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The six animated episodes playful take into account what is in the minds of people more easily supported, and has been an important, though often maligned world culture since man could think of these things. This documentary is an elegant and orderly chronological account of erotic images to categorize the episodes from the earliest history of the last (from the late 20) the prospects for the Internet and virtual technology.A number of interview subjects to students of porn stars talk about everything from the graphic images found in the ruins of Pompeii and unique erotic type negotiated between European groups of class, which is for individuals to make and distribute their own games for adults through the installation of video cameras bedroom.Before he was demonized and censored when the printing press brought porn to the masses, seems erotic drawings were a lot of fun glad that was not at all stigmatized. (One of the funniest sequences is an interview with a renowned art historian and erotic septuagenarian who is interviewed about his specialty, while reclining naked under the gaze of a woman drawing her portrait.)Once the Church was involved, given that representations of men, women and animal doing what came naturally as obscene, a relatively modern classification – moved in the shadows of sociological study. Episodes of photography, including still and moving images, and modern technology impact did the creation of a pornography industry are interesting, but not quite enlightening for most people with even a superficial knowledge of the evolution the eroticism of the French postal adult video.
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The slaughter of Nanking, commonly known as the Rape of Nanking, was an infamous genocidal war crime committed by the Japanese army in Nanjing, then capital of the Republic of China, after it fell to Imperial Japanese Army on December 13, 1937.The duration of the slaughter is not clearly defined, although the violence lasted well into the next six weeks, until early February 1938.During the occupation of Nanjing, the Japanese army committed numerous atrocities, including rape, looting, arson and the execution of prisoners of war and civilians.Although the executions began under the pretext of eliminating Chinese soldiers disguised as civilians, it is stated that a large number of innocent men were intentionally identified as enemy combatants and executed-or simply killed outright-as the slaughter gathered momentum.A large number of women and children were also killed, as rape and murder became more widespread.Watch the second part of this documentary here.
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This is a potentially controversial docu-drama about Adolf Hitler, showing his life growing up, and his reign of Germany through WW2.Most historical documentaries show Hitler as the mad leader behind the slaughter of countless people, and while that part is true, the story behind his life, through defeat in the trenches WW1, his desire to be an artist, and his upbringing is rarely told.During World War 1, which is a turning point in the life of Adolf Hitler, he reportedly loved the trench warfare, even volunteering for hazardous duty, and was actually awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class for Bravery.The film also goes into Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, one of the worlds best selling books, which gives not only his political and social views, but also talks about boxing, Syphilis and other seemingly random topics.Using historical footage and re-created scenes, this documentary may not change your opinions of the most talked about German Leaders in history, but should at least give you more insight into his life and why he did what he did.This film is broken into parts, starting with the trailer.Be sure to see the filmmaker’s website at: http://thegreateststorynevertold.tv/
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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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Both the United States and the Soviet Union drifted apart after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Russian Civil War and the Paris Peace Conference. Diplomatic and extensive trading relationships were established under Roosevelt, but relations soured following the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States and eastern Poland. After Hitler broke the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact the Western powers worked closely with the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Distrust reemerged as Stalin's plans for placing Eastern Europe in the Soviet Union's sphere of influence became apparent towards the war's end, and came to the fore at the Potsdam Conference, just before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Interviewees include George F. Kennan, Zoya Zarubina, Hugh Lunghi and George Elsey.
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For almost 200 years, the Knights Templar was the most powerful group in the medieval world. Today, the group’s legacy showcased in an array of Hollywood blockbusters and a number of literary works.Despite the Knights’ long reign of power, they experienced a sudden downfall in the early 14th century when a number of members stood accused of unspeakable crimes and were then tortured and killed. The following documentary interviews some of the world’s leading bible scholars and visits historic sites throughout Europe to extract the past of this mysterious order.
