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Zeitgeist The Movie
Forks Over Knives
Amazing Africa
Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia
The Hawking Paradox
Japan at War
Dolphins and Whales
Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
Food Choices
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Room 237
Spark
Precision the Measure of All Things
The Code: Shapes
Blood Brother
Iceman Reborn
The Age of Aging
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Reclaiming the Blade
Once Upon a Time
The Arctic
The Art of Persuasion
Countdown to Zero
The Grasslands
When One Ends, Another Begins
Walking with Monsters
Escape from North Korea
13th
Blackfish
Project Nim
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
The Mating Game
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Atlantis Found

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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time    2006

The power of visual storytelling is not a modern phenomenon, feature films today are using techniques developed way back in the distant past. For thousands of years, artists grappled with ways to bring their stories alive, to engage their audience. This is the story of how our ancient ancestors made the discoveries that have given films such a hold over our imaginations.

Category:Art  Duration:57:21   Series: How Art Made the World

Japan at War
Japan at War   

Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full colour footage, including colour films from Japan that were recently discovered. As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves. From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes.

Category:History  Duration:1:34:04   

The Art of Persuasion
The Art of Persuasion    2006

Dr Nigel Spivey shows how The political power of art was discovered by kings and emperors in the ancient world, It was these leaders who first used imagery to manipulate their subjects, And today our modern politicians are exploiting those same visual strategies, This is the story of how those ancient leaders created techniques of visual persuasion so powerful they've still got a hold on us today.

Category:Culture  Duration:58:11   Series: How Art Made the World

The Power of Doubt
The Power of Doubt    2017

In the last episode, Al-Khalili turns detective, hunting for clues that show how the scientific revolution that took place in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe had its roots in the earlier world of medieval Islam. He travels across Iran, Syria and Egypt to discover the huge astronomical advances made by Islamic scholars through their obsession with accurate measurement and coherent and rigorous mathematics.He then visits Italy to see how those Islamic ideas permeated into the west and ultimately helped shape the works of the great European astronomer Copernicus, and investigates why science in the Islamic world appeared to go into decline after the 16th and 17th centuries, only for it to re-emerge in the present day. Al-Khalili ends his journey in the Royan Institute in the Iranian capital Tehran, looking at how science is now regarded in the Islamic world

Category:History  Duration:58:46   Series: Science and Islam

The Day Pictures Were Born
The Day Pictures Were Born    2006

Dr Nigel Spivey explores how art influences life by tracing the development of the image from cave paintings to our modern obsession with images. Dr. Spivey begins his investigation by travelling to the Cave of Altamira near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, where in 1879 a young girls exclamation of 'Papa, look, oxen!' to her father, local amateur archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, is explained to have meant that Maria had just become the first modern human to set eyes on the first gallery of prehistoric paintings ever to be discovered.

Category:Art  Duration:58:38   Series: How Art Made the World

 
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