Category “Human Rights”

Suffer The Little Children

Suffer The Little Children is a documentary by NBC which aired in 1968, this ground-breaking film set about exposing the Pennhurst State School which has since been described as the shame of a nation. Having opened it's doors in November of 1908, this state-funded school / hospital became extremely overcrowded within a short period of time, taking in those who were suffering from mental illness or criminals, orphans, etc. i.e. people who could not be housed elsewhere. The school quickly became the center of a human rights movement which eventually revolutionized America's approach to...

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Pol Pot

In the early 1970's a single minded revolutionary lay concealed in the Cambodian jungle. As American bombs exploded around him he remained obsessed with his secret plan to destroy his own culture in the name of utopia. In building his perfect society his regime reeked of chaos, 2 million people died nearly one in every four Cambodians. This is the story of how Pol Pot gained power and the atrocities he committed once he got...

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Blood Diamond

Diamonds, timeless, beautiful, symbols of love, they come in different colors, shapes and sizes their value measured by carat, cut and clarity. They are the worlds most precious gem but in west and central Africa their cost has been greater than anyone could have imagined. These diamonds have been used to fund wars and have been linked to terrorist organizations. It is a story few know, it is the story of blood...

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Nepal: in the Mountain’s Shadow

Nepal, in the Mountains Shadow is a independent documentary directed by Maria Alexopoulos and Michael Goertzen. Its a stunning film set in the extraordinarily scenic country of Nepal that sets out to explore the increasing social disparity that appears to exist throughout the entire country. Alongside child rights activist and orphanage director Visma Raj Paudel they set out in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the plights of Nepal's most precious resource, its...

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Homo Sapiens 1900

Homo Sapiens 1900 is a 1998 documentary directed by Peter Cohen, about various eugenics methods that were in practice in Europe during the first part of the 20th century. Eugenics is to be the scientific credo of the 20th century. The man credited with its invention, Francis Galton, says it is based on the concept that the evolution of man is crippled by the ill-conceived - those unfit to breed. The study of eugenics thus would concern itself with distinguishing the weed from the good flowers. Eugenics offers two approaches: positive eugenics, and negative eugenics. Positive...

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Tibet’s Cry For Freedom

Inspired by a burning passion to raise awareness of the Tibetan freedom struggle and using the Beijing Olympics as the springboard, first time filmmaker Lara Damiani quit her job, sold her clothes and furniture, maxed out several credit cards, used her life savings, grabbed a camera and embarked on a journey across India, Tibet and Beijing, interviewing the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile, Chinese dissident and pro-democracy activist Wei Jingsheng, former political prisoners who'd spent up to 27 years in prison, and many more. Tibet's Cry for Freedom explores both past and...

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Kony: Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted

Somewhere in the vast, dense jungles of central Africa, is hidden Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men. For the past 25 years, Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army have waged one of the continent's darkest conflicts; using an army of abducted and brutalised children to kill and maim tens of thousands of people. But how has one man, said to take his orders from the spirit world, managed to escape capture for so long? In the wake of the infamous 'Kony 2012' internet campaign to bring him to justice this year, Bafta-winning reporter, Sorious Samura, investigates the myths surrounding...

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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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Bridal Slaves

In the midst of widespread poverty, fueled by economic inequality and rampant corruption, a new form of slavery - bridal slavery - has flourished in India. Women and young girls are sold for as little as $120 to men who often abuse...

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