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Art: Interrupted
Art: Interrupted
51m | 2015
Documentary, Arts Documentary
In the winter of 2012, the historic port town of Kochi, Kerala began the process of creating the largest art exhibition in India, and the biggest contemporary art exhibition in Asia. Filmmaker Hattie Bowering follows big name Indian and international artists’ attempts at creating new and ambitious works of art to put inside the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, meanwhile, a series of roadblocks jeopardize the Kochi-Muziris exhibition from opening. Hattie Bowering documents the effect that a lack of expertise, errant union labourers, no electricity, dengue fever, and record heat have on the opening of the exhibition. The film presents a refreshing look at contemporary art with incredible access to the artists and the artistic process, and a look inside India’s changing political landscape.
Dear Pyongyang
Dear Pyongyang
1h 47m | 2006
Documentary, Drama
In the the 1970’s, Yang Yonghi’s father was an impassioned Communist and leader of the pro-North Movement in Japan. As part of a repatriation campaign, Yang Yonghi’s father sent back her 3 brothers to North Korea to serve and live there, leaving her behind. As North Korea’s idyllic front was removed and the economy of North Korea declined, Yang’s brothers were stranded and trapped in a fatherland they didn’t recognize. Over the next 30 years, Yang Yonghi travels back and forth between Osaka and Pyongyang to visit her brothers, where she explores the intimacies of their family dynamic and the realities of a secretive and rarely seen North Korea. All the while, conversations with her father reveal his faith and regrets over breaking up the family.
The Jazz Baroness
The Jazz Baroness
1h 23m | 2009
Art
Contemporary filmmaker Hannah Rothschild tries to uncover the real story behind her great aunt's sudden disappearance. In 1951 the beautiful married mother of five left home and went to New York in search of the man who wrote 'Round Midnight. She found him and this is the extraordinary account of what happened next. A journey that took her from Harlem to Hell and back again. She went to prison for him and gave up everything familiar. But why? Helen Mirren reads Pannonica's words and Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, TS Monk junior, Roy Haynes, Curtis Fuller, The Duchess of Devonshire and other luminaries tell their side of the story. This film is the result of a ten year search to solve the puzzle of Pannonica.
Little Pyongyang
Little Pyongyang
24m | 2018
Documentary
Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in the DPRK, lives today with his wife and kids in a sleepy London suburb. Despite enjoying the new found comforts of his British life, and being emancipated from the pressures of the North Korean state, his dilemma lies in a desire to return to the land that betrayed him, but is undoubtedly his true home. The film tracks his reflections on both why he left North Korea and the state of his day to day life over the course of several months, in what is ultimately a portrait of loss, longing, and the complexities of healing from trauma.
How the World Went Mad
How the World Went Mad
1 season | 2018
Documentary
An animated series that takes a satirical look at just how the world got so mad.
Black Harvest
Black Harvest
1h 30m | 1992
Documentary
The final film in the Highlands Trilogy, Black Harvest traces Joe Leahy’s progress in convincing the indigenous Ganiga people to join him in his coffee growing venture. But on the eve of success, the price of coffee crashes, resulting in tribal warfare. Always arousing suspicion due to his mixed-race status, Joe is in trouble when his promises of riches fail to materialize, and he must move his family to safety in Australia.
Joe Leahy's Neighbors
Joe Leahy's Neighbors
1h 30m | 1988
Documentary
The sequel to First Contact, this film follows Joe, the mixed-race son of Australian explorer Michael Leahy, in his rocky relationship with his indigenous neighbours. Raised in the highlands of Papua and educated in Europe, he owns a coffee plantation, on the edge of which filmmakers Connolly and Anderson lived for months, capturing the conflicting values of tribalism and capitalism.
First Contact
First Contact
58m | 1982
Documentary
When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World, there was no technology to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of Papua New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera. Thus, they captured on film their unexpected confrontation with indigenous communities. This amazing footage is at the center First Contact. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their first encounter with the outsiders. The Papuans recount how they believed the white men to be their ancestors, bleached by the sun and returned from the dead. When shown their younger, innocent selves in the found footage, they recall the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings.
The Condemned
The Condemned
1h 20m | 2013
Documentary
In the heart of Russia, in a forest larger than Germany 7 hours from the nearest city, and where winter temperatures drop to -40 degrees, lies a prison like no other. Holding 260 men collectively responsible for nearly 800 murders, Penal Colony 56 is unique: a prison exclusively for killers.
Killing Gävle
Killing Gävle
20m | 2017
Documentary
In the city of Gävle, Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of Christmas. Each year since 1966, local business owners have paid for a 40ft straw goat to be made and displayed in the main square for the Holiday season. In 37 of those years, the goat has been burned down or damaged by shadowy outsiders. These goat-burners are pagans who see the giant statue as an accidental effigy to the ancient Norse gods, which must be sacrificed before the end of the year to ensure the return of the sun. In this film, residents from both sides of the goat conflict explain their hopes and motivations as Advent ticks down to Christmas…
Changemakers: Communication
Changemakers: Communication
1h | 2002
Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers. This is the ground-breaking series that changed the way the BBC makes global films.
Changemakers: Leisure
Changemakers: Leisure
1h | 2002
Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers. This is the ground-breaking series that changed the way the BBC makes global films.
Changemakers: Work
Changemakers: Work
1h | 2002
Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers. This is the ground-breaking series that changed the way the BBC makes global films.
Changemakers: Movement
Changemakers: Movement
1h | 2002
Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers. This is the ground-breaking series that changed the way the BBC makes global films.
Changemakers: Identity
Changemakers: Identity
1h | 2000
Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers. This is the ground-breaking series that changed the way the BBC makes global films.
The Nine Lives Of Alice Martineau
The Nine Lives Of Alice Martineau
1h | 2003
Documentary
Born in 1972 with cystic fibrosis, the odds were stacke the start. Filmed before her tragic death in March 2003 shows how this widely respected singer refused to allo compromise her musical ambitions.
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
1h | 2009
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.