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This BBC documentary summarizes and explains one of the most pivotal points in western history; The Reformation. After creating a sect of the Christian church Martin Luther created years and years of violence and bloodshed, in fact most European wars after The Reformation where brought in part if not solely due to the different sects of Christianity. A key documentary to understand European history,
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"This documentary series by Michael Mosley takes a closer look at the brutal, bloody and precarious history of surgery. This five-part series maps out the history of surgery through its catastrophes and successes.1. Into the Brain. This part reveals how the art and science of brain surgery making it a life-saving discipline today, has evolved over the last 100 years through mishaps and misadventures involving crowbars through the skull to notorious lobotomies with ice-picks.2. Bleeding Hearts. This part shows Michael Mosley taking a personal interest, having a family history in this area and taking a go at heart surgery of a man with no heartbeat and witnesses an operation where the patient is cooled until their brain stops and has all of their blood sucked out.3. Spare Parts. This part unravels how the scientists in the early days struggled with transplant surgeries given they had no way of bypassing the human immune system which rejected the transplanted organ resulting in a lot of complications and even death at times.4. Fixing Faces. This part unravels the fact that though believed by many to be a modern day phenomenon, plastic surgery is a science practiced since the last 400 years. Michael Mosley personally undergoes both 16th-century and 21st-century botox in his journey of discovery.5. Bloody Beginnings. In the last part Michael Mosley finds out how the early days of surgery were murky and cruel, when the surgeon’s knife was more likely to kill than save."
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This is a documentary by Alex Gibney, an American director, and it is produced by Susannah Shipman and Eva Orner. This film is looking into the interrogation and torture related policies in the U.S. The focus is on the sensory deprivation technique adopted and developed by the CIA.Featured parties in this film are the people that are opposing the use of these techniques on military and political captives. You will also have a chance to see the efforts of the Congress to act in accordance to the Geneva Convention standards which are forbidding torture of any kind.This documentary is a part of the series called ‘Why Democracy?’ which is examining the democratic apparatus around the world today, with its perks and flaws as a system. The film premiere was on April 28th in 2007at the Tribeca Film Festival held in New York.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more political videos, click here.
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"The year 1905 saw Russia submerged in a wave of mass political and social unrest, including terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies. This led to the establishment of limited constitutional monarchy, the State Duma of the Russian Empire, the multi-party system, and the Russian Constitution of 1906.The Russian Revolution is the collective term for a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which destroyed the Tsarist autocracy and led to the creation of the Soviet Union. The Tsar was deposed and replaced by a provisional government in the first revolution of February 1917, which was focused on Petrograd. The February Revolution took place in the context of heavy military setbacks during the First World War, which left much of the army in a state of mutiny.The Soviets, which were led by more radical socialist factions, initially permitted the Provisional Government to rule, but insisted on a prerogative to influence the government and control various militias’ leading to the second revolution, during October, in which the Provisional Government was removed and replaced with a Bolshevik government.
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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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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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From the dawn of civilization to the 20th century, A HISTORY OF BRITAIN re-animates familiar tales and illuminates overlooked aspects of England’s past. Written and hosted by historian Simon Schama (the bestselling author of Rembrandt’s Eyes and The Embarrassment of Riches), this monumental The History Channel®/BBC co-production has been hailed by critics for its colorful–and controversial–approach, which discards timelines and tiresome lineages for a lively look at the personalities and cultures that infuse British history.From India to Ireland, the Norman Invasion to the American Revolution, Schama spotlights the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island “at the edge of the world” into the greatest empire on earth, examining the impact of this extraordinary heritage on the modern nation.
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If you ever have a chance to go to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in the Yale University, there you will find, under the MS 408 code, a book so peculiar that to this day there is no explanation for its origin and the content is shrouded in a veil of mystery as well.This extraordinary book is called the Voynich manuscript. It was named after its finder, Wilfrid Voynich. He was born on October 31st, 1865 in the town of Telsze, which was at that time a part of the Russian Empire. Voynich was a bookstore owner, an antique book dealer and a revolutionary, best known for his astonishing discovery of the mysterious manuscript in 1912.The book is written in a most peculiar language, and there have been a number of attempts to decipher it, unfortunately with no success. It also contains a large amount of illustrations, depicting celestial bodies, different herbs, human figures and what appears to be a collection of recipes. The manuscript passed from Voynich to Hans P. Kraus, who in turn, donated it to the library of the Yale University in 1969. The Voynich manuscript is still puzzling scientists and cryptographers around the world. It also served as inspiration for a number of popular fiction works. If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to watch more mystery videos, click here.
