Category “Society”

Petrol Bombs and Peace: Welcome to Belfast

In 2013 Belfast experienced one of its most violent summers in recent years. Alys Harte is on the frontline with a notorious Loyalist band who are marching into the eye of a...

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Animal Imitators

There are humans who undergo extensive body modifications to transform themselves into their favorite animals. Some are content just adopting the behavior of their chosen creatures, while others don animal-skin tattoos, pointed ears, and filed...

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50 Shades of Sasha Grey

Sasha Grey is an American actress, model, author, musician, and former adult actress. Throughout her adult film career, she was profiled by several pop culture magazines and television programs. She has also been featured in music videos and advertising campaigns. She won numerous awards between 2007 and 2010, including the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award in 2008. After her feature film debut as the lead in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, she shifted her focus to mainstream acting. She starred in the black comedy/horror film Smash Cut, and played a...

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Kings of Cannabis

You might not know who Arjan Roskam is, but you've probably smoked his weed. Arjan's been breeding some of the most famous marijuana strains in the world, like White Widow, Super Silver Haze, and many others, for over 20 years. In 1992 he opened his first coffee shop in Amsterdam and has since crafted his marijuana-breeding skills into a market-savvy empire known as Green House Seed Company, which rakes in millions of dollars a year. He's won 38 Cannabis Cups and has dubbed himself the King of Cannabis. VICE joins Arjan and his crew of strain hunters in Colombia to look for three of...

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I Woke Up Gay

In the small town of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, seven years ago, a 19-stone rugby-playing ladies man and bank clerk Chris Birch snapped his neck while larking around doing somersaults and backflips with his friends. As the tabloids excitedly revealed a while ago, he suffered a massive stroke and woke up as a completely different person, a person who happened to be gay. It's well-documented that strokes can completely alter a person's character but Birch is one of the most extreme cases that neurologists have ever seen. Now 26 and a hairdresser, he has a fiancé called Jak (and no,...

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BioBricks: Building Blocks of Life

In the race to decode the human genome, scientists have long developed the tools that allow them to read and influence the building blocks of life. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute are able to decode the genome of Neanderthals and compare it with the human genome. Synthetic biology is no longer just practiced in university laboratories anymore. The next step could be for scientists to bring extinct species back to life - maybe even Neanderthals. Things that aren't ethically defensible today could become normal in the...

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Turnstile

Turnstile is focused on women involved in the criminal justice system and drug policy reform. The 36 minute film offers an exploration of three women’s experiences with addiction and incarceration, and interviews with other women that have been working for decades on criminal justice reform. Turnstile was made with no funding support over the course of two years. It is freely accessible online via Vimeo and downloadable. Intended audiences include those directly impacted by addiction and the War on Drugs, educators, activists, policy makers, and those simply seeking to learn more about...

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Yemen: State of Intoxication

Is Yemen a nation under the influence of drugs? Each afternoon the country slows down as both young and old chew Khat leaves for a legal high. Meanwhile farms have stopped growing food and water is running out. On the outskirts of Sana’a a young boy, no more than 5 or 6, sits on a low wall. “Do you chew khat?” He smiles a wide, empty smile, “Yes, every day.” He’s just one pint-sized representative of a country absolutely consumed by the drug. It’s already having a massive social impact: “difficulty in sleep, irritability, up to severe psychosis and we also saw some...

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Desperately Hungry Housewives

When you think of anorexia and bulimia you generally think teenage girls, but these dangerous eating disorders are now on the increase among older women. This film goes into the seemingly perfect world of four housewives who are struggling with the fallout from their eating disorders. They may seem to have it all with their nice houses, perfect children and middle class lives, but behind the wisteria, they are having a constant battle with their food and eating. Jane in her early fifties now has the bone density of a 92 year old; 36-year-old Zoe has turned to Cognitive Behavioural...

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