Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BBC Amazon Abyss 5 episodes

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BBC Amazon Abyss 1 of 5

Hunting for it in the piranha-infested waters looks like no fun at all, but some of the images we see of astonished fish along the way are brilliant.

BBC Amazon Abyss 2 of 5

The team are on a quest to find a fish that talks and the candiru – a parasitic catfish notorious for invading the human body. Kate heads deep into the jungle to film a rare freshwater dolphin and track down the elusive giant otter.

BBC Amazon Abyss 3 of 5

Mike and his team confront an armour-plated catfish, discover a 45-metre hole in the riverbed and come face to face with an anaconda.

BBC Amazon Abyss 4 of 5

The team has come to the very deepest part of the jungle, where streams contain the richest life, as well as danger, from four-metre caiman and the electric eel – a fish with a 600 volt shock.

BBC Amazon Abyss 5 of 5

In the climax of the expedition, the team prepares to explore a 100 metre chasm at the very bottom of the river. Underwater robots take cameras down the abyss and find the deep water flesh-feeding candiru.

Blue Planet - Seasonal Seas

Blue Planet - Seasonal Seas

Surveys the effects of the seasons on the world's temperate seas — the most productive on Earth. Sable Island near Nova Scotia boasts the largest colony of grey seals, which breed there when the weather is at its worst. The pups remain marooned for weeks until the spring, when they are strong enough to swim. Spring also heralds the bloom of phytoplankton: it provides food for copepods, and they in turn are prey to jellyfish, which assemble in vast, million-strong swarms. On the Californian coast, giant kelp also flourishes and by summer, grows at the rate of a metre a day. It provides a sanctuary for shoals of fish and sea otters, the latter anchoring themselves to the seaweed when resting and keeping its grazers in check by eating them. Late summer in Alaska sees Pacific salmon heading inshore to breed. However, the level of their favoured river is too low and they are forced to wait in the open sea, where they fall prey to a salmon shark. The early autumn near Vancouver Island, and the temperature drops slowly. There, the last of the year's baby herring become the focus for a feeding frenzy by diving auks and murres, and marauding rockfish. Pacific white-sided dolphins also inhabit these waters and, when not hunting nocturnally, socialise during the day. As winter arrives in the north, adult herring seek shelter but are hunted by orca, which club the fish with their tails to subdue them by creating waves of pressure.

Blue Planet - Open Ocean

Blue Planet - Open Ocean

Focuses on life in the "marine deserts": seas that are furthest from land. Such waters contain the swiftest and most powerful of ocean hunters. A feeding frenzy is shown, as striped marlin, tuna and a Sei whale pick off a shoal of sardines until all within it have been consumed. Manta rays also gather to eat the eggs of spawning surgeonfish. Accumulations of plankton correspond to ocean 'boundaries' and consequently, schools of fish seek them out. This in turn attracts predators, and a sailfish is filmed on the attack. The only escape for smaller fish is to put as much distance between them and their pursuers as possible. Bluefin tuna are able to heat their bodies and so can hunt in colder conditions than the others of their species. Off the coast of New Zealand, an undersea volcano has formed an island and the nearby currents sweep many kinds of creatures to it, again creating huge feeding grounds. Another Pacific seamount is surrounded by hammerhead sharks, but not to seek food: they are there to allow other fish to clean them of parasites. However, others that are on the lookout for prey arrive in vast numbers. A large pod of common dolphins is too big to feed all at once and so splits up into smaller expeditions. One of these ends up near the Azores with a shoal of mackerel in its sights, but they have to compete for their quarry with an attendant flock of shearwaters and a group of adult yellowfin tuna.

