The word "Social" derives from the Latin word socii ("allies"). It is particularly derived from the Italian Socii states, historical allies of the Roman Republic (although they rebelled against Rome in the Social War of 91-88 BC).

The term ‘social’ is not strictly defined. There are, however, a number of descriptions of the application of the term. Attitudes, orientations, or behaviors which take the interests, intentions, or needs of other people into account are commonly recognized as social.

The most common use of the term social is in politics. In left-wing circles it is often used to imply a liberal characteristic, while in right-wing circles it is generally used to imply a conservative characteristic.

It is also used to round an already established term e.g. social realism, social justice, social constructivism, social psychology, social anarchism and social capital. Other uses of the term relate to the society or its structure.

There are different theories about social occurrences. One of them is provided by Karl Marx, stating that human beings are intrinsically, necessarily and by definition social beings who, beyond being "gregarious creatures", cannot survive and meet their needs other than through social co-operation and association.

Contemporary use of the term is referred to the redistributive policies of the government which aim to apply resources in the public interest.

The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are concerned with all of the above mentioned social occurrences.

“The Collective Evolution 2” is a documentary focused on showing each of the dimensions to the experience we call life. The documentary does this by addressing the issue of who exactly we all are, and why we are here.

Robert Peston tells us how some of the rich people came to posses their enormous wealth. He also explains the connection between the economic crises, the rich and us commoners.

Mara Salvatrucha or MS13 is one of the most dangerous gang in the United States. Follow their story, from the early days to their bloody rise to power. It is considered to be one of the most widespread and violent criminal organizations.

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The Invisible War
The Invisible War

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The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award.[2] The film has been lauded by advocates, lawmakers, and journalists for its influence on government policies to reduce the prevalence of rape in the armed forces. (Wikipedia)

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Preview West of Memphis
Preview West of Memphis

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This a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it. Berg's unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense allows the film to show the investigation, research, and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South.

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Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened
Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened

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Amy Winehouse was a popular singer and songwriter, winner of 5 Grammy awards. She was successful with many musical styles like jazz, R&B and Jazz. Even though she was talented musician, she was just as well known for her health and drugs problems as her music. At July 23th 2011, aged 27, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London.Amy was most talented singers of this generation. She was the first ever British female singer to win 5 Grammies in one night. However, at the very top of her booming career, did Amy's way of living push her straight down a distressing path? In this documentary, Jacques Peretti looks on Amy's life inside; collection of broken hearts, divorcing of her parents, her love relationships...In addition, this documentary has some interviews with Amy's family members and friends. Jacques Peretti tries to explain how Amy absorbs every emotional feelings she had lived through and carry that bitterness into her music. Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse!...Some celebrities who have died drug-related deaths could have gotten help from a drug treatment center specialized in drug addiction intervention if they only sought it.

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Human Resources
Human Resources

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It is a documentary about social control, the test of history, philosophy, and ultimately, the pathology of the power elite.In general, human resources is rough around the edges, but still overloaded with gems. Take some time to digest this – and take notes. Scott Noble does an admirable job of setting ten hours of material in two. It gives room for all the people you interview … there are a ton of ideas here and let almost all of them are developed and breathe at their own pace.The footage itself is very low-fi and some of the interviews feel like they drag on for too long, or walking in circles. Surprisingly, these moments are few and far between.Noble can not cover everything, but the scope of this film just makes the most ambitious entry in this genre so far stranger, more complete than The Century of the Self and less hysterical than the franchise Zeitgeist.

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Fundamentalist Christianity – Louis Theroux
Fundamentalist Christianity – Louis Theroux

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This is a video that is about Fundamentalist Christianity by Louis Theroux. It provides some insight into the nature of the religion, beliefs, morals, reasons, etc.

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In this World
In this World

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In the Shamshatoo refugee camp in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, there are 53,000 refugees living in subhuman conditions since 1979 with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 2001 with the U.S. bombing and invasion of Afghanistan.The Afghan family and his cousin Enayat Jamal illegally decide to send to London for a better life. Hire coyotes to smuggle cousins through Iran and Turkey to Italy and finally London hidden in trucks and containers.However, the long trip locked in a container with other families that separates the cousins and the August 9, 2002, Jamal has been denied asylum in London.As noted by Michael Winterbottom, spent $ 7.9 billion bombing the Taliban regime. The question remains – how much we owe to those whose lives were ruined as a result?

