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Body of War

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the...

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Hitler’s Children: Sacrifice

Never has a generation been so completely taken over by a totalitarian state as was the case in Hitler’s Third Reich: at the age of 10 children joined the “Jungvolk” movement, at 14 they joined the Hitler Youth, and at 18 they joined the party, the “Wehrmacht”, the SA, or the SS. This 5-part documentary by Guido Knopp and the ZDF Contemporary History Department is the first comprehensive film portrayal of the young people in the Third Reich. With in-depth witness statements and some previously unpublished archive material, the documentary demonstrates how Hitler succeeded in...

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The Kate Bush Story

This BBC film sets about exploring Kate Bush's musical career which stretches from Wuthering Heights released in 1978 to her most recent album 50 Words for Snow which came out in 2011. Through a number of interviews with fellow musicians we get a good understanding of how she made a name for herself and grew over the years. Contributors include David Gilmour from Pink Floyd as well as Del Palmer her engineer and ex-partner several others including Elton John, Stephen Fry many...

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Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

The definitive documentary about the Halloween franchise that has kept horror movie fans thrilled with each new edition. Includes behind-the-scenes footage, plus 80 interviews with cast and crew including John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Moustapha Akkad, Tom Atkins, Danielle Harris, Kathleen Kinmont, Nancy Loomis, Greg Nicotero, and others, as well as with famous fans including Rob Zombie, Clive Barker, Kim Newman, Edgar Wright and everyone at the legendary Return To Haddonfield Convention. The first quarter century of the Halloween saga, from the 1978 original to 2002′s...

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EP5/6 How TV Ruined Your Life

Progress From the moon landings to Blake’s 7 to CSI: Miami, Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology. Warning: this episode contains a computerised Simon Cowell and a lady in a silver...

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Us Now

A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the Internet. In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United’s FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot. Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing the same thing, because together, they own and manage the football club. If distributed networks of people can run complex organisations such as football clubs, what else can they do? Us Now takes a look at how this type of participation could transform the way that countries are...

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EP 4/6 The Private Life of Plants

Broadcast 26 January 1995, this episode examines how plants either share environments harmoniously or compete for dominance within them. Attenborough highlights the 1987 hurricane and the devastation it caused. However, for some species, it was that opportunity for which they had lain dormant for many years. The space left by uprooted trees is soon filled by others who move relatively swiftly towards the light. The oak is one of the strongest and longest-lived, and other, lesser plants nearby must wait until the spring to flourish before the light above is extinguished by leaves. Tropical...

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COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War on Black America

Through a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise "of a black Messiah" that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role...

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Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock

A three part BBC documentary series looking back on the golden era of American rock, when singers were considered to be gods, guitarists were idolised for shredding power solos and songs had the ability to move a nation. Bands forging one stadium at a time from three decades spanning from the 1960's to the early 90's rock music was being blasted out on every radio station across the states. This program explores how rock music began during the protest movement seen in the 60's quickly taking hold of a...

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