Posted in: News & Politics, War
How Vietnam Was Lost
Based on David Maraniss's book They Marched into Sunlight, a documentary telling the story of two seemingly unconnected events in October 1967 that changed the course of the Vietnam War. Whilst a US battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong ambush which killed 61 young men, half a world away angry students at the University of Wisconsin were protesting the presence of Dow Chemical recruiters on...
Posted in: Science, Technology
How Robots Will Change the World
Robotics is the art and commerce of robots, their design, manufacture, application, and practical use. Robots will soon be everywhere, in our home and at work. They will change the way we live. This will raise many philosophical, social, and political questions that will have to be answered. In science fiction, robots become so intelligent that they decide to take over the world because humans are deemed inferior. In real life, however, they might not choose to do that. Robots might follow rules such as Asimov’s...
Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive
This BBC Three documentary is an personal portrait of Usain Bolt, a professional sprinter who is currently classed as the fastest man in the world because of his performance in the 2009 which saw him set a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 meter sprint. For this film the French producer / director Gael Leiblang managed to secure exclusive access to Usain Bolt, filming up close with him for over 12 months as he prepares for the 2012 London Olympics. Bolt went on to set the Olympic record in which he ran...
The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution
Ukraine stands on the brink of disaster, after losing the Crimean peninsula to Russian annexation it now faces losing control of its eastern regions in a struggle with Pro Russian separatists. Vice travelled to Kiev for what turned out to be the last days of the Euromaidan revolution that toppled president Viktor Yanukovych. The police had locked down the city after a day of deadly battles that had left over 30 dead. Upon arrival it was discovered that the protestors had been pushed back to their last lines of...
Posted in: Health
The Science of Acupuncture
BBC Documentary on Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thousands of years, what we now think of as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) was the only medicine; now, traditional cures are being treated with a fresh respect. For BBC TWO, scientist Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University Kathy Sykes investigates why science is starting to respond to these centuries-old remedies.... Alternative Medicine: The Evidence on Acupuncture Kathy begins her journey in China where she sees some incredible...
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Saving South Sudan
Sudan has been divided by war for centuries, the arab north preyed on the black christian south. In the early eighties oil was discovered which resulted in the war intensifying. Finally after six decades of war, both sides realised they needed to find peace to take advantage of the black gold. In July 2011 South Sudan finally achieved it's own independence and became the worlds newest nation. The majority Dinka tribe was represented by former military commander and now president Salva Kiir Mayardit, the second...
Posted in: Health
A Hundred Orgasms A Day
It should be the peak of pleasure, your average woman might manage two or three a week but this film follows the life of three women who are plagued every hour of everyday with the need to have an orgasm. The condition itself has only recently been diagnosed as Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome or PSAS and it can be extremely unpleasant for those who suffer from it. It is not connected to any sensations of sexual...
Posted in: Society
Mental: A History of the Madhouse
An interesting documentary from the BBC which examines the dark history of Britain's mental asylums and their closure. After the second world war about 150,000 people were hidden away in 120 of such institutions located throughout the country. Now days however most of these patients live in the community and these asylums have been closed. From a collection of interviews and testimonies with patients, nurses and doctors this film explores the change in societies attitude towards mental...
Posted in: Society
Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes
From campaigners looking to have more female hero's on bank notes to the sexually explicit portrayal of women in music videos and to rape jokes. Is there a new culture abroad evolving in which men see it acceptable to portray women in a derogatory and abusive way and is this culture now infecting and polluting the lives of school girls? Kirsty Wark sets about exploring this questions in hopes to find an...