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Thank You For Your Service - The Reality of War Inflicted Mental Illnesses
The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of…
Hearts and Minds
A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis's landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources--from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad--Davis constructs a…
The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
The Architecture of Doom
Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture. From Nazi party rallies to the…
War Redefined
Part of the Series: Women, War & Peace
PBS
The capstone of Women, War & Peace, War Redefined challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Their experiences reveal how…
Last Days in Vietnam
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while…
Hitler and the Charisma of Hatred
Part of the Series: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
BBC
Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. He left behind a legacy of destruction without parallel in history. Yet there is a paradox at the heart of the story of Hitler: given his violent and…
1824 Ayacucho—South American Independence
Episode 27 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
The early 19th century saw the rise of numerous independence movements in Central and South America. Learn about three key leaders who were prominent in these struggles; their bold plan to liberate Peru; and the showdown on the plain of…
Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Fuhrer
More than any other documents, it is the personal private letters written by the German people to Adolf Hitler that provide the most intimate details of the Third Reich. A treasure of more than 100,000 such letters was recently found,…
1521 Tenochtitlán—Aztecs vs. Conquistadors
Episode 15 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
The 16th-century Spanish conquest of the Americas resulted in some of the most unusual military encounters of all time. Here, learn about the campaign under Hernan Cortes to conquer Mexico, and how fewer than 1,000 Spaniards defeated the mighty Aztec…
1896—The Invention of Motion Pictures
Episode 16 of Turning Points in Modern History Series
Motion pictures revolutionized people's view of the world. Survey early movie culture, along with the contributions of Thomas Edison, Georges Melies, and others, then see how the medium became "weaponized" by Bolsheviks in Russia and Nazis in Germany.
1789—The French Revolution
Episode 10 of Turning Points in Modern History Series
How did France's fight for liberation from royal authority lead to Napoleon's rise and even greater despotism? Contrast events in America with those in France to see how attempts at creating modern republics radically diverged.
Witness to History Series
Witness to History is a series of award winning documentary films that focus on specific moments in history. Using archival footage and voice over narrative, these videos give the viewer a "you are there" sense of world events. Each film…
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The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This extraordinary final episode of The Civil War begins in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee's surrender and then goes on to narrate the horrendous events of five days later when, on April 14, Lincoln is assassinated. After chronicling Lincoln's poignant…
Che Guevara
Part of the Series: International Terrorism Since 1945
BBC
During his short life, Ernesto (Che) Guevara became the world's best known and most charismatic revolutionary, revered as a great hero for his part in the Cuban revolution. In reality, however, he was a cold-blooded killer who played a central…
The War Around Us
The War Around Us tells the absorbing true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza during Israel's bombardment and invasion of the troubled Palestinian territory over a three-week period in 2008-9. Award-winning filmmaker Abdallah Omeish…
The Universe of Battle - 1863
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days 150,000 men will fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside, culminating…
Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is widely viewed in the US as one of the most complicated geopolitical disputes in the world. But there are also signs that Americans are unfamiliar with one of the core flashpoints of the conflict: the exact…
Brothers In Arms - A Vietnam War Story
In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War. Five of the men were crewmates - Tommy, Mike, Gene, David, Del -…
Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Episode six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30…