Category “News & Politics”

Inside Chernobyl

A short film based on current conditions in Chernobyl & Pripyat. Made on a shoe string budget by the director. An amateur documentary with some professionally fleshed out ideas and research. ” Please note, I am an amateur documentary filmaker and this documentary was made on no budget. The only cost involved were just the travel expenses to the Ukraine.” Thus begins a heartfelt and well researched documentary that looks to follow-up on a spot of the world that reporters have forgotten about:...

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Life or Death in the Gaza Strip

A rare glimpse of the embattled Gaza Strip and a chance to see what life was like under the rule of Hamas. In 2007 VICE tried and failed to get into Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing. Back then the rival Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah were engaged in a bloody war for control of this tiny strip of land. Hamas won. When the post-Mubarak government of Egypt decided to start letting small numbers of folks into Gaza through their Rafah Crossing, VICE knew they could finally enter the...

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A Competent Democracy

A Competent Democracy presents a detailed analysis of our political systems today and asks the question throughout: Do our political systems today offer any technical approach to governing society and are our political systems socially relevant anymore? The current economic system does not go unquestioned either. Transitional tools on how to attain a much more efficient, healthy, socially and technically relevant social system are summarised in relation to which way we should be heading if we want to create social sustainability on a global scale – ideas which cannot come out of our...

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Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

Shui-Bo Wang’s feature documentary is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. A rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photographs presents a personal perspective on the turbulent Cultural Revolution and the years that followed. For Shui-Bo Wang and others of his generation, Tiananmen Square was the central symbol of the new China — a society to be based on equality and cooperation. This animated documentary artfully traces Shui-Bo’s roots and his own life journey as he struggles to sort...

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Murder in the Amazon

In May 2011, married environmental activists Zé Cláudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo were shot to death outside their house in the Amazonian state of Para. A month later VICE traveled to Zé Cláudio’s hometown of Marabá, which was once in the middle of the rainforest and is now surrounded by miles and miles of clearcut cattle land. As the investigation into Zé and Maria’s murders went nowhere, VICE drove into the forest to the site of the killings, followed the heavily armed men of Brazil’s environmental protection agency as they busted up illegal timber mills, visited...

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The Assassination of Russia

A very thought provoking documentary related to the apartments bombings that rocked Russia in 1999. This film examines the September explosions, and focuses on the foiled bombing in Ryazan on September 22nd, 1999. This film vividly portrays the inconsistencies in government officials’ reactions to Ryazan, and their later attempts to consistently blame the Chechens. Questions about the possible involvement of the special services are...

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Gaza We Are Coming

Gaza We Are Coming is a documentary describing the maritime mission that successfully broke the Israeli blockade. Israel’s attack on a flotilla of aid ships sailing for Gaza has once more put the spotlight on the Israeli blockade of the Strip. But, activists did manage to break the Israeli blockade. In August 2008, two wooden Greek ships laden with 44 activists from 17 different countries managed something no other vessel had in 41 years and broke the marine blockade that Israel has unilaterally imposed in Gaza, in contravention of international law. The mission was the brainchild of...

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Karachi: Pakistan’s Most Violent City

"Sure, we hear about violence in Pakistan all the time, but in 2011, more than three times as many people were killed in Karachi than the number of people killed in American drone strikes in the tribal areas. VICE explores the seedy underbelly of this ultra-violent metropolis of more than eighteen million people, and meet the players who make Karachi one of the craziest cities on earth." - From...

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Lugovoy Lie Detector Test: Who Killed Litvinenko?

State Duma deputy Andrey Lugovoy, who the UK considers the main suspect in the killing of former FSB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, did not commit the murder, a British lie detector test shows. Lugovoy was asked several questions in connection with the 2006 death of Litvinenko by the British Polygraph Association in Moscow. Asked if he had directly or indirectly contributed to the death, and whether he had dealt with polonium, he replied “no” to all questions. Aleksander Litvinenko died from poisoning by the radioactive substance polonium 210 in November 2006 in a London hospital....

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