Category “Society”

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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Teens Hooked On Girls

In this documentary, the relationship that Britain's teenagers have with the internet and adult sites, is explored. Britain has one of the highest percentages of sexually active teens in Europe. One in three boys around the age of sixteen, regularly visit adult sites and a third of fifteen year olds have had sex. This is the first generation of teenagers that cannot remember a time before the internet. It is very easy for young teenagers to access porn on the internet. For some it is casual but for others, as seen in the documentary, it is an addiction. Teens can look up porn of many...

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Knuckle

It was 1997 when Ian Palmer (the director) met a traveller family called the Quinn McDonagh's. Michael Quinn McDonagh was 18 years old when he married his cousin Jacqueline, Ian had been asked to film their wedding by a friend. Although knowing nothing about travelers and their way of life Ian ended up following them for the next 12 years. The Quinn McDonagh's had been fighting a bitter feud with their cousins the Joyce's for decades, now both families had started to make video tapes to insult and challenge each other to bare-knuckle fistfights. This documentary dives into the violent but...

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Dangerously Rich: Billionaire Super Security

Protesters, Pirates, even Kidnappers are targeting todays super rich. Some say these threats are intensifying and as a result billionaires from around the world are fortifying their personal security with sophisticated, cutting edge and so called head of state level protection. From high security on the high seas to when the bad guys come, the tools and technologies to take down any intruder at any cost. While their jet setting or on the move an entire industry is on call ready to sell the super rich, super security and even some good old fashioned muscle. With exclusive access to Warren...

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No Sex Please, We’re Japanese

In a world where people panic about the rising global population, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are not having enough babies and the causes of that form the basis of Anita Rani's intriguing journey. Part of a season of programmes on population for This World, No Sex Please, We're Japanese explores Otaku culture - the world of nerds and geeks obsessed with computer games and Manga cartoons - which has led to a withdrawal of many Japanese men from the whole dating game. Anita meets...

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