Category “Society”

Autopsy: The Last Hours of Robin Williams

Robbin Williams was one of the funniest and most gifted comedians of his generation, his manic energy, lightning wit and wildly inventive improvisation made him world famous, but on August the 11th 2014, Robin Williams was found dead in a bedroom of his home. Early news reports jumped to one conclusion. World renowned forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has been preforming high profile autopsy's for more than 25 years, his expertise has been called on for the Bloody Sunday enquiry, the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and the inquest into the death of Princess Diana. In this...

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You Won’t Regret That Tattoo

When it comes to tattoos we have all heard the phrase "you'll regret that when your older", well this short documentary by Angie Bird explores that concept, sitting down with several elderly folk who all have tattoos to discuss the meanings and memories behind the ink. This film sets about challenging the idea that if we get tattoos when we are young, that in later life we will come to regret...

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My Ideal

The porn industry today is unique and in its own category of media, attracting large numbers of viewers. In this film we see Gabriele Trapani, the director for wecrosstheline, an Italian independent video label delve into the daily lives of models for Ideal Images, an LA based adult agency. Through the CEO of Ideal Images, Jason Toller we see how the whole operation works, from the managing of careers right through to the...

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Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom

More than a year has past since Colorado became the first state in the United States to legalise the sale of recreational Marijuana, but sometimes the line between whats legal and what isn't is still a little hazy. In this documentary, reporter Harry Smith examines the issue of cannabis in the workplace, as Colorado employers try to reconcile with a more-open cannabis culture with the workplace enforcing zero tolerance rules. We also get a glimpse into the other side of Marijuana, a more serious side were people have moved to Colorado in order to use the drug medicinally for chronic...

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India’s Daughter

On the 16th of December 2012, at around 8:30pm a 23 year old medical student was on her way home from a movie with a male friend. The couple boarded a private bus which was going their direction, her friend was badly beaten and she was dragged to the back of the bus, where she was gang raped by six men as the bus drove round and round the highways. According to the latest government figures a women is raped in India every 20 minutes, but most of these are unreported. This particular rape however, lead to unprecedented protests erupting across India. The silence has been broken. The...

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Strangeways: Britain’s Toughest Prison Riot

Twenty-five years ago nearly 2,000 inmates broke out of their cells and took over strangeways prison in Manchester, the worlds media caught every moment of the rooftop siege, but what made strangeways remarkable was that cameras has already captured the brutal conditions that existed inside the prison, a stark warning of what was to come. When this hidden world finally erupted men died and hundreds were injured. Now for the first time the riot leaders, the inmates who followed them and the prison officers who fought them take us inside Britain's toughest prison...

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Millionaire Basement Wars

The super-rich are beginning to take full advantage of their properties located within the hearth of London, maximising their value by building downwards, tearing up the ground and creating mega basements or 'iceberg homes' as they are called. Over the last ten years central London has seen an estimated 2000 new basements being dug, much of which are being built to house private cinemas, swimming pools, beauty parlours, squash courts, wine cellars and servants' quarters. Some take close to three years to complete and once built many just lie dormant as the owner's rarely visit. Life for...

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Laos: Saviours of the Street

Across Asia car ownership is soaring, but so to is the number of people dying on the roads. In this 101 East episode we see Al Jazeera correspondent Drew Ambrose travel to Laos, a poor mountainous nation that has one of the regions worst road fatalities per capita. In the capital, Vientiane, an ambulance service run by a French paramedic and his band of volunteers is the only hope for crash survivors. Ambrose takes us inside this small medical unit in order to reveal just how bad things are...

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Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Now days we think of the Tudor home as an icon of Britishness, timber framed, possibly thatched, a cottage, but these quaint relics of the past, belie the revolution in technology that changed them and us. It was an age of great change and discovery, one place this change was most evident was in the home, domestic life became transformed and with this transformation came risk, from the new techniques used to warm rooms to the exotic foods that filled the table and the radical new remedies introduced to the medicine cabinet. With the help of modern science and historic reference this BBC film...

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