Category “Sport & Adventure”

Swansea City: The Fall and Rise

In 2013 Swansea City won their first major silverware, the League Cup. But ten years ago the club was in crisis and the team was in danger of dropping out of the football league. This is the story of how the club was rescued by its fans and taken on a journey to the Premier...

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Is Football Racist?

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this documentary. Nicknamed 'Britain's brainiest footballer', Clarke has played at all levels from the Premiership to the fourth division, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football today. Setting out with the belief that racism has been largely eradicated from the...

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Hillsborough: How They Buried the Truth

The 1989 Hillsborough disaster was an incident that occurred during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs on 15 April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident has since been blamed primarily on the police. The incident remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world's worst football disasters. This investigation reveals how police, politicians, lawyers and judges all played a part in burying the...

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The History of Poker

The game of poker has evolved into the game we know today over a period of nearly 1,000 years and across a wide spectrum of civilizations. Some attribute the origins of the game to the Sung Dynasty of 10th century China, while others mark its beginnings with a Persian game called "As Nas" dating back to the 16th century. Throughout its history, the game has varied considerably, however the basic concepts of psychological strategy and card ranking have always featured along the course of its evolution. The version of the game that is most closely linked to its contemporary form is Poque,...

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All the President’s Torturers

Brazil is set to host both the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games and with abundant natural resources and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, one way or another Brazil is set to become a major player in the affairs of the 21st century. With an ambitious, progressive government, a population of around 193 million, now well established federal democratic structures and apparent political stability, many even see it as a global superpower in the making, perhaps even deserving of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council in the not too distant future. But...

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Broad Street Bullies

Broad Street Bullies the documentary, chronicles the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers from their beginnings as an expansion team in 1967, to their back to back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, and 3 straight Finals appearances from 1974 to 1976. Thirty years later, members of those Cup teams are still revered in the city of Philadelphia and throughout the hockey world, for that matter. This film brings people back to those glorious days of the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup championships through the telling of so many of the incredible anecdotes that emanated from the...

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Slug It Out

When the passion of a small Italian baseball team is challenged daily, in a country, Italy, that has no interest or feelings toward this sport, the love and dedication this team has becomes the solution to all their problems. Documentary filmmaker Fabio Monticone, tells the story of the Sanremo Baseball Club, a rare breed in a country where soccer is the only sport with national relevance. A story that begins during World War II and takes us all the way up to today, where, despite all the financial hardships and a lack of future prospects, Sanremo Baseball not only survives, but manages to...

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Amateur Armstrongs

The Lance Armstrong scandal has blown the lid on the world of sports doping. However, a larger problem is at risk of slipping by unnoticed: widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by members of the public. Government officials estimate up to 160,000 fitness fanatics may be doping in the Netherlands, risking serious health problems, which “often don’t manifest until years after use”. As the international market is swamped with products manufactured in underground labs, even some dealers are starting to get worried. How big is the problem we will get down the line from these...

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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. This documentary film covers the period from 1964 to 1974, giving viewers a rare glimpse of America’s greatest fighter before he became a legend. Muhammad Ali: The Greatest captures Ali in his most open moments (on the tour bus, in the changing rooms, and talking to fans and supporters), the film offers a portrait of Ali as a spectacular showman. With an array of talking heads, the film builds up a historical picture of Ali’s influence. Yet it also confirms that he was as much a PR genius as a brilliant pugilist. As one university...

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