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An English Speaking World is said to explore the development of modern English, and it illustrates English as the language of choice for technology, diplomacy, business and popular culture for many nations. Brief piece on a conference of French speaking countries to create French words for invading English words. At the end of the video, they promote the idea of English bubbling up from below.
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‘The Samurai’ is the definitive study of some of world’s most famous fighters from the heyday of the Heian Period (794-1185) to the inevitable decline that followed the opening of Japan in 1853.This film explores the extraordinary legacy of martial artistry, ceremony, self-discipline and tenacity in battle of the knights of medieval Japan, an elite warrior class that held the reins of power and the fascination of the people for more than 700 years.They were the masters of sword and bow, were driven by an unforgiving code of ethics, and they proved ferocious in combat. They beat back foreign invaders and fought each other for land, status, honor and glory.Modern-day samurai explain the ways of life in the Bushido, while scholars detail the pivotal events in their centuries-long history.
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In the time of the ancient Rome, ‘thermae’, derived from Greek meaning "hot", and ‘balneae’, were bathing facilities. Thermae was the name of the large imperial bath complexes and balneae were similar but smaller facilities. They could be public or private and were common throughout Rome.In September 1998, this group of engineers, archeologists, and historians met in Bath, England, the site of one of the best preserved baths from the Roman Empire. They came together to design and build an authentic Roman bath, one of the first buildings the Romans built wherever they went. After 2,000 years, NOVA will build a Roman bath and try to uncover the secrets of the most technologically advanced building of the ancient world.Tour the crumbling public baths of Rome to learn intimate details of what life was really like for ancient Roman citizens, and in the process, discover the engineering feats that made these baths such an impressive achievement.If you want to watch more history documentaries, click here.
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Throughout World War 2, U-boats were the supreme stealth attack vessel of the armies, wreaking havoc as they sailed all around the world. This historical documentary gives an in-depth look at the way submarines were used in the war, including actual original footage of battle scenes and interviews with crew members. This film is a combination of three films: Sea Wolves, Attack America and Iron Coffins.
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A short, animated documentary on how time has been measured in the past, and how we measure it now. The film walks you through the timeline of people and inventions that kept track of time.
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Common wisdom has it we prepare for our future by understanding our past. But did the ancient prophets already know the future? Are we living in the world they predicted? In this enlightening and often unsettling series, the viewer revisits the prophecies and divination of the Ancients and traces them to the modern events they may have been predicting. Beyond great leaders and pivotal battles, our history contains a trove of information and insight, tradition and warning. From the Tibetan Book of the Dead to a 20th Century Nostradamus, from the secrets of the Knights Templar to the real fiend behind the Frankenstein story, these programs address some of these persistent curiosities from the Ages.Watch the second part of this documentary here.
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Join Dr. Andrew Weil and other leading physicians and scholars in this often-surprising look at the long history of drug use in different cultures worldwide.Since mankind’s beginning, in every civilization, human beings have found ways to alter their consciousness in search of something greaterthan everyday reality.To this end, we have indulged in and experimented with all manner of frightening, toxic, even potentially lethal substances, in many different rituals.Ancient Drugs delves into mankind’s psyche in search of the key to our pervasive drive to experience something beyond. Psychologists and physicians, including Dr. Andrew Weil, world-famous author of the bestselling Spontaneous Healing, offer insight into the physical and mental mechanisms and motivations behind this universal desire.Historians and spiritualists explore the ancient rituals of cultures worldwide that have sought visions and truth through altered consciousness, and illuminate the terrifying, exquisite visions that are revealed to those who journey beyond the constraints of the conscious mind.
