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Sea Rex Journey to a Prehistoric World
Food Choices
Is Gun Crime a Virus
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Blood Brother
Dont Grow Old
Easy Listening
How Big How Far How Fast
History of the Eagles 2
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music. Wrecking Ball
Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family
Japan at War
Last of the Giants
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Deep Sea
Putins Way
Corruption
Courtship
Bobby Fischer Against the World
Enchanted Kingdom
The Social Struggle
Atlantis End of a World Birth of a Legend
Once Upon a Time
Mammoths To Manhattan
Fukushima Is Nuclear Power Safe
In the Shadow of the Moon
Cooked: Fire
The Story of India: Spice Routes and Silk Roads
One Life on the Limit
Forks Over Knives
Atlantis Found
The Last Reef
Cooked: Air
Rothko
Edge Of The Ice
The Moon

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Operation Stonehenge
Operation Stonehenge 2017

Stonehenge is an icon of prehistoric British culture, an enigma that has seduced archaeologists and tourists for centuries. Why is it here? What is its significance? And which forces inspired its creators? Now a group of international archaeologists led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzman Institute in Vienna believe that a new state-of-the-art approach is the key to unlocking Stonehenge's secrets. For four years the team have surveyed and mapped every monument, both visible and invisible, across ten square kilometres of the sacred landscape to create the most complete digital picture of Stonehenge and the surrounding area over millennia. Known monuments have yielded more data than ever before, revealing hidden structures within, and new finds are revolutionising the very timeline of Stonehenge. The film takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BC to 2500 BC as the scientists uncover the very origins of Stonehenge, learning why this landscape is sacred, preserved and has been revered by following generations. Evidence of war and conflict, as well as the cultivation of ideas and industry, is explored to reveal complex communities with international trade links as far-reaching as Spain and central Europe.

Category:History  Duration:57:37   

Dawn Of Humanity
Dawn Of Humanity 2016

Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down a vertical, pitch-dark, seven-inch-wide passage. Most fossil discoveries of human relatives consist of just a handful of bones. But down in this hidden chamber, the team uncovered an unprecedented trove—so far, over 1,500 bones—with the potential to rewrite the story of our origins". They may help fill in a crucial gap in the fossil record and tell us how Homo, the first member of the human family, emerged from ape-like ancestors like the famous Lucy. But how did hundreds of bones end up in the remote chamber? The experts are considering every mind-boggling possibility. Join us on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.

Category:History  Duration:01:54:00   

Enigma Man
Enigma Man 2017

A team of Australian and Chinese scientists discover mysterious ancient human remains from a remote cave in South West China. The bones are unlike any living human or any ancient human known to science, yet they were alive at the same time as humans of our own kind. Could they represent a new human species? And if so, what happened to these people?

Category:History  Duration:57:04   

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles 2014

This documentary looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:34:00   

 
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