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Nelson Mandela, The Myth and Me

Nelson Mandela, The Myth and Me

By the time of Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013, the tsunami of biographies, retrospectives and obituaries had covered what seemed to be every inch of the man – his personal life, broken marriages, estranged children, his young militant days, his legendary speeches and his sojourn on Robben Island. … Read entire article »

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How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

It’s New York in the 1980s. Over 80,000 people are infected with AIDS in the US and over 45,000 have already died from the mysterious disease. The city is gripped with fear. It is, as Larry Kramer calls it, a plague. And there is no solution, no miracle cure. The US government is unwilling or unable to tackle the problem, and congress is rife with homophobia and religious indignation. … Read entire article »

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Alan Berliner’s First Cousin Once Removed

Alan Berliner’s First  Cousin Once Removed

An intimate and at times uncomfortable portrait of Alzheimer’s, First Cousin Once Removed tracks American poet Edwin Honig’s losing battle with the disease. The latest work of director Alan Berliner, winner of three Emmy Awards and an IDA Documentary Award, has got all the hallmarks of his previous critically acclaimed work – snappy editing, staccato sound effects, a typewriter motif, and a deeply personal exploration of his family … Read entire article »

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Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

One of nature’s truly baffling journeys; this is the story of the mysterious Monarch butterfly and the couple that spent a lifetime on its trail. … Read entire article »

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The Network – a refreshingly intimate portrait of Kabul

The Network – a refreshingly intimate portrait of Kabul

Opening scenes don’t get much more gripping than a public execution in Afghanistan. Crowds surge, a man kneels in the dust, children look on in horrified fascination. The Afghanistan we are introduced to in The Network is one of trucks full of bearded Taliban fighters with rocket launchers and women in full hijabs being beaten in the street. It’s 2002 and Kabul has been desimated by war, evolving from a cosmopolitan hub in the 1970s … Read entire article »

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Plot for Peace documentary reveals the story of an unknown hero

Plot for Peace documentary reveals the story of an unknown hero

Jean Yves Ollivier is a documentary maker’s dream. Up until now, few had ever heard of the neat little Frenchman, yet he played an integral role in resolving one of Africa’s most complex international conflicts, which culminated in the momentous release of Nelson Mandela. He is an extremely eloquent narrator, with equal gravitas and humour, he has a sufficient appreciation of the dramatic pause, and this is the first time he has ever told his … Read entire article »

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Pandora’s Promise – what if nuclear power is the only way?

Pandora’s Promise – what if nuclear power is the only way?

If your view of nuclear power is an amalgamation of the reported horrors of Chernobyl, the media hysteria of Fukushima, and The Simpsons glowing green waste, then this film is about to change everything. Rarely do you see something that fundamentally challenges the way you think about the world, especially on something as important to the human race as the future of our power supply. … Read entire article »

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