Category “Society”

Searching for Spitman

The tale behind a somewhat notorious character from around the West London area known only as "Spitman" is the thing urban legends are made of, a sort of local boogie man if you will. Spitman is a name you will hear on the blocks, stairwells and alleys of West London, its a story that exists across the road from multimillion pound homes, a story that lurks in the night, a story of the real underbelly. Spitman it seems is a man that frequents London's council estates in search of young men who will preform bizarre deviant acts on him for money, these include urinating and spitting on him...

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Discrimination: They Think It’s All Over

These days jobs can seem to be few and far between for those unfortunate enough to be currently unemployed, the process of getting one can also seem quite complicated, especially if you live in Northern Ireland. When you apply for a job here you have to fill in a form telling your employer your religion, your race, if your married, your age and sometimes even your sexuality, but the people who are appointing you this position or interviewing you are technically not allowed to ask for personal information such as this. Why is this? well in case they discriminate against...

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When I Die: Inside Japan’s Death Industry

In Japan, funerals are big business with an ageing population and more than one million deaths in the country last year. It is being predicted that this figure is going to only rise until the year 2042, so finding a final resting place can be somewhat difficult and expensive as Japan runs out of space to bury their dead. As this fact becomes clearer the funeral industry now seems to be stepping up to the challenge in typical Japanese fashion, finding innovative ways to send their loved ones into the afterlife. In this episode of Al Jazeera's 101 East, we take a look at how Japan says it's...

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There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

In July of 2009 there was a traffic collision which occurred on the Taconic State Parkway, in a town near Briarcliff Manor, New York. The crash happened shortly after 1:30pm on the 26th which was a Sunday and saw eight people killed when a minivan being driving by a 36 year old women known as Diane Schuler crashed head on into an oncoming SUV. The accident made national headlines and Diane was made out to look like a reckless drunk who lost the plot, taking her own life and several other family members. This being said, Diane's immediate family have taken great measures in order to attempt...

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Hillsborough Disaster

This ESPN 30 for 30 special examines the tragic events that took place on the 15th of April 1989, the Hillsborough Stadium disaster which resulted in the deaths of 96 people and 766 others being injured. The event itself took place due to dangerous overcrowding during a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest and remains the worst stadium-related disaster in English sports history and one of the worlds worst football disasters. In 1990 an official inquiry into the disaster took place which in the end concluded that "the main reason for the disaster was the failure of...

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Groomed By The Islamic State

In February of this year (2015), three young schoolgirls from East London, aged between just 15 and 16 left their typical way of life and all comforts that go along with that in order to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State as brides to be. So far around 60 women from the UK have made the same journey. The story of this disappearance instantly became big news and a blame game quickly followed suit in order to find out who was at fault. Once the families of the three girls, Amira Abase, Shamima Begum, and Kadiza Sultana found out that the police has already been interviewing their...

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The Train That Divides Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an ancient city with a sparkling new train, it was built to unite people but instead the train itself seems to be dividing it further. In this film by BBC's panorama, reporter Adam Wishart, a British Jew, investigates how the train has made it easier for the Jewish community to travel into the Palestinian suburbs, seeing a dramatic influx of people who the Palestinians would rather stayed away. Wishart decided to ride the train which seems to have caused so much controversy, having even incited violence amongst the two sides, all in order to discover the truth as to whats...

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Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?

This is Martin Read's first film, becoming a filmmaker hasn't been easy for him because when he was 16 his mother kicked him out of the house and he became homeless. Having spent some time in prison and struggled with mental health issues he is now turning his life around but the issue of homelessness is still something he cares passionately about, so in an attempt to raise awareness he has produced this documentary. There is nearly a 1,000 more people living on the streets today than there were just 5 years ago, many charitable organisations put this down to the 7 billion pounds in cuts...

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In Vogue: The Editors Eye

In Vogue: The Editors Eye, is a celebration of the magazines 120 years of covering the fashion industry's highs and lows, including behind the scenes interviews with the editors, designers, models and photographers who have contributed so much to the magazines...

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