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History of the Eagles 1
The Worst Car in the History of the World
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
Machu Picchu Decoded
No Impact Man The Documentary
The 21st Century Race for Space
Holy War
Bomb It
Quantum Computing
Robots
10 Things You Need to Know about the Future
The Search for a New Earth
Everything
Alien Technology
Dynamic Salt
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
The Beatles Eight days a week
Underwater Universe of the Orda Cave
Woody Allen A Documentary 1
Finding Atlantis
Samurai Sword
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Exoplanets
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight
Snake Killers Honey Badgers of The Kalahari
Planet Ocean
George Harrison Living in the Material World 1 of 2
The Art Of The Impossible
How to Live Longer
Strange Signals from Outer Space
Seal Team Six The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
Narco Cultura
Zeitgeist The Movie
The War You Dont See
Tiny Giants

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Silk Roads and China Ships
Silk Roads and China Ships 2016

Michael Wood tells the tale of China's first great international age under the Tang Dynasty (618-907). From the picturesque old city of Luoyang, he travels along the Silk Road to the bazaars of central Asia and into India on the track of the Chinese monk who brought Buddhism back to China. This tale is still loved by the Chinese today and is brought to life by storytellers, films and shadow puppet plays. Then in the backstreets and markets of Xi'an, Michael meets descendants of the traders from central Asia and Persia who came into China on the Silk Road. He talks to Chinese Muslims in the Great Mosque and across town hears the amazing story of the first reception of Christianity in 635. Moving south, Michael sees the beginnings of China as an economic giant. On the Grand Canal, a lock built in 605 still handles 800 barges every day! The film tracks the rise of the silk industry and the world's favourite drink - tea. Michael looks too at the spread of Chinese script, language and culture across east Asia. 'China's influence on the East was as profound as Rome on the Latin West', he says, 'and still is today'. Finally, the film tells the intense drama of the fall of the Tang. Among the eyewitnesses were China's greatest poets. In a secondary school in a dusty village, where the Chinese Shakespeare - Du Fu - is buried in the grounds, the pupils take Michael through one famous poem about loss and longing as the dynasty falls. And in that ordinary classroom, there is a sense of the amazing drama and the deep-rooted continuities of Chinese culture.

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

13th
13th 2016

The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.' The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Category:Culture  Duration:1:40:02   

Bloody Battles
Bloody Battles 2012

In the second episode, Andrew Carnegie builds an empire around steel, but finds himself struggling to save face after the ruthless tactics of his business partner, Henry Frick, result in both the Johnstown Flood as well as the bloody 1892 strike at the Homestead Steel Works.

Category:History  Duration:1:28:02   Series: The Men Who Built America

Changing the Game
Changing the Game 2012

J.P. Morgan proceeds to banish the dark with the direct current electric light of Thomas Edison, but the two soon face serious competition from the alternating current of George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. As the 19th century comes to a close, the titans of industry must try to work together to stop a new threat in budding politician William Jennings Bryan, who threatens to dissolve monopolies in America.

Category:History  Duration:1:27:49   Series: The Men Who Built America

 
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