Description: In reporting the Gaza Fight of 2014, these quotes appeared in the international media: "They're calling it a massacre", "Children and civilians comprised the vast majority of the 200 killed", "All innocent people. All of them civilians", "Israel is targeting a number of various territories including hospitals." This notification formed international opinion yet all the above quotes are incorrect. The purpose of this documentary is to analyse the reasons for these inaccuracies and lessons we can learn. We interview Palestinian civilians and journalists, Hamas leaders, UN officials, military analysts and Israeli spokespeople and arrive at troubling conclusions.
Description: There are times, especially during a severe thunderstorm, when the power goes out temporarily. A minor inconvenience for most people, since they know that their power will be quickly restored. Even during major happenings like ice storms, where the power can be disrupted for days or even weeks, the lights will eventually come back on. If the power went out and didn’t return for a year or more, it’s a nice bet that panic would set in once folks realized something more ominous was happening, another than a temporary power outage. It sounds like a nice scenario for a doomsday movie, but this happening should now occur.
Description: The filmmakers were given remarkable freedom to record the historic 1984 contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corporation. Bob White, labour leader of the Canadian branch of the UAW, gotta also confront his American counterpart from Detroit and succeeds in arriving at a contract that is significantly Canadian. His members had already given him a mandate to war for independence from the American union. This is an invaluable document for anyone interested in the complexities of United States-Canada relations. It's an extraordinary movie about revolutionary events.
Description: There’s never been other Grand Prix or Sportscar manufacturer quite like French mavericks Matra. Arriving on the stage from a background of aerospace engineering, Matra brought a host of innovative technologies to bear, and an entirely various approach from the largely British-based ‘Garagistes’ then dominating the F1 landscape. As Matra Racing shows, the French firm even left F1 grandees Ferrari scratching their heads as Matra pioneered the test of Pc Aided Design, real monocoque construction from space-ace materials, and a rigorous design and playing programme. It wasn’t just in Formula One where they met with success; between 1972 and ’74 they ruled the sportscar prototype roads, particularly at Le Mans in the hands of Henri Pescarolo. This fresh movie profiles meteoric rise, and equally rapid disappearance of the French blue vehicles in the late 1960s and early 1970s, speaking to many of the key users in the firm as well as the drivers.
Description: This feature-length documentary paints a lively portrait of Father of Confederation and first premier of Newfoundland Joseph Roberts Smallwood, or "Joey," as he is known to most Canadians. Following one of Canada’s most colorful political figures during a two-and-a-half-month period that included a stormy Liberal leadership convention, the movie reveals a boy misunderstood even by his close associates.
Description: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is known by all, treasured for its strong music and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second Fight of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the war that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.
Description: A detail length documentary movie representing the 'B' side to the 2012 release 'Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap'. A difficult hitting storyline of life and death in South Central Los Angeles. A struggle beyond the nearby Hollywood limelight among folks for whom state intervention comes mostly with a siren attached. Amsterdam Movie Festival Champion Globe Cinema Documentary Editing Award 2014.
Description: Tired of the negative stereotyping of prosthesis-wearing characters in cinema, Ross Turnbull set out to overturn the concept that prosthetics are indicative of a twisted and evil soul. Through interviews and footage, from some of Hollywood's best-loved classics, Ross challenges our preconceptions of what it means to live as an amputee. Clever, funny, and masterfully crafted, Terminal Device will ensure you'll never look at a hook the same again.
Description: As the globe prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of West Side Storyline in 2017, dancer Bruno Tonioli and broadcaster Suzy Klein go in find of the real stories behind the inception of this classic show. For the first time on television, they hear first-hand from those involved in the present when it opened on Broadway in September 1957, including Sondheim himself, producer Hal Prince and original cast members from both present and movie, including Chita Rivera Carol Lawrence and Rita Moreno. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra and specially cast singers, we re-live some of the unbelievable melody and, in the company of Suzy and Bruno, we explore how West Side Storyline placed the 1950s phenomena of racial tension and teenage gangs centre scene to make a hit that changed musical theatre forever.