Cane Toads: The Conquest
Cane Toads: The Conquest
2010
The first 3D-ready film shot in Australia, Cane Toads: The Conquest follows the uncontrollable expansion of these enormous, reviled amphibians through the country. Leaving environmental devastation in their wake, and now occupying nearly a third of the country, the cane toad continues to grow in size and resilience. Part documentary and part horror, this film details the destructive invasion of a species initially introduced as a counter pest.
The Natural History of the Chicken
The Natural History of the Chicken
1h | 2000
Documentary
Through the use of re-enactments and interviews, eclectic characters tell stories about the role of chickens in their lives. Exploring the history behind one of America’s most popular foods, the film portrays these birds as being far more than just a source of nutrition. From supernatural stories of resuscitation and headless running fowl, to a woman who prefers their company to their taste, The Natural History of the Chicken paints a far more nuanced picture of poultry than one would imagine.
Animalicious
Animalicious
52m | 1999
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.
Rat
Rat
56m | 1998
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.
The Wonderful World of Dogs
The Wonderful World of Dogs
52m | 1990
Documentary
Unveiling the magic behind the unrivalled bond between man and his best friend, this film is a heart-warming and multi-faceted portrait of one of the world’s most popular pets. Made up of dogs that bark, dominate, foul, and roam around their vast territory, this documentary stays true to Mark Lewis’ singular comedic genre of nature film.
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
47m | 1998
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.
Philip and His Seven Wives
Philip and His Seven Wives
1h 10m | 2005
Documentary
Philip Sharp believes that God has chosen him to be a Hebrew king, and lives according to the Old Testament’s ancient patriarchal system. This former rabbi, his seven wives and numerous children all live together under the same roof, raising horses and running second hand furniture shops. Though the law does not recognize these marriages, Philip’s wives all believe their unions to be sanctified by God.
Outside the Court
Outside the Court
1h | 2011
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.
Cutting Barking
Cutting Barking
40m 35s | 2007
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.
Calais: The Last Border
Calais: The Last Border
59m | 2003
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.
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someday My Prince Will Come
48m | 2005
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.
Touched By Murder
Touched By Murder
16m | 2016
Documentary
Following the discovery of a young Polish woman’s corpse left in a suitcase on a London canal, residents of the adjacent building share their reactions. While some remain indifferent or ignorant of the details, others are more deeply affected. For one woman, who shares the victim’s nationality, the story hits a little too close to home. Another resident, who has survived assault, finds the events triggering. Marc Isaacs intimately captures the aftermath of a horrific event in a diverse community.
All White in Barking
All White in Barking
1h 13m | 2007
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.
Men of the City
Men of the City
59m | 2009
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.
The Road
The Road
1h 15m | 2012
Documentary
Isaacs introduces a diverse number of characters who have made their way to London, from all over the world, in order to seek a better life. There's a young Irish woman who dreams of becoming a singer, who takes a job pulling pints in Cricklewood, serving the generations of Irish people who came over before her; a lonely Irish ex construction worker loosing his battle to booze; a man from Kashmir working in a hotel, trying to earn enough money so his wife can join him; an elderly Jewish woman who fled Vienna when Hitler was in power; and a glamorous retired German air stewardess living with her estranged husband. Fused with wonderful moments of humour and equally heartbreaking moments where broken dreams are revealed, this is a study of immigration that manages to be highly affecting, whilst avoiding being polemical or didactic.
Oxygen: The Old Man and His Bed
Oxygen: The Old Man and His Bed
7m | 2011
Documentary
Following an invitation to a hospital ward specialising in severe respiratory diseases, Marc Isaacs takes a liking to a patient called Bob. Struck by this man’s optimistic, kind and humorous character, the director spends one long night filming an individual whose grave illness seems not to hinder his positive mind-set.
Lift
Lift
25m | 2001
Documentary
When filmmaker Marc Isaacs embarks on a mission to capture the dynamics of everyday life in a London tower block, his original approach reaps wonderfully unexpected results. Setting up in the lift, he waits for the opportune moment to converse with the residents. By turns humorous and moving, these casual encounters capture the many facets of a multicultural British society.
The Queen of North Shields
The Queen of North Shields
30m | 2013
The Daily
Josephine moved to North Shields as a refugee from Zimbabwe thirteen years ago. Her husband Michael works as a nurse in care homes and they send between £400 and £700 a month to support their relatives back in the village. Although they are seen as rich by their family in Africa, they live on one of the most deprived and stigmatised estates in Britain, Meadow Well. What perspective does this give them on the poor British families that surround them? The Queen of North Shields is a study of relative poverty in Tyneside and Zimbabwe and an exploration of the attitudes, identities and circumstances which define poverty in both places.
Horses
Horses
1h 27m | 2010
Documentary
Famed for its thoroughbreds, Ireland is the birthplace of some of horseracing’s most celebrated steeds. Horses portrays this tradition through the eyes of its hooved protagonists, the people that surround them taking on secondary roles in the narrative. An exploration of equine character, this film paints an intimate picture of a racehorse’s daily life. Training veteran Paul Nolan guides the small but swift Ardalan, the potentially record-breaking Joncol, and the difficult Cuan na Graí on their paths to greatness. Full of grace and promise, these beasts are as charismatic as they are quirky. Blurring the lines of perception between human and animal, Mermin delves into the age-old bond between people and horses.
Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise
Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise
1h | 2009
Merely Remarkable
A film about age, loneliness and an old lady at sea, this is a celebrity travelogue like you’ve never seen before. Liz Smith is a familiar face from The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family, known for playing elderly women (who are always eventually killed off). Now 87, her life has been an eventful one – but she’s never had a real holiday. This is her chance to fulfil her modest ambition on a cruise across the Adriatic to Venice. Will the holiday be worth leaving her sheltered accommodation for? How can it ever live up to her dreams?