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Who is Peter Joseph?
Who is Peter Joseph?

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Who is Peter Joseph? A Mini-Doc by Charles Robinson. "In late 2009 I was able to interview Peter Joseph, the creator of "Zeitgeist, The Movie" and "Zeitgeist- Addendum"; Founder of The Zeitgeist Movement, in his home. He described himself and his life in details in what is likely a rare interview. He was kind enough to provide me with previously unreleased media and video and I in turn did my best to create a documentary (albeit kinda poor in quality compared to his work!) that would help express who this person is."

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Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel

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Based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel Travel trace humanity over the last 13,000 years – since the dawn of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the XXI century the first century. Inspired by a question asked on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years, he embarks on a quest for diamonds in the world to understand the roots of global inequality.Why were the Europeans who conquered much of our planet? Why not the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the world instead? Why evolve the first cities in the Middle East? Why farming never emerge in Australia? Why the tropics now the capital of global poverty?As we peel the layers of history to discover the root causes, the environment in shaping the destiny of humanity, Diamond found both his theories and his own endurance tested.The three one-hour programs were filmed across four continents in High Definition digital video, and combined with ambitious dramatic reconstruction moving documentary footage and computer animation. Also include contributions from Diamond himself and a wealth of international historians, archeologists and scientists.Guns, Germs and Steel is a thrilling journey through the elemental forces that have shaped our world – and that continue to shape our future.

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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive
Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive is a 2006 two-part television documentary directed by Ross Wilson and featuring British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. It explores the effects of living with bipolar disorder, based on the experiences of Fry, other celebrities and members of the public with, or affected by, the disorder.

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Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's Enigma
Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's Enigma

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North Vietnamese communist politician, prime minister 1954–55, and president 1954–69. Having trained in Moscow shortly after the Russian Revolution, he headed the communist Vietminh from 1941 and fought against the French during the Indochina War 1946–54, becoming president and prime minister of the republic at the armistice.Aided by the communist bloc, he did much to develop industrial potential. He relinquished the premiership in 1955, but continued as president. In the years before his death, Ho successfully led his country's fight against US-aided South Vietnam in the Vietnam War 1954–75.

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Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens

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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

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Ecstasy Rising
Ecstasy Rising

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In this Peter Jennings special, we see a expose of the most popular illicit drug, next to Cannabis, MDMA, or Ecstasy. Peter interviews the proponents as well as the opponents of this mind altering drug. We also see how the DEA responded to the new epidemic and how a new culture has been developed around it.

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Hummingbird
Hummingbird

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In the beautiful coastal city of Recife, Brazil – the world capital of sex tourism – a couple of determined women decided they would try to break the cycle of domestic violence and children on the streets. Hummingbird goes onto the street and sees the harsh reality faced by these children and shows how these programs help break the cycle, giving people a chance.After reading an article about the industry of sex trafficking of children, Holly Mosher began investigating this little talked about problem. In that search, he found two programs of care that work directly with street children in the beautiful coastal city of Recife, Brazil – a world center for sex tourism.Hummingbird goes onto the streets to see the reality of these children, and then goes into the programs to see how these children at high risk can be avoided. Although the recovery process is slow – it can succeed. (Excerpt from hummingbirdmovie.com)

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Look at the Life Through My Eyes
Look at the Life Through My Eyes

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This documentary shows a day in the life of a remote Macedonian village. The life is simple yet happy. Look at Life Through My Eyes focuses on the changing climate of the village and how the modern world is effecting them.

