Sep 18, 2008

World in Video - Some Interesting and Famous Documentaries

If you miss the history and discovery channel on the computer then this link is just meant for is a wiki of the forum forum has all kinds of BBC,ABC,Nat-Geo documentaries.Downloads are available through ed2k and torrents.If you arent comfortable with emule then you can try searching and for the titles.The forum even provides Hi-def downloads although seeds are an issue for few of the downloads.The wiki has over 1297 documetaries in its catalogue.

Documentaries Related to India:-

 The Story of India by BBC

1.Blood Diamond (2007,History) - Diamonds are symbols of wealth, elegance and love around the world. But in several African nations, they have been a means to power, a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world's most brutal terrorists. The human cost of the illicit global diamond trade is examined in the provocative documentary.This is one of my favourite documentaries,

2.The Story of India (2007,BBC) - The world's largest democracy and a rising economic giant, India is now as well known across the globe for its mastery of computer technology as it is for its many-armed gods and its famous spiritual traditions. But India is also the world's most ancient surviving civilisation, with unbroken continuity back into prehistory.

3.Inside Chernobyl's Sarcophagus (1996,BBC) - This episode won an Emmy. It covers the sarcophagus built to contain the remains of the destroyed reactor and the work of the Russian scientists, staff and soldiers who risked and continue to risk their lives in the clean-up operation.Original poster notes :"This file was digitised from a VHS recording of the programme. The picture quality is fair, however, the sound track has some occasional static, especially towards the beginning.I think this is the 1996 updated version of the original 1991 programme and includes an extra 10 minutes of interviews with several of the original scientists. It is shorter than the 60 minutes described on the BBC website and may have been edited."

4.Israel's Secret Weapon (2003,BBC) -Original broadcast on BBC Two on Monday, 17 March, 2003 at 2320 GMT."The United States and Britain are preparing to wage war on Iraq, for its undisclosed weapons of mass destruction.Israel's nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities have remained un-inspected.Meanwhile Mordechai Vanunu has been imprisoned for 16 years for exposing Israel's secret nuclear bomb factory to the world. Vanunu is seen as a traitor in his own country. He has been abandoned by most of his family and has spent 11 years in solitary confinement.Today only an American couple, who have legally adopted him, are among the few visitors he is permitted.This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel's wall of silence."From the BBC press release :"Correspondent - Israel's Secret Weapon examines the story of Mordechai Vanunu who, 16 years ago, was drugged, kidnapped and imprisoned for 18 years for treason and espionage after a secret trial in Israel because he fled the country and revealed its nuclear weapons programme to the world.His lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said: "Vanunu was treated this way out of revenge, out of a way to deter others and because actually he is the person who broke the taboo of the secrecy in the Israeli society, that's why he was treated in such a harsh way."In a probation hearing behind closed doors, Mr Feldman claimed the Israeli prosecutor argued that if Vanunu was released, the Americans would probably leave Iraq alone and press for insepctions of Israel's nuclear weapons.He said: "If Vanunu will be released, probably the Americans would leave Iraq and go after Israel and Israel's nuclear weapons."Vanunu's revelations led nuclear science experts to estimate that Israel has in the region of between 100 to 200 atomic bombs which have not undergone an independent inspection."

5.Titanic - Answers from the Abyss (1999,Discovery) - This fascinating programme follows a group of experts who hope to change all that. An arsenal of high-tech hardware will perform a deep-sea examination. Pieces of Titanic will be dissected and analysed and new techniques will reveal aspects of the tragedy never before witnessed or understood.Part two of this remarkable research study succeeds in uncovering further historical revelations. Groundbreaking underwater tests show what's never been seen, Titanic's fate once she slipped out of sight beneath the chilly ocean waves. The unparalleled team of expert investigators continues in their quest to find the truth.More on titanic here and here.
6.The Genius of Photography(2007,BBC) - In the most comprehensive look at the most influential art form in the world, the series explores every aspect of photography - from daguerreotype to digital, portraits to photo-journalism, art to advertising; in the UK, America, China, Japan, Africa and beyond. It includes interviews and encounters with some of the world’s greatest living photographers including William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, William Klein, Martin Parr, Sally Mann, Robert Adams, Juergen Teller, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall and many others. But as well as telling the stories behind the world’s greatest photographs and the photographers who took them, the series examines the ‘genius’ of photography itself, this magical, unpredictable and democratic medium that has transformed the way we see ourselves and our world.The series culminates in an examination of the impact of the digital post-production techniques that make anything possible, and looks at the rediscovery of techniques which are taking photography back to the 19th century.
7.The Story of Computer Games(2003,Discovery) -Since the first Pong machine was unveiled 30 years ago, computer games have become the world's second largest entertainment industry, after music. This program profiles game developers who revolutionized the industry and made playing video games a familiar household activity, and also indirectly fueled the snack food industry.Unique access to the creative geniuses of the last 30 years in a riveting voyage of innovation and blood on the carpet

8.Revolution OS(2001, J. T. S. Moore) -Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary film made in the United States, directed by J. T. S. Moore, which traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement.
It features interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs (and hackers-cum-entrepreneurs), including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf. [via wikipedia] - Not available through [imdb]


9.Killing the Children of Iraq by John Pilgarin - "After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United Nations (backed strongly by the US and UK) imposed harsh sanctions on Iraq that lasted for 10 years (1991-2001); the harsh restrictions on imports of everything, including access to key medicines, resulted in over a million deaths, more than half a million of which were women and children. That's more deaths than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and 9/11 combined. The purpose was regime change, but it never came. The overwhelming majority of those killed were the poor, elderly, women and children. Empirically, sanctions overwhelmingly punish the poor, the destitute. While the sanctions were in place, the richest people in control of the resources (Saddam Hussein et al.) still had everything they wanted: food, cars, mansions, access to the best medicines, etc. Award-winning journalist John Pilger has documented the reality of UN harsh sanctions in this hard-hitting film"

9/11 Documentaries:-
1.Fahrenheit 9-11 (2004,Micheal Moore) - To anyone who truly understands what it means to be an American, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 should be seen as a triumph of patriotic freedom. Rarely has the First Amendment been exercised with such fervor and forthrightness of purpose: After subjecting himself to charges of factual errors in his gun-lobby exposé Bowling for Columbine, Moore armed himself with a platoon of reputable fact-checkers, an abundance of indisputable film and video footage, and his own ironically comedic sense of righteous indignation, with the singular intention of toppling the war-ravaged administration of President George W. Bush. It's the Bush presidency that Moore, with his provocative array of facts and figures, blames for corporate corruption, senseless death, unnecessary war, and political favoritism toward Osama Bin Laden's family and Saudi oil partners following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
2.Zeitgeist, the Movie-Part II(2007,Peter Joseph) - Zeitgeist was first released on June 26, 2007 and topped the Google video charts most viewed videos.The film was translated into several languages and is distributed officially via Google Video and BitTorrent. Zeitgeist won the top award of Best Feature Documentary/Artivist Spirit at the 4th Annual Artivist Awards in 2007 in Hollywood, CA. An upcoming sequel has been announced. "Zeitgeist Addendum" will premiere at the 5th Annual Artivists Film Festival on October 2, 2008, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. The film will be released for free online on October 3, 2008. [wikipedia]
3. Zero(2008) - An Investigation into 9/11, has one central thesis - that the official version of the events surrounding the attacks on 9/11 can not be true. This brand new feature ocumentary from Italian production company Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and reveals dramatic new witness testimony, which directly conflicts with the US Government's account.

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