Shot in Bombay
Shot in Bombay
1h 36m | 2008
Documentary
A fast-paced and furious documentary exposing the dark underbelly of Bollywood's tinselly glamour. The Mumbai film industry has long been rumoured to be associated with crime syndicates. The connection was publicly established when, in July 2007, one of India's superstars, Sanjay Dutt, was convicted of possessing firearms which were linked to India's 9/11 - the day in 1993 when Mumbai suffered 13 terrorist bomb blasts in the space of two hours.nnAs full of sudden reversals as any thriller, this documentary follows Sanjay Dutt as he makes Shootout In Lokhandwala, his last film before being sentenced. He plays a real-life Mumbai police officer, AA Khan, who became a local hero after a fatal shootout with criminals in which 1,400 rounds of ammunition were fired. Liz Mermin's documentary subtly underlines the ironies of this situation with a cast as colourful as any Bollywood movie.
After the Dance
After the Dance
1h 17m | 2015
Exploring the ongoing effects of her mother’s conception after a dance in the west coast of Ireland, Daisy Asquith and her mother embark on a fascinating and emotional adventure in social and sexual morality. Daisy’s grandmother, forced to run away to have her baby in secret, handed the child over to ‘the nuns’ to be adopted. The identity of the father remained a mystery for another 60 years, until Daisy and her mum decided it was time to find out who he was. Their attempts to uncover the truth make raw the fear and shame Catholicism has wrought on the Irish psyche for centuries, but ultimately lead Daisy and her mum to connect with a brand-new family living an extraordinarily different life.
Office Tigers Episode 1
Office Tigers Episode 1
28m | 2006
Documentary
Meritocracy: In this episode we meet Joseph Sigelman, the CEO of Office Tigers. Whilst touring his expansive workspace, he keeps an eagle eye on his employees' business attire. Ruthlessly calling out his sub-par minions, much to their embarrassment.
Office Tigers Episode 2
Office Tigers Episode 2
28m | 2006
Documentary
Integrity: In this episode we see the fallout of collisions between American business traditions and the ideals of employees in the developing world. We learn the complexity of balancing all parties’ expectations and what can happen when it all goes wrong.
Office Tigers Episode 4
Office Tigers Episode 4
28m | 2006
Documentary
Commitment to Clients: A key ethos of the Office Tigers’ Managers is an absolute commitment to their clientele. In this episode we see just how far employees will go in their attempts to stand out from the crowds. From working lengthy days to sleeping in the office, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd in an environment where selfishness and backstabbing is encouraged?
Office Tigers Episode 3
Office Tigers Episode 3
28m | 2006
Accountability: How do businesses cope when everything goes wrong? In this episode we see the extreme lengths employees will go to, in an attempt to save face in front of their illustrious clients. Sometimes working 20-hour days to rise through the ranks, is there anything more to these lives than business?
Amazing Azerbaijan
Amazing Azerbaijan
1h 1m | 2012
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.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
1h 14m | 2004
Documentary
Sponsored by U.S.-based cosmetic companies, a delegation of American volunteers embarks on an ambitious mission to start Afghanistan’s very first Western-style beautician school after the fall of the Taliban. Keen to help Afghan women see themselves and others in a new, liberated light, these outgoing but often blundering Americans sometimes find themselves in conflict with their students, who struggle to move past their deep-rooted ideas of modesty and internalized gender inequality as they strive to learn how to construct beauty by Western standards.
Clowns
Clowns
58m | 2008
Down Among the Arts
Why would anyone choose a thankless career of balloon-folding, silly trousers, and five-year-old hecklers? Daisy Asquith investigates the lives of four children’s party entertainers. Some love children – nothing makes Potty the Pirate happier than watching their faces light up with laughter – whereas others are more ambivalent. Tommy Tickle, for instance, thinks they’re all spoilt brats, his own daughter Stephanie, a teenage Goth, in particular. From Tommy’s boozing to Mr Pumpkin’s mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, she reveals the intimate details of the clown’s tragicomic life, revealing a world that is by turns melancholy and hilarious
Criminals Chile: Marcia Scantlebury
Criminals Chile: Marcia Scantlebury
6m 45s | 2017-01-01
Crime
In the second season of Criminals we learn about the backgrounds of Chileans who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. From notorious drug kingpins, to the victims of gross miscarriages of justice. We learn how citizens cope in one of the most gruelling prison systems in the world, and how they pull their shattered lives back together upon release.
Criminals Chile: Claudio Borquez
Criminals Chile: Claudio Borquez
5m 52s | 2017-01-01
Crime
In the second season of Criminals we learn about the backgrounds of Chileans who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. From notorious drug kingpins, to the victims of gross miscarriages of justice. We learn how citizens cope in one of the most gruelling prison systems in the world, and how they pull their shattered lives back together upon release.
Criminals Chile: Juan Davila
Criminals Chile: Juan Davila
6m 36s | 2017-01-01
Crime
In the second season of Criminals we learn about the backgrounds of Chileans who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. From notorious drug kingpins, to the victims of gross miscarriages of justice. We learn how citizens cope in one of the most gruelling prison systems in the world, and how they pull their shattered lives back together upon release.
Criminals Chile: Christian Llanquileo
Criminals Chile: Christian Llanquileo
5m 32s | 2017-01-01
Crime
In the second season of Criminals we learn about the backgrounds of Chileans who have foud themselves on the wrong side of the law. From notorious drug kingpins, to the victims of gross miscarriages of justice. We learn how citizens cope in one of the most gruelling prison systems in the world, and how they pull their shattered lives back together upon release.
Criminals LA: Nick ‘Mechanic’
Criminals LA: Nick ‘Mechanic’
6m 53s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Prisoners
Prisoners
6m 7s | 2017-01-01
Crime,
An insight into the systemic problems of the British prison system through the eyes convicts. They recount how prison not only failed to rehabilitate them it worsened their mental health and hindered their return to normal society. A charity called Landworks is trying to change this, giving former (and current) prisoners and opportunity to gain skills and bond with others.
Criminals LA: Mark
Criminals LA: Mark
6m 22s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
5m 44s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Cape Town is famous for its cuisine, mountains of meat overload barbecues across the city. However, filmmaker Khalo Matabane has turned his back on this carnivorous lifestyle. We follow him for a day, as he eats and discusses the reasons behind his decision to be a vegetarian. Meeting a motley crew of veggies along the way.