Blue Planet - Coasts

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Examines the world's coastal environments, "the most dynamic of all ocean habitats". The perils of living in such places are highlighted by Marine Iguanas on the Galápagos Islands, whose diet of seaweed is quickly grabbed between crashing breakers. Many shores provide sites in which to breed or lay eggs. Apart from birds, turtles are among other major species to do so, and the mass emergence of flatbacks on Crab Island in Australia is reduced by predatory herons, pelicans and other hunters. Each year, four million seabirds, comprising fourteen species, return to the island of Talan in eastern Russia to nest. By ensuring that all their chicks eventually leave at the same time, they lessen the impact of predators. The rough seas of the Southern Ocean play host to penguins, and a group of them is shown being pursued by an aggressive bull sea lion. The planet's coldest seas are in Antarctica, and on South Georgia each spring, thousands of Southern elephant seals arrive to breed. A pair of males is shown fighting a bloody battle to control a harem of females. In Patagonia, the social nature of sea lions is shown as they establish colonies, each of them several hundred strong. While in some respects it is an ideal location for the growing young, high tide brings danger for the colony as a pod of orcas habitually goes on the attack. Having snatched a victim, the predator returns to the open ocean to 'play' with it.

Blue Planet - Frozen Seas

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Compares oceanic life in the Arctic and Antarctica. The winter in these regions brings temperatures of minus 50°C and frozen seas that create the biggest challenge. However, there are polynyas in the Arctic, which are free of ice owing to the pressure of currents on either side, and such places do provide refuge for some species, like the walrus and the bowhead whale. A pod of belugas is shown: their movements are limited to a single hole in the ice — therefore putting them at risk of attack from polar bears. Everything changes with the arrival of summer, when melting ice brings a variety of migratory visitors. At the other end of the planet, in the Antarctic, winter is even more harsh, but emperor penguins and Weddell seals stay throughout. Under the sea ice, krill shrink in size and revert to their juvenile form in order to save energy. Chinstrap penguins overwinter to the north, beyond the ice, but return during the spring to breed. Having managed to get ashore, they have to walk a great distance to find a nest site, and the most favoured is Zavodovski Island, an active volcano whose warmth keeps ice from forming. Further south, as the icebergs break up, humpback and minke whales appear, their target the abundant krill. The leopard seal is the Antarctic's top predator. It is most effective underwater, and emperor penguins propel themselves at speed through its territory. Nonetheless, it almost invariably makes a kill.

The Lost God's of Easter Island

Attenborough in Paradise - The Lost God's of Easter Island

A simple, carved figure bought at an auction in New York leads David Attenborough on a global journey from Russia to Australia, from England back to the Pacific. On the way, he delves into the history of the enigmatic civilization responsible for building the stunning standing stones on Easter Island.

BBC Wild South America - Lost Worlds

BBC Wild South America 1of 6 Lost Worlds

The opening episode traces the events that have created the unique landforms and ecology of South America. Originally part of the supercontinent Gondwana, it broke away around 100 million years ago and became an island. At that time, it was dominated by reptiles and strange plants similar to the araucarias and tree ferns of Chile’s Valdivian forests. These forests also harbour descendants of the first mammals, small marsupials like the shrew opossum and monito del monte. Volcanic activity thrust up the Andes, where animals have had to adapt to the extreme environments of the altiplano and Patagonia. The Andes formed a natural barrier which altered the climate and the course of major rivers. Amazonia was once a great swamp, but now harbours the world’s greatest expanse of rainforest and its mightiest river. There are more species here than anywhere else, and many, including pygmy marmosets, have specialised diets. There are extreme dry environments here too. Guanacos survive in the Atacama Desert by eating lichens, whilst in windswept Patagonia, maras and burrowing owls squabble over the best nest holes. By contrast, the seas are rich in life: a pod of dusky dolphins is filmed attacking a shoal of anchovies. A land bridge with North America formed 3 million years ago, creating a pathway for invasive species. Those that survived were the opportunists like coatis, or specialists that exploited niches, like the maned wolf. Man, the most recent invader, has shaped the land and domesticated its animals to meet his own needs

