Titles tagged 'politics':
In the Name of Confucius
In the Name of Confucius is the first documentary exposé of China’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute, a Chinese language and culture program set up in partnership with foreign educational institutions. Since 2004, CIs have found their way into over 1,500 universities and schools worldwide. At the same time, millions of students inside China have been dropping out of school due to poverty.
Cyborgs Among Us
In just a few years, technology will merge with our bodies in unimaginable ways and push the boundaries of what it is to be human. Cyborgs strive towards a merging of man and machine with the goal of enhancing human capabilities. The first cyborgs are already crossing the boundaries of their human limits. Seen by many as crazy experiments, in the near future we may call them pioneers.
Women of '69
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time when these Boomers' parents were asking less of themselves, many of these distinguished citizens are asking more, feeling a Third Wind. Where will it take them? Some are determined to keep making waves.
From the Executive Producers of the acclaimed BLACKFISH and director Joel N Clark comes an epic trek of survival, hope, mercy, and human will. An expectant mother determined to give her unborn child a life she never knew. A devoted son torn between seeking freedom and living far from the home and mother he loves. A daughter struggling to comprehend the cost of losing her family in order to begin one of her own in a new land. This is the story of THE AMERICAN DREAM.
Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps "I'm not political," Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth.
The 99% Occupy Everywhere
This award-winning film, narrated by Lou Reed, has been broadcast on three US television stations including Participant Media’s Pivot TV, Direct TV Link and Free Speech TV. The film documents how private money in politics has undermined democracy and transferred income from 99% of Americans to multinational corporations and the wealthy.
Run Boy Run
Escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, nine-year old Srulik (movingly portrayed by twin child actors Andrzej and Kamil Tkacz) flees to the woods. There, he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the harsh onset of winter drive him back to civilization. Taken in by a kindhearted farmer’s wife (Elisabeth Duda), he is given shelter and a new identity. Passing himself off as Jurek, a Christian war orphan, the intrepid boy traverses the countryside from village to village, working as a farmhand under an ever-present threat of persecution.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
For 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they’re well into their 40s, and mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge yet: climate change.
Delay, Deny, Hope You Die
Thousands of American soldiers returned from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan with severe illnesses. They are not the victims of ruthless enemy warfare, but of decisions made by their own military commanders. These soldiers, afflicted with everything from respiratory diseases to rare cancers, were sickened by the smoke and ash swirling out of the “burn pits”, where both the military and private contractors incinerated mountains of trash.
To End A War
To End a War explores what it takes both strategically and spiritually for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness, from war to peace.
Werner Herzog and Andre Singer's riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three never before seen interviews, provides incredible access to arguably the world's greatest living politician.
Good Samaritans risk hostility, political persecution, and legal prosecution to care for feral cats living in colonies. The three main characters in the documentary Catnip Nation, who live miles apart and come from different walks of life, invite us into a world of advocacy, political wrangling, and legal intrigue.
As an urgent response to swelling economic anxiety and wealth inequality in America, comedian Trae Crowder takes us on a journey to the South to explore a transformative idea of giving free cash to every citizen – no strings attached.
The Meat Lobby
Why is ham pink? Why do we believe that it is good for our children? Why are product labels beyond understanding? From Brittany to Denmark, through California and Wisconsin, director Sandrine Rigaud conducts a year-long investigation, trying to understand how these industrial giants are capable of stalling and directing policy decisions that directly affect public health.This investigative documentary reveals the measures the industry is taking to prevent this from happening.
The Land Beneath Our Feet
The Land Beneath Our Feet follows a young Liberian man uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia's past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights.
In 2006, Mitt Romney decides to run for president of the United States. In the days before the 2008 presidential election, he seeks to win debates against John McCain and the other Republican Party presidential candidates. After he loses the Republican nomination, he returns in 2012 to challenge incumbent Barack Obama for the White House. Meanwhile, his wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and he worries about disappointing his supporters and family if he loses
Point And Shoot
In 2006, Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, left home in Baltimore and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a multi-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Take Back Your Power
Utilities around the world are racing to install “smart” utility meters, which are emerging as anything but smart. Josh del Sol’s award-winning feature documentary TAKE BACK YOUR POWER uncovers shocking evidence of in-home privacy invasions, increased utility bills, health & environmental harm, fires and unprecedented hacking vulnerability… and lights the path toward solutions.
It is the world’s biggest white-collar heist involving government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power and international money laundering. A hot-shot financier embezzles US$3.5 billion from Malaysia’s wealth fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad); money from the audacious scam flows into New York and The Hollywood, where the thieves court A-list celebrities and even finance Leonardo DiCaprio’s passion project “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
JFK: A President Betrayed
Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, JFK: A President Betrayed uncovers new evidence on how John F. Kennedy reversed years of US policy by leading back-channel peace efforts with Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev and other US enemies. This riveting documentary highlights how President Kennedy was subverted by top US officials and resented by military advisors, all the while considering how the world may be different had he lived.