Black Rio
Black Rio
5m 54s | 2017-01-01
Music
Racism and inequality are alive and well in Rio, Brazil despite much of its population having ancestral connections to slaves and a 53% of its population identifying itself as ‘brown’. Today, women of colour such as Ludmilla must fight to empower themselves in the face of judgment and adversity
Call of the Land
Call of the Land
5m 28s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Inspired by the song ‘Land Matters’ Lee Love and his partner Rooh Star strive to empower themselves by remaining connected to their environment. Whether this means living in a handmade ‘barrel home’ or travelling in a makeshift cart, their unique, self-sustainable lifestyle offers an new perceptive on what is possible in the modern day.
Criminals LA: Laura Graceux
Criminals LA: Laura Graceux
7m 19s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Township Architecture
Township Architecture
5m 56s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Though apartheid in South-Africa was abolished in 1994 some of its institutions, such as townships, remain. Initially constructed to house black citizens as part of segregationist policy these are still home to underprivileged, largely-black communities. Experience life in the townships through its inhabitants as  they explain the difficulties of living in an environment with limited space, privacy, amenities and questionable safety.
The Recurring Nightmare
The Recurring Nightmare
4m 54s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Filmmaker Khalo Matabane has a disturbing recurrent dream, where he sees his body in a coffin in the ground. To try and explore the meaning behind it, he enlists the help of a psychologist, and a traditional South African sangoma.
Letters for Peace
Letters for Peace
7m | 2017-01-01
Spiritism, Faith, Belief
In Brazil, the Spiritist movement is growing at a phenomenal rate. Followers believe that direct contact can be made with dead loved ones. In this film, we see the work of one of Spiritsm’s proponents, Fernando Ben, as he claims to receive messages from a deceased man. Grief stricken relatives claim that Ben’s letters bring them peace of mind. Although others believe practitioners are charlatans, taking advantage of society’s most vulnerable.
The Other Me
The Other Me
6m 16s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Michael Douglas lives an outwardly ordinary existence with his doting wife, Sharon. However, beneath his strikingly normal, masculine façade lurks the other him – Plymouth’s most entertaining and flamboyant Neil Diamond impersonator. Touring local pubs and awing swathes of middle aged women.
Luana
Luana
5m 47s | 2017-01-01
Sex Work, Gender
Luana Muniz is a 59 year old sex worker, known as 'Queen of Lapa' after the bohemian neighbourhood in Rio where she lives. Lapa is famous for its samba venues and also for the trans women who work on its streets, and Luana is one of them. She also owns a house that serves as a meeting point and hostel for transgender sex workers.
The Road to Fame
The Road to Fame
1h 19m 51s | 2013-01-01
Arts
The Road to Fame tells a unique coming-of-age story with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical 'Fame' — China’s first official collaboration with Broadway — by the senior class at China's top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cutthroat and corrupt show business. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.
Soldiers Who Rape
Soldiers Who Rape
45m 4s | 2009-01-01
Politics
Human Rights Watch has described eastern Kivu, crucible of the conflict in the DR Congo, as the worst place in the world to be a woman or child. Rape is endemic on all sides of the conflict. At times extremely shocking, this film attempts to discover why rape is seen as a normal weapon of war and contains interviews with multiple soldiers who have committed sexual assaults. Their reasons for their crimes are manifold: to cause terror, to shame the government they are fighting against, as a way of attacking the men they're fighting and because the breakdown of society simply means they can.
Justice For Sale
Justice For Sale
44m 59s | 2011-01-01
Politics
Maintaining an impartial legal system is vital for any country, but the huge issues facing the DR Congo have brought the judiciary into question. Human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo sets out to overturn a rape conviction for a local man that she’s sure is wrongful; her methodical precision in getting to the truth exposes many of the issues in the Congolese legal system. Laws are ignored, bribes are rife, evidence is falsified. The role of international support and NGOs is looked at critically too - efforts and funds to deal with the country's rape crisis have led to overly hasty convictions.
The Law of The Jungle
The Law of The Jungle
51m 59s | 2012-01-01
Crime
In Peru, the oil industry is mostly outsourced to foreign companies. In the rainforest oil fields, the indigenous population is increasingly persecuted and confrontation with companies and police occurs frequently. After a policeman is killed at a peaceful protest, various indigenous campaigners are arrested on murder charges. One of their leaders, Fachin, contacts a leading defence lawyer who specialises in indigenous cases, in an effort to challenge the normal routine of unjust imprisonment. The film also considers the effect of the camera - is the case and the possible verdict changed by the filmmaker's presence, especially with a foreign crew?
Soldier Women: To See If I’m Smiling
Soldier Women: To See If I’m Smiling
44m 50s | 2008-01-01
Political
Israel is the only country in the world with compulsory army service for women. Whilst in Israel this is taken as commonplace, the experiences of Israeli women soldiers are rarely heard. Six women share their experiences as soldiers in the occupied territories during the bloodiest period since the first Palestinian uprising. With impressive candour they talk about what they saw and what they did; the way they tried to make sense of this ‘other world’ and how they tried to reconcile their experiences with their sense of their usual selves, outside of army uniform. To See if I’m Smiling powerfully explores the way gender, ethics, power and moral responsibility interact in times of war.
My Childhood in Hell
My Childhood in Hell
45m 9s | 2011-1-01
Biographical
Lisbeth Zornig Andersen has a successful career and leads a comfortable life. Her childhood, however, was marked by a lack of care, violence and sexual abuse from her father and mother. She spent time in and out of the care system, made multiple attempts to run away, and was only saved by her relationships with her brothers. Here, she goes back over her life and confronts her parents about why they acted as they did, and investigates how it was allowed to continue. The film sparked national debate in Denmark and Zornig Andersen is now a leading campaigner for child protection in her home country.
My Afghanistan
My Afghanistan
59m 16s | 2013
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.
