Category “News & Politics”

Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words

In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first American president to ever resign from office. During his time as president, Nixon secretly recorded every one his own private conversations held within the Oval Office for the purpose of historical reference but this very act would go against him once the Watergate scandal broke and ultimately lead to his downfall. Nixon feared that his blunt remarks recorded on tape would be taken out of context and tarnish his presidency forever, because of this he set about preventing their public release, however once he died in 1994 the US government...

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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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