Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women
Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising's depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence. Sections: Does the beauty ideal still tyrannize...
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Stoned in Suburbia
A funny British documentary interviewing various cannabis users (hilarious to see grandmas talking about being arrested for growing etc!) More people smoke cannabis in Britain than ever before, 10 Million of us have confessed to trying it, and over 2 million spark up every month. Stoned In Suburbia is a social history film, examining the change in people’s opinions to cannabis over the past 50 years. Discussing the impact of the 60’s sexual revolution, the Hippie movement, the emergence of the Punks right...
Every F*cking Day of My Life
Married at 16 years – with 18 years of violence following – left Wendy terrified. She summoned the courage to deal with her husband the only way she knew possible. Originally as One Minute to Nine, this documentary finally arrives at HBO with a somewhat more in-your-face title – and, in a stark, spare way that has come to characterize the pay channel, delivers a pretty bracing wallop. A harrowing portrait of domestic abuse, the project draws heavily on video shot by the dead abuser, as his wife, Wendy...
The Vice Guide To Travel: Liberia
What Andy Capper, Vice UK Editor, is saying about the film: “We arrived in Liberia with a small crew of three and quickly rendezvoused with a local journalist who would be our fixer and guide. Our first shooting location was the West Point slum, home to 80,000 people living in conditions that redefine squalor. Miles of rotting garbage surround the slum, which has no sewage system. Pretty much everyone — even the local government officials — defecates and urinates in the open. Drugs, prostitution and armed...
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Transsexual in Iran
Be Like Others (also known as Transsexual in Iran) is a 2008 documentary film written and directed by Tanaz Eshaghian about transsexuals in Iran. It explores issues of gender and sexuality while following the personal stories of some of the patients at a Tehran clinic. Although homosexual relationships are illegal (punishable by death) in Iran, sex reassignment operations are permitted. In 1983, spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini passed a fatwa allowing sex-change operations as a cure for “diagnosed...
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Undercity: An Underground Expedition Through New York City
In December of 2010, I spent some time with urban historian Steve Duncan making our way through the underground of New York City. Starting in the Bronx and ending at the Atlantic Ocean in Jamaica Bay, Queens, our idea was to make our way from one end of New York City to the other through its myriad tunnel networks. In the process, I knew we’d also be exploring New York City’s past – making our way through more than two centuries of urban development, including streams that were once aboveground waterways in...
Ten Commandments of The Mafia
In 2007, Italian police make an astonishing discovery during a raid on a Mafia boss' villa: a list of the Mafia's most sacred laws. It's an incredible find: a code of conduct for the Mob. Now, for the first time, former Mobsters speak out about the rules that govern their criminal world; and reveal what happened when gangland began to question the so-called 'Ten Commandments of the...
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Thai Brides – Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux struck gold yet again in this brilliant documentary which featured the 'Introduction Services' available in Thailand to men from overseas seeking Thai women for marriage. Although presented in a fairly light-hearted format, it was very thought-provoking. Of course, to most of us the notion of these agencies is abhorrent to say the least. However, largely due to the style of presentation, it was quite revealing to listen to the viewpoints of the 'clients' and owners, who seemed to feel comfortable...
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Confessions of a Superhero
Confessions of a Superhero is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one mortal woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard. The Hulk sold his Super Nintendo for a bus ticket to LA; Wonder Woman was a mid-western homecoming queen; Batman struggles with his anger, while Superman’s psyche is consumed by the Man of Steel. This deeply personal view into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and...