Putin's Kiss
Putin's Kiss
59m 4s | 2012-01-01
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.
The Chinese Mayor
The Chinese Mayor
1h 25m 55s | 2015-01-01
Politics
The Chinese Mayor tells the story of the controversial Chinese Communist Mayor Geng Yanbo and his radical attempts at reform, demolishing 140,000 households and relocating half a million people to restore the city's ancient walls. Believing that clean economic growth from tourism and culture will do Datong's citizenship well in the long term, the displacements are his attempt to revitalise the city's economy and tackle its pollution problems. Following in the footsteps of Geng over two years, the film outlines the complex shape of China's future.
Pink Saris
Pink Saris
45m 27s | 2010-01-01
Politics
Sampat Pal Devi had had enough of the violence and lack of freedom in Indian women’s lives and decided to take matters into her own hands. She gathered like-minded women together and, wearing pink, they started storming the offices of corrupt officials, hectoring and beating abusive husbands and protesting against injustice. The reputation of their Gulabi (pink) Gang escalates and soon tens of thousands of women across northern India are organising and actively opposing repression. This film looks at their successes, failures and why what they’re doing is so new in India.
The Favela Bar
The Favela Bar
6m | 2017-01-01
Music
While many traditional bailes funk ('funk balls') have been prohibited in Rio’s favelas, there has been a surge in the number of parties attended by upper-middle class youth in these communities. Tickets to exclusive parties in favelas can cost over $25, and the high price prevents local residents from attending the events. Observe the interaction between favela residents and the people who attend these parties from a local bar on the tourist route.
Return to Homs
Return to Homs
1h 29m 51s | 2013-01-01
Conflict
Once celebrated as Syria’s second best goalkeeper, Abdul Baset Al-Sarout has fought the Assad regime since leading chants at street protests in 2011. Director Talal Derki follows Abdul and his friends over two years as the situation escalates and they transition into militia fighters and leaders. The film captures the immediacy of the fighting, the collapse of daily life into siege, and the chaotic nature of a civil war where inexperienced young men go toe-to-toe with soldiers and tanks, while trying to protect as much of their city as they can.
Team Qatar
Team Qatar
54m 58s | 2009-01-01
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?
One Extra Year
One Extra Year
2m 7s | 2016-01-01
Women
62 million girls worldwide do not attend school. Just one extra year of education, however, can alter everything from infant mortality rates to the likelihood of democratic governance.
What If...
What If...
2m 26s | 2016-01-01
Women
This film imagines a world in which women and men were treated the same in the workplace – paid the same, given the same employment rights, expected to share domestic labour and childcare. The impact would be profound.
What Ami Did Not Know
What Ami Did Not Know
2m 37s | 2016-01-01
Women
Nearly all maternal deaths could be prevented, if women had access to essential maternal and healthcare services. This animated film explores maternal and newborn health through the mind of a baby girl called Ami.
Striving for Utopias
Striving for Utopias
2m 56s | 2016-01-01
Women
For women, sexuality can be a fraught issue. Subject to harassment, persecution and abuse, expected to repress desire or accept advances they don’t want, female sexuality is continually being regulated. Yet every women has the right to be supported in sexual empowerment.
Playing the Game
Playing the Game
2m 51s | 2016-01-01
Women
Boys are invited to play football with their dads. Girls aren’t. Boys are invited into boardrooms, given advice and confidence, given access to where the decisions are made. Girls, on the other hand, must bring themselves into play.
One Bride, Seven Cows or a Box of Heroin
One Bride, Seven Cows or a Box of Heroin
3m 2s | 2016-01-01
Women
Across the world, girls take the place of goods in the economy, sold into marriage in exchange for everything from school fees to heroin. From Mei in Vietnam to Mujgan in Afghanistan, this film tells some of their stories.
Facts of Life
Facts of Life
2m 23s | 2016-01-01
Women
Where you’re born makes a radical difference to the healthcare you can expect. From ambulance times to HIV rates, obesity to malnutrition, the disparity between different countries is stark.
It Started With a Duck
It Started With a Duck
2m 26s | 2016-01-01
Women
In Bangladesh, climate change means increased flooding every year. Rather than watching her crops fail and her family starve, Janahara bought some ducks… This is a film about having to adjust to a warming planet, and the role women are playing at the forefront of this.
Every Year, Every Hour, Every Minute
Every Year, Every Hour, Every Minute
2m 45s | 2016-01-01
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.
Benefits of a Toilet
Benefits of a Toilet
2m 49s | 2016-01-01
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.
Good Morning Mr. Hitler
Good Morning Mr. Hitler
51m 31s | 1993-01-01
History
Based on a German film club's lost colour footage of the 1939 Cultural Festival in Munich, Good Morning Mr Hitler uncovers the Nazi regime from the perspective of ‘ordinary’ Germans. Centring around a parade to celebrate ‘2,000 Years of German Culture’, it shows Nazi spectacle from the point of view of its participants, accompanied by a fascinating range of interviews with those once involved. Filmed just six weeks before the outbreak of WWII, it is a fascinating snapshot of daily life in Nazi Germany.
Only Me
Only Me
7m 8s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Paulie White swaggers through the streets showing us a snapshot of his life sleeping rough in Slough. Formerly a popular MC, his struggles with alcoholism and violence have rendered him homeless and isolated from general society. He says drink transforms him from the charming and charismatic Paulie White into the dangerous, hot-headed Paulie Fucking White.
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day
26m 3s | 1963-01-01
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.
Criminals LA: Larry Levine
Criminals LA: Larry Levine
9m 3s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Criminals LA: Raquel, Queen of Bail
Criminals LA: Raquel, Queen of Bail
5m 4s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Criminals LA: Ed Serrano
Criminals LA: Ed Serrano
5m 51s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
Lost in Grime
Lost in Grime
7m 14s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Grime music has had overwhelming commercial success the last decade, and while the genre’s MCs and producers has always been overwhelmingly male, the future looks to be spearheaded by women. Radio plays a huge role in pushing out new music and shows today feature more diverse voices than ever, with online platforms providing a space for DJs. Alia Loren is one of more and more female presenters and DJs that have been championing up-and-coming grime music and artists, giving their perspective on a well-loved art form growing stronger by the day.
