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Benefits of a Toilet
Benefits of a Toilet
2016-01-01 | 2m 49s | Women
‘Loo’. ‘Crapper’. ‘WC’. Whatever you want to call it, fewer than one in three people worldwide have access to a proper, sanitary toilet. For women, this has particularly damaging repercussions.
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?
Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
2003 | 1h 29m 46s | Crime
Aileen Wuornos was a highway prostitute convicted of killing six men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Following up on his earlier film about her murders, Nick Broomfield returns to talk to Wurnos, now awaiting execution on death row. In a tragic inditement of the US justice system, Broomfield's interviews reveal an increasingly mentally unstable Wuornos, deemed by the State of Florida to be sound of mind – and therefore fit to execute.
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day
1963-01-01 | 26m 3s | Biographical
September 23, 1963 was a happy mother’s day for Mary Ann Fischer when she gave birth to quintuplets in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Only the third such recorded delivery, the Fischers made medical history in small town America. What better ingredients for a great story? Everyone thought so, including the Saturday Evening Post, which hired Richard Leacock to document the momentous events. Leacock brought Joyce Chopra on board and the two traveled to Aberdeen when the babies were just two weeks old. The ensuing film caused controversy, as what was meant to be a celebratory look at a happy family, turned into a portrayal of a town shamelessly exploiting a woman and her babies to gain money, fame and tourism.
Hammer & Tickle
Hammer & Tickle
2006-01-01 | 1h 29m | Comedy
For citizens of the Eastern Bloc, jokes were one of the only ways to vent displeasure with their regimes. Jokes were risky, though: at least 250,000 people were locked up under Stalin for telling jokes. Communist jokes poked fun at all aspects of life: shortages, the gulag, repression and communist language. Reagan had agents tasked with keeping him informed of soviet humour; he used them as a barometer of mood and as punchlines for speeches. Featuring animated and sketch-based visualisations of jokes, this film takes a chronological look at funny jokes and the serious efforts to contain them.
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
2014-01-01 | 1h 40m 8s | Sport
Lance Armstrong was the most successful road cyclist of all time, winning 7 consecutive Tours de France and inspiring millions with his charity work after surviving testicular cancer. His fame brought him sponsorship deals worth millions and he became one of the sporting world's most dominant presences. Yet almost all his success depended upon doping. Getting away with it for so many years engendered a callous carelessness that brought everything crashing down. This film follows this collapse through interviews with those who uncovered, investigated and worked for Armstrong. A thorough examination of the biggest sporting scandal in our time.
From the Sea to the Land Beyond
From the Sea to the Land Beyond
2012-01-01 | 1h 13m 3s | History
Director Penny Woolcock stitches together the story of Britain's relationship with the sea and the coast using footage from the BFI National Archive, some going back to the very beginnings of film. The film examines industry, such as fishing and shipbuilding; war, with footage of soldiers on their way to the western front and Luftwaffe attacks; seaside leisure, Edwardian and current; nature and man'€™s relationship with it. British Sea Power'€™s acclaimed soundtrack runs the length of the film.
Rat
Rat
1998 | 56m | Documentary
Captures the stories of New Yorkers who must fight off, and sometimes lose, to the resilient rats that pervade through the city’s sewers, streets, and buildings. Camera angles take the viewer behind the scenes of this phenomenon, beyond the walls, through the pipes and down into the underground on the trail of these reviled and feared rodents. By turns unsettling and amusing, Rat builds on the nature film genre, portraying unlikely adversaries in an urban power struggle.
Team Qatar
Team Qatar
2009-01-01 | 54m 58s | Sport
As part of its ambitious commitment to education, the government of Qatar hired a team of recent Oxford grads to coach the country's first national high school debate team. Led by the springy, quintessentially witty Brit Alex, the five multicultural 15- to 17-year-olds are setting their sights high: their very first competitive debate will take place at the World Schools Debating Championship in Washington, DC. Follow the group on a whirlwind crash course in debate that takes them from Doha to London and New York. Can this effervescent group of teens handle the pressure and succeed on the world stage?