BBC Wild South America - Penguin Shores

BBC Wild South America 6of6 Penguin Shores

The final programme begins in the Falkland Islands, where thousands of rockhopper penguins negotiate the treacherous wave-swept coast and sea cliffs as they come ashore to breed. Huge shoals of krill live in the cold, oxygen-rich waters of the surrounding ocean. Black-browed albatross, gentoo penguins and king cormorants are among the millions of seabirds drawn here to take advantage of the nutrient-rich sea. In summer, pods of killer whales arrive to hunt penguins, using techniques learned from previous generations. Animals of the Southern Ocean visit the deep-water fjords around the southern tip of the continent. Magellanic penguins nest in the undergrowth, but must evade the predatory sea lions which patrol the kelp forests offshore. Peale’s dolphins are filmed in the Straits of Magellan. The cold Humboldt Current carries nutrients far up the west coast of South America, but on land the temperate forests give way to the driest desert on Earth. Off the coast at Paracas, huge shoals of anchovies gather. These attract seabirds, Humboldt penguins and larger predators such as sea lions. At the Galápagos Islands, warm and cold ocean currents meet, attracting new species. Hammerhead sharks gather in shoals hundreds strong to feed, breed and socialise. Sperm whales also arrive to breed, with the bulls establishing dominance over rivals by head-butting and tooth rasping. The volcanic islands have their own unique flora and fauna due to their isolation, including flightless cormorants, marine iguanas and Galápagos finches. The cold Humboldt Current has even put a penguin on the equator

BBC Wild South America - Andes

BBC Wild South America 4 of 6 Andes

In the fourth programme, the viewer is taken on a journey along the Andes, the spine of the continent. In the northern tropics, spectacled bears feed on bromeliads in the cloud forests and on the puya flower spikes in the alpine grasslands of the Páramo. At these altitudes hummingbirds find it difficult to hover, so those such as the Andean hillstar perch on flowers as they drink the nectar. The Andes are a young range in geological terms, and volcanic activity is still present. The mountain-building forces have thrust up the altiplano, a high, dry desert with geyser fields, caustic lakes and little vegetation. Vicuñas and vizcachas have adapted to the thin air and large daily temperature variation. Despite the treeless environment, even woodpeckers are found here; the Andean flicker nests underground. The geysers and hot springs never freeze so flamingos here can stay year-round, but those on the salt lakes must migrate to lower altitudes to escape the winter. Late-hatching chicks can be trapped by the ice before they can fly. The final part of the programme features Patagonia, where the mountains are lower but closer to Antarctica. The ice fields are so vast they generate their own glaciers and weather systems, blasting the remnants of ancient volcanoes with cold winds. Guanacos, gray foxes and pumas are filmed in both winter and summer. Birds featured include spring migrants buff-necked ibises and great grebes, while the resident Andean condors are big enough to see foxes off a carcass

BBC Wild South America - Great Plains

BBC Wild South America 3of 6 The Great Plains

The third instalment features Brazil’s Cerrado grasslands and the Pantanal, the largest seasonal swamp on Earth. The plains have pronounced wet and dry seasons, and the creatures of these ancient habitats have evolved survival strategies to withstand the extremes of drought, fire and flood. The main grazers here are termites, making the Cerrado seem empty in comparison to Africa’s savannah. Specialist termite eaters include the giant and collared anteaters and armadillos. By the end of the dry season, even the Pantanal begins to dry out. Fish and caimans are trapped in muddy pools and capybaras must move in search of water. A female jaguar with two cubs is shown chasing vultures off a cattle carcass. The first storms ignite the Cerrado as lightning strikes the tinder-dry grass. These annual fires help return nutrients to the soil, and trigger plants to release their seeds. The Pantanal is home to over 700 species of bird, including the rare hyacinth macaw and vast flocks of wood storks, which time their breeding to coincide with the floods. Young capybaras are vulnerable to attacks from anacondas. As the Cerrado flowers bloom with the arrival of the rains, rheas and pampas deer feed alongside one another. A playful greeting between maned wolves is filmed using night-vision cameras. On humid nights, winged termites leave their mounds in their millions to start new colonies. The final scenes show the mounds illuminated with the lights of bioluminescent beetle grubs

