With apps for shooting and sharing video on our smart-phones, and more than 300 hours' worth of video content being uploaded every minute on YouTube, the 21st century may indeed be called "A Century on Film". This episode focuses on the impact of moving images, so compelling that it could either divide the world into dispute, or unite it.
In the late 1960s, the world faced a rebellion from its youth. The US baby boomers' protests against the Vietnam War spread to other countries including Japan. The reform movement Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia spurred demand for civil rights in communist countries. Television helped to unite these youth-lead social movements by broadcasting protesters fighting for freedom. Two charismatic revolutionary leaders also stimulated the youth rebellion: Cuba's Ernesto "Che" Guevara and China's Mao Zedong. This episode remembers the age when a storm of saying "NO" swept the world.
The US and the Soviet Union fought a vicious intelligence war during the Cold War and the world was shrouded in lies and secrets. Now, 25 years after the Cold War, disclosure of information is starting to give us a clear picture of what was happening behind the scenes. The age of madness when people feared the catastrophe of World War III is shown in this episode through disclosed images from CIA and KGB.
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history killing more than 50 million people. But the world was not driven into the tragedy of invasion by a single dictator. People with disdain for capitalism turned to fascism, and the world's big businesses supported the Nazi regime. How did people let the dictators come to power? Newly discovered footage brings to life a story of those who put their future in the hands of dictators and opened the gates to disaster.
At the end of World War I, the US replaced the European nations as a superpower. The country's driving force was the giant family-run conglomerates. The successors entered numerous new industries, transforming the young country into an "empire of capitalism." We will look at the evolvement of modern capitalism by using private footage released by the families of JP Morgan "the Finance King," JD Rockefeller "the Oil Baron," and the auto tycoon Henry Ford.
World War I was the first war in which the newly invented movie camera was used on a wide scale. A terrorist attack on the Balkan Peninsula triggered a war that spread instantly, strewing seeds of misery that still plagues the world today: Science and technology that serve the war, regimes of terror, the conflict in the Middle East... The world we live in is in itself a product of World War I.
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