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The History Channel's How Bruce Lee Changed the World explores the amazing multitude of ways that Bruce Lee - the first international Asian superstar--has influenced pop culture. Calling Lee the biggest movie star in history is a bit of a stretch (though every shot of this hypnotically charismatic performer argues that he might have been, had he not died abruptly before the release of his fourth and most successful movie, Enter the Dragon).A wealth of interviewees, ranging from filmmakers like Jackie Chan (who was a stunt man on Lee's movies in his early career), John Woo, and Brett Ratner, comedians like Eddie Griffin and Margaret Cho, musicians like LL Cool J, RZA, and Damon Albarn, athletes like boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and bodybuilder Flex Wheeler, and more, testify to the enormous impression Lee had on them.The documentary overreaches at some points, but there's no denying that Lee brought martial arts movies to the West and redefined the image of Asian men in the public consciousness (before him, Asian men were fiends like Fu Manchu, servants, or buffoons).Lee's life history is efficiently told and some of the details are delightful--who would have guessed Lee was a champion cha-cha dancer in Hong Kong? His audition for The Green Hornet reveals a movie star just waiting to be discovered. The man himself--lithe and muscular, capable of astonishing speed and grace, radiating both intelligence and passion--makes all commentary unnecessary.
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This is a documentary about the Chauvet Cave, located in southern region of France, where the oldest man-made paintings were found. These impressive paintings were estimated to be over 32,000 years old. These drawings were discovered by a group of scientists and explorers in 1994. The state they were in was practically flawless. After the discovery, the French government has limited the access to the cave to only a selected few scientists, with the task of examining, documenting and dating the drawings. The maker of this extraordinary documentary, Werner Herzog, was able to gain a limited access in order to document these beautiful drawings and present them in his film. He decided that the documentary will be done in 3D technique, which will allow the viewers to embark on an incredible journey to the past. In the course of making this documentary, Herzog interviewed a number of scientists and historians in order to be able to provide an adequate image of our ancestors, thus linking the past and the present. The first screening of the documentary was on September 13th, 2010 at the International Film Festival in Toronto. Unfortunately, the projection was interrupted approximately five minutes before the end.
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One of the countries that form the United Kingdom is Scotland. Its Gaelic name is Alba, and it encompasses the land which was inhabited and controlled by the Scottish tribe called the Picts. The geographic position of Scotland is on the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It borders with England to the south, and the remaining borders are the Atlantic Ocean. The North Sea is the eastern border and the North Channel and Irish Sea make up the south-western. Aside from the mainland, Scotland has more than 790 islands and among those are the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.It was in the Early Middle ages that Scotland was united under one banner. The Kingdom of Scotland exists independently until May 1, 1707, when it forms a union with England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. The History of Scotland is documentary about important times and figures in history, historic places and people, archaeology, science and education. Watch this exciting documentary and discover Scotland such as you never seen before.
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The Bethlem Royal Hospital in London turn out to be notorious in the 1600′s in respects to the callous and cruel care of its patients as exposed by psychiatric historians.Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital exposes why Bedlam came to represent the very concept of insanity itself.It was lampooned for centuries as both a humanoid zoo and a academy of lunacy and for century was one of London’s foremost vacationer enticements, as Madame Tussauds is nowadays.Britain’s foremost psychiatric historians deliberate Bedlam and its residents as we divulge the unbelievable past of one of U.K’s most dishonorable foundations.
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American Hardcore is a music documentary. The director of this video is Paul Rachman and scripted by Steven Blush. It is inspired by the book called American Hardcore: A Tribal History by S. Blush. It was first screened on September 22nd in 2006 for a limited period of time. The film offers some early pioneers of the in-your-face punk music scene including Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, SS Decontrol, D.O.A., The Minutemen and a number of other bands. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the DVD on February 20th in 2007. This documentary addresses the origin and advancement of in-your-face punk rock from 1978 to 1986, in spite of the fact that the cover says 1980 to 1986. The narrative gloats far reaching underground footage shot at the peak of the ‘no-nonsense’ scene. The film includes a number of recorded meetings with bad-to-the-bone punk musicians from groups like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag and other similar bands from this movement. The film was shot and altered in the course of five years with numerous recorded scenes of 80s hardcore groups being sent in by the groups themselves. A portion of the footage was shot by Paul Rachman in the 80s with the most remarkable bit of footage being the last show of Negative FX which generated uproar after the electricity was cut during the performance. A large portion of the meetings were filmed in both Paul Rachman's and Steven Blush's flats, but in different parts of it, in order to make it look like that they were filmed elsewhere.If you want to watch more music documentaries, click here.
