Posted in: Crime, Drugs, Society
Crack House USA
Summer 2005: federal agents and police record over a thousand hours of surveillance footage inside a crack house in Rockford Illinois. For six weeks the gang smoke weed, play with guns and sell crack and heroin, unaware that their every move is being filmed. The customers come and go with no clue that their secret lives would be exposed. This is an intimate portrait of the rise and fall of a crack house and of an American urban community brought down by drugs. Interviews with gang members, their families and cops...
Posted in: Society
Hookers At The Point
Hookers at the Point was one of the most candid and revealing documentaries ever made about street prostitution. Now, filmmaker Brent Owens continues his look at the die-hard lives of Bronx hookers, revisiting old faces and introducing us to some new ones, underscoring the hopes, fears and humanity of prostitutes in a way we've never seen...
Posted in: Society
For Neda
The film reveals the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan, who became another tragic casualty of Iran's violent crackdown on post-election protests on June 20, 2009. Unlike many unknown victims, however, she instantly became an international symbol of the struggle: Within hours of Agha-Soltan's death, cell phone photographs of her blood-stained face were held aloft by crowds protesting in Tehran and across the world. With exclusive access to her family inside Iran, the documentary goes to the heart of who Neda was...
Posted in: Society, War
Guarding The Queen
For the very first time cameras have been allowed behind the scenes at the royal palaces to see the historic and hidden world of the Grenadier Guards. In the second episode posh but tough Major Thorold Youngman Sullivan and no nonsense right hand man Sgt Major Steve Munro have their work cut out to maintain the impeccable Grenadier standards. In thie third and final episode, the Guards on ceremonial duty are in London practising for Trooping the Colour alongside their regimental rivals, the Coldstream...
Posted in: Society, War
Female Fighters of Kurdistan
From Boudica of the British Celts to Corporal Klinger, few things unsettle the male mind like a lady in arms. The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long recognized this principle and incorporated it into their quest to build a Kurdish homeland in the overlap between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Fighting alongside their male comrades in a region not exactly known for its progressive stance on women's rights, the female Peshmerga guerillas of the Kurdish Liberation Movement built a reputation for themselves in the 70s...
Ancient Ink: Blood and Tattoos
Starting in New Zealand, Craig Reynolds explores the tattooing culture around the globe. He kicks off with the Maori and the artists who maintain the ancient tattooing tradition.  There are so many different and diverse patterns and techniques…many are quite simply painful to endure. The Maori moko is very significant both for the male and female tribes folk. Many of the Moari moko’s were constructed with a flat chisel which opened up a scar which would then again be opened and inked. Craig gets...
Posted in: Crime, Society
Meet The Burglars
Victims of burglary and other crimes are increasingly being offered the opportunity to meet the criminals who offended against them, in a controversial scheme aimed at empowering victims and potentially cut levels of re-offending among former prisoners. Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe goes into a jail to witness a tense encounter between two young women and the youth who broke into their home while they slept. Meetings between victims and offenders have proved to be remarkably successful in cutting reoffending and...
Is Football Racist?
Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this documentary. Nicknamed 'Britain's brainiest footballer', Clarke has played at all levels from the Premiership to the fourth division, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football...
Hillsborough: How They Buried the Truth
The 1989 Hillsborough disaster was an incident that occurred during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs on 15 April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident has since been blamed primarily on the police. The incident remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world's worst football disasters. This investigation reveals...