BBC Wild - Mighty Amazon

BBC Wild South America 2of6 Mighty Amazon

The second programme shows how life along the Amazon River is dominated by the annual cycle of floods. In the dry season, female giant river turtles gather on exposed sand banks to lay their eggs. As broad reaches of river are cut off by sandbars, caimans and egrets take advantage of the bounty of fish trapped in shallow lagoons. Underwater infrared cameras film scavenging candiru and an electric eel hunting. As the first rains arrive, a cormorant flock feeds quickly to take advantage before the fish begin to disperse. Black vultures get an easy meal as fish killed by oxygen-starved water wash up on the river banks. In the rainy season, water levels along the Amazon can rise up to 10m. Invertebrates emerge from cover in the undergrowth and migrate into the trees to escape drowning, but lizards and praying mantises await their arrival. Fire ants mass into a floating raft to move from their flooded nests, while sloths and tarantulas have adapted to swimming between trees. Predators are at a disadvantage now, but giant otters are expert hunters and use teamwork to corral fish. The boto, a rare river dolphin, navigates the submerged forests using sonar. Rainforest trees, which can survive inundation for six months, time their fruiting to coincide with the floods, using fish as seed dispersers. Villages and communities line the river's banks, but their overall environmental impact is low and they have adapted to the annual cycle of flooding. The sheer scale of the Amazon may yet ensure its survival

Life on Earth; Infinite Variety

Life on Earth - The Infinite Variety

This episode begins in the South American rainforest, whose rich variety of life forms is used to illustrate the sheer number of different species. Since many are dependent on others for food or means of reproduction, David Attenborough argues that they couldn't all have appeared at once. He sets out to discover which came first, and the reasons for such diversity. He starts by explaining the theories of Charles Darwin and the process of natural selection, using the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands (where Darwin voyaged on HMS Beagle) as an example. Fossils provide evidence of the earliest life, and Attenborough travels a vertical mile into the Grand Canyon in search of them. By the time he reaches the Colorado River bed, the geological strata are 2,000 million years old — yet there are no fossils. However, the "right rocks" are found on the shores of Lake Superior in Canada, where wafer-thin slices of flint, called chert, reveal filaments of primitive algae. Also, the micro-organisms that flourish at Yellowstone Park in Wyoming appear to be identical to the Earth's oldest fossils. The evolution of single-celled creatures, from simple cyanophytes to more complex ciliates, and then from multi-celled sponges and jellyfish to the many variations of coral and its associated polyps, is discussed in detail. The fossilised remains of jellyfish are shown within the Flinders Ranges of Australia, and are estimated to be 650 million years old.

Wild South America - Amazon Jungle

BBC Wild South America 5of6 Amazon Jungle

Episode five covers the Amazon rainforest, home to more varieties of plants and animals than anywhere else on Earth. Despite the profusion of life, finding food can be a challenge for both people and animals. Many plants have poisonous leaves, seeds and fruit to protect themselves against attack. The Guarani, a native tribe, practise low-impact hunting using blowpipes. They make darts using downy fibres from kapok seeds for the flights, and dip the tips in natural toxins. Some animals eat only the youngest shoots, which contain less poison. Others such as white-faced sakis have developed special digestive systems to cope with their toxic diet. At a clay lick, spider monkeys risk descending to the forest floor to eat clay, which helps to neutralise the toxins. They are not alone – other visitors include a brocket deer, white-lipped peccaries and parrots. At night, the flooded lick is visited by the shy Brazilian tapir. Red-and-green macaws take clay at special places along the rivers, a great social occasion for the birds. Army ants are shown overwhelming their prey, but some creatures have developed clever ways to avoid detection. Antbirds are reliant on the ants to flush out fleeing insects. In the canopy, bromeliads are a vital water source for all tree dwellers, including woolly monkeys and the dazzling paradise tanager. Each plant can store up to ten litres and is a microcosm of life. Golden-mantled tamarins are successful because they are supreme opportunists, eating fruits and insects and living in tightly-knit groups

Blue Planet - Seasonal Seas

The Blue Planet - Seasonal Seas

The Privileged Planet

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The Privileged Planet
Utilizing stunning computer animation as well as the visual archives of NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope Institute, the European Space Agency, and other leading observatories throughout the world, The Privileged Planet presents a spectacular view of our planet, our galaxy, and the entire universe, and shows us that not only is the Earth perfectly suited for intelligent life, but that the Earth is in the perfect location in the galaxy for man to make scientific discoveries. (John Rhys-Davies as Narrator.)

