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Which Universe Are We In
Addicted to Sexting
The Lost Tribes of Humanity
Night Will Fall
One Life on the Limit
Requiem for the American Dream
Clash of the Gods: Hades
City Maps
Gravity and Me The Force that Shapes our Lives
Fire Ants The Invincible Army
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Strange Signals from Outer Space
Triumph
IMAX Hubble
World Richest Terror Army
The Last Reef
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War
Is There Life After Death
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Top Science Stories of 2016
Place in Space and Time
Forks Over Knives
Johnson Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
The Birth of Rock
Born to Be Wild
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice
R.E.M. by MTV
Deepsea Challenge
Space Station
Great Plains
Great Plains
The Invisible Universe
From Pole to Pole
WWII In 3D

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Among Believers
Among Believers 2013

With optional Hebrew subtitles. The story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity--and sometimes their lives--under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labelled 'Christ-killers' by the Christians or 'dhimmi' (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence. Drawing on some of the documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of the Jews

The Ming
The Ming 2016

The tale of one of China's most famous dynasties begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history. The film takes us to his great capital Nanjing, with its 21 miles of walls, each brick stamped with the name of the village that made it. Following the trail, we go to the Bao family village and see the villagers act a Ming murder story. Like many authoritarian states, the Ming were obsessive about architecture. We see the giant fortifications of the Great Wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travel with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, China's great artery of commerce right up to the present day. We then hear about Admiral Zheng He's voyages to Africa and the Gulf decades before Columbus, watch the construction of an ocean-going wooden boat 250ft long, and hitch a ride on a replica Ming junk in the South China Sea. As state prosperity grew, so did a rising middle class. Wood looks at Ming culture in Suzhou, the 'Venice of China'. Staying in a merchant's house, he discovers the silk, ceramic and lacquer-making industries, and visits one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. Then on to Macao and the arrival of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who hoped to convert China to Christianity. In the cathedral in Beijing, we learn more about these fateful exchanges with the west. Finally in Shaoxing, we visit the house of the 'Ming Proust' and at grassroots the Zhao family in Fujian where the film ends in an elegiac mood with the fall of the Ming in 1644.

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

 
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