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Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret?

There is a battle being fought on the streets of Ireland, between people who feel abortion is the right of every women and those who believe that abortion is murder. In Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom it is illegal to terminate a pregnancy unless giving birth puts the mothers life in danger, even if the baby would have no chance of survival once born. In this BBC film, Alys Harte spent the summer with some of Ireland's army of pro-life campaigners as well as women faced with having to travel hundreds of miles to the mainland of UK and pay for an abortion. Harte also met...

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Egomania

Everyone has an ego, a healthy strong ego is the basis of a successful driven individual, but what can happen when an ego goes too far? When can someone really be called an egomaniac? Whats it like to cross an egomaniac? Is there a limit on how big an individuals ego can become? and to what lengths would such an egomaniac go to get their own way? From the overbearing boss to the ego that spirals dangerously out of control, this film journeys deep into the mind of the...

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Kraftwerk: Pop Art

In the late 60's and early 70's when Kraftwerk were striving to find a new artistic voice in the pop culture vacuum of post war Germany, few would have predicted that these reclusive Rhineland experimentalists would become one of the most influential pop groups of all time but that is exactly what happened. Painting on a refreshingly blank canvas they created emotional electronic music that fused commercial pop with the avant-garde, an industrial folk music with global appeal, that predicted what music would sound like and the world would look like in the digital age. Kraftwerk's influence...

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China’s Home Invasion

Chinese property buyers are on a foreign spending spree in the worlds most sought after cities. From New York's Manhattan to Sydney Harbour, real estate is seen as a safe way to stash money and a ticket to permanent residency. 660 billion dollars in Chinese personal wealth sits offshore and in this episode of 101 East by Al Jazeera, drew Drew Ambrose asks if Chinese home buyers are a force to...

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Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall is a documentary that was originally shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 just after the war ended, and it's about the atrocities the victors discovered upon finding the Nazi death camps, which were scattered all across Europe. The original film was entitled "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey" and was never actually completed due to the fact that Bernstein was stonewalled by political authorities because some were becoming nervous of the growing Zionist movement and sought an ally in anti-Soviet German. Researchers only recently discovered the...

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Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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Ross Kemp on Gangs: Los Angeles

Ross Kemp pays a visit to the city of angles, which happens to have the seventh richest economy on the planet. It's famous for it's thriving film and television industries and it's home to the stars but besides all this it's also infamous for being the gang capital of the world. In 2007 there was a gangland killing reported every other day and for generations the Bloods and Crips have fought for control over the streets here but now it would appear there has been a change in the balance of power, the Latino gangs are on the rise and Ross Kemp has gone to LA to meet...

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David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust

40 years ago in millions of living rooms located across the United Kingdom a strange being, not of this world was beamed onto television screens, with bright red hair and a multicoloured spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation but for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation it would change their lives forever. This strange being was with us for only a year but his impact would be felt for generations to come, music on planet Earth would never be the same again. This is the story of Ziggy...

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High On Crack Street: Lost Lives In Lowell

This HBO film was shot over an 18 month period and documents the daily life of crack addicts living in the American city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell itself has a population of 108,861 and is the forth largest city in the state, It is home to former professional boxer Dick Ecklund and his brother Mickey Ward. Dickey is heavily profiled throughout this film as he struggles with a crack addiction. The movie "The Fighter", which stared Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale was made about Mickey Ward's career but also the events seen in this...

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