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    Best Documentaries – American Drug War: The Last White Hope

    35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars. The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years […]

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    Best Documentaries – Sex Crimes and the Vatican

    Created in 1962, a now infamous document was issued in secret to bishops. Called Crimen Sollicitationis, it outlined procedures to be followed by bishops when dealing with allegations of child abuse, homosexuality and bestiality by members of the clergy. It swore all parties involved to secrecy on pain of excommunication from the Catholic Church. This document was reissued in 2001 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and sent to all bishops. Yet rather than ordering more openness and cooperation with the authorities as […]

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  • terror in mumbai

    Best Documentaries – Terror in Mumbai

    Murder may be most foul when random and arbitrary, partly because the murderers may thus be imagining themselves God’s equals, entitled to administer the ultimate in verdicts. Such was the character of a callous outbreak of killings in India by Pakistan-based terrorists, a hellish episode masterfully reconstructed by Terror in Mumbai, an HBO documentary. The group’s leaders have chosen an insanely profane name for themselves: The Army of the Righteous, a terrorist faction whose leaders openly aspire to increasing the amount […]

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    Best Documentaries – Made in Bangladesh

    Walmart shorts were among the clothes found in the charred remains of Tazreen Fashions factory, but the company escaped accountability. For many western retailers, whose clothes are made in Bangladesh, it’s business as usual. Fault Lines travels there to investigate why. The fire started on the ground floor and quickly spread. At least 112 people died, hundreds of others were injured. Many workers were trapped inside because the doors were locked and the building had no fire exits. The remains of […]

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    Best Documentaries – Vatican Inc.

    Pope Benedict’s resignation shocked the Catholic Church and left the Vatican in disarray. His successor will face many challenges, from recurrent sexual scandals to concerns about financial impropriety at the Vatican’s own bank, the IOR or Institute of Religious Works. In 2011, Al Jazeera investigated allegations that the IOR had been involved in money laundering and examined Pope Benedict’s plans for cleaning up the secretive system. With many of those reforms having fallen short and the Vatican’s finances still under a […]

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    Best Documentaries – Inside the DEA

    Explorer reveals the inner workings of a sting operation designed to bring down one of the world’s most prolific and untouchable criminals. With unprecedented and exclusive access to the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), and the global narco-terrorism agents, enter the shadowy world of illegal arms trafficking. The Drug Enforcement Administration has been around since 1973, and performs an important law enforcement mission across America and in more than 50 countries around the globe.

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  • rampant injustice

    Best Documentaries – Rampant INjustice

    This documentary is detailing the unconstitutional, para-military, gestapo style raids occurring in America by the Justice Department and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. These raids involve not only the business owners under investigation for a white collar offense, but all of the employees who work for them but are not accused of any crime or under any type of investigation. The documentary IS NOT about the guilt or innocence of the business owners… It is about abuse […]

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  • sherlock holmes the true story

    Best Documentaries – Sherlock Holmes: The True Story

    A documentary about the real life inspirations for Sherlock Holmes. A leading professor of medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell is a pioneer in a new field, forensic science. Joseph Bell is the real life model for the greatest fictional detective in history. He inspired his student, Arthur Conan Doyle to create a legend. Includes interviews with literary historians and Holmes experts and asks the question what is it about this imaginary Victorian detective seem so real.

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  • supermarket slave trial

    Best Documentaries – Supermarket Slave Trial

    Prawn, or shrimp if you’re American, was once a luxury and now it’s an everyday pleasure. Cheap for us to buy, the human cost of their production is unbelievable. This is the story of globalized slavery and how giant international supermarkets like Walmart, Tesco, Carrefour, Morrisons and Iceland are selling shrimps fed by slave labor. Thai fishing industry is rife with abuse, torture and summary executions. Thailand is the world’s largest supplier of shrimps. The six-month Guardian investigation has traced the […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers

    Italy has always been infamously known for its issues with organized crime. Until recently, Sicily’s Cosa Nostra (in English, “Our Thing,”) has been the only name worth knowing in connection with the Mafia. However, the past few years have seen a family-run crime organization known as the ‘Ndrangheta (from the Greek for “courage” or “loyalty”) coming up in the ranks. Author and Mafia historian John Dickie takes us into the secret world of this (literally) underground crime organization, guided by the […]

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  • the world history of organized crime

    Best Documentaries – The World History of Organized Crime

    From Hong Kong to Sicily, this gripping set examines five of the world’s most notorious criminal syndicates. The World History of Organized Crime travels the globe to get an insider’s view of some of the most active, dangerous and diabolical criminal syndicates in existence. The five episodes focus on a different region, examining the conditions that helped create these groups, talking to law enforcement specialists about how they are being fought, and relating true stories of famous cases.

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