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Natascha: The Girl In The Cellar
Natascha: The Girl In The Cellar

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This extraordinary interview reveals the ordeal of Natascha Kampusch, locked up in a basement for eight years by Wolfgang Priklopil. Despite its history has been pushed slightly below the league table of terror by the similar experiences of Elisabeth Fritzl and Jaycee Lee Dugard, Natascha – snatched on their way to school in Vienna in March 1998 – emerges as a surprisingly serene, intelligent and articulate young man who is even capable of compassion and understanding for the individual patient who stole her childhood.Recalling the details of the wet and damp dungeon in which he was held, Natascha is nothing new. Extremely quiet, her captor tells how violent and brutal exercise full control over her, humiliated her, kept her hungry, forbidden even to mourn in the case of damaged tiles tears and how she bided his time until he could escape.“Because the whole situation is so horribly wrong, should not be allowed to resign,” says Natasha. “That would be an admission of defeat. There was a kind of fighting spirit that kept me alive” Incredibly, in the eight years his daughter had disappeared, her mother, Brigitta -. Also interviewed here – never doubted her daughter’s fierce survival instinct for a minute.

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Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed
Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed

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On the top floor of a special hospital, locked away from their families and friends, a group of men and women are subjected to a regime of physical violence, the systematic brutality, torture, and by the very people supposed to care for them.The victims are among the most vulnerable in society – the learning disabled, autism, and suicide. In a special Panorama, Paul Kenyon exposes the truth about a group of caregivers out of control, and how the care system ignored all the warning signs.Joe Casey spent five weeks filming undercover in a private hospital on the outskirts of Bristol after getting a job as a support worker. He was shocked by what he witnessed.Bristol police have arrested four people after being secretly filmed by BBC Panorama found a pattern of serious abuses in a residential hospital.

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40 Years on Track

40 Years on Track

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"In 1972, the International Railway Union celebrated their 50th anniversary. To mark this jubilee, they created InterRail, a rail pass that allowed travellers to explore Europe freely for the period of 30 days. What started as a mere travel product, became in a new way for European youngsters to not only discover the continent they live in but also interchange with other peoples and cultures, playing also an important role in Europe’s unification and even the resolution of conflicts like the cold war or the Youguslav wars.Filmed in 20 countries, with the testimonials of more than a dozen travelers from different nationalities, this documentary illustrates the impact of the InterRail phenomenon in Europe in the past 40 years."

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A Different Pitch

A Different Pitch

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"A Different Pitch is a documentary film giving a moving and poignant insight into the effect was has on generations.Filmmaker Doug Aubrey follows football coach Scotty Lee undertake a voyage to Kosovo, a country scarred by NATO’s war and inter-ethnic hatred and find a football dream even in the midst of the on-going Balkan war, subtly reminding that Football, the people’s game, is not just a way of life, but can actually help save lives."

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A Life in Japan

A Life in Japan

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"Ever wondered how a life in Japan might be? 19 foreigners share their personal experiences, likes and dislikes. See the country through the eyes of, mostly western, foreign residents, who have lived in Japan between a few months and several decades."

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Allen Iverson: The Answer Documentary

Allen Iverson: The Answer Documentary

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"The full length documentary on one of the most prolific NBA basketball players, Allen Iverson.As one of the smallest (6 feet tall) NBA players, and overcoming a number of obstacles while growing up, his success story is even more interesting. This film looks at the rough road he took to becoming a NBA star player."

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Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet

Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet

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"US Open, Olympic champion and now 2013 Wimbledon Mens Champion Andy Murray is the focus of this documentary by the BBC. The film reveals what it takes to be a tennis superstar. From showing how he trains and goes through physical rehab for injuries, to the number of public appearances and commitments he has around the world, this documentary will open your eyes to the lives of one of the sport’s greats.Includes interviews from some of Tennis greats like Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe."

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

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In the 1980s, filmmaker Christopher bell, a former staffer at Venice’s Gold’s Gym and his mother became bodybuilders deriving their inspiration from icons like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who were regarded as just entertainment figures by pop culture junkies.The bells even turned to professional wrestling, but after trying anabolic steroids just once stopped using it altogether, though he is aware that this practice is dangerously common and this documentary takes viewers through the exploration of the hazards connected to this practice along with the fact that a reflection on whether taking these performance-enhancing steroids sum up to being dishonest in the game.Bell does not judge others but tries to get the opinions of prominent figures like Olympic sprinters Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis and Tour de France cyclist Floyd Landis, along with a number of doctors, lawyers, congressmen, gym rats, and professional athletes and his own family.The documentary film, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, i.e. The Side Effects of Being American is entertaining and exposes and verifies the truth behind these wonder substances and to this effect includes footages of José Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Mark McGwire testifying during the federal grand jury and congressional hearings on steroid use in the major leagues.