Criminals LA: Carl Cruz
Criminals LA: Carl Cruz
7m 6s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
2h 1m 42s | 1987-01-01
History
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On examines memory and war guilt, a subject rarely discussed in modern Japan. In his controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows war veteran Kenzo Okuzaki in his struggle against the legacy of Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares he has shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange campaign. As the film progresses, Okuzaki uncovers a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII?
The Taxidermist
The Taxidermist
9m 16s | 2017-01-01
Arts
Meet Sussex’s most reluctant taxidermist. In this short film by Phillip Wood we experience, step-by-step, the gruesome art of taxidermy. From peeling off the pelt, to modelling the body, to creating a realistic pose and features. At the same time getting a glimpse into the mind of a former saxophonist who has very little interest in taxidermy.
Biggie and Tupac
Biggie and Tupac
1h 47m 44s | 2002-01-01
Investigative
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight. Broomfield uncovers a compelling world of glamorised violence, police corruption, racial politics and murder.
Down From The Mountain
Down From The Mountain
1h 34m 7s | 2000-01-01
Music
When the time came for the Coen Brothers to find the music for their Southern period piece comedy, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', they asked record producer T Bone Burnett to lend a hand. They wanted original recordings of old-timey, American folk music. What they came up with was a sprawling mix of authentic bluegrass musicians and contemporary alternative country stars. Plans were made for the album to be performed live in Nashville and this film documents that concert, complete with backstage preparations and rehearsals.
Criminals LA: John Denny
Criminals LA: John Denny
8m 46s | 2017-01-01
Crime
This series explores the history of some of Los Angeles’ notorious criminals. These disturbing interviews explore the thoughts behind the faces of crime. Revealing toxic combinations of troubled childhoods, substance addiction, societal breakdown and a justice system at breaking point. We learn what drives people to a life of crime, and how to escape from a cycle of violence.
The Singing Contest
The Singing Contest
6m 35s | 2017-01-01
Sports
The bird-singing contest in Rio, which showcases the talents of curiós – birds that are on the list of endangered species. We follow the preparations of a bird and its elderly owner in the lead-up to a competition.
Kings Of Pastry
Kings Of Pastry
1h 23m 30s | 2009-01-01
food
D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), France’s Nobel Prize for pastry. Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, gravity-defying concoctions, with much edge-of-the-seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar sweets to the display table. The inevitable disasters prove both hilarious and poignant and the desserts beat Great British Bake Off hands-down.
Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
1h 29m 46s | 2003
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.
One of Them is Brett
One of Them is Brett
29m 53s | 1965-01-01
Biographic
Roger Graef and The Thaldomide Society’s groundbreaking film about Brett, a boy born without arms, introduced the plight of Thalidomide children to the world. We see touching and personal scenes from his home life - rough and tumble with his brothers, meal times and other practical activities, revealing Brett’s extraordinary dexterity with his feet and his determination. Brett’s mother’s deeply personal narration describes how family life has been affected and how hurtful people's comments can be - both to her, as a mother who took thalidomide, and in relation to Brett's physical appearance.
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
58m 42s | 2009-01-01
arts
On September 15th 2008, the day of the Lehman Brothers' collapse, a contemporary art auction at Southeby's made over £111 million. Critic and filmmaker Ben Lewis looks at the distorting effect of the commercial art market and how it functions - who’s buying the art, who’s making the art and who’s selling the art. Is work by Damien Hirst valuable because it is good or because it is expensive? Who regulates the art market? Lewis returns to Southeby's a year on, to find out what's changed and to examine the future of art as a commodity.
A Cry From The Grave
A Cry From The Grave
1h 44m 54s | 1999-01-01
Historic
Srebrenica, Bosnia, the world's first United Nations Safe Area, was the site of the worst case of genocide in Europe since World War II. In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of the small, intimate spa town and its surrounding region. Over a period of five days, the Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Muslim families and systematically murdered over 7,000 men and boys in fields, schools, and warehouses. Leslie Woodhead’s compelling film includes previously unreleased footage and first-hand personal accounts of the 1995 Bosnian massacre.
Peace One Day
Peace One Day
1h 20m 58s | 2004-01-01
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.
The Reluctant Revolutionary
The Reluctant Revolutionary
44m 53s | 2012
politics
President Saleh ruled Yemen from 1978 to 2012, only being ousted through revolution. This film is an intimate portrait of Yemen as the revolution unfolds, told through the eyes of tour guide leader Kais - who, although an intelligent commentator, sits on the side-lines as protests erupt. Director Sean McAllister filmed over the course of a year, eventually ending up as the only western journalist left in the country as the regime crackdown intensified, and the film looks as the distorting effect this has. We see Kais's journey from pro-President to reluctant revolutionary, joining angry protesters in the increasingly bloody streets of Sana’a.
Give Up Tomorrow (Innocent on Death Row)
Give Up Tomorrow (Innocent on Death Row)
1h 35m 56s | 2012-01-01
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.
The Day After Peace
The Day After Peace
1h 21m 12s | 2009-01-01
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.
The Undocumented
The Undocumented
44m 43s | 2013
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.
Disappeared By The IRA
Disappeared By The IRA
1h 24m 37s | 2013-01-01
Politics
During The Troubles in Northern Ireland, at least 15 people were ‘disappeared’ - abducted at night - by the Irish Republican Army. Political enemies, people viewed as traitors and suspected informants were taken with no word sent to their families. Executed and then buried in bogs, beaches and forests, some victims' remains have still to be found. In many cases, the identities of the killers and those who commanded them remain unconfirmed. The film takes a close look at the case of Jean McConville, a suspected informant murdered in 1972, and the impact her killing had on her ten children.
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
1h 40m 8s | 2014-01-01
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.
