Who decides who is beautiful and who is not? Apparently, we all do. Standards of beauty differ across cultures, but it seems human beings may possess an innate preference for symmetrical faces. But imagine living without a face. In Texas, an electrical accident leaves Dallas Wiens' face grossly disfigured, and doctors attempt the first full facial transplant ever in the US. He has to learn to live without eyes, nose, or facial identity. In London, a modelling agency called Ugly shines a light on beauty prejudices and takes the insult out of the word.
An examination of the complex rules of amateur athletics in America, and how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.
Kate Humble visits a sheep station in Australia where animals are raised on an epic scale.
A woman eats mountains of junk food but can't put on weight. A young man's body is huge on one side and skinny on the other. Their looks and behaviour seem bizarre to many, and some treat them as taboo.
In Peru, Kate Humble discovers that the alpaca industry is on a knife edge.
Love isn't always about romance and roses. 'Baba' Dez Nichols describes himself as a sexual healer. On a secluded New Zealand island, he leads an interactive workshop, where participants are encouraged to share each other's bodies, all in the name of enlightenment. In Arkansas, piano teacher Dave is a Looner: a person who has a fetish for balloons. He's collected 65,000 of them. He's always affectionate with his beloved balloons, continually cuddling them, tucking them into his shirt and nestling up to them at night. The blockbuster hit The 40-Year-Old-Virgin wasn't completely Hollywood. On Australia's Gold Coast, Andrew Wong is a real-life 40-year-old virgin. Andrew blames his predicament on a strict, traditional upbringing, and he is tired of feeling like an outsider.
Vice speaks with four Tongan nationals who have been sent back to the tiny island nation where they were born after serving prison time in New Zealand and the US. Former gang members, they often struggle to reconnect with the culture, the language, and the people. They are haunted by the stigma of their criminal pasts, which casts a pall over their employment prospects and puts a barrier between them and their compatriots.
Most people in the West share certain common perceptions about what childhood should be like. A child should be free to play, to explore, and to make mistakes, but sometimes childhood is complicated. In small town America, a teenage girl makes a decision that has irreversible consequences: she wants to become a man. In India, a young boy is destined for a trade that is both dangerous and illegal: snake charming. In Greece, the legal age for driving a car is 16, but nine-year-old Stavros Grillis has been at the wheel of high-performance race cars since he was five. Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.
We explore school shootings from Columbine to Parkland through the eyes of those who've survived. The stories trace how people and communities try to overcome the aftermath.
The grimy, nasty filth nobody wants to be around is an everyday sight for these dirty job cleaners. In Minneapolis, a team of heavy-duty house cleaners tackle a truly filthy foreclosed house, with one of the most disgusting basements you'll ever see - the laundry is full of cat faeces, there's an appalling fridge-freezer, and a backed-up toilet that would test even the strongest stomach. In Guatemala City, a group of men and women known as trash miners spend their working days trawling through a putrid black river, searching for saleable metals. In New York, microbiologist Dwight Bowman devotes his life to ridding the world of parasites.
How did trafficking in conspiracy theories move from the fringes of US politics into the White House? This documentary examines how once-fringe conspiracy theories came to be wielded as a tool at the highest levels of American politics.
How did torture, first justified by fear of the Communist threat and then as part of the fight against terrorism, become the norm in the US? As soon as the World War II ended, the Americans, impressed by the supposed ability of the Soviet authorities to extort false confessions, became interested in brainwashing. With the complicity of unscrupulous academics and doctors, the CIA began developing techniques that could break the human spirit without leaving any physical trace. Compiled in the Kubark Manual in 1963, these techniques went on to be used in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, Iraq, and at black sites across the world. Today, some are still employed on terror suspects on American soil. Through the testimonies of specialists and witnesses, both victims and torturers, examine 70 years of torture and recount how the United States transformed the practice of torture into a state-sanctioned practice.
A look at the first months of the Donald Trump presidency and how it was uniquely embedded in the Department of Homeland Security Border Force on the US border with Mexico, as the president attempts to build his controversial wall. From local people and humanitarian groups, to the vigilantes who spend their days hunting illegal immigrants, this visceral documentary shows all sides of the story. This is an honest and balanced look at America through one of the US president's most controversial campaign pledges.
This is an unprecedented documentary that joins hundreds of pieces of footage and audiotape in a seamless historical record, from moments after the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, to the South Tower being hit, to the aftermath of the collapse of the second building.
Throughout history, people have expressed their passions and their personalities through their collections. But some collectors' passions cross the line into obsession. In London, Viktor Wynd fills his home with eccentric arrays of objects, ranging from tiny human baby skeletons to shrunken heads. Calling them his children, Viktor is known to kiss them affectionately and converse with them. In the Philippines, Herbert Chavez is the self-proclaimed Filipino Superman, a long-time collector of Superman paraphernalia who, in the last 15 years, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries to resemble his superhero.
Follows a group of Aboriginal men and women in recovery from addiction, who come together to create a large mural for the St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church, honouring the Traditional owners of the land - the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation.
Shaun finds Australia's drinking future may be different to our booze-soaked past. Not drinking is losing it's stigma. Zero alcohol beers and spirits are booming and the next generation are leading the way.
Many in the West practice body modification to some degree, whether it's ear-piercing or breast implants. When people go to extremes with body modification, they provoke fear and disbelief. Take, for example, the world's most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson, with her 8000 plus piercings; Mary Jose Cristerna, with horn implants, pointed teeth, and body tattoos; pumped up female body builders, worshipped by some men for their strength and physique; and Japan's adventurous bagel heads, having saline injected into their foreheads for a temporary mutant thrill.
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