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Blood in the Mobile
Blood in the Mobile
2010-01-01 | 1h 22m 18s | Investigative
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
Bolivia’s socialist, indigenous president Evo Morales has been working to establish revolution there since 2005. One person who has played a small part is Jiovana Navias, an unemployed single mother at the time of her election to parliament as a member of Morales’ party. 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 today, 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 writer, raconteur and national treasure, 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 persists in speaking out against the ludicrous ways in which politicians try to curtail our liberties and, very often, our fun. This characteristic outspokenness is delivered with such gentlemanly charm and wit that he continues to be admired and adored by all.
Barbados at the Races
Barbados at the Races
1 season
This four-part series looks at Barbados today 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 follows 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. The Club and its racecourse have been based at the former British Army Garrison on the edge of the island's capital Bridgetown for over a hundred years. These quirky and, at times, spiritually-minded programmes look at how the culture of Barbados, its institutions and the mindset of its people have been shaped by the colonial past and the legacy of slavery.
Cutting Barking
Cutting Barking
2007 | 40m 35s | Documentary
Marc Isaacs and his editor David Charap collaborated on the equally entertaining and shocking documentary All White In Barking. In this behind-the-scenes film, the details of the editing process are revealed as 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 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. Since 2003 more than 1500 dead €border crossers€™ have been found in the vast borderlands between Sonora, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona. 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
Despite the volume of media produced about Afghanistan since the American invasion of 2001, it is relatively 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. Director Nagieb Khaja, whose parents were originally from Afghanistan, provided villagers in Helmand with 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
Launched in 1999 by British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, this film documents the unanimous adoption by UN member states of the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Fixed as September 21st, the story of the first annual 'Peace Day' is the story of Gilley's arduous journey to the global community to officially sanction a day without conflict: a global day of Peace.
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, many others see it as the last frontier in the quest for a better life in England. This character-driven film follows the lives of people 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
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
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 with remarkable results to produce 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
In Men of the City, Isaacs takes a more stylised approach to the lives of workers in the City of London during the recent 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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