded under his rule, challenging her loyalty. The film explores her ebbing convictions and, through her conflicted perspective, the ever-escalating violence of the Russian political scene.
All White in Barking
All White in Barking
2007 | 1h 13m | Documentary
Through revealing interviews, alternately shocking and humorous, All White in Barking is a compassionate and illuminating film that probes the attitudes of Barking's white residents toward their new immigrant neighbours. Isaacs is an unseen, but prominent, presence, questioning prejudices and prying at preconceptions produces a vivid picture of the attitudes and perceptions at the heart of an increasingly multicultural Britain.
The Day After Peace
The Day After Peace
2009-01-01 | 1h 21m 12s | Historic
This multi award-winning documentary charts Jeremy Gilley’s extraordinary 10-year journey to establish Peace Day on 21 September, showing how the Day was used to create a ceasefire in one of the most hostile areas of the world. The film's breathtaking conclusion finds Jeremy joined by Jude Law in Afghanistan, attempting to spearhead a massive vaccination against polio on Peace Day.
Men of the City
Men of the City
2009 | 59m | Documentary
Men working in the City of London make money out of money or from its proximity. But what do they feel about their life and jobs? We follow brokers, a cleaner, a Bengalí separate father, etc. In Men of the City, follows the lives of workers in the City of London during the global financial meltdown, balancing sensitive portraits of diverse individuals striving to retain their dignity and humanity in the midst of the crisis.
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