McLibel
McLibel
1h 24m 37s | 2005-01-01
historic
The 'McLibel' case was the longest in English history. The full legal weight of McDonalds, the world’s largest food chain, was brought down on two London activists for distributing leaflets denouncing the company and its practices. This film follows the defendants – who were representing themselves – throughout the court process, both againt McDonalds and later against the British government. The wider context of the case is covered, revealing exactly why the case was judged 'the worst corporate PR disaster in history'. With courtroom reenactments directed by Ken Loach, this film reveals the extreme lengths – including corporate spies – McDonald's will go to win the suit.
Tracing Che
Tracing Che
50m 34s | 2009-01-01
Biopic
Che Guevara, the man with the beret, embodies one of the strongest myths of the 20th century. He was a combination of saint and adventurer, somewhere between Don Quixote and a latter-day Jesus Christ. In his relations with Fidel Castro, he is the hero of a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Che Guevara became a symbol of an entire generation. Some still draw inspiration from him - others condemn him bitterly. For all this, he remains a subject of controversy and passion. This film examines his legend, tracing his young voyages of discovery through Latin America, his meeting with Fidel Castro, his travels around the world, and footage of his tragic end in Bolivia at age 39.
The Genius and The Boys
The Genius and The Boys
1h 29m 10s | 2009-01-01
Crime
The documentary investigates the late American Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek's enigmatic discoveries and fall from grace. Gajdusek uncovered prions, the source of mad cow disease, on Papua New Guinea in the fifties, as well as twenty previously unknown tribes and languages. From the late 1940s and onwards he travelled the world, focusing on the most isolated peoples remaining on the globe. He adopted fifty-seven children at his commune at the National Institutes of Health, MA, USA - most of them boys. The film reveals how Gajdusek was in fact a self-proclaimed pedophile, who admitted to having had sex with numerous children.
The English Surgeon
The English Surgeon
1h 26m 13s | 2007-01-01
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.
So Much, So Fast
So Much, So Fast
1h 26m 50s | 2006-01-01
Biographical
So Much So Fast documents five years in the life of Stephen Heywood who, at 29, discovers he had the paralysing neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Determined to live as well as possible, Stephen gets married, has a son and rebuilds two houses. His and his wife Wendy's observations of the world and his disease explore the fragility of life. The film also tracks his family's response to the drug companies that ignore his disease because there is not enough profit in curing it, and his brother's creation of the ALS Therapy Development Foundation research facility to find a cure for Stephen's disease in time.
Sins of My Father
Sins of My Father
1h 28m 43s | 2009-01-01
Comedy
The incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, as told by his son, Sebastian, and his widow Maria. The film tells of Sebastian’s extraordinary childhood, growing up with a father he loved but whom he knew to be Colombia's enemy number one. He tells of both times of extraordinary luxury and extravagance and of living on the run. Intertwined with his story is the tale of two of Escobar's most prominent victims, the Minister of Justice and a politician about to be elected President of Colombia, also told by their sons. We follow Sebastian as he tries to break the cycle of revenge and assassination by seeking reconciliation with the sons of his father's victims.
Salma
Salma
1h 29m 54s | 2013-01-01
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.
Revolution: Dos and Don'ts
Revolution: Dos and Don'ts
45m 18s | 2007-01-01
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.
Pablo's Hippos
Pablo's Hippos
1h 18m 35s | 2011-01-01
Animals
From one beast to another, Pablo's Hippos is a satirical look at thirty years of Colombia's bloody and painful history seen from the semi-submerged viewpoint of a hippopotamus. A tale of a ferocious, irresistible, territorial animal, Pablo Escobar, and the depths to which he and his bloat were prepared to plunge for him to become the undisputed alpha male in the most ruthless business in the world, the cocaine trade. Pablo's Hippos is told by Pablo, the alpha male of three hippopotami shipped to the country home and nerve center of Escobar's drugs empire in 1980. As the most powerful beast in Escobar's private zoo it is a story of unthinkable riches, unabated sex, political intrigue, death, destruction, corruption, treachery and the ultimate legacy of a life dedicated to crime – a hippo epidemic that nobody can stop.
Sons of Perdition: Leaving The Cult
Sons of Perdition: Leaving The Cult
45m 54s | 2011-01-01
Religion
In one of the most hidden corners of America, the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints live an isolated life, with polygamy still the norm. Men can have up to fifty wives and dozens of children. Teenagers can be expelled from the only community they’ve known for sins as small as listening to music or talking to the opposite sex. The film tracks three boys who have been exiled from the sect as they try to understand their place in the world, experimenting with girls, beer and freedom with very limited knowledge of normal society.
Kumaré
Kumaré
1h 23m 59s | 2011-01-01
Religious
Growing up in New Jersey, Vikram Gandhi was a typical American kid who resented the way his family tried to enforce Hindu beliefs and practices. He found it ironic that Americans began to popularize gurus and yoga just at the time he was growing away from such things. On a trip to India, he says, he found that 'real' gurus were no more real than the American frauds who copied them. That led him into the deliberate deception that he filmed in 'Kumare.' He grew a long beard and a pony-tail, exchanged his shoes for sandals, switched his slacks and suits to flowing orange robes and started carrying an ornate walking stick, before moving to Arizona, and hiring a PR woman to promote him as a guru.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
1h 24m 55s | 2010-01-01
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.
I Am Breathing
I Am Breathing
58m 12s | 2013-01-01
Biographical
Neil Platt was a successful architect who one day noticed something was off with his gait. After visiting a doctor, the diagnosis was Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS), the same condition that killed his father. Only 33, Platt decided to contact filmmaking friends to document his physical decline both to raise awareness of the condition and to create an archive that his infant son, Oscar, could look at when older to learn something about the father he would barely know. Intercut with readings from Platt’s blog documenting his illness, the film is both an unflinching portrayal of a slow death and the demonstration of one man’s love for his wife, son and life.
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
1h 32m 11s | 2004-01-01
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.
Hammer & Tickle
Hammer & Tickle
1h 29m | 2006-01-01
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.
