Category “Society”

From One Second To The Next

Acclaimed German filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog recently teamed up with an unlikely collaborator when At&T approached him to ascertain if he would be interested in directing a series of short films to educate people on the dangers of texting while driving. Herzog's resulting short-film documentary, focuses on four accidents, two resulting in life-shattering injuries and two resulting in fatalities. Herzog's camera unflinchingly focuses in on the faces of both the survivors and the...

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Streets of New York

New York City is the head of the American social body. From Gotham the signals flow; what is important, what is cool, how to live. In the late 1960 s, New York embraced crime and drug addiction and abandoned its social spaces to crime and criminals; America did the same. The South Bronx burned, Harlem overdosed, and Brooklyn was ruled by the knives and bicycle chains of feral gangs. Then it got worse. The Mafia poured tons of China White onto the street and 13 year old warlords peddled vials of cocaine to passing cars. The media, and our own memories, present us only with a photo album of...

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Overconsumption

Overconsumption or "La surconsommation" as its originally titled, is a short six minute documentary / feature, filled with haunting time-lapse footage that reveals the processes involved in mass producing food for human consumption. Description Update: I have been informed that this short is actually a clip from a documentary entitled "Samsara". Regardless of this I believe the clip is still worthy of its own spot on DH. Here is a link to the full...

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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Mass Media

Noam Chomsky's documentary "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Mass Media" from 1988. analyses mass media and the political ramifications and implications of the messages broadcasted in the United States, being its goal to direct public opinion while "numbing" the people and maiming their ability to educate themselves and effectively produce antagonical political criticism and judgement regarding the established officially broadcasted messages crafted by the powerful in conjunction with mass media outlets throughout the...

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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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