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Children of Darkness

Children of Darkness is an Oscar nominated 1983 documentary film produced and written by Richard Kotuk and Ara Chekmayan. It explored the topic of juvenile psychiatry - an acute lack of mental health care in America for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Many children in these institutions were simply warehoused and the common basic form of therapy was drugs, which didn't really help the kids but merely controlled them. The film not only uncovered the mistreatments in mental institutions but it also captured the cold realization that mental illness can happen to anyone. Public mental...

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Harold Jones: The Welsh Child Killer

15 year old Harold Jones was a child murder who in 1921 was tried and acquitted for the murder of an 8 year old girl. After his acquittal he killed an 11 year old girl. He pled guilty to both and went to prison. He was released in 1941 at age 35. Jones was a sadist. His gratification came from causing...

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StarCraft: World Cyber Games 2005

The World Cyber Games 2005 was hosted in the repressive state of Singapore, at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16 November to 20 November 2005. There were over 800 players from 67 countries. Over 39,000 spectators turned up at the games to cheer for the players. The grand prize for the game is...

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Thalidomide The Fifty Year Fight

Over fifty years ago the drug Thalidomide shocked the world. For ten years a battle for compensation was fought against one of Britain's largest corporations. One man stood up against this injustice, but this man would see those he was fighting for, turn against him and many attempted to silence his story. But his actions set in motion a chain of events which changed the lives of every Thalidomide child born in the UK and the legacy of that battle continues today, over fifty years on from the tragedy, campaigners are now focusing on the inventors of the...

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Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land is a 2004 documentary by Sut Jhally and Bathsheba Ratzkoff which—according to the film's official website—"provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and which "analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media". The film argues that the...

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Stuck in Traffick

'Stuck in Traffick' is a documentary bringing awareness to the child sex trade in Phoenix. Sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and at least 100,000 minors are forced into it every year. This documentary gives first-hand accounts from former victims and exposes the reality of this underground...

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From Jail to Jihad?

BBC's Panorama sets about investigating the growing trend of convicted criminals converting to Islam and the potential for these converts to become radical or fundamentalists. Within the last ten years the Muslin prison population in England and Wales has doubled to nearly 12,000 thats one in every seven. The prison service cant tell how many have converted inside or how many are adopting radical views, what is known though is that there is around 100 Islamist terrorists behind bars and around 500 more have been identified with links to extremist...

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PTSD From Gang Violence in LA

With gang violence being common place in particular American cities such as LA there is an epidemic of PTSD affecting the youth of urban war zone communities. VICE News travels to the front line of this epidemic in Los Angeles with the kids who are suffering, and the adults trying to save them from being destined for the fringes of...

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A Beautiful Mind The John Nash

In September 1949, the world learned that the Soviet Union had joined the United States as a nuclear power. The shocking news intensified fears in the US and put a premium on mathematicians. Mathematicians had helped win World War Two, now there was hope they could protect Americas strategic edge. Princeton boasted the most elite maths department in the world, each of its graduate students were hand picked, that year one stood out, John Nash. This National Geographic documentary examines the life of John Forbes Nash, an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential...

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