Category “News & Politics”

Citizenfour

Back in January of 2013, Laura Poitras a documentary filmmaker who received the MacArthur Genius Fellowship award in 2012 and shared a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was a few years into creating a documentary about the increase in surveillance America saw post 9/11 when she suddenly received several encrypted e-mails from a mysterious source, calling themselves "citizen four". Citizenfour was prepared to blow the whistle on the surveillance programs set up by the NSA and other such intelligence agencies. Citizenfour was of course Edward Snowden, and in June of 2013 once this...

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The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known is a film about former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld that was released in 2013 and chronicles his political career, starting off with his early days when he was a congressman and working right up to the planning that took place in regards to the invasion of Iraq and details how the results of such effected his career. The documentary is presented as more of a one on one interview with archived footage used to relay topics discussed...

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The Architect

Vice News meets up with James Mitchell who was found to be the head of a program the United States set up in order to extract intelligence from captured "terrorists" via controversial forms of interrogation, i.e. waterboarding. According to news reports Mitchell personally waterboarded the so-called 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, this is his first ever public interview. Mitchell has in fact signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA and therefore cannot speak on his apparent role in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program but he does speak on a report the Senate...

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For Queen and Country: The Falkland Islands Defence Force

For Queen and Country is an interesting independent documentary produced by Josh Saunders, Caroline Scott and Hannah Smithson that follows two new recruits, Jacob and Marcus, as they complete a 12 week training programme as they hope to become privates and members of the Islands defence...

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The Rise of ISIS

As the United States with a coalition of other countries wage a new war on terror FRONTLINE investigates how ISIS gained such a dangerous stronghold. From the ashes of Al Qaeda correspondent Martin Smith uncovers the early warnings, the missteps and the ancient tribal hatreds that fueled the rise of...

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Rwanda’s Untold Story

Rwanda is a country dominated by its dark history, the senseless barbarity of the genocide still shocks us even to this day. We think we know the story but do we? Rwanda is ruled by president Kagame, regarded by many as the saviour of his country but what kind of man is Paul Kagame? He is a man with powerful friends. Twenty years on from the genocide what is the truth about Rwanda? This BBC film set about investigating evidence of Kagame's role in the shooting down of the presidential plan that resulted in provoking the 1994 killings and also questions his claims of having ended the...

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JFK: Like No Other

The documentary series titled "American Experience" sets about taking fresh look at the charismatic but also slightly mysterious man who manage to captivate not only a nation but the entire western world and to this day remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. We are taken through Kennedy's privileged childhood years right up to his term in office, exploring all aspects of his life including his difficulty with life-threatening illnesses and the efforts he made to keep them hidden from the...

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Rupert Murdoch Battle With Britain

Rupert Murdoch, the most powerful media mogul in the world. He is however accused of dragging Britain's press into the gutter, of having contempt for the law and of contaminating our politics and pubic life. This is the contemporary view of Murdoch but this BBC film is attempting to offer another, describing Murdoch as an agent of change, that struggling post war Britain urgently needed and who's impact has been little short of...

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

This film by acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney tells the story of WikiLeaks and it's founder, Julian Assange who created the site in order to empower whistleblowers and allow them to share secrets anonymously. WikiLeaks quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon upon disclosing several major leaks and this documentary examines the inner workings of this organization, the man who ran it and several whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning....

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