Category “Society”

Overpopulated

We live in a world of relentless change, huge migrations of people to new mega-cities filling soaring skyscrapers and vast slums, ravenous appetites for fuel and food, unpredictable climate change and all this in a world where the population is still growing. Should we be worried? Should we be scared? How to make sense of it...

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On Point: A Vinyl Documentary

On Point is a documentary film by Charlotte Bacciochi filmed in Coventry during 2013. The film explores the world of vinyl, interviewing several store owners, music producers and DJ's who all seem to share a great love for records and recall their feelings of how things used to be when vinyl sales where booming, as well as their view on the modern digital age. Perhaps something is lost in the ability to simply download a single rather than having a hard copy? Either way, On Point sets about exposing some of the issues found in the music industry...

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Ivory Wars: Out of Africa

Ivory has been a source of fascination for 30,000 years. It's portable and can be carved into any shape. But ivory, in all its beauty, hides a dark and bloody truth. 2011 was the worst year for large ivory seizers in two decades. But now, sophisticated intelligence and technology is being shared between countries in an attempt to expose these criminals. Elephants are the largest animals on earth. They are intelligent, have renowned memory and close family ties. They are the architects of their world, altering the habitat around them on a giant scale. Scientists continue to make surprising...

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The Greater Good: A Hitchhike Perspective

This thirty two minute documentary explores the act of hitchhiking in a unique manor. Filmmaker Thomas Francine an experienced hitchhiker, having traveled over 26,000 miles through 13 countries records some of his journeys and the people he has encountered revealing to us that even though hitchhiking is now widely considered somewhat dangerous to do, he himself has never been in a dangerous situation and the same goes for the majority of people he interviews throughout the documentary. Check out the site http://www.gogreatergood.com/ for more...

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Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

Russell Brand used to be an addict of alcohol, heroin and other drugs. In his documentary, Brand challenges the system currently in use to treat addicts in Britain. His passionate, honest and eye-opening opinions on what needs to change is captivating. When Amy Winehouse died, a friend of his at the time, he realized he needed to stop taking drugs. He was told that if he kept up his lifestyle of daily drug use he would either be dead, in jail or in an insane asylum within 6 months. By the time he was 27, the same age Amy Winehouse died, Russell Brand was clean. The method he took was an...

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Jew-Man Business

Jew-Man Business, besides having a seminally anti-semitic title is a documentary about the struggle faced in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the worlds poorest countries which has seen it's fair share of destruction due to a civil war which tore the country apart for 11 years resulting in the death of about 50,000 people. This 40 minute documentary by Maya Christensen, Mats Utal and Christian Vium sets out to show us how life is on the streets of Freetown, following three young men, of which one is living on the street (Bone Thug), another Junior, who is trying to leave...

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13K and Counting!

A short film celebrating the fact that a whopping 13,000 bikes have now been sent to Africa by a wonderful Gloucestershire based charity called "Jole Rider". This charity is doing something really special indeed, enabling children less fortunate to cycle to school instead of being forced to walk up to three hours a day in scorching heat. This day also happens to be the day Jole Rider celebrates receiving their five-hundredth bike from Irish rotary clubs. The charities website is jolerider.org for those of you who would like to show some...

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Trench Town: The Forgotten Land

Trench Town is a powerful look into the lives of the children living there. As one boy says, “Every morning as I rise, I hear gunshots firing”. Indeed, as we follow the children to school we can see gunshot filled signs and walls, little shacks ready to collapse, army tanks and car bombs. It is a dangerous risk just to get to school for these kids. Many of the older kids are in gangs because they have grown up in such a hopeless area with no reason to live. The average age for gangs is 14-25. The police are out numbered so it makes it difficult to put a stop to the warring trench town....

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The Science of Lust

Lust - what triggers it? Once triggered, lust can play a huge part in your behavior and not only sexually. Throughout this documentary various scientific experiments are played out to try to determine how lust affects everyday decisions and behavior. Both men and women are seen to be affected by lust though in slightly different ways. Men are much more visually stimulated than women. When certain backdrops with images of woman are used to sell products such as sunglasses, men in particular are prone to being affected in their buying choices. Both genders experience bodily arousal from certain...

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