Description: A time bomb is ticking in Munich and politicans and historians likewise are agonised by the fact that from January 1st 2016 Hitler’s ebook “Mein Kampf” will lose its copyright security and might later be accessible in ebook shops all over Germany right next to games like Harry Potter. The 52 minute documentary “Mein Kampf. A Risky Book” takes a close look at the Bible of the Nazi movement. Where does this ebook originate from and why was it written? What were Hitler’s intentions when writing it in Landsberg in the 1920s and what impact did it have on the Germans when published. The movie takes steps into this dark time in German history but at the same time looks at the upcoming conflict of when the ebook might become other hit in the German ebook market. The key question throughout the movie is - is this ebook still risky today?
Description: Your Fight (I'm One Of You) chronicles the life and career of Chicago's Tim Kinsella, frontman of ever-shifting band Joan of Arc and '90's pioneers Cap'n Jazz. With appearances from Tim's friends, family, and admirers, we learn what has made his legacy so special and enduring for more than 20 years.
Description: Narrates the migration of Miskito Indians to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, and their efforts to preserve their culture, traditions and language. Through the life of a reverend, a housewife and a young college student we see the storyline of a native folks that struggles to preserve their identity even outside their native home. These folks left their families and communities behind searching for a better life. Whatever their fate is, they carry their culture with them and do not cease to sing, speak or pray in the language they learned from their ancestors.
Description: "Scottish Myths & Legends" explores the magic, mystery and sprinkling of mayhem that covers the dramatic landscape of Scotland. From the ancient tales of the Loch Ness Creature to the stories of shape shifting Kelpies, we go on a fascinating adventure of discovery to uncover the stories behind the myths and the superb Scottish landscape that has inspired these truly legendary legends.
Description: Join leading astronomers on a visual adventure beyond our solar system in find of planets like Earth. Using CGI animation, we'll discover bizarre worlds that stretch our imagination: planets with iron rain and hot ice, with diamonds everywhere, and unlimited oceans of gas. Planets with abnormal orbital patterns and planets with no pattern at all that drift alone in the Milky Way. Planets so strange we never should have predicted them before. Should life exist there?
Description: Michael Wood travels through Syria and Iraq to uncover the storyline of Alexander the Great's decisive war vs the might of the Persian Empire in 331 BCE. Ancient writers accepted that it was fought somewhere near the town of Irbil in northern Iraq, but the exact zone has never been discovered. Using dramatic fresh finds in the UK - a cuneiform clay smartphone in the British Museum and a papyrus dug up in Egypt - Michael sheds fresh light on the course of events. Then to reconstruct the campaign, he follows Alexander's route through Damascus and Aleppo to the river Euphrates in Syria and travels into Northern Iraq with the British and US military.
Description: A documentary comedy narrated by the wife of a boy who suffers from hyper-acoustic sensitivity, which makes his life in Tel Aviv, one of the noisiest urban territories on earth, a living hell. Tormented by the belief that they live in an incredibly noisy society, the award-winning couple of Israeli filmmakers resolves to investigate the issue: they install cameras in their house to capture sources of this formidable sonic mass that invades their everyday lives. Noise is a reviving acknowledgement of the Griersonian tradition of dramatic treatment and social exclamation for a civil change in the current world.
Description: This short documentary about the Canadian seamen who manned Canada's eastern ports during WWII is the first movie in the Canada Carries On series. The movie depicts the work of the Royal Canadian marines who accompanied convoys of military supplies to the Allied Forces and those who remained on the eastern coast to defend vs the Germans.
Description: A WWII movie about kids evacuated from Britain and sent to Canada for their safety. The movie starts in England with kids seeking shelter as anti-aircraft guns roar outside. On their comeback in Canada, they are thrilled by the brightly lit cities, strong Canadian trains, hot dogs and ice cream. They find, too, that instead of becoming Mounties or cowboys, they have to go to school. The closing sequence shows them learning to ski and skate and preparing for Christmas in their fresh homes.