The Search For Purpose In The Universe...
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Star Trek 30 Years and Beyond

Star Trek 30 Years and Beyond
For thirty years, Star Trek crews have boldy ventured where none have gone before--and now it's time to celebrate! Join host Ted Danson and the largest gathering of Star Trek members ever for an anniversary salute to Gene Roddenberry's visionary series. Highlights include special appearances by Joan Collins, John Larroquette, Ben Stiller, cast members from Frasier, and a musical tribute by Kenny G. Through stirring film clips from all of the series and movies, and moving personal tributes, you'll relive Star Trek's most unforgettable moments with the people who created them.
At the end, real-life astronauts Aldrin and Jemison present NASA award plaques to the cast members.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fire Eyes

Fire Eyes is a Human Rights and Womens' Issues orientated Documentary Film.

Fire Eyes : Director: Soraya Mire' | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 1994
This Documentary video from Mire, was one of the culture unplugged festival's winning entries.

Soraya Mire is a Screenwriter, Activist, Director, Actor, & Producer. She was born in Somalia, where she spent her early years before immigrating to Europe in 1979. She attended Domain Universitaire in Grenoble, France, obtaining bachelors degrees in Political Science and French Literature. After moving to the United States in July 1984 she began her film career, working in several production studios, while attending UCLA Film School. In 1993, she founded "Persistent Productions", a company specializing in social conscious films that highlight globally significant women's issues.

Synopsis: Fire Eyes is the voice of the wounded souls, communicating the anguish and the pain, of the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation/female circumcision in Africa, which has affected almost 80 million women in Africa, 135 million women around the world. The film maker had gone through this Rite of Passage when she was 13, and lived with the scar and trauma since then. This ancient custom is loosely based on concept of purity of family blood lines, but it primarily acts as a mechanism of patriarchal societies to control women's sexuality, life & freedom, driven by fear and ignorance. In parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia, this artificial/puritanical form of chastity is still prevalent where the communities follow this tradition and the girls & women live with feelings of oppression, violence & stigma.

The film presents parallels among various developed & undeveloped cultures across the globe, where women's livelihood & freedom is suppressed.Nominated for, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival,1994

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Links; www.sorayamire.org

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wild Beast

Wild Beast : Director: Jeroen Van der Stock | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2008

Synopsis: Fang Xu Shi lives with many other immigrants around the film sets of Hengdian, relying on the ongoing productions to hire him temporarily as an extra. He reflects on his life and, more particularly, on his past and his relationship with his father in this universal story of human philosophy, set against the peculiar backdrop of the Chinese film industry.

Screenplay \ Jeroen Van Der Stock Photography \ Emmanuel Gras
Editing \ Bram Van Paesschen Sound \ Marijn Thijs
Production \ Savage Film Year of production \ 2008
Running time \ 58' Cast \ Fang Xu Shi
Executive producer \ Bart Van Langendonck

Waters of Death

Life After People - Episode Ten; Waters of Death

Destructive waters overtake the world we leave behind. Rain floods New Orleans again, and when power goes out in the city's aquarium, it spells doom for thousands of animals. Corrosion from rain brings down Seattle's Space Needle, while humidity in the Middle East wrecks Dubai's space-age structures.

The Road to Nowhere

Life After People - Episode Nine; The Road to Nowhere

The post-apocalyptic fate of our cars, planes and roads. Oil refineries turn into time bombs. In the Motor City, harsh northern winters dismantles auto headquarters. While in Texas, the Alamo succumbs to a new invader. Also, animals adapt: armadillos spread, some dogs rekindle their hunting instincts, and long-horn cattle flourish once again.

Armed and Defenseless

Life After People - Episode Eight; Armed and Defenseless

The fate of mankind's machinery of war: a sunken nuclear missile explodes, Pearl Harbor comes under renewed attacks, snow causes urban avalanches, and dairy cows are threatened. Featuring Denver, Hawaii, and a mysterious abandoned island near New York City.

Sin City Meltdown

Life After People - Episode Seven; Sin City Meltdown

The apocalyptic future of our gambling meccas. In Las Vegas, a new rat pack takes over, wax figures of celebrities melt, and iconic hotels crumble. In Atlantic City, the ocean tears apart casinos, but the boardwalk refuses to be destroyed.

