Born Female
He had one regret in his life which was being too late to save a young Nepalese girl from prostitution. So he and his brothers decided to make a career out of fighting trafficking, AIDS and female foeticide. Against the apathy of social service agencies and the authorities, the three men went against the tide of conventions to rescue girls from their abductors, teach prostitutes about AIDS prevention and villagers about con-men in the trafficking...
Welcome to Australia
The Australian heroine from start, when she carried the Olympic torch into the stadium, to finish, as she crossed the line to take 400m gold, was the indigenous athlete Cathy Freeman. Against the will of many of her still oppressed people, she came to represent the symbol, albeit shallow, of reconciliation between White and Aboriginal Australia. But the frenzy of flames and fireworks surrounding the Games blinded the rest of the world to the darker side of a land down under. In 1999, John Pilger returned home to...
COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War on Black America
Through a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise "of a black Messiah" that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents,...
The Take
We heard rumors of a new kind of economy emerging in Argentina. With hundreds of factories closing, waves of workers were locking themselves inside and running the workplaces on their own, with no bosses. Where we come from, a closed factory is just an inevitable effect of a model, the end of a story. In Argentina today, it's just the beginning. In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start...
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Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children
The Social Care Home - where 75 unwanted children are growing up - is the main employer in the small village of Mogilino. Few of the children can talk, not necessarily because they are unable but rather because no one has ever taught them how. Kate meets the children in this tragic, silent world, such as Milan, the gentle giant who spends his days doing chores and watching over the others, and mildly autistic 18-year-old Didi, who is able to talk, and has plenty to say, but no one to speak to. The children that...
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Trafficking – Demand & Supply
Child trafficking has been a problem for over three decades. Millions of children - boys and girls - have been subjected to untold abuse and shame. Our story reveals three kinds of trafficking that is still prevalent: direct kidnapping of children from their parents,use of trickery to con young girls into prostitution and lastly, a ‘voluntary' entrapment - a form of trafficking that comes in the guise of legal marriages. This documentary is a series of 3 stories that bring to the forefront the poignant side of...
Body Shock: The Man Who Ate His Lover
Consider the following story line for the ultimate video nasty. Single man meets radical male masochist on the Internet. On their first date, the masochist offers up his penis as main course in a romantic dinner for two. After some teething problems over the best way to prepare the food, the two men enjoy a meal of garnished genitals. Satiated, and feeling woozy, the masochist is led upstairs to the bathroom, where he is left to bleed to death. Hours later, our host pops in to see how his date is doing, and...
SANTAS WORKSHOP: Inside Chinas Slave labor toy factories
The health conditions of toy manufacturing companies in China is appalling, and this is not limited to the toy sector but throughout all manufacturing plants. Toys that we buy are not cheap, but it sure is cheap to manufacture them in China. That leaves a huge gap, expensive toys that are cheaply produced, so guess who's profiting? What's worse about this issue is that the companies that orders these toys are not aware of the conditions of the factories. Or rather, they assume all is well and can't be bothered...
Burma: No Childhood at All
Burma is a country that faces constant Civil War and political distress. But something is more astounding, children in Burma are exploited to fight in the Civil war. There is an estimated 70,000 children fighting for the war. Many of these children do not grow up knowing anything except to fight for War. There are no specialized equipments nor clothing for these children. What they wear and use are passed down from dead soldiers, which means they wear really huge clothes. It's really a sad plight to be in,...