Description: The storyline behind Finland's rock giants and their songs, and their love for performing, even from childhood, and also the storyline of two very various brothers trying to fit in the same band.
Description: A compelling private adventure with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David tutorials us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England, where he saw the first photos of this strange and exotic landscape via the medium of film, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his show day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy. All of this reflects a passionate engagement in a uniquely Australian medium. Parallel and at the heart of the series is the storyline of an industry whose growing pains David has witnessed over a lifetime. Alongside David, the protagonists of this history are the giants of Australian cinema – both behind the camera and in front of it.
Description: During the Pinochet dictatorship, Jorge Lübbert became an instrument for the Chilean secret services, who forced him to work for them in an extremely violent way. He was able to escape from Chile and became a fight photographer based in Belgium. Today, his son Andrés takes him back to the territories of his unfinished past.
Description: A young boy decides to join the army. He becomes the drummer in the military band, and his daily life is actually a combination of military training and music. What does the Argentine Units do these days, more than thirty years after the dictatorship? What does it mean to be a soldier in a country without wars?
Description: Follow the Bugatti vehicle company as they attempt to make a follow-up to their record-breaking supercar, the Veyron. Upon its release in 2005, the Veyron immediately became popular for being both the fastest production supercar ever, as well as the most expensive. However, ten years soon many another vehicles have begun to threaten the Veyron's legacy, and so Bugatti actually is attempting to make an even better supercar. The tool follows the Bugatti squad as they overcome different engineering and design hurdles and take the fresh vehicle through a series of rigorous tests in order to achieve their target and surpass the Veyron's legacy.
Description: A look at the prison breakout of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional facility, as well as a look back at some of the most daring and ingenious prison breaks in American history.
Description: Documentary which follows the construction of a trailblazing 36,000-tonne steel structure to entomb the ruins of the nuclear power plant destroyed in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. It movies close up with the squad of international engineers as they race to build the fresh structure before Chernobyl's original concrete sarcophagus - the hastily built structure that covers the reactor - collapses. Built to last just thirty years, the temporary sarcophagus is actually crumbling, putting the globe at risk of other release of radioactive dust. Radiation lvls create it impossible for workers to build the fresh shelter directly over the old reactor, so engineers are erecting the fresh megastructure - taller than the turret of Large Ben and three times heavier than the Eiffel Turret - to one side and will then face the challenge of sliding the biggest object ever moved on land into zone over the old reactor.
Description: The Fall of the I-Hotel brings to life the war for housing in San Francisco. The brutal eviction of the International Hotel's tenants culminated a decade of spirited resistance to the razing of Manilatown. The Fall of the I-Hotel works on few levels. It not only documents the struggle to save the I-Hotel, but also gives an overview of Filipino American history.
Description: How does progress in a town influence the life of its inhabitants? Panama is one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America, as reflected primarily in the different construction mega-projects that have been adorning the capital of this tiny country. Many in this town brag about the pace of development that is taking place, but to what mission can we speak of development? The documentary seeks to assess this development in terms of the improvement or worsening it produces in the Panamanians’ quality of life.
Description: The particular reality experienced by Panama for almost a century due to the military presence of United States in the former Canal Territory is narrated through unpublished materials and revealing interviews with many of the social and cultural personalities who left their imprints in this story. The life in "the zone", the identity of the "zonians", the happenings that led to the handover of the military bases and the administration to the Panamanians are part of a plot as complex as the storyline itself.
Description: What does the ocean really sound like? What we hear is a vibration in the air, a vibration no one sees. Sound is invisible, but it drives us; it makes us cry, laugh, remember and dance; it rattles our insides, it moves us. Through a series of outlandish characters, the documentary takes the viewer on a voyage of the senses, as it reflects on nature, communal life, solitude and silence.
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