Category “Society”

Saving Thailand’s Animals

In Thailand getting up close to jungle animals is one of the most popular attractions on the tourist trail,  wether it's riding an elephant, petting a tiger or feeding a monkey, you can do it all in Thailand. But in the rush to meet tourist demand and make profits, animals are often mistreated and neglected. In this episode of East 101 by Al Jazeera, Drew Ambrose heads to Thailand in order to find out if new laws would make a difference in a country where animal abuse is big...

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Klansville U.S.A.

In this episode of American Experience we are shown first hand how the once most liberal southern state of America (North Carolina), became home to the largest Klan organisation in the country, the Ku Klux Klan. They seemed to have lay dormant for decades but in 1954 after the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education decision, i.e. states running separate schools based on race were deemed to be unconstitutional, it wasn't surprising that this ruffled a few feathers, causing some to turn to the...

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Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living

Without Bound is an extremely interesting documentary film that follows a fascinating group of people, who have traded their typical households for a more minimal, off-grid, mobile living, way of life. Taking advantage of trailers, RV's or whatever vehicle they have a preference for. They themselves can see how they might be confused as being homeless but explain that this way of life is in fact a choice that they have consciously made, trading comfort for...

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Macedonia: Behind the Facade

Macedonia's government wants to rewrite the nations history, it's Albanian minority fear the consequences as ethnic tensions increase, opponents say the regime is using surveillance to suppress decent, stating that the government has been phone tapping thousands of civilians. In this episode of People & Power by Al Jazeera they ask just where exactly is this path leading the people, possible civil...

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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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