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Bound and Buried

Life After People - Episode Six; Bound and Buried

The fate of the treasures left entombed, like the mysterious Doomsday Vault, the Mona Lisa, and the Declaration of Independence. Also, Philiadelphia's Liberty Bell cracks for good and San Francisco's cable cars and bridges snap.

The Invaders

Life afte People - Episode Five; The Invaders

In a life after people, invasive animals and vines spread: pythons battle alligators, plants strip oxygen from lakes, and sandstorms invade Phoenix. Also, Shanghai sinks and Miami is submerged.

Heavy Metal

Life after People - Episode Four; Heavy Metal

Once people disappear, New York City experiences its next great crash. In this episode, we reveal the breaking point of precious metals: skyscrapers face collapse; bridges hang by a steel thread; and the fate of our nation's secret stash of gold. Meanwhile, a fatal weakness is exposed in the Gateway Arch, breweries reveal untapped potential for disaster, and horses make a surprising bid to stay alive in a life after people

Capital Threat

Life after People - Episode Three; The Capital Threat

Welcome to Earth, Population Zero. In this episode of Life After People, our nation's capital is under attack. Forces of nature threaten to destroy our national treasures. What will happen to The Capital, The Washington Monument or the Constitution? Three thousand miles away, Los Angeles, the center of the entertainment world, faces the same threat. Wilted palm trees set the scene for a massive inferno. What will survive? What creatures might take our place? And could another capital to mankind emerge in the Pacific Ocean when we're gone? This isn't the story of how we might vanish -- it's the story of what happens to the world we leave behind.


Life after People - Episode Two; Outbreak

Welcome to Earth, Population Zero. In this episode of Life After People, savage forces sieze control from man. Thousands of domesticated animals break loose, feats of engineering will self-destruct, pets will escape, and a deadly virus will spread once again. Invasive vines will blanket the South, while the Sears Tower and Big Ben struggle to remain standing. In an outbreak of nature what will endure? It is a journey that will take us to the future of Chicago, Atlanta and London -- as well as haunting locations already devoid of man. This isn't the story of how we might vanish -- it's the story of what happens to the world we leave behind.

Life After People

Life After People Episode One; The Bodies Left behind

What if every human being on earth disappeared? This isn't the story of how we might vanish--it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. In this episode, we'll see what happens to some of the bodies left behind. Most embalmed and buried, some mummified, others cryogenically frozen. Will any of them truly achieve immortality? Or will they be outlived by other memorials to mankind, like the Statue of Liberty or the Sistine Chapel. This is just part of a journey that will take us to the future of cities of Boston and Houston--as well as haunting sites already devoid of man.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

BBC Gaza

Gaza a BBC Documentary

BBC released this Shocking Expose documentary film, revealing the truth about Israel's behaviour in and around the Gaza strip, and their treatment of the Palestinian people.

Warning: The video below contains distressing scenes and is not for the faint hearted.
"If innocent Foreigners are dying in Gaza, then what's happening to the people who live there?"

In this British Channel 4 News documentary, reporter Sandra Jordan investigated the miserable daily life condition for Palestinians living in Gaza under total occupation of the Israeli regime.

Their story focused on detail events surrounding the deaths of an American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was deliberately crushed by an Israeli armored bulldozer and two British journalists who were directly shot at by Israeli soldiers.

After the production of this documentary, Israeli government has made it more difficult and dangerous for journalists to uncover the real stories behind the misery and aggression in Gaza.

Watch Documentary - Gaza

Link to the Channel 4 News related to the story on the video.

Another documentary on Gaza by an American research institute.

Full documentary on the historical perspective and expert commentaries to the conflict with a brief historical review by an Oxford University professor.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Interior Landscapes

Paisajes Interiores (Interior Landscapes) : Director: GABRIEL FOLGADO | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009

Synopsis: "Interior landscapes" tells the story of mining industry in El Bierzo an area located in the Spanish province of León. Three generations of miners from the same family unfold the secrets of what it means to be a miner and live in a mining community.

Through their memories, experiences and impressions we glimpse the reality of a group of people who share not only a job, but also a special way of life.

