For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world - illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution, and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century, to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, employed the world's most multicultural workforce, and shrunk the globe by bringing once remote reaches of the earth into contact as never before - all the while capturing the American imagination.
As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Her father, the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose Benazir over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back in 2007 as her country's only hope for democracy. When she was struck down by an assassin, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world.
He was the son of former slaves and from 1904 to 1915 Jack Johnson was the best heavyweight boxer in the world. A film by award-winning director, Ken Burns.
This behind-the-scenes documentary traces the historic presidential campaign of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States from the beginning in 2006 when questions arise about whether the first-term senator from Illinois would run for the presidency, as the tension and excitement build as the campaign unexpectedly pulls off a win in the Iowa caucuses, to losing to Senator Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
Walt Disney - never has a person held such a commanding place in American life. Yet as familiar as his work was to young and old alike, Disney himself was something of an enigma.
Covers many of the defining events and central ideas behind Mormonism, beginning with Joseph Smith's first revelation and following its transforming impact on America's religious landscape. The series looks at the role persecution played in defining this religious group, and follows the Mormon's transformation from a polygamist theocracy to a flourishing mainstream religion.
American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
This controversial documentary film draws on filmmaker John Pilger's long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. This film is both a personal journey for Pilger and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not.
The story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies and adversaries.
Part Captain Nemo, part Grizzly Man, Paul Watson is filmed in the act as he repeatedly flouts the law so that he may catch those he sees as the more serious law-breakers, the illegal poachers of the world.
British journalist John McCarthy leads a stunning architectural tour of the world's most significant religious buildings. Filled with the rich and historic art of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, a series of rabbis, priests, imams and art historians unravel the ancient mysteries of the religions'; most sacred places. As we are invited ever deeper into the secret worlds of the three major religions, the wonder of their architectural traditions grows, as does our understanding of the often misunderstood ancient belief systems.
A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actors of American and world cinema.
This searing examination of the Enron accounting scandal reveals the psychology of greed and corporate corruption that facilitated the company's rise to power and also its fall. When Enron went bankrupt in 2001, the principals walked away millionaires - but later faced legal proceedings and jail sentences. Meanwhile, many employees and investors were left with nothing, not even their 401K retirement savings.
In January 2013, Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as 'citizen four', who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100 percent real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.
A rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.
There is no more beloved filmmaker than the late Frank Capra, but many people have only started taking him seriously a half century after he made his greatest films, the classics we know by heart today.
A portrait of the Berlin Philharmonic as it toured Asia. Music featured: Hero's Life by Richard Strauss, Asyla by Thomas Ades and Beethoven Symphony No.3.
British journalist John McCarthy leads a stunning architectural tour of the world's most significant religious buildings. Filled with the rich and historic art of Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto and Daoism, art historians unravel the ancient mysteries of the religions'; most sacred places. As we are invited ever deeper into the secret worlds of the three major religions, the wonder of their architectural traditions grows, as does our understanding of the often misunderstood ancient belief systems.