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Professor Brian Cox reveals how fundamental scientific principles and laws to explain not only the history of the universe, but the story of us all.Destiny. Having explored the wonders of the solar system, Professor Brian Cox boldly steps an even bigger stage – the universe. Who are we? Where do we come? For thousands of years mankind has turned to religion and the myth of the answers to these enduring questions. But in this series, Brian has a different set of answers – answers of science.Stardust. At the second stop in his exploration of the wonders of the universe, Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the essence of humanity to respond to the most important questions of all: what are we? Where did we come from? This film is the story of matter – the material they’re made of.The Fall. In the third episode, Professor Brian Cox in the history of the force that shapes the entire universe – gravity. Gravity seems so familiar, and yet it is a strange and striking forces in the universe. From a zero gravity flight, Brian experienced the feeling of weightlessness total, and considers that the amount of density effect has had on the world around us.Messengers. In the last episode of the epic Professor Brian Cox across the universe, he travels from the Burgess Shale fossils in the sands of the world’s oldest desert to show how light is the key to our understanding of the entire universe, including our own deepest origins.
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The mysteries of Asia series of three-part video was originally produced for The Learning Channel. During this segment, historians and others examine temples built in India over 1,000 years ago. They remain quite intriguing, though today’s tourists rarely visit. Records reveal that trained elephants had to drag millions of stone blocks to build these structures.The program notes that due to the size of the temples, the U.S. Senate, Versailles, the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome, everyone could fit inside one of them.Michael Bell narrates as animated image maps and are used to help viewers learn more about what these ancient structures appear and why they were built.
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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.
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Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or a similar medium to a surface. In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action.Painting is a way of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction, among other aesthetics, may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the painter. Paintings can be naturalistic, photographic and abstract, can contain narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.Today, depending on the author, some of the paintings are extremely valuable in the sense of historical significance along with the monetary value. Having those properties, particular paintings have been targeted by a number of art thieves. Watch this documentary and find out how some of the most elaborate painting heists were executed and the identity of the masterminds behind these operations.
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The ascent of man is a thirteen-part documentary series produced television by the BBC and Time-Life Films first broadcast in 1973, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski.Conceived as a series of documentaries of view in the form of Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series 1969, the series received the applause of well-informed analysis, but simple eloquence of Bronowski, unscripted monologues long and extensive location shoots.The title alludes to The Descent of Man, the second book on evolution by Charles Darwin. Over thirteen episodes of the series, Bronowski around the world to follow the development of human society through their understanding of science.Series schedule:The evolution of man from ape-proto 400,000 years ago – less than the angels.The harvest of the season – early human migration, agriculture and the first settlements, war.The grain of the stone – development tools architecture and sculpture.The hidden structure – The fire, metals and alchemy.Music of the Spheres – The language of numbers.The Starry Messenger – Galileo’s universe.Majestic mechanics – Explore Newton’s laws and Einstein.The drive for power – the Industrial Revolution.The ladder of Creation – Darwin and Wallace’s ideas on the origin of species.World within the world – The history of the periodic table.Knowledge or certainty – Physics and the clash of absolute knowledge, the oppressive state, and realize their doubts the result of its terrible outcome.Generation after generation – life, genetics and cloning identically.The long childhood – treated Bronowski on the commitment of man."
