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Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Ivory Game
The Story of India: Freedom
The Moon
When Will Time End
Do You See What I See
The Birth of Rock
Ice Worlds
More Human Than Human
Hidden Worlds 3D Caves of the Dead
The Knowledge of Healing
The Search for a New Earth
Honshu
Everything
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
That Sugar Film
Life Rocky Start
The Arctic Ocean
Bomb It
Next of Kin
The Last Reef
No Impact Man The Documentary
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice
Holy War
Robots
The Worst Car in the History of the World
The 21st Century Race for Space
Who is in Control
Machu Picchu Decoded
Quantum Computing
Life: Birds
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
Why Do I Need You
Can We Make a Star on Earth
Apocalypse
In Search of Beethoven II
The Tesla Experiment

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Project Nim
Project Nim    2011

The film tells the tale of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was the subject of a landmark experiment to see if an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. This study was the brainchild of Dr. Herbert Terrace, a Columbia University behavioral psychologist who hoped to teach Nim enough language that he could eventually express what he was thinking and feeling. This would refute Noam Chomsky's thesis that language is inherent only in humans, hence his moniker, a direct pun on the famous linguists' name. The doc was a smash when it played at Sundance with this entirely different incredible but true story

Category:Science  Duration:01:33:00   

Reagan Gorbachev and Third World: Rise Of The Right
Reagan Gorbachev and Third World: Rise Of The Right    2012

Carter's dreams of change give way to Ronald Reagan. Gorbachev redeems Reagan and fresh opportunities for peace arise. The debate over Reagan's legacy.

Category:History  Duration:58:17   Series: The Untold History of the United States

The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling    1994

Sir David Attenborough reveals plants as they have never been seen before - on the move and dangerously devious. About the major problems of life - growing, finding food, reproduction - and the varied ways plants have evolved to solve it. Filmed from the plant's point of view, using computer animations, fibre-optics and unique time-lapse photography. The first episode looks at how plants are able to move". The bramble is an aggressive example: it advances forcefully from side to side and, once settled on its course, there is little that can stand in its way. An altogether faster species is the birdcage plant, which inhabits Californian sand dunes. When its location becomes exposed, it shifts at great speed to another one with the assistance of wind — and it is this that allows many forms of vegetation to distribute their seeds. While not strictly a plant, the spores of fungi are also spread in a similar fashion. One of the most successful (and intricate) flowers to use the wind is the dandelion, whose seeds travel with the aid of 'parachutes'. They are needed to travel miles away from their parents, who are too densely packed to allow any new arrivals. Trees have the advantage of height to send their seeds further, and the cottonwood is shown as a specialist in this regard. The humidity of the tropical rainforest creates transportation problems, and the liana-species Alsomitra macrocarpa is one plant whose seeds are aerodynamic 'gliders'. Some, such as those of the sycamore, take the form of 'helicopters', while others, such as the squirting cucumber release their seeds by 'exploding'. Water is also a widely used method of propulsion. The tropical sea bean Entada gigas has one of the biggest fruits of all plants and is dispersed by water streams. However, most plants use living couriers, whether they be dogs, humans and other primates, ants or birds, etc., and to that end, they use colour and smell to signify when they are ripe for picking.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

Ancient Greece: Democrats
Ancient Greece: Democrats    2013

Dr Michael Scott journeys to Athens to discover that from the very start the theatre was about more than just entertainment - it was a reaction to real events, it was a driving force in history and it was deeply connected to Athenian democracy. In fact, the story of theatre is the story of Athens.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: Ancient Greece

Mormon Lost Boys
Mormon Lost Boys    2013

'Mormon Lost Boys' Young men have been thrown out of their homes because of an edict allowing polygamist church elders to monopolize young girls. 'The Fat Farms of Mauritania' In the West African country of Mauritania, parents send their daughters to rural fattening camps. 'Mumbai Slumscraper' A visit to Mumbai, where slums sit below billion-dollar, single-family skyscrapers.

Category:Culture  Duration:28:18   Series: Vice

 
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