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someday My Prince Will Come
2005 | 48m | Documentary
Told in rhyme by a young protagonist, this sweet story is set in a quiet village in Cumbria. Over the course of the year a striking backdrop of factories, fields and windmills frames the narrative as Laura Anne and her cousin Steven experience the changing seasons and passing time. A reflection on young love and the loss of innocence, this film evokes a true nostalgia for childhood.
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
2004-01-01 | 1h 32m 11s | Historic
Few events in recent history have been as difficult to depict faithfully in film as the Holocaust. This film explores Hollywood's approach to the Nazis greatest atrocity, beginning with its initial pre-war reluctance to alienate the lucrative German market. Gene Hackman guides us through World War II and onto the reaction to Nazi horrors. Challenged with such immense tragedy, Hollywood grew from trying to keep it in the abstract to attempting to depict it head-on.
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
1998 | 47m | Documentary
Using low camera angles to capture this story from the cane toad’s perspective, this film documents the unexpected and uncontrollable spread of the species throughout Australia. After being introduced as a predator to a beetle that was ravaging sugar cane plantations, these oversized amphibians drastically multiplied; leading to devastating consequences for local ecosystems. Equally humorous and horrific, it paints a captivating and original picture of an infamously grotesque animal.
The English Surgeon
The English Surgeon
2007-01-01 | 1h 26m 13s | Medical
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, English brain surgeon Henry Marsh has been visiting Ukraine to perform operations and improve the country'€™s outdated neurosurgery facilities and practices. Conditions are strained; Dr. Igor Kurilets, Henry'€™s Ukrainian partner, has to use an off-the-shelf power drill rather than a medical one. The film also looks at the difficulties of the doctor-patient relationship, especially when delivering life-changing or -ending news. The ethical dilemmas of working in a country where much of the Soviet state apparatus still exists are immense, but these doctors will not allow themselves to be held back.
Outside the Court
Outside the Court
2011 | 1h | Documentary
Based on a simple idea: standing outside the magistrates court and asking people going in and out why they're there and what got them there, Outside the Court becomes a film full of raw, unfiltered personalities who challenge pre-existing assumptions about criminality and criminals. This is a totally transparent piece of filmmaking, there is even a cameraman filming the cameraman.
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.
Every Year, Every Hour, Every Minute
Every Year, Every Hour, Every Minute
2016-01-01 | 2m 45s | Women
With abortion illegal in the majority of the developing world, unplanned pregnancies have dangerous consequences. Without contraception, women are denied choice over how their own families, forced to face often fatal consequences.
Animalicious
Animalicious
1999 | 52m | Documentary
From a Californian woman whose dear chihuahua gets devoured by the neighbour’s boa constrictor, to a wild, shotgun-wielding turkey, these stories are as tragic as they are terrifying. An unexpected combination of reflections on justice, fate, co-existence and forgiveness, this documentary bewilders and amuses the viewer as we are shown a side of animal life we rarely see.
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
2008-01-01 | 44m 58s | Economics
Naoki, 56, lived a life of luxury in Japan's bubble economy days. But when Japan's economy crashed in the early 1990s he lost everything, ending up divorced and penniless. He was saved from homelessness by his new girlfriend, 29-year-old Yoshie, who took him in despite living in a tiny one-room apartment. At his age, the only job Naoki can find is a part-time place at the post office, which means earning just 4,000 pounds a year. Naoki sees his relationship with Yoshie as one of father and daughter, and admits that since losing his business he has lost his confidence in both his professional and social life.
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
2008-01-01 | 1h 18m 52s | Biographical
Artist Chuck Connelly sold to MoMA in the early eighties and was on the cusp of major success. However, his grudges, alcoholism and real or imagined slights have pushed him to outsider status, on the edge of the art world. Filmed by director Jeff Stimmel and Connelly's wife Laurence Groux, Chuck rails against the art establishment and the world while maintaining a fearsome rate of production. His marriage breaks down during filming, brought on by financial difficulty and Connelly's destructive attitude. The film explores the reality behind the concept of the 'tortured artist'€™ whilst simultaneously challenging the concept - is Connelly contorting himself to a cultural mould?
Salma
Salma
2013-01-01 | 1h 29m 54s | Politics
When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma'€™s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
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