Watch Documentary; Paisajes Interiores

Techqua Ikachi

Techqua Ikachi: Aboriginal Warning--Revised Education Edition : Director: alan Gorg | Genre: Drama | Produced In: 2009

Synopsis: Part One: history documentary AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI, Part Two: prophecy docudrama EARTH SPIRIT, Aboriginal prophecy warns against drilling and mining the Earth and has been proven accurate by the rising specter of global warming. In AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI (10 minutes), a Hopi farmer tells of his travels from reservation to government school, to hard times, to war, and back home to appreciation of traditional life close to nature. That philosophy calls on people to follow the natural way.

In EARTH SPIRIT (34 minutes) indigenous people resist oil and mining interests seeking to exploit and pollute their land. The tribe is in conflict. Many want the material benefits of modern industry, but traditional voice a prophecy warning against violating the natural way of life, hurting the people and their environment.

A troubled city youth is drawn back home to defend the land of his ancestors. Similar confrontations are currently being faced by indigenous peoples all around the world.

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Links; www.techquaikachi.wordpress.com

The Rescue of Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers

The Rescue of Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers :

Director: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole and Mariana B | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009

Synopsis: Journey with three young men from California as they retrace their efforts throughout the past six years working to end the longest running war in Africa. The Rescue of Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers documents their labor to expose the tragedies of war-affected regions while inspiring individuals in the Western world to use their voices for change. For the past 23 years, the region of East Africa has been consumed by conflict. Despite a ceasefire between the LRA and Ugandan government, efforts toward peace were stalled on several occasions by LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony's refusal to sign the final peace agreement. In early 2009, the Ugandan government launched a military operation intended to defeat the LRA and capture Kony. The LRA retaliated by attacking thousands of civilians, while abducting hundreds of children to fight as soldiers. A Ugandan civil war has now evolved into a regional crisis prompting massive international attention. This film tells this story.

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Baul Without Boundarie

Baul Without Boundarie :

Director: Sutapa Deb | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009

Synopsis: Baul is one of the few widely known and appreciated types of folk music in Bengal. Baul is not only a kind of music, it is basically a Bengali religious sect. The members of the sect are themselves called Bauls, and the songs they sing are named for them, Baul-gAn (Baul songs).
The filmmaker travels to various parts of Bengal searching if the golden days of Baul singers are over.

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Buddha Wild

Buddha Wild - Monk in a Hut

Buddhist monks aren’t usually described as wild(at least not in our urban dictionary), but director Anna Wilding’s intriguing feature documentary debut stirs up the meditation room a bit. Buddha Wild explores what really goes on behind the monastery doors, touching on hot-button issues like the roles of women, racism, and celibacy in a monk’s daily life. Buddha Wild is a refreshing synthesis of Eastern and Western politics and culture, without a nibble of Hollywood cheese.

“The religion of the future should transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both natural and spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description… If ever there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” – Einstein.

Buddha Wild provides viewers with a well-judged glimpse into the monastery world of the Buddhist Monk and the real world of those who follow the precepts and principals of Buddhism. The documentary centers on the life of the Buddhist monks. They are a kind lot of warm hearted and enlightened men. Buddha Wild is a journey of discovery.

The monks were clearly enamored by Ms. Wilding and their generosity of information from taboo subjects exhibits this fact. A well judged mix of seriousness and humor. “Anna Wilding was compelled to make this upbeat film to counteract racism she witnessed in a region”. (Excerpt from cultureunplugged.com)

"Buddha Wild" has been called "beautiful" by Moving Pictures Magazine 2008, and "a must see film" by Splash Magazine 2008. It garnered critics pick in LA Weekly Magazine 2007, and Union Jack Newspapers said, "Anna Wilding Captures Our attention." Moonrise Movies Magazine in Canada said it was "delightfully sweet and accurate." (Kids First)

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Renita Renita

Critical Social Biographical Drama from Culture Unplugged

Renita Renita : Director: Tonny Trimarsanto | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2006

Synopsis: Trapped in a male body, Renita wanted to be a doctor and a woman since she was a child but her parents forced her to study at a Islamic school where she was bullied and ostracized. She rebelled by becoming a prostitute in the hope of finding freedom but instead, found that it came at a cost - she experienced brutality and was discriminated against by her family and the Indonesian society in which she lived.

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