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‘The Dark Lords of Hattusha’ recounts the history of the Hittite Empire, which lost 2500 years ago. The deciphering of their language enabled archaeologists to finally retrace this great lost civilization.Although belonging to the Bronze Age, the Hittites were forerunners of the Iron Age, developing the manufacture of iron artifacts from as early as the 20th century BCE. Hittite weapons were made from bronze; iron was so rare and precious that it was employed only as prestige goods. The Hittites were also famous for their skill in building and using chariots. These chariots gave them a military superiority as illustrated on a plate from Carchemish.The Hittites were an ancient Indo-European people, speaking a language of the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family. They were part of a larger movement of Indo-Europeans in the 30th century BCE and established a kingdom centered at Hattusha on the Central Anatolian plateau ca. the 18th century BCE. The Hittites used cuneiform letters. Archaeological expeditions have discovered entire sets of royal archives in cuneiform tablets, written either in Akkadian, the diplomatic language of the time, or in the various dialects of the Hittite confederation.This film thus takes the viewers back in time and opens the history of this once great empire.
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For over 1,000 years, the Byzantine Empire was the eye of the world – the origin of great literature, fine art and modern government. Heir to Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empire was also the first Christian empire.After a year of filming on three continents, TLC unlocks this ancient civilization, spanning 11 centuries and three continents. Pass through the gates of Constantinople, explore the magnificent mosque of Hagia Sophia and see the looted treasures of the empire is now in San Marco, Venice.Byzantium, gives life to an empire that, though seemingly distant, is closely linked to the evolution of Western civilization. A review of the emergence of the first Christian empire, which lasted over a thousand years and the maturity and decline of Byzantium, through its conquest by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.John Romer, the author and on-screen guide of the series, breathes life into the city and the powerful ideas that made the Byzantium a thriving cultural and commercial center while western Europe was painfully through the Middle Ages the Middle Ages.At its height, Byzantium is the most precious Christian relics, including a piece of the cross of Christ. Located on the border of Europe and Asia, who ruled an empire that stretched across Asia Minor and the Balkans. Then, after the advent of Islam, the empire shrank until little was left outside the city walls.Byzantium turned to Europe for help in the fight against the infidels, only to have its own city sacked by the Crusaders whose help is sought. Venice, its main trading partner of old, took many of his works of art. The Hagia Sophia, originally built as a Christian church, became Istanbul’s most famous mosque.And the scholars who had kept alive the study of Greek for more than a millennium fled to Europe, where he helped lay the groundwork for the rebirth. Byzantium, the video takes us on a visual journey of luxury to key locations throughout the empire, while putting a human face on the key players in the history of this unique and vital empire. I never suspected I would find this story as compelling as it turned out to be.
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A ninja or shinobi was a mercenary warrior class that originates from 15th century Japan. Some of the basic operations of the ninja included infiltration, espionage, sabotage, assassination and also open combat if needed. In the troubled times of the Sengoku period, between 15th and 17th century, a class of mercenaries and spies for hire emerged in the Province of Iga and the surrounding area of the village of Kōga. The contemporary knowledge that we have on ninjas is provided from the clan records of these two areas. The figure of the ninja poses a central character in a number of folklore tales and legends, and as a consequence it is often difficult to tell the difference between historical fact and myth. Among the extraordinary abilities attributed to the ninja were the control over the elements in nature, invisibility and the ability to walk on water. That, in turn, twisted the perception of the ninja in western popular culture in the 20th century. The view on these warriors of the night is ever so often based on various legends and folklore rather than on the historical facts about them.Watch this documentary and see the truth behind the legends of the ninja warriors. Discover the mindset of people that devoted themselves to such a lifestyle of danger and discipline.
