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Life in the Undergrowth: Invasion Of The Land
What Is Reality
10 Things You Need to Know about the Future
Is There Life After Death
The Secret You
Why Do We Lie
Sex in Space
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Cold War 2.0
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Human Universe: What is our Future
Trapped
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Petra: Lost City of Stone
American Alternative Rock
Insect Hunters
Earthlings
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
The Hacker Wars
4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog
The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
What Is Out There
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Peril and Promise
Blood Of The Vikings: Invasion
Asteroid Attack
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
Waltz With Bashir
IMAX Hubble
Everything
Life Rocky Start
The Crimes
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
Catholicism The unpredictable rise of Rome
How to Stay Young The Body
Pill Poppers

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013

In 2006, an Iceland-based outfit called The Sunshine Press launched the website WikiLeaks.org. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site's mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations". As might be expected, this set off a firestorm between those who admired the organization's bravado and resourcefulness, and those who argued, not unjustly, that the dissemination of data regarding such events as the U.S. war in Afghanistan could put untold numbers of lives at risk. In We Steal Secrets, Gibney relays the story of the WikiLeaks website from the inside, and moves beyond black and white to penetrate a complex network of activity guided by courage and idealism but also allegedly guilty of ethical insensitivity and hypocrisy. Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) takes the reins for this no-holds-barred look at one of the most unusual phenomena of early 21st century media.

Category:Culture  Duration:02:09:40   

The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz
The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz 2014

the rise and fall of a tech industry prodigy. Interviews with his friends and loved ones paint a portrait of Swartz as a martyr of freedom of information and hail his fight for the public's right to access tax-funded academic and scientific research, culminating in a personally devastating two-year Federal lawsuit." An avid researcher who had previously accessed otherwise private databases, Swartz, acting "in the grand tradition of civil disobedience to declare... opposition to this private theft of public culture" used MIT computers to access tax-funded research that would otherwise be held privately by for-profit publishers, an incident many viewers may remember from national headlines just a few year ago. Though neither MIT nor the digital repository Swartz accessed pressed charges, a US Attorney stepped in and filed a 13-count felony charge against Swartz, threatening him with over $1 million in fines and up to 35 years of jail time. Despite the defense of his peers, these events launched Swartz into a two-year long downward spiral of withdrawal and depression. Aaron Swartz's untimely death at the age of 26.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:45:00   

The Age of Revolution
The Age of Revolution 2016

Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today's China emerged. The film begins in Canton with the meeting of a US missionary and a Chinese student. Inspired by the Christian story and calling himself God's second son, Hong unleashed the bloodiest war of the 19th century, the Taiping Rebellion. As imperial China weakened, foreign influence grew. Treaty ports expanded, bringing growth and wealth, trams, railways and western sensibilities. But this provoked another surge of violence, the Boxer Rebellion, an attack against the foreigners, which was crushed by those same foreigners, who extorted a huge indemnity - $60 billion in today's money. Then in 1912, the empire fell, and many groups contested China's future. In World War I, China sent 100,000 men to the western front, only to be humiliated at Versailles when German colonies in China were handed to Japan. Between the two world wars, the disparity between rich and poor, city and countryside increased. We visit Hong Kong's Peninsular Hotel in the jazz age and then follow Mao on the Long March to Yan'an, the heartland of revolution. World War II came to China two years earlier than it did in the west. Wood talks to a survivor of the Japanese massacre of Nanjing in 1937 and then charts the triumph of the communists, before ending the story with Mao's death and the boom time of the last 30 years. The series ends with the warmth of the Chinese family and, at Beijing's Altar of Heaven, a final haunting glimpse of eternal China.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of China

World Richest Terror Army
World Richest Terror Army  2015

The inside story of how a small band of fanatical jihadi fighters became the world's richest terror army ever. Featuring the first major TV interview with an imprisoned senior leader of the self-proclamed Islamic State, Peter Taylor looks behind its medieval savagery and investigates how it became so fabulously rich and resilient.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   

 
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