Category “War”

Story of Korean War in Colour

June 25th 2010, marked the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of a merciless conflict that brought the world to the brink of nuclear armageddon and scarred a nation so deeply that it is still bitterly divided. From the originators of the acclaimed ‘In-Colour’ genre of documentaries, Stewart Binns and Adrian Wood, Korea the Forgotten War in Colour tells the story of the war through the powerful colour imagery, emotive musical score and dramatic soundscape that are the hallmarks of Binns’ and Wood’s productions. Using original colour material telecined at source directly from film...

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Crossing The Line: North Korea

This is the story of James Joseph Dresnok, once a United States Army private, who successfully crossed the minefield-strewn demilitarized zone and defected to North Korea during the war. Dresnok has spent more than half his life living, working, and raising a family in North Korea, and was nicknamed Comrade Joe by Western media when he walked into infamy at the height of the Cold War, still remaining a man of eternally divided loyalties. From his appalling childhood in a rural 1950′s Virginia foster home, to interviews with his fellow GI’s, Crossing the Line uses combined historical...

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Soviet Top Secret Weapons

During the period of the Cold War, a large proportion of the Soviet Union’s economy and scientific establishment was dedicated to the development of new and better weapons. The Soviet’s paranoia about Western technical superiority was at its height during the 50s and 60s. This film takes a look at two notable but unsuccessful secret weapons programs of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The first was a submarine (called “Queen” by NATO) that had a revolutionary new propulsion system and a nasty habit of catching on fire. The second was a very large hovercraft, the Ekranoplan,...

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In Saddam’s Shadow: 10 Years After

Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, this documentary series by Vice takes us to Baghdad to see how the city is doing. The film is guided by Waleed Nesyif, after eight years away he is returning home for the first time. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi hangs with a Baghdadi biker gang who fondly remember the days of Saddam’s rule, and we get a tour of a city that used to be covered non-stop in the American media, but now seems to be somewhat forgotten. The film investigates the struggles of emo kids and gays living in Baghdad, with recent reports of emo teenagers being beaten up and even...

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U.S Gangster Marines

According to a recently released FBI report, Gang-related activity in the US military is increasing and poses a threat to law enforcement officials and national security. The report, Gang Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing, dated January 12, states that members of nearly every major street gang have been identified on both domestic and international military installations. Members of nearly every major street gang, including the Bloods, Crips, Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Hells Angels, Latin Kings, The 18th Street Gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Mexican Mafia, Nortenos,...

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The Real Rebels of Congo

This documentary uncovers perplexing survey of the Congo’s myriad resistance groups. Besides the fragmented Lord’s Resistance Army, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also home to militant groups such as the Mai-Mai, the Raia Mutomboki, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. But the greatest threat to regional stability could very well be a group known as M23. Led by Bosco Ntaganda, known by his troops as the Terminator, M23 mostly consists of Congolese Tutsis who defected from the army last April after alleging that the government in Kinshasa had violated peace...

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Surviving D-Day

Five years into World War II, the future of Europe hangs in the balance, as 34,000 US soldiers embark on a mission to launch the biggest attack ever from sea. This fascinating documentary, interviews the soldiers who fought at Omaha, recalling their experiences as they approached the shore line under intense cross fire. Using CGI graphics to recreate and illustrate what happened on D Day, the programme also explores the weaponry used in the first wave of the invasion. Of the 1450 soldiers to arrive in the first wave that day, it is estimated that over one third of these men were casualties...

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World War I in Color

World War I in Color is a documentary made with the cooperation of the Imperial War Museum, designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives. The human cost is conveyed by moving interviews with the now very elderly survivors, and by extracts from letters and memoirs. All aspects of the war, on land, sea and air are covered in separate programmes. Episode 1- Catastrophe This first...

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The Bombing of Germany

Through interviews with veterans, historians and ethicists from all the countries engaged in World War II, this documentary recounts the story of the Anglo-American bombing campaign against Germany, exploring the moral conundrums imposed by the reality of the...

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