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Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On April 1, 1945, American troops landed on Okinawa, beginning a…
Winston Churchill - Winning The War, Losing The Peace
BBC
The 26 July 1945 has gone down as one of the greatest shocks in British electoral history. Triumphant wartime leader Winston Churchill and the Conservative party were heavily defeated. The Labour opposition, which had never before won a majority of parliamentary seats, was elected on a landslide. It was a…
Television under the Swastika
Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 1950s but in reality its origins hark back much further. Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world's first television broadcaster, began Greater German Television in March 1935.…
Sons of Shiva
Sons of Shiva is a sustained attempt to film a four-day ceremony concerned with the worship of Shiva. Devotees of the God Shiva are shown from the initial taking of the Sacred Thread through gradually intensifying action to a culmination in a variety of ascetic and self denying practices. Devotees…
Hello Photo
In her startling, exquisitely shot Hello Photo, documentarist Nina Davenport turns the conventions of the travelogue inside out. She takes us to India and abandons us there, leaving us to believe what we see through her eyes. Her movie replicates the experience of being a traveller and thus a voyeur,…
Discovering Paris
Paris, the "City of Light" is widely considered as the world's most beautiful city. Find out why as you follow two visitors discovering Paris on a five day stay. They visit many major attractions and districts by walking and using the Metro. Highlights include the views from the Eiffel Tower…
China's 3 Dreams - The Missing History of China
"In the 1970s, we had three dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle". What are the dreams of the Chinese people today? Filmed over an 11-year period, Nick Torrens' third essay film about China in the modern world is an exploration of the missing years - the years of…
Autumn Gem - Modern China's First Feminist
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (Qiu Jin ) (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead…
Fifty Years Of Silence
Between 1929 and 1945 the Japanese Government, on advice from its military, forcibly removed thousands of young women and girls from their homes to provide sexual services as "comfort women" to the Japanese Army. 50 YEARS OF SILENCE is Jan Ruff-O-Herne's story. It spans five generations from a colonial life…
Made in China - Migrants in Rural China
This documentary tells one of the millions of stories of migrants from rural China who comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle. It provides a human face behind the ubiquitous label "Made in China." This massive dislocation of people may well represent the largest, most rapid migration in human…
World Heritage: Petra & Venice
Part of the Series: World Heritage Series
Petra (Jordan) - Built amongst rocky hills, the ancient city of Petra had been completely forgotten, until the city's ruins were discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. The ancient rose-colored fortress city of Petra was built by the Nabataeans (who came to this area in the 3rd Century BC),…
In the Footsteps of Buddha - The Path to Buddha’s Enlightenment
A journey across India walking in the same path that lead to Buddha's enlightenment. Siddhartha Guatama lived 2500 years ago in an ancient land called Maghada, known today as Bihar, the poorest state in India. He was born in Lumbini (Nepal today) into a noble family. At the age of…