Category “News & Politics”

The Secret War On Terror

For ten years western intelligence has fought a secret war against Al Qaeda, the most deadly and sophisticated terrorist organization the world has ever faced. In the decades since 9/11 the west has employed unprecedented and controversial methods, drone attacks, secret prisons and torture. Peter Taylor the filmmaker has reported on terrorist conflicts for almost forty years and in his words, never has the west felt more threatened and never has the west hit back with such force. In this documentary he investigates whether the secret war has made us all safer. He talks to intelligence chiefs...

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Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady is a 2012 biographical documentary which delves into the life of Margaret Thatcher, looking at her early life as a Grocers daughter raised in Grantham of Lincolnshire and how she fought her way through the cut throat world of politics, whilst encountering the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party and battling the doubt of the British...

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Mari Carmen España: The End of Silence

The end of silence is a documentary roadmovie by two swedish guys driving around spain searching for the historical verdict over Hitler's and Mussolini's old companion Franco. Today the spanish dictator lies beneath the worlds biggest cross. Marl Carmen España's grandfather, Manuel España was one of Fancos many innocent victims. He lies in an unmarked grave under a pile of garbage. Marl Carmen España is determined to change this. The End of Silence is the story about what happens when a country tries to amputate it's...

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South Africa: The Party is Over

In June 2010 the eyes of the world were fixed on South Africa as it hosted the worlds largest international sporting event, the Football World Cup. It was billed as FIFA's most successful world cup to date and its president gave South Africa a nine out of ten. More over the tournament provided a month long break from the usual bad news about crime, corruption and property that has plagued the nation in recent years and gave ordinary South Africans a chance to bask in the limelight of this huge achievement. It is only now however, months after the World Cup has ended and the fans have...

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Gaddafi: The Endgame (State of Denial)

It's the end of a dictatorship, the symbols of a dynasty lie smashed and this is whats left after 42 years of Gaddafi's quixotic rule. A new revolution is overthrowing the old at a price. In 1969 he overthrew a monarchy, in 2011 he joined the role call of dictators swept away by people power but how did this revolutionary, once supported by world leaders so dramatically fall? Did his regime, his family self destruct? or were they simply overtaken by...

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Inside the KGB: Terror of the Soviet Union

The Committee for State Security, more commonly known by its transliteration "KGB" was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its collapse in 1991. The committee was a direct successor of such preceding agencies as Cheka, NKGB, and MGB. It was the chief government agency of "union-republican jurisdiction", acting as internal security, intelligence, and secret police. Similar agencies were instated in each of the republics of the Soviet Union aside from the Russian SFSR and consisted of many ministries, state committees and state commissions. The KGB also has been...

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The Big Fix

The Big Fix is a 2012 documentary film about two filmmakers, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, as they travel along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico meeting the residents whose lives were changed by the 2010 BP Oil Spill. The film argues that BP has utilized the oil dispersant Corexit in the Gulf to create the illusion that the Louisiana beaches are safe and the water (and seafood)...

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The Making of Merkel

On the eve of the German federal elections, Andrew Marr looks at the enigmatic Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. She is the most important politician in Europe and the most powerful woman in the world. Yet she has been criticized by some for her lack of charisma and accused by others of trying to turn Europe into a Greater Germany. Andrew Marr delves into her childhood and background to discover what has shaped her political vision and style. Growing up in East Germany, the paranoid state at the heart of the Communist Eastern Bloc, then becoming a research scientist, she only entered...

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The Video The New York Times Didn’t Want You To See

(Max) Blumenthal explained how The New York Times commissioned the 11-minute video, but after the paper's editors saw it, refused to publish it: "I was asked to submit something by The New York Times op docs, a new section on the website that published short video documentaries. I am known for short video documentaries about the right wing in the US, and extremism in Israel. They solicited a video from me, and when I didn't produce it in time, they called me for it, saying they wanted it. So I sent them a video I produced with my colleague, David Sheen, an Israeli journalist who is...

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