When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn’t see himself – a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope… of money. Bronx Obama tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the “look of a lifetime” and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.
On Putin's Blacklist
The first step in Russia’s new Cold War with America began with the banning of the adoption of Russian orphans by US citizens. Soon this adoption ban was expanded to all countries that allow same-sex unions and formally combined the Kremlin’s anti-adoption campaign with anti-LGBT measures. The next victims of Putins’ anti-western rhetoric were the NGOs and Human Rights Groups, followed by Russian opposition.
With over 300 million firearms, the U.S. holds the highest rate of gun ownership per capita in the world. Meanwhile, with each gun-related tragedy, the question remains whether to regulate or to arm. Increasing demand, illegal distribution and emerging 3D technologies threaten to upend the traditional debate of gun control.
Faith, Hope, Love
Russia, home of world-famous thinkers, poets and artists. Russia, battlefield of war, dictatorship and revolutions. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the great revolution, but what is going on there now?
The Nuns, The Priests, And The Bombs
Peace activists challenge the security and legality of America’s nuclear weapons when they break into two top secret facilities: the “Fort Knox” of uranium in Tennessee and a U.S. Navy Trident nuclear submarine base near Seattle. Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world?
The Disrupted dives deep inside the lives of three Americans working harder than ever, as their place in the middle class slips away. For a farmer, a factory worker, and an Uber driver, rising income inequality betrays the American Dream.
Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant. Ran by the nuns of the Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution - into Big Charity - and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community.
Empire Of Red Gold
The world’s most consumed fruit has an untold story. The industrialization of the humble tomato preceded the globalized economy that was to follow. It is now as much of a commodity as wheat, rice, or petrol. The tomato’s ability to create strongly identifiable products, such as ketchup, pizza sauce, soups, sauces, drinks or frozen dishes is unbeatable.
This insider documentary chronicles the efforts of whistleblower Ralph W. Moss, PhD to expose a major cancer research center's attempt during the 1970s to conceal the true effectiveness of laetrile, an experimental, low-cost cancer drug.
The Fight For Water: A Farm Worker
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle documents the impact an environmental decision had upon a farming community when their water supply was shut off. An environmental decision, intended to protect an endangered fish species, had unintended consequences upon the community who needed it to farm, have jobs and be able to provide for their families. Because their livelihood was threatened, they staged a march across the California Central Valley to fight for their water.
Connected By Coffee
Connected By Coffee tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading relationships are helping empower communities and take a step towards social justice.
The Power of the Powerless
Directed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Cory Taylor and narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, "The Power of the Powerless" explores Czechoslovakia's legacy of communist rule and the struggle against it: From the iron-fisted Stalinist government of the 1950s until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Featuring rare and never-before-seen interviews with key figures like Václav Havel.
Every decade, our major political parties gear up for a cartographic war that is kept far from the prying eyes of the public. The winner of this conflict gets to control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more. There are battles in every state, but the loser will always be the average American voters who become more disenchanted with each meaningless election. It is the ultimate political weapon: the ability to directly determine the outcomes of elections. What’s worse is that this practice, gerrymandering, is perfectly legal.
Loved by his friends, hated by his enemies, Lee Atwater wrote the GOP playbook. With extra footage not seen on PBS Frontline and incredible music from Gov’t Mule, this film shows Atwater mentoring Karl Rove and helping Reagan and the Bush family win with controversial, racially charged tactics. Then he repented. Or did he?
On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump's unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet.
Island Soldier is a feature documentary that interweaves the personal stories of Micronesian soldiers serving in the US military at high rates per capita, and the experiences of their families back home in the islands.
Kathy Griffin: A Hell Of A Story
On May 30, 2017 an image of Griffin holding a mask that resembled the severed head of President Trump was released – the image went global and everything she had worked for in her life, vanished overnight.
When We Walk
When We Walk takes place 6 years after the events of 'When I Walk', and documents DaSilva’s struggle to stay close with his son. In the process, he ends up on a trip through the challenges of a broken- health care system and with the threat of powerlessness facing all disabled people.
Vladivostok: Russia's New Eldorado
10,000 kilometers from Moscow, two hours from China or North Korea, Vladivostok is Russia’s new frontier of tomorrow. Putin says he wants to make it into the San Francisco of Russia and luxury casinos are mushrooming everywhere but it’s also home to a large military base. A place where Russian oligarchs and wealthy Chinese investors come to play.