Every day people across the world engage in their every day routines, living their lives on a certain agenda. Suddenly, that comfortable routine is violently interrupted with an event or a series of events with a life changing impact. The documentaries and video materials in this category explore the causes and the aftermath of those events.
There are a number of levels on which disastrous events may occur. It is often that in the aftermath of these events that people realize how fragile some of these levels actually are.
Unfortunately, as diverse term as disaster is, it needed to be classified. The result of that classification was the establishment of two major groups. The natural process or phenomenon that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, loss of assets, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage was given the common name of Natural Hazard.
The second major group is called Human-Instigated disasters and it encompasses various misfortunate events where the human factor was the responsible party. Some of the examples of such events are fires, transport accidents, industrial accidents, oil spills and nuclear explosions resulting in highly dangerous radiation waves in a large radius of the explosion.
This category contains professional documentaries and amateur video footages of numerous disasters across the globe. For instance, watch the amateur footage of what was the most devastating natural disaster. The tsunami in 2004 left a shocking death toll of nearly 230,000 people and a massive damage in property.
Learn about the airplane tragedy that happened just days after the 9/11. It was the crash of the AA Flight 587 with devastating consequences. Go back in time and witness the story about one of the most tragic events in naval history. Find out what caused the sinking of the great Titanic and the loss of many lives.
Unfortunately, when a disaster strikes, people often lose the one precious thing that they cannot replace and that is the life. Homes shall be rebuilt, material assets acquired, landscape damage repaired and all shall be as it was before. Follow the stories of people and their tremendous loses and the strength needed for the recovery.
Latest Documentaries in Disaster
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While running a non routine test on Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in Ukraine, a chain reaction (no pun in tended) of serious mistakes cause the core to ultimately meltdown, explode and spill radioactive debris into the surrounding area. Watch this documentary to find out how exactly the core reached it’s critical point, who is to blame and the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster in human history.
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On 10 June 1990, on British Airways Flight 5390, the cockpit window blew out, blowing the captain partially through the hole. A member of the cabin crew clung to the pilot's legs as the co-pilot completed an emergency landing. The captain was found to be still alive after being outside the cockpit for 21 minutes. The blow out was caused by a maintenance worker installing incorrectly-sized bolts during maintenance work.
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From Dust is a cinematic expose of one Government’s response to a natural disaster. Filmed in Sri Lanka after the devastating tsunami, it reveals the motives behind a new law that prevented survivors from rebuilding their homes along the island’s coastline. Told through the stories of 2 survivors and an aid worker, this observational documentary is a sensitive depiction of lives that waited in tents while the global tourism industry re-positioned itself on their land. At a time when developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor, this film tells a shocking story about a picturesque island that turned a natural disaster into an opportunity and left its survivors searching for land in the shadows of history’s largest aid effort.
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A disgruntled citizen angered at the US state department (Tim McVeigh), sets off a bomb at the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma. The bomb destroys his van and due to the volume of explosives, ruptures the support columns of the building causing it to collapse in on top of itself. Or was it the Government? This 2007 documentary explores the idea that the case was not as clearcut as it once seemed
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BA Flight 9, a 747 bound for Auckland in New Zealand loses power to all 4 engines 15KM above the earth. Pilots have no idea what’s going on and declare emergency. Just before the flight ditches in the Indian ocean, the engine power returns for another dramatic setup to failure. What caused the failures? The flight had an emergency landing in Jakarta where the amazing cause of the problems are seen in clear light. The cause changed the way airlines receive hazard reports forever.
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Burma, the country of the Golden Pagodas, strangled by a military junta.A pipeline built by two oil companies, TOTAL and UNOCAL. Slave labor, rape and murder are the results of the joint venture with the military.In a historical lawsuit, 15 villagers from the jungle of Burma sued a massive oil corporation for human rights abuses in American Courts. After 10 years of intense legal battles, they come out with an impossible victory.
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Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 is flying with 69 people on board from Russia including 45 school children. The aircraft collides with DHL Flight 611, with the two pilots on board. The collision happens over the Bodensee between Germany and Switzerland and the wreckage ends up in Uberlingen, Germany. 71 people are killed in the disaster. This documentary is a startling and emotional investigation into what caused the disaster.
