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    Best Documentaries – Education, Education

    In ancient times in China, education was the only way out of poverty – in recent times it has been the best way. China’s economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty. But these days China’s higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair. How do you choose a college when you’re the first person in your […]

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    Best Documentaries – War By Other Means

    John Pilger and David Munro examine the policy of First World banks agreeing loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the crippling interest charges. Won Geneva International TV Award at the North-South Media Encounters event, Geneva, 1993; Gold Medal in the ‘Best Documentary Production category’ of the International Television Movie Festival, Mount Freedom, New Jersey 1993; Gold Award in the ‘Political/International Issues category’ at WorldFest-Houston (Houston International Film & Video Festival), 1993; Silver Hugo Award in […]

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    Best Documentaries – Genesis: Final Point

    From time to time a sea current brings death to the Galapagos Islands. El Nino, a meteorological phenomenon which is becoming notorious all over the world, heats up the waters on the Pacific coast and causes terrible death and destruction to animal species. But Galapagos is not dying. The arrival of El Nino is just a part of the ancient cycle of death and rebirth, a reminder of its genesis and a repetition on an infinitely smaller scale of how […]

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    Best Documentaries – Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists

    If ever there was a troubled subject that could be opened up by Louis Theroux’s brilliant brand of Gonzo journalism, then it is the acrimonious dispute between Jewish settlers and the Palestinian people of the West Bank. Obviously acrimonious doesn’t quite cover it, but there’s enough web space devoted to that subject to stop a squadron of Israeli tanks. Louis’ disarming style of reporting might be cleverly confrontational, but as always his goal is to get to the real stories […]

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    Best Documentaries – Counter-Intelligence

    It is no secret that CIA is engaged in criminal activities around the world, some of which are quite deadly, some of which are quite provocative in the sense of laying the groundwork for large scale military conflict, and it’s happening in a lot of countries. This is not unique to the United States. The United States learned some of this from the British who learned it in turn during the 19th century when they were a dominant imperial power […]

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    Best Documentaries – Waking Life

    Waking Life is an American live-action rotoscoped film, directed by Richard Linklater. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame. The film focuses on the nature of dreams and consciousness. The title, Waking Life, is a reference to the philosopher George Santayana’s maxim: Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled. Waking Life is about an unnamed young […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Canary Effect

    The Canary Effect is a documentary that looks into the effects of that the United States and its policies have on the Indigenous peoples (Native Americans) who are residents. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Stanley Kubrick Award at the 2006 Traverse City Film Festival (Michael Moore hosts). The movie was directed by Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, who are both members of LA Based alternative pop group The Bastard Fairies. Delving deeply into the […]

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    Best Documentaries – Someday I’ll Fly

    Someday I’ll Fly tells the story of singer/songwriter John Mayer as told in Mayer’s own words. Through fan footage, archived interviews, and personal photographs, the Connecticut native recounts his journey to stardom, including his successes and setbacks, in this autobiographical rock documentary. Significantly influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mayer developed a love of blues and rock music at an early age. He began taking guitar lessons and formed his first band as a teenager. Using the Internet as a distribution […]

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    Best Documentaries – Glen Rogers Casasanova Killer

    The Real Killer of Nicole Brown Simpson Rogers was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. He was one of seven children born to Edna (née Sears) and Claude Rogers. Claude was a pump operator at the local Champion paper company. Claude became an alcoholic after marrying Edna. He was fired from his job, forcing the family to move into a lower income neighbourhood. His mother was forced to lie to the landlord, stating that she had only four children, in order […]

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    Best Documentaries – Amelia Dyer The Baby Farm Killer

    Amelia was apparently keen to make money from baby farming, and alongside taking in expectant women, she would advertise to nurse and adopt a baby, in return for a substantial one-off payment and adequate clothing for the child. In her advertisements and meetings with clients, she assured them that she was respectable, married, and that she would provide a safe and loving home for the child. At some point in her baby farming career, Amelia was prepared to forgo the […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Revelation of the Pyramids

    The Revelation Of The Pyramids takes an in depth look into one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Mystery has surrounded these epic structures for centuries with theories varying from the scientific to the bizarre. However with over thirty-seven years of in depth research taking in sites from China, Peru, Mexico and Egypt, one scientist has as at last managed first to understand and then to reveal what lies behind this greatest of archaeological […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Wisdom of the Dream

    First in a three-part series of films produced by PBS, on the life and works of the great thinker and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. Part one provides an overview of the major contributions made by Jung in his long career. Born on July 26, 1875, in Switzerland, Jung became interested in psychiatry during his medical studies. He saw that the minds of mentally deranged persons had similar contents, much of which he recognised from his own interior life, described in […]

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    Best Documentaries – Fabled Enemies

    Fabled Enemies by Jason Bermas is the latest film to question the events of September 11th 2001. Instead of the focus being on physical anomalies surrounding the attacks, it focuses on a vast intelligence network and how they were able to succeed almost 7 years ago. It begins with footage from the morning itself reminding everyone that in the court of public opinion Osama Bin laden was convicted on day 1, there were no other suspects. We then delve into […]

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    Best Documentaries – After the Apocalypse

    The story of the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, who were used as guinea pigs in the Soviet Union’s testing of nuclear weapons. During the Soviet era, the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan were used as human guinea pigs in the testing of nuclear weapons. Today they live with the consequences: sheep graze in radioactive giant bomb craters and in the most affected villages 1 in 20 children are born with birth defects. Dr Toleukhan Nurmagambetov, the boss of the […]

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    Best Documentaries – Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War

    If anyone doubts that it is time for a clear and critical look at Western intervention in the Balkans, consider this: The forces that the US supported in Bosnia and Kosovo were and are closely allied with Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. Bin Laden, himself, was a regular visitor in the office of Bosnia’s President Alija Izetbegovic in early 1993, when the US government was touting his commitment to moderation and multi-ethnic cooperation. Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War makes a compelling […]

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