Category “Society”

Ripley: Believe it or Not

Robert Ripley had an obsession for the odd and a keen eye for the curious, this interest made him one of the most successful men in America at a time when things were so bad, during the Great Depression. In just over three decades, Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" franchise having a humble start featuring in newspapers and radio took off and grew into an entertainment empire, dominating not only newspapers and radio but film and television. His fellow countrymen couldn't get enough of the bizarre he offered and were also very interested in Ripley as a person, having become an unlikely...

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Russian Grave Diggers

During World War 2 thousands of soldiers lost their lives on the border of Germany and Russia and many of these bodies were never recovered. Due to this fact there is now a group known as the "Black Diggers" who make it their mission to illegally dig up the lost remains of German and Russian soldiers in order to sell any military artefacts they happen come...

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Surviving Sandy Hook

On December the 14th 2012, gunman Adam Lanza entered an elementary school and shot dead twenty children and six teachers, this tragedy would forever change America's attitude towards gun violence. This film created by award-winning director Jezza Neumann follows three families that were directly involved in the shooting, having lost kids or other family members. The documentary attempts to make sense of the tragedy and Americas complex relationship with guns and the violence seen...

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Tourettes: I Swear I Can’t Help It

John Davidson has a neurological condition known as Tourette Syndrome, its not known what triggers Tourettes but in it's most severe form it causes violent body movements and outbursts of obscene language. In 1988 at the age of sixteen, John featured in a documentary at a time when Tourettes was a little known condition. In 2002, aged 30 he appeared in another documentary, where the crew caught up with him and his continual struggle with Tourettes. There is still no cure but again 7 years on, this film revisits John for a third time to see has our increased understanding and expectance...

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Elliot Rodger: The Virgin Killer

Friday May 23rd 2014, a night of horror in the small west coast community of Isla Vista, using a knife, machetes and three semi-automatic hand guns, Eliot Rodger goes on a hate filled killing spree. This spree resulted in six people being murdered and left many injured before Rodger eventually turned one of the guns on himself. Rodger had planned what he called his "Day of Retribution" with great care over many months and this documentary film by Channel 4 attempts to get a better understanding of his thought process by analysing the videos and manifesto he uploaded before committing this...

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ISIS: “Islamic” Extremism?

Radicalism in many forms has made significant inroads within several countries located around the world, in particular Iraq and Syria in the last few years. Such groups that pose a threat here are known as Muslim extremists, and they directly challenge the idea of Islam and are a threat to humanity in the areas which they dominate. In this journey Mojtaba Masood will be examining modern day extremism in an attempt to try and find out more about the driving forces found behind such terror groups...

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War on Whistleblowers

War on Whistleblowers is a 2013 documentary film made by Robert Greenwald and it highlights several recent cases where employees of the United States government and contractors such as Edward Snowden took steps to release or leak sensitive material in order to expose the fraud or abuse being carried out within the administration of government. Even with president Obama commuting to improving the governments overall transparency and giving hope that such whistleblowers would have increased protection by passing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, this film reveals that, things have...

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On Death Row

In 2012 Oscar winning documentary film maker Werner Herzog released a new four part series entitled On Death Row, he dedicates each episode to a different individual currently on Death Row in the United States, focusing on a specific murder case each time. The four cases profiled are as follows: Douglas Feldman Joseph Garcia and George Rivas, members of the Texas Seven. (Not In Playlist) Hank Skinner, convicted of murdering a woman and her two sons. Linda Carty, convicted of murdering a woman and stealing her four-day-old child Each episode consists of Herzog, personally...

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The Paedophile Next Door

Paedophile's it seems are everywhere in Britain today and almost every week a new child abuse or sex scandal breaks, predatory paedophiles operating at every level of society have abused our children with impunity, for over 50 years they have made a mockery of the elaborate policies put in place to protect our children and the well known cases, including the likes of Jimmy Saville are only the tip of the iceberg. According to Steve Humphries, who was one of the first to break the story of child abuse in the Catholic Church back in the early 90's, the system isn't working and in this film...

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