Category “Society”

Beyond

Beyond is a beautiful documentary by Cale Glendening featuring the photographer Joey L. and is set in Varanasi, India. They travel here with the purpose of completing Joey's photo series "Holy Men". This trip is carried out alongside a very important hindu festival where many Sadhu's will be gathered in one place. A Sadhu is a type of Hindu wondering monk, who has renounced all possessions and dedicated their life to spiritual liberation. Death is only considered to be a passing from this world of illusion and is not feared by these monk, they live a life that is dictated only by the mind...

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Leonardo: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

Leonardo Da Vinci was much more than a painter who created work of astonishing beauty like the last supper and the Mona Lisa. He was a renaissance genius in the fields of anatomy, architecture, agriculture, music and mechanics, to name a few. Born out of wedlock, he was barred from learning Greek and Latin. This lack of a conventional education led him to an obsession with learning about the world around him through a deeply inquisitive and observing mind. The film traces Leonardo’s life from his upbringing and intuitive understanding of the laws of nature to his apprenticeship years...

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Dubai’s Luxury Life

Piers Morgan hosts this documentary on what is considered one of the most extravagant cities in the world. In only 20 years, Dubai has turned from a desert into a modern oasis. For the majority of the film we are exposed, through Piers, into just how lavish and over-the-top Dubai is; Giant palm shaped islands seen from space, the only 7 star hotel, the world’s largest skyscraper, $50 million accommodations and 100,000 pound mobile phones, to name a few. Led by the visionary Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid, Dubai has managed to become a utopia for those chasing a dreamlike lifestyle. Dubai...

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The Truth about Payday Loans

Miquita Oliver used to be a famous television presenter and radio personality in the UK until she filed for bankruptcy in 2011. As someone who is very familiar with the burdens of having huge debts looming over her head, she hosts this documentary on payday loans. With teenagers and young adults facing rocketing unemployment rates and limited resources, many have turned to payday loans as an easy and fast means of getting cash. Their offices are in abundance and their advertisements make it seem so harmless, however most are unaware of the extremely high interest rates they...

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Amazon: Truth Behind the Click

A behind the scenes look into what happens when you buy from the world’s biggest online retailer. Through testimonials of ex-employees and an undercover employee with a camera, the tough conditions for workers at Amazon are revealed. The film exposes the immense pressure the workers go through, such as racing a computerized clock every step of their shift and having to walk up to 11 miles a day inside the distribution centers. As more people around the world find it easier to do their shopping online with a click of a button, staff members working at Amazon are put under mental...

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The Truth About Immigration

Its the dead of night off the choppy waters of the south coast, Nick Robinson is setting out to try and solve a political mystery. His journey like so many before him begins on a voyage to Britain. For decades whether by sea or by air millions have come to these shores, making Britain a nation of immigrants but now anxiety about the next wave of arrivals has reached an all time high. The question is why? The government is eager to be seen to be cracking down, illegal immigrants are being told to go home. Politicians are competing to talk tough. The arrival of people from all over the world...

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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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