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"Starting in New Zealand, Craig Reynolds explores the tattooing culture around the globe. He kicks off with the Maori and the artists who maintain the ancient tattooing tradition. There are so many different and diverse patterns and techniques…many are quite simply painful to endure.The Maori moko is very significant both for the male and female tribes folk. Many of the Moari moko’s were constructed with a flat chisel which opened up a scar which would then again be opened and inked.Craig gets his own tattoo at the hands of a very skilful Maori and witnesses the revival of Moko in a very remote New Zealand village.The worldwide tattooing phenomena is an ancient process which is administered in a variety of ways from fully electro-mechanical to the very manual puncturing of the skin with bamboo tips and lacing of the skin using needle and thread.He travels to Polynesia where he sees the fine tooth comb used in the ancient past…now a metal needle is utilised but is still driven into the skill by tapping the needle into the skin using a stick. He gets to be inked on the beach in Hawaii….two hours in the open having his thigh band completed in a traditional fashion.New Orleans sees him finding tattoos on ancient bodies…mummies and preserved remains from about 1000 year previous. We see Inuit s having tattoos sewn-in…almost an extinct technique.The Japanese Mafia, Yakusa, have always sported special tattoos which has made them by far the most intricate, beautiful and in many cases illegal demonstrations of this ancient art. Here we see complete bodysuits which would have taken thousands of hours to complete. A macabre part of the documentary is the human body suit which is the human skin peeled from the body and preserved in one single piece!!! The tabouri stick used by some of the chief artists is remarkable…he can achieve shading through adjustment of pressure which could never be achieved using modern electro-mechanical tattoo instruments.Keeping in the criminal vein he now moves to a high security prison to understand the tattoo culture which is illegal in prisons but still flourishes….and this is some of the most incredible art you will see!! There is a feature on the removal of unwanted tattoos…and this is an even more painful process. Many reformed criminals require special laser treatment to remove the incarceration tattoos and this will be a long long process.See the tattooed lady from the 1920′s and the freaky Lizard man…the circus has made superstars from tattooing. And then there is the military and war and remembrance are the predominant theme here…ironically this is probably similar to the prison community where the inmates and military each in their own way enter into a battle which they feel worthy of embellishment on their own bodies. The Naval tradition is extremely strong and there are so many traditional patterns and symbols used to indicate different occasions during service. The soldiers and servicemen now even have their dogtags tattooed on their bodies in case they are fatally injured in conflict.Finally it’s Hollywood for a tattoo like the “Stars” get….what about UV ink?!! now there are tattoos which do not show up in normal light…and FINALLY tattooing the EYEBALL….are there no limits?"
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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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Hackers: Outlaws or Patriots (also known as “Hackers Wanted”), is an film by Sam Bozzo and explores the history of hackers, or those going against the higher powers, throughout history. From as far back as Galileo going against the church to prove that the earth revolved around the sun, to modern day computer hackers who set out to show that larger banks, governments and corporations are not a supreme power, this film takes a unique look at the culture and myths of ‘hackers’.
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‘The Surprising History of Sex and Love’ is an award winning documentary presented by Terry Jones.This film traces the story of changing social and religious attitudes to sex throughout history.Filmed in India, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France the USA and the UK, the documentary includes a lot of surprising and never-seen-before material.It starts with the place of sacred sex in the ancient world and ends with a discussion of the contemporary relationship between sex, marketing and prurience.The film charts out how we got from there to here, and indicates that changes in sexual attitudes are connected with issues of power and control.
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What are we celebrating when we carve out Jack-o-Lanterns and encourage our youth to go out in costumes and ask for candy from strangers? This documentary shows us the ghoulish past and transformation of one of our oldest holidays still celebrated.Originating back in Ireland thousands of years ago during Celtic times. The origins of Halloween are very spiritual and are connected to harvest times, Druid priests and the supernatural and the dead coming to life.The Celts offered blood sacrifices to appease the gods and animals were thrown onto huge bonfires and used remains to develop prophesies. There is still the fear of the unknown and this documentary seeks to give some insight into the origins and history.Ancient Romans had a role in shaping the Halloween we have come to know…honouring the dead and the harvest.Christianity changed things somewhat and Pagans and Christianity come into conflict with the Christians attacking the Pagan traditions. Guy Fawkes night celebrates the attack by the catholic rebel upon the protestant parliament. The origins of traditional Halloween and even witch craft etc are explored and eventually all the evil deeds are replaced by fun event with children taking over the festivities from adults. The prominence of Irish immigrants brought Halloween more to America. The USA has completely adapted what was such a pagan festival and now has Halloween Parades which were introduced to attemt to thwart the mischief and vandalism which started to develop. Detroit in the 1970s seen a shocking series of events when hundreds of buildings were set alight on “Devils Night” and the population became increasing fearful of each other rather than the traditional outline based upon the pagan rituals.America spends a huge fortune on Halloween making it the second largest commercial event in the calendar…adults have now again become engaged in the festivities and it remains to be seen what shape Halloween will develop into in the future.