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The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 was the most devastating natural disaster in recorded history – almost 230,000 people were killed. And as the catastrophe unfolded, remarkable amateur video footage emerged. It was shot by people from all around the vast impact area and depicted the terror and chaos they experienced as the massive waves struck land.Now that footage will be collated into one film: a minute-by-minute account of the devastation, told by the people who were there. We will trace the disaster’s terrible seven-hour timeline and massive geographic range, from the initial undersea earthquake, to the sweeping arc of destruction around the Indian Ocean, and the immediate and tragic aftermath.
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This is a documentary about the secretary of defense, Robery McNamara. This documentary gives us some great insight into the Kennedy Administration during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It also shows us how the policy greatly changed after the administration changed.This is merely a trailer for this recognised exceptional documentary film…it is not possible to present the full edition at this moment but it is certainly worth considering purchasing this documentary to understand exactly what McNamara has to say on the whole events of this time. Within the playlist you can see a debate/interview which gives some very interesting insights.You can find more on this subject at this address … http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/08/fog_of_war Further related documentaries can be found here … http://www.documentarytube.com/category/military-war/
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This video looks at the Australian governments handling of the Bali bombings in 2002. An amazing in depth look at what happened in Bali the night a group of Muslim East Timor extremists decided to send a message to revelling westerners. Watch the documentary to consider how tyranny can be dealt with effectively.
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This enthralling documentary is not simply about the fascinating subject of Garbage recycling and bio-diversity along with the architechtural designs associated with biotechture but as much to do with the struggle against the massively obstructive US Government legislature in order to explore different mechanisms to survive against the global warming in the world.Architect Michael Reynolds strives against the odds to develop techniques and diversity to provide self sustainability for many.He maps the progress of his many “Earthship” communities and how each have come into being. Using solar energy and utilising garbage in his buildings (Beer bottles, plastic bottles etc) he has over the years built special buildings in New Mexico which are totally “Off-grid” using no gas, electric or water.Reynolds shows how these remarkable buildings require no heat even in the height of winter when it can get to minus 35 degrees.This starts as a fantastic evolutionary “Grand Design” type documentary but you then begin to be drawn into the complex and TOTALLY frustrating regime of legislating which seeks to prevent any degree of change; often to solely protect other carbon inefficient industries! The documentary is a rollercoaster of excitement for the enthusiastic followed by real dips when dealing with the politics.It took Reynolds to take his team to a Tsunami area and build some structures there before some of the self motivated , agenda focused, politicians to grant him the opportunity to develop his radical thinking and development.The documentary addresses:Thermal massWind powerSolar powerRammed earthGarbage utilisation & recyclingWater harvestingRenewable energyTemperature stabilizationThis allows you to understand the benefits of having no mortgage, no utility bills etc….brilliant.Read more at Garbage Warrior.
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Children of the Tsunami ' reveals a cruel story behind the greatest tsunami and a nuclear plant disaster. This story sets in two main locations: a primary school near at the place where tsunami hit and another school not too far away from the nuclear explosion. This disaster took lives of many children that were attending these schools.
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A film the British Government deemed too grisly for release after World War II – has received its public debut on British television. Fifteen minutes of the black-and- white film, which was shot by the armed forces after the war, were televised Tuesday night by the Independent Television News.
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This 2006 Documentary made by former vice-president and presidential nominee Al Gore, focuses on his life as well as a presentation on the dangers of global warming. Although some consider it to be an essential part of the global warming awareness movement some have rejected it as partisan and biased. See for yourself is it the true state of our environment or is it Al Gore trying to grab attention.
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On July 7th 2005, the United Kingdom was attacked in its capital, London, by terrorists who killed 52 innocent people and injured hundreds more. One of the victims was Italian born Benedetta Ciaccia who boarded the circle line from Liverpool Street. As her train approached the first stop along her journey, Aldgate, her life was violently and unfairly ended by the bomb blast. Raj Babbra was her former long term boyfriend and best friend. He explores Benedetta’s life story and recounts their relationship from his perspective from the moment they met to her untimely sudden passing. This powerful and moving true story shows how love and friendship knows no boundaries in time, space, life or death. lifewithloss.org
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At a festive dance party in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas city, dancers and spectators watch the competition from 20 meter high skywalks. Half way into the competition, the skywalks collapse killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more. What caused the skywalks to collapse? Faulty engineering or did management allow too many people on them? Find out what caused the worst hotel disaster in US history.