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Facing Goliath

Facing Goliath

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Facing Goliath is an inspiring documentary film that demonstrates how ray Taylor, a man in his fifties, about to lose his eye-sight, transcends above the limitations of the corporeal, and journeys beyond his own and his friend Sebastian’s expectations!Taylor wanted to avoid depression and for this purpose his friend Sebastian, a natural bodybuilder, challenged him to a twelve-week physique transformation; Ray lost 40 pounds as a result.Sebastian, who had originally wanted to compete in and win the non-drug tested national bodybuilding stage, saw the strength of determination in his friend which was far stronger than the muscular build up and began to inspire ray to become a muscular specimen to undermine his foreboding blindness.Sebastian had originally believed that Ray would be inspired and awe struck by watching his trainer rise onward to national competitive victory, but after failing to reach his competitive goals, Sebastian witnesses Ray achieving more than anyone thought possible by dint of sheer belief that there are no limits to anyone’s capabilities.

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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

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This intriguing documentary showcases the events around the much celebrated Chess match between Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player who has ever lived and Deep Blue, IBM’s computer, in 1997.Though Kasparov lost the match and this film focuses on highlighting the incidents from Kasparov’s point of view. The film is very engaging as it includes interviews with Kasparov, who comes across as very charming and IBM’s team who were very open and friendly. The movie illustrates both the good and the bad side of Kasparov as he struggles to maintain his dignity while his temper rises and tries to confront his paranoia. The IBM Company is shown in a slightly negative light as they publicize this event to gain advertising revenue.The movie keeps claiming that it was the victory of machine’s artificial intelligence over the mortal human being, but subjectively, it can be said that taking every psychological and technical advantage that was available, hordes of computer geniuses and chess grandmasters can definitely put years of efforts into a computer program that beats human beings but that does not undermine the greatness of Kasparov.

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I Speak Soccer

I Speak Soccer

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Soccer is by far the most international sport. It is a sport that crosses boundaries with its simplistic rules and the amount of sheer skill needed to play. Director Terry Kegal goes across the globe to show the different ways people play soccer in their own culture. A must see for any sports fan!

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Murderball

Murderball

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Murderball is a film documenting the fierce competition between United States and Canada in the 2004 Paralympics that was hosted by Greece.Filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin and journalist Dana Adam Shapiro offer an up-close look at the 2004 Wheelchair Rugby tournament, as they traced the moves of these teams.Murderball, better known as Wheelchair Rugby, and an official event in the Paralympics, is a very aggressive game created by quadriplegics who were not limited or restriced by their shortcoming.It is played with fervent intensity and involves very rough collisions and the occasional bodily fights as the regular Rugby goes.It shows how Joe Soares, when dropped from the top-seated American team, angrily retaliated by signing on as coach for the Canadian team, and led them to victory amidst upsets and thrills!The film gives a sneak peek into the personal lives of the athletes who are passionate, motivated, and determined to win — as one of them says, “I’m not here for a hug, I’m here for a medal.”

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How to Kill a Human Being

How to Kill a Human Being

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Former Conservative MP, Michael Portillo pushes his body to the brink of death in an investigation into the science of execution.As the American Supreme Court examines whether the lethal injection is causing prisoners to die in unnecessary pain Michael sets out to find a solution which is fundamentally humane. To do this, he examines the primary methods of execution available today, and he discovers why convicts could catch on fire in the electric chair, learns how simple it is to mess up a hanging and inhales a poisonous gas to experience first-hand the terror of the gas chamber.Armed with some startling evidence Michael considers a completely new approach. Will it be the answer? There is only one way of finding out – to experience it himself.

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