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Hong Kong to Sicily, this set of grip examines five of the unions most notorious criminal world.The World History of Organized Crime travels the world to get an insight into some of the most active criminal organizations, dangerous and evil in existence. The five episodes focus on a different region, examining the conditions that contributed to these groups, talking to specialists in law enforcement about how they are fighting, and true stories of famous cases.Sicily: With its long history of foreign occupation, the people of Sicily has created a culture of self-reliance, honor, and distrust of authority. With this in place, La Cosa Nostra emerged in late 1800 and was able to put a stranglehold on his country, which went virtually no threat until the end of 1980. That’s when Judge Giovanni Falcone began to prosecute and convict with the aid of the testimony of Tommaso Buscetta.Russia: After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia became a free market economy, opening the doors of the Red Mafia to take control of approximately 40% of the nation’s economy. As one of the most feared criminal organizations, violent, creative and well educated in the world, the red mafia has been hard to locate and close.China: This program examines the secret history of the Triads, their traditions, their influence in America, and its main export commodity – human cargo.India: Located in Bombay, “Bollywood” is one of the most prolific film industries and profitable in the world. Unfortunately, it is also the target of the Mafia underground, helping the industry and the government refused to assist with financing. The program also explores the roots of the mafia and traces back to the “thugs” of the 19th century.Colombia: Focus on posters and in particular, Pablo Escobar, the program explains how the most lucrative exports Colombia – Cocaine – is formed in a country of violence and corruption. Using the narco-terrorism and bribery, posters quickly took control of Colombia, but even its dissolution did not complete the unstoppable flow of drugs.
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"Learn about what is going on under your feet as National Geographic plunges into Earth’s depths to reveal the history of our world and what is below us.This documentary includes info on how the earth was formed, what major changes have happened since the dinosaurs and how the world is changing now."
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The ancient Olmecs in Mexico sculpted massive stone heads 3000 years ago, before even the Roman Empire was established. Thought to be carved in the likeness of their leaders, these heads weighed over 3 (up to 40) tonnes and came from a mountain over 160km away, a trek that would have taken them across rivers and swamps. How did they manage the task of transporting these huge blocks of rock? Without metal tools, how did they carve these dense stones?
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Secrets of the CIA is a revealing documentary unravelling the truth about the CIA and how this organization has been behind numerous terrorist plots throughout history.This film features many ex-CIA agents speaking out about their experiences as agents and what they were required to do, including Ralph McGehee, a renowned ex-CIA agent, and most famous for publishing ‘Deadly Deceits’.Some of their missions even included killing of children. Most of them are now spreading the word about the crimes of the CIA and how the organization needs to be extinguished.
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Over a thousand years ago, the sun-washed land of southern Spain was home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, living together and flourishing. Their culture and beliefs intertwined, and the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn. Here were the very seeds of the Renaissance. But it changed. What happened and why is for you to discover!
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When we think of evil men one person usually comes up, Hitler. However throughout history there have been just as “evil” or perhaps even more evil men. Through a series of programs this documentary series shows us the most evil men in history. From Vlad the Impaler to Pol Pot the most evil disgusting men of history are shown.
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Directed by Rob Epstein, the Times of Harvey Milk looks at the life and political career of San Francisco’s first openly gay counselor, Harvey Milk. His rise from a community activist to a symbol of political power, to his assassination are documented with historical news footage and personal stories of those who knew him.Harvey was the inspiration for Sean Penn’s film Milk.
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‘Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France’ is a documentary filmed in in France and Austria, with rare access to Versailles, telling an unprecedented intensely human story of the often misunderstood monarch who was beheaded during the turbulence and horror of the French revolution.Marie Antoinette, the young and beautiful Austrian princess who was strategically married into the most prestigious monarchy in Europe, was to become the symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century aristocracy and was to be France’s last queen.The film beautifully depicts her as a fragile young woman who went through a lot of struggle during the course of her life.