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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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Big Men: How far will we go for oil?

Big Men: How far will we go for oil?

When Rachel Boynton decided to make a film about the oil industry she’d never been to Africa, didn’t know anybody there, and certainly didn’t know anyone working in oil.  But that didn’t stop her booking a flight to Nigeria and emerging several years later with an astounding documentary … Read entire article »

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The Unknown Known – documentary offers no justification but lots of political rhetoric

The Unknown Known – documentary offers no justification but lots of political rhetoric

The Unknown Known, Errol Morris’ interview with American politician and principal architect of the Iraq war, Donald Rumsfeld, adds little to our memory of the politician’s performances at press conferences, but vividly conveys how one man’s self-delusion and self-importance came to change the course of American history. … Read entire article »

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Documentary The Square offers new perspective on Egypt’s troubles

Documentary The Square offers new perspective on Egypt’s troubles

Oscar nominated documentary The Square offers up a moving personal account of one of the central events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, exploring the complexities of revolution in Egypt and the dismantling of a decades old dictatorship. … Read entire article »

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Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Meet investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. He is The Nation magazine’s national security correspondent and has reported extensively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scahill has a nose for a good story and a healthy distrust in governmental press releases. In his new documentary directed by Richard Rowley, this combination leads to the discovery of some very disturbing facts. … 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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