Category “Crime”

Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald

Trevor McDonald goes inside one of America's most notorious maximum security prisons, Indiana State, where he comes face-to-face with 12 condemned men awaiting execution. Part 1: The broadcaster ventures inside Indiana State Prison, meeting 12 condemned men awaiting execution and some of the other inmates in the maximum security facility. Among those Trevor talks to are Benjamin Ritchie, who murdered a policeman, and John Stephenson, who killed three people on the orders of a gang boss, while James Harrison reveals how he escaped the death penalty with only weeks to spare after accepting a...

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Drugs, Inc: High Stakes Vegas

This documentary takes us to the heart of America’s ultimate Sin City, Las Vegas. Ever year over 40 million tourists come to this fantasy-land to gamble, party and get high. This adult oasis fuels a massive demand for illegal drugs. This documentary takes us inside the world of the drug dealers, gangs, and the Mexican cartel traffickers who are making their millions from the tourists who flock here looking for a good time. From the VIP party host to the notorious Playboy Bloods street gang who control the crack industry in West Las Vegas, to the Mexican cartel trafficker who uses three...

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A Cambodian Story of Trafficking

Human trafficking is an immense issue in Cambodia. Traffickers force vulnerable individuals into prostitution and exploitative labor. This film shows a story of trafficking and provides an insight into the strategies World Relief uses to fight this huge problem. These films were shot, directed & edited by filmmakers Mark Luigjes and Lieuwe...

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Mega Man

Kim Dotcom claims he wants to protect internet privacy. The United States claims he’s the internet’s biggest pirate. This film meets the man, as the future of the internet and $500m in copyright claims hang in the balance. This film captures the special forces raid on Kim Dotcom’s house last year. His lawyer called it: “A political contract hit…” So why are the US and now the New Zealand government so desperate to get the self-styled Dotcom? The flamboyant 39 year-old tycoon says he just makes a good scapegoat. The US wants him extradited on copyright, money laundering and...

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Drug Kings Of New York

In New York City heroin use is on the rise, as a new generation of suburbanite dealers hooked on prescription pills switch to heroin, and venture down the Long Island Express-way dubbed the Heroin Highway into urban Brooklyn and Queens to get their fix. America’s largest city is quickly becoming the distribution hub for narcotics. Drugs Inc. Drug Kings Of New York features authorities questioning a suspect attempting to smuggle 70 pellets of cocaine in his stomach. While, Mr. Fence sells over 35 kinds of high grade drugs to Manhattan’s wealthy bankers and socialites. It’s...

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Terror in Moscow

In 2002 a group of heavily armed Muslim extremists from the Russian province of Chechnya burst into a crowded Moscow theatre during a musical performance, holding more than 800 members of the cast and audience hostage at siege. The 57 hour catastrophe, which gripped the world and shook the Russian government was captured by the theatre’s video camera. Playing at the theatre that night was a popular Russian musical “Nord-Ost”, a musical about the Red Army in World War II, so when masked gunmen burst on stage, the audience at first thought that it was all part of the show – the...

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This is the Zodiac Speaking

California was thrown into a paralysis of fear in 1969, distraught over the unsolved murders of the Zodiac killer. The Zodiac became the most elusive and frustrating adversary ever encountered by the law enforcement community. A series of letters, allegedly written by the murderer himself and published in local newspapers, only added to the mystery and panic. The Zodiac serial killer remains an enigma that is unparalleled in the history of crime in America, and the case still remains unsolved. This documentary explores one of the great unsolved murder mysteries of all time, taking...

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This (Illegal) American Life

From a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, and from a kitchen table in East Los Angeles, from a flophouse in a coastal farming town, to a strip-mall in Phoenix, Arizona, these are snapshots of illegal immigration in America. It’s estimated that as many as 12 million people are living in United States illegally, but this story is about just two. An American lit major named Ilse, and a strawberry picker named Filemon. They know that many do not want them here. But for different reasons they’re staying. Their lives are testaments to both the power of the American dream and the absolute failure...

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American Call-Girl

American Call-Girl takes us inside the world’s oldest profession, a thriving black market economy that’s just an internet connection or a phone call away. But there’s a gritty reality to the supply and demand of the American escort industry. National Geographic’s Mariana van Zeller heads to Las Vegas, ground zero for the escort underworld. Here, high-end escorts like Sarah explain how they cultivate their illegal business online. As an independent worker, Sarah calls the shots and commands big money from clients. Yet for many women, a much different reality awaits. Las Vegas...

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