From the Sea to the Land Beyond
From the Sea to the Land Beyond
1h 13m 3s | 2012-01-01
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.
First to Fall
First to Fall
52m 3s | 2014-01-01
Politics
Tarek and Hamid were students in Canada when the civil war to oust Muammar Gaddafi erupted in 2011. Both men returned to their home country to fight against the repressive dictator, despite neither having any experience of conflict. Once in Libya, their experiences diverge - Hamid is enthused by fighting for his home town, Misrata, quickly fitting in with the more experienced fighters. Tarek is warier and doesn’t adapt to his dangerous new world to the same degree. The film keeps the focus on these two men throughout the conflict, showing us two of the millions of individual stories created by the war.
Enemies of the People (The Journalist and the Mass Murderer)
Enemies of the People (The Journalist and the Mass Murderer)
1h 33m 42s | 2009-01-01
Politics
The killings organised by the Khmer Rouge stand as one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century. One of its key architects was Nuon Chea - Brother Number Two. In this film he and some of those involved in the day-to-day killing are interviewed, and the wider impact is examined. Members of director Thet Sambath’s family were killed, a fact he initially hides from Chea. When the filmmakers refused to make the rushes available in Chea's trial, citing journalistic responsibility to their source, the film became the subject of intense debate.
Man With A Movie Camera
Man With A Movie Camera
1h 7m 7s | 1929-01-01
Experimental
A unparalleled look at daily life in 1920's Soviet Union. Director Dziga Vertov, or 'Spinning Top', synthesises footage of industry, exercise, leisure and transport with scenes of the film being edited, of the filming itself and cameramen at work. He challenges the artifice of narrative documentary - asserting that acknowledging the process is more truthful than excluding it for neutrality or form. Stop-motion animation, split screens, double exposures and lengthy dissolves, all techniques in their infancy at the time, are deployed expertly. With a new score, this modern restoration shows fully why this is among the most respected and referenced films ever made.
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
1h 18m 52s | 2008-01-01
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?
Another Road Home
Another Road Home
1h 18m 57s | 2004-01-01
Biography
After the Six Day War of 1967, Israeli filmmaker Danae Elon’s family moved to East Jerusalem. There, she was looked after by Musa, the family’s Palestinian caretaker for over twenty years, until she moves to America to attend film school. Years later, she attempts to track him down, starting with his 11 sons, some of whom live in New Jersey. In the process she realises how one-sided their relationship was; she barely has any autobiographical information to go off and her discussions with the sons are difficult. As she continues to get back in contact, the film shows us the challenges to human relationships created by the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the difficulty in reconstructing memory.
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
44m 58s | 2008-01-01
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.
Blood in the Mobile
Blood in the Mobile
1h 22m 18s | 2010-01-01
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?
India's Daughter
India's Daughter
57m 25s | 2015-01-01
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.
Warriors From The North
Warriors From The North
58m 40s | 2015-01-01
War
There are Somali communities in all the Scandinavian nations, mostly made up of refugees from the civil war and their children. In the last few years, young men and boys born or raised in Europe have been returning to Somalia to fight for Al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group. This film explores the motivations and actions of these would-be holy warriors through interviews with ‘The Shadow’, an anonymous former member of a Copenhagen cell. What is it about European society that makes fighting, even committing a suicide bombing, attractive?
Dance of Outlaws
Dance of Outlaws
1h 22m 19s | 2012-01-01
Biographical
After being raped at the age of 15, Hind was kicked out of her home by parents to whom she’d lost her value as a virgin. Lacking in any legal status (as her family kept her documents) she had to give away her children. Living in penury, she turned to prostitution and wedding dancing, a very low status and very low paid occupation. The film follows her frustrated attempts to get her ‘identity’ and children back and looks as Morocco’s deeply patriarchal society and the wider context of women's lives there.
Natural Disorder
Natural Disorder
56m 55s | 2015-01-01
Biographic
Jacob Nossell’s cerebral palsy has been a part of his life since before he was born. Intelligent and funny, Jacob’s physical difficulties have led him to question his place in society - or if he even has one. The film follows Jacob as he produces a play that asks the audience if he has a right to live and if children with conditions similar to his deserve to be brought into the world. Exploring where the boundaries of ‘normal’ exist, and if they exist at all, this film looks at the profound effects a small fissure in the brain can have and where society's rejection of disabled people comes from.
The Red Chapel
The Red Chapel
1h 27m 34s | 2009-01-01
Political
A journalist with no scruples, a disabled man and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission to challenge the sense of humour of the world's most notorious regime. Pretending to be a theatre group on an exchange visit from Denmark, The Red Chapel was granted permission to visit North Korea to perform in front of selected audiences. Truth is, the 'troupe' had no such intentions. Two members, Jacob and Simon, were adopted from North Korea as children and so are confronted by their biological roots as they attempt to act in a country where performance is a very serious business. The Red Chapel is the story of the meeting between open-mindedness and a hyper-controlled society, chronicling the bizarre encounters between Danes and their North Korean hosts in a bizarre form of cultural exchange.
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
1 season
History
Best known for Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, and Olympia, her documentary about the 1936 Olympics, Leni Riefenstahl was an undeniably extraordinary filmmaker. In Ray Muller’s two-part exploration of her life and work, Riefenstahl claims to have prioritised art over politics, that her films’ fascist agenda is only incidental; their fetishisation of Aryan bodies and spectacles of Nazi power, however, suggest otherwise. In Mueller’s interviews with the elderly Riefenstahl, her steely perfectionism emerges, directing her directors to get precisely the right shot of the mountains behind her and resolutely denying her involvement with the Nazi leaders.
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.
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant In The World
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant In The World
1 season
Series about China's largest restaurant looks to the future with a banquet for a new baby and the anniversary show organised by the West Lake to celebrate its third year. Managers, chefs and waiting staff take to the stage in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza rounded off with a star turn by the owner, Qin Linzi. The restaurant addresses the high rate of staff turnover and gives the waiting staff a pay rise, while Qin discusses how important it is for her to drink with her customers.
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