Category “Society”

British Neo Nazis

100% White is a powerful portrait of men trapped on the margins of society. Leo Regan's subjects, Colin, Neil and Nick, may have left their neo-Nazi gang behind, but shedding their own fear, hatred and violence is a far harder task. Former leader Neil, who describes stabbing someone as "too easy, like getting butter out of a tub", now seeks counselling to control his violent tendencies. Colin left the gang because "you've got to look after your family before you can sort out your country", but demonstrates his paternalism by assaulting his wife and forbidding his children to have black...

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Heroin: Addicted to the Devil

Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as "black tar heroin."In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it. Side effects from heroin abuse and addiction vary as the disease progresses. Other chemical dependency may impact the presentation of...

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Wild Child The Story Of Feral Children

Interesting documentary which examines the myth and reality behind some of the most famous cases of feral children, who have been discovered around the World. There's some fascinating footage of kids who have allegedly been brought up by all sorts of animals, and we also hear about some of our traditional stories relating to children who have grown up primarily in the company of other living creatures. This film attempts to make us think about our place in the animal kingdom - What exactly does it mean to be a human being? Is nature or nurture more important for our conditioning? - but it...

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The Japanese Love Industry

Japan is a country that is dying, literally. Japan has more people over the age of 65 and the smallest number of people under the age of 15 in the world. It has the fastest negative population growth in the world, and that's because hardly anyone is having babies. In these difficult times, the Japanese are putting marriage and families on the back burner and seeking recreational love and affection as a form of cheap escape with no strings attached. We sent Ryan Duffy to investigate this phenomenon, which led him to Tokyo's cuddle cafes and Yakuza-sponsored prostitution...

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India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman

In December 2012 a young medical student was brutally gang-raped on board a bus in Delhi. Horrified by the attack, 28-year-old British Asian Radha Bedi travels to India to uncover the reality of life for young women...

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Ageing Japan

Japan faces a demographic crisis. Its population is falling rapidly due to an ageing population and declining birthrates. In two decades from now, seniors will outnumber children under 15 by nearly four to one. The situation is now so critical that adult nappies outsell baby nappies in the country. Japan's overall population fell by a record quarter-million to 127.8 million last year, and by 2060, the population is expected to fall by an additional one-third to as few as 87 million. And 40 per cent of those remaining will be over 65 years old. The demographic decline has led to a...

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A Cold Place to Live Outside: Homelessness in the Canadian Arctic

This film is a part of a research project being lead by Dr. Michael Young in the School of Humanitarian Studies. It documents some of the problems associated with homelessness, addictions and mental health issues in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and explores the causes and consequences of the problem from the perspectives of homeless persons themselves, health and social service providers and government. The video does not reach specific conclusions rather, it is intended to encourage dialogue and foster the development of strategies to effectively respond to the...

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Geisha Girl

Documentary following 15-year-old Yukina as she leaves home and moves to Kyoto to embark on the arduous training needed to become a geisha. The profession has always been shrouded in controversy, with some believing geisha are little more than high-class prostitutes. At such a young age, does Yukina really understand what this ancient profession has in store for...

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Amish: A Secret Life

An intimate portrait of Amish family life and faith, this film opens up a world usually kept private. Miriam and David are Old Order Amish and photography is not permitted under the strict rules of the Amish church. So when they agree to open their home and their lives to the cameras, they embark on a journey which is not without risk. As the film unfolds, we learn exactly what is at stake for this family and why they wanted to share their lives and risk...

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