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Meet Human Rights Watch’s emergency team in E-Team documentary

Meet Human Rights Watch’s emergency team in E-Team documentary

If Batman lost his cape, car and fortune, and had to get a job in the real world, he would probably work for Human Rights Watch. (After maybe going back to college to get a doctorate in human rights law and international relations.) Fighting crime of the macro kind, the organisation takes on governments, dictators and dodgy regimes to highlight human rights atrocities worldwide. … Read entire article »

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Return to Homs – depicting the struggles of Syrian activists

Return to Homs – depicting the struggles of Syrian activists

Termed “the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation”, what started as a peaceful uprising in one of the cornerstones of the Middle East, soon turned into a complex and bloody civil war that displaced millions and threatens to destabilise the entire region. … Read entire article »

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The Galapagos Affair: Satan came to Eden

The Galapagos Affair: Satan came to Eden

This is one of the those documentaries that proves the old adage that fact is truly stranger than fiction, writes Hazel Pfeifer. … Read entire article »

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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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