Category “Society”

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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Secrets of the Superbrands

Alex Riley thinks he's immune to brands. When it comes to fashion, technology and food brands he just goes for the cheapest and what works for him. He's convinced he's not seduced by the advertising, celebrity endorsements and hype which surrounds the big global brands. So how did that pair of Adidas trainers get in his wardrobe? And how did that can of Heinz Baked Beans make it into his shopping trolley? And why does he have a Nokia mobile phone in his pocket rather than any other make? With the help of marketeers, brain scientists and exclusive access to the world of the superbrands Alex...

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The Rise of the Superchef

Delia, Jamie, Gordon, Nigella, Rick, Gary and Antony - their names and faces are everywhere, they are all over the TV schedules, their own brand products dominate the department stores and their cookery books fill up the bestseller lists. We think we know them well, but for the first time this is the story of how they took British cuisine out of the joke book and into the record books. With behind-the-scenes access to the chefs and the teams of experts who helped build their empires, this is the untold story of how they turned their cooking skills into vast multi-million-pound businesses...

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Future Energy

The world is subjected to an acute energy crisis in the modern times. Renewable sources of energy are being exploited by the most advanced technological systems to save the planet's highly diminished traditional energy sources. This year marks the deployment of clean energy resources by industries and governments all across the world, which is sure to put a smile on your...

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Baja Smugglers

Daredevil outlaws. The Mexican drug war. All night trips on small fishing boats called "pangas" that smuggle migrant workers & marijuana into the United States. This is Baja...

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