US-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz returns to his country of birth, to the largest landfill dump in the world in Rio de Janeiro. Over three years, he undertakes a project making giant photographic portraits of the 'catadores' - the pickers who recycle and distribute the rubbish.
Janis Joplin's life story is revealed through archival footage, revealing interviews with friends and family and rare personal letters, presenting an intimate portrait of a bright, complicated artist who changed music.
At a time when no one feels entirely protected from terrorism, Sebastian Junger uses his first hand experience to chronicle Syria's downward spiral and the human toll of the carnage brought on by the Islamic State.
Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Court in The Hague, charges a former Serbian general of war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia in the mid-'90s. However, her main witness might be lying, so the court sends a team to Bosnia to investigate.
In this 2008 Sundance Film Festival smash hit, filmmaker Nanette Burstein chronicles the senior year of five 17 year olds in Warsaw, Indiana. Popularity is everything; breakups and missed jump-shots are the end of the world; a college acceptance is a dream come true; and an email forwarded to the wrong person is your worst nightmare.
Many cult movies have devout followers, bizarre interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding them - but none more than Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. This documentary speaks to the fanatics who think they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages apparently buried in the iconic horror film. Meticulously examining the original film, this program explores if there is any truth to the far-fetched theories behind Kubrick's film.
With the departure of the Bush administration and the arrival of an 'era of transparency', opportunities are arising for the disclosure of new information that may shed more light on the events that took place before and after September 11, 2001. Dramatically narrated by Daniel Sunjata of FX's Rescue Me, and an outspoken advocate for the First Responders, this program first examines mysterious and infamous events that reshaped world history - from the Reichstag Fire in 1933 that catapulted Hitler to dictatorship, to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964 that led to the Vietnam War - and then takes viewers on a turbulent journey through several pivotal moments in history before delving into the most significant catastrophe in recent memory, 9/11.
The dramatic conclusion to Better Man, based on the true story of Van Nguyen. When Kim Nguyen discovers that her son has been imprisoned in Singapore for drug trafficking, she seeks out a lawyer to help him.
Three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top fighter of the golden age of boxing and symbolised the sport for generations of fans. Now, ten of his acclaimed rivals pay tribute to perhaps the world's most beloved and inspiring athlete in Facing Ali.
The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this acute investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians. In the 1960s and '70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this 'stone age' society untouched by modern life. Thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting.
Tells the story of a profound, essential and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this program unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, and a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends.
This is an intimate and revealing film on an artist recognised as one of the world's greatest living painters. For the first time, Richter allows access behind the scenes at his studio, as we witness him creating a series of new abstract works.
One platoon, one valley, one tear ... Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of US soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta comes Riding Giants, the story of big wave surfing. Breaking the mould of traditional documentary filmmaking, Riding Giants uses its dynamic, cross-generational approach to profile the lives and times of the intrepid surfers who over the decades have dedicated themselves to finding and successfully challenging the biggest waves on earth.
We follow the lives of three young women, Diana, Lida and Vika, who live in the metropolis of St Petersburg and share a goal of finding a husband. But how do you find a man in a country where women by far outnumber men? Psychologist Vladimir Rakovsky has an easy solution. He is a tutor of his own school, and runs highly priced courses. We witness Rakovsky teaching Diana, Lida, and Vika, together with a bunch of other young women, how to seduce a man.
Brazil is an exhilarating country of contradictions and possibilities. We showcase one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth and explore the stories of its people. From a government worker who dreams of performing the samba at Carnival, to a river trader whose livelihood depends on the Amazon. We meet some of the individuals who personify the energy and intensity of this tropical South American paradise.