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Heroes of the Enlightenment, Episode 2, Changing Society
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directed by Sheila Hayman; produced by Sun Shuyun, 1960-, Renegade Pictures, in Heroes of the Enlightenment, Episode 2 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2011), 57 mins
From Google, and Facebook and Wikipedia to the systems of democracy, finance, manufacture and the law - Changing Society investigates how many aspects of modern life owe their existence to a single defining period: the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century. In Changing Society we see how in the space of...
directed by Sheila Hayman; produced by Sun Shuyun, 1960-, Renegade Pictures, in Heroes of the Enlightenment, Episode 2 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2011), 57 mins
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What If Marx Was Right?
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(Icarus Films, 2015), 55 mins

'Paradoxically, we can't really learn that much about socialism or communism or the future from Marx. We can learn a great deal about how capital works.' - Marx historian David Harvey

When the communist systems of the 20th century crumbled, many thought that was the end for Karl Marx as a serious thinker too....

(Icarus Films, 2015), 55 mins
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Equator, Series 1, Episode 1, Africa
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directed by Sophie Todd; presented by Simon Reeve, 1972-; produced by Sophie Todd, British Broadcasting Corporation, in Equator, Series 1, Episode 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2006), 1 hour 10 mins
Abandoned in a rainforest in Gabon and greeted by circumcisers in Kenya, Simon's journey gets underway. Simon’s journey begins on a beach in oil-rich Gabon. In the capital, Libreville, he discovers that the country has produced more than eight billion barrels of oil and used to have the world’s highest per cap...
directed by Sophie Todd; presented by Simon Reeve, 1972-; produced by Sophie Todd, British Broadcasting Corporation, in Equator, Series 1, Episode 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2006), 1 hour 10 mins
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Syria: the Assads' Twilight
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(Icarus Films, 2011), 53 mins

Bashar al-Assad tells a French TV audience about his calling as a doctor. 'You work for the health of humans. It's a humanitarian job,' Two years later, the world would watch as this humanitarian sent black-clad troops to open fire on unarmed protesters seeking the fall of his regime.

During the 1970s, Bashar's...

(Icarus Films, 2011), 53 mins
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La Commune (Paris, 1871)
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directed by Peter Watkins, 1935-; produced by Paul Saadoun, fl. 1992, 13 Productions, La Sept Arte and Musée d'Orsay; performed by Eliane Annie Adalto, fl. 2000, Pierre Barbieux, fl. 2000 and Bernard Bombeau, fl. 2000 (Paris, Ile-de-France: Doriane Films, 2000), 5 hours 46 mins

In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Watkins covers and interviews on television the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century, before and during a tragic workers' class revolt.

« Un ovni dans le paysage audiovisuel : une œuvre à part, belle et crispante, qui dynamite le...

directed by Peter Watkins, 1935-; produced by Paul Saadoun, fl. 1992, 13 Productions, La Sept Arte and Musée d'Orsay; performed by Eliane Annie Adalto, fl. 2000, Pierre Barbieux, fl. 2000 and Bernard Bombeau, fl. 2000 (Paris, Ile-de-France: Doriane Films, 2000), 5 hours 46 mins
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Approches Somatiques et Création Artistique, Approches ancestrales et création contemporaine spacer
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directed by Lila Greene, 1984-; produced by Gabriele Sparwasser, fl. 2009, Recherche En Mouvement, in Approches Somatiques et Création Artistique, in Approches ancestrales et création contemporaine spacer (Paris, Ile-de-France: Recherche En Mouvement, 2011), 1 hour 13 mins
This DVD presents a series of interviews with performing artists who are deeply experienced in what we call "ancestral approaches" to movement. Some of these performers also teach their discipline. "Ancestral approaches" have their origins in Asia, (India, China and Japan), where they have been practiced and tau...
directed by Lila Greene, 1984-; produced by Gabriele Sparwasser, fl. 2009, Recherche En Mouvement, in Approches Somatiques et Création Artistique, in Approches ancestrales et création contemporaine spacer (Paris, Ile-de-France: Recherche En Mouvement, 2011), 1 hour 13 mins
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Amnesty! When They Are All Free
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directed by James Rogan, fl. 1996-2016; produced by James Rogan, fl. 1996-2016, Rogan Productions and Films of Record (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2011), 59 mins
To celebrate its 50th anniversary in May 2011, this probing documentary brings together an extraordinary cast of interviewees, from Sting to former home secretary Jack Straw, to shed light on how, as a 'letter-writing organisation, Amnesty International has changed the world and how the world has changed Amnes...
directed by James Rogan, fl. 1996-2016; produced by James Rogan, fl. 1996-2016, Rogan Productions and Films of Record (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2011), 59 mins
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…And the Pursuit of Happiness
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directed by Louis Malle, 1932-1995; produced by Louis Malle, 1932-1995, Nouvelles Éditions de Films; interview by Louis Malle, 1932-1995 (New York, NY: Janus Films, 1986), 1 hour 21 mins
In 1986, Louis Malle, himself a transplant to the United States, set out to investigate the ever-widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers (from teachers to astronauts to doctors) in middle- and working-class communities from coast to coast, Malle paints a generous, hum...
directed by Louis Malle, 1932-1995; produced by Louis Malle, 1932-1995, Nouvelles Éditions de Films; interview by Louis Malle, 1932-1995 (New York, NY: Janus Films, 1986), 1 hour 21 mins
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Mobutu, King of Zaire, Part 1
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in Mobutu, King of Zaire (Icarus Films, 2000), 51 mins

This is part one of three parts:

Part One - QUEST FOR POWER Covering the years from Mobutu's birth until 1969, Part One documents his journey from cook's son, to military journalist, to Secretary of State, and then President. The film shows Mobutu as a young journalist at the World's Fair in Brussels in 1958, and...

in Mobutu, King of Zaire (Icarus Films, 2000), 51 mins
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Tomi Ungerer Versus America
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directed by Tania Rakhmanova; produced by Vision Internationale (Falls Church, VA: Landmark Media, 2010), 57 mins
'Expect the Unexpected' The author of this slogan was young French artist Tomi Ungerer. He not only designed this Village Voice campaign and many others, he also published a dozen children's books, created political posters and wrote social satire. It was during a time of Cultural Revolution: the anti-segregation...
directed by Tania Rakhmanova; produced by Vision Internationale (Falls Church, VA: Landmark Media, 2010), 57 mins
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