Veit Harlan was, along with Leni Riefenstahl, Nazi Germany's most successful film director, remembered today for his infamous Jud Suess. Harlan was a master of national kitsch, exulting in melodrama and death, but he was also an extraordinary artist who ended up serving the Nazi propaganda machine.
Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman travels to some of the holiest sites in the world to meet people of all faiths and speaks to religious leaders, scientists, historians and archaeologists in an effort to understand how religion evolved and adapted as society changed, and how religion transformed the evolution of society. First, he sets out to understand humanity's obsession with the afterlife: from those who came back to the dead, through to reincarnation. Then, Morgan looks into the future as well as a past millennia of strife to determine how the world will end.
He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". They pronounced his signature book of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, "slimy", "vile", and "beastly". One reviewer wished to see him whipped in public; another suggested he commit suicide.
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.
The unmissable final chapter a cinematic, feature-length event, transporting you to the heart of power in the global Catholic church. This is the story of a man who has kept a shocking secret for decades. Until now.
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.
Filmmaker Barry Blaustein's revealing look at the professional wrestling industry in the late '90s. This documentary follows aspiring, reigning and fallen superstars of the wrestling world.
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.
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