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Champs

This is the epic story of three of the most successful boxers of our time, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins. This film documents their rise from nothing, how they chose the path of boxing as a means to escape poverty, examining our perception of the American Dream. Through various interviews we follow these fighters path from success to self-discovery as they recount their struggle to the top. CHAMPS unearths the unique resilience of these men in the face of life's most difficult obstacles - from personal finance to sustained brain...

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The War Against Boko Haram

VICE News travels to Nigeria, one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, in order to embed with their army which has recently been ramped up due to it's fight against the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram. This group has been wreaking havoc in Northern Nigeria since 2009, using bombings, abductions and beheadings to instil terror. This conflict with Boko Haram has caused a state of emergency throughout the country and with VICE being the only journalists on the frontline, though them we witness the beginning of the largest military insurgency to...

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Why Planes Vanish

In a world filled with smartphones and GPS It seems unthinkable that a 270 tonne passenger jet could just vanish into thin air. This PBS documentary examines what happened to Malaysia Airlines 370, asking was it a catastrophic accident, or something more sinister such as a hijacking whilst also taking a look at the weak links in the system that allow such a plane to disappear without a trace in this day and...

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Fleetwood Mac: Destiny Rules

Released back in 2004 this film sees FLEETWOOD MAC reunite for the first time in over fifteen years in order to record a new studio album. We follow them as they set about writing and recording the album "Say You Will". With cameras on them from the very first moment Stevie Nicks walks into the studio right up until the opening night of their showcase tour, we are given a great insight into their world and the creative process undertaken by each member of the legendary...

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The Creation of the Computer

The ability to think and reason is what makes us human, setting us apart from the rest of nature. People communicate in intricate ways about various complex subjects and at the centre of it all there is a thinking machine, the computer. With it our thoughts can be recorded and what once seemed possible now seems common place. Today computers are capable of amazing tasks that would boggle even the greatest of minds. The story of the computer and it's evolution entails squandered chances, fortunate accidents, frequent missteps, fantastic insights and unprecedented genius, it is a story of a...

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Rise Of The Houthis

A political crisis in Yemen is treating to tear it apart, Northern rebels called the Houthis have taken the capital and are imposing their revolutionary agenda, this being said they now face fierce opposition to their rule from groups such as Al Qaeda. Their audacious bid for power has ignited sectarian hatred, its part of what many believe to be a proxy war in Yemen, between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In this documentary we see Safa Al-Ahmad from BBC Arabic, having spent months trying to gain unique access to the Houthis managing to do just that and embedding with them for three months in...

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How Safe Are Our Planes?

150 people lost their lives recently, in one of the worst airline disasters of recent years. Andreas Lubitz is the Co-Piolit being held responsible for deliberately crashing the Germanwings Airbus 320 plane into the Alps, killing everyone on board. This Channel 4 documentary examines the crash and tries to find out more in regards to Lubitz and his reasoning for committing such a heinous act. It also raises the question, is air travel still the safest form of...

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The Poisoner’s Handbook

In 1922, 101 New Yorkers hanged themselves, 444 died in car accidents, 20 were crushed in elevators, there were 237 fatal shootings and 34 stabbings and that year 997 New Yorkers died of poisoning. In this film PBS takes us back through these grim statistics, explaining how in the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet would have been filled with poison, all easily purchased over the counter like any regular pain medication we see today, such as paracetamol. An example of such poisons found in everyday products were radioactive elements like radium, thallium and strong...

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Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars

Vice News travels to Cook County Jail, located in Chicago, Illinois, which is the largest single site jail in America, it currently houses 9,000 inmates and it is estimated that 30% of these individuals have mental health illnesses, making it the largest mental health care provider in America today. This short documentary aims to examine the current state of such a mental health care system which is currently in pretty bad shape given budget cuts and a lack of community based resources. More often or not people are just being swept into the criminal justice system for low-level,...

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