Explore the music tied to some of the most iconic moments in history - from the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina - music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticising, and amplifying seismic events in collective history. September 11, 2001, forever lives in infamy for New Yorkers and all Americans. Billy Joel's New York State of Mind and Sister Sledge's We Are Family took on heightened new meaning of camaraderie. But the tragedy that united the country quickly divided it. Country music took centre stage as the politically charged music of the moment - with patriotism in the case of Brooks and Dunn, or in a pro-war message in the case of Toby Keith. When the Dixie Chicks found themselves caught in the crossfire after upsetting their fan base, it became clear that the wounds of 9/11 weren't quick to heal.
Set among the closing months of World War II, everyone is on edge as cracks begin to appear in the German offensive. While working as a hospital nurse, nun Sister Luce meets Father Martial, a priest working with the Resistance. The two experience a passionate connection, but when Martial decides to back away, the young woman's world comes crashing down.
Renowned filmmaker and award-winning Australian journalist John Pilger explores the role of media in war in his commanding and timely documentary, The War You Don't See. Pilger, himself a war correspondent, traces the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of the First World War to the destruction of Hiroshima, the invasion of Vietnam to modern-day conflict in the Middle East.
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, rarely have expectations on a new leader been so high, and the obstacles to their achievement so great. In the lead up to the next US election in early November, and as part of SBS's coverage of the US elections, Barack Obama: Great Expectations looks at Obama's first term as President of the United States.
This portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff - from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah - confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
How has Osama Bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, evaded capture for a decade from the world's largest superpower and the biggest manhunt in history? How do we know he's actually still alive? Exploring the facts around Bin Laden's disappearance and the continuing threat of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden - Dead or Alive looks at claims that the video messages of Bin Laden are being faked and that he is really dead.
This documentary reveals the astonishing inside story of the intelligence war which has been fought against Al Qaeda over the last decade since 9/11. With unparalleled access to Western intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and exclusive interviews with those at the forefront of fighting terrorism - from the CIA and the FBI to MI5 - Peter Taylor asks whether there is any end in sight and whether we are any safer from attack.
Bob Gruen has captured fifty years of music as the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer. In this landmark documentary, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob's life as well as his iconic work.
Obama set out to end George Bush's wars in the Middle East and reset relations with the rest of the world. Obama has kept his promise to keep the US army out of the Middle East but the region remained unstable and ISIS gained a foothold in Syria and Iraq. But Obama scored one big win: he negotiated a secret deal to end the nuclear threat from Iran - behind the backs of his closest allies. In his second term, Obama tried to tackle America's most intractable social problems - guns, immigration and race.
Molly is now the power broker of pop - the most influential name in Australian music. Behind the scenes, Molly longs to be loved for who he really is in the midst of his colourful life and friendships.
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War One, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Stunningly photographed and action-packed, Pearl Harbor recalls the events of December 7, 1941 - and the devastating impact the event had on the country - and people's lives. Two boyhood friends, Rafe and Danny, are officers in the Army Air Corps. Rafe soon falls in love with Evelyn, a beautiful and dedicated nurse. As the war escalates, Rafe is sent into battle and is presumed dead after a dangerous assignment. When Danny attempts to comfort Evelyn, the two discover that they both have feelings for each other. However, as their romance blossoms, Rafe returns from the war, but which of the two friends will eventually win Evelyn's heart?
Amnesty International will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in May 2011. This documentary brings together employees, released prisoners, former presidents and celebrities to shed their light on how Amnesty International has changed the world, and how the world has changed Amnesty International.
To mark the centenary of the birth of one of the most iconic figures in recent American politics, this documentary examines the enigmatic career of former screen star and two-term US president Ronald Reagan.
Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As the ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 per cent of servicewomen and at least one per cent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment - not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. In fact, military women are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colourful places dedicated to women, the Crazy Horse - a legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Wiseman's impeccable eye reveals a uniquely French showcase, with an emphasis on elegance, perfectionism, and a gruelling schedule.
It's 1942 - Darwin has been bombed and 29-year-old, war time cinematographer Damien Parer (Matt Le Nevez), is filming Australian troops as they fight the Japanese on the deadly razorback ridges of New Guinea. Based on the lives of real people and actual events, Parer's War tells the story of a man caught between two worlds and battling with his emotions - at ease amongst the troops and in the midst of jungle warfare, but struggling to connect at home and to win the love of his life.
Bob Gruen has captured fifty years of music as the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer. In this landmark documentary, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob's life as well as his iconic work.
*Adult Themes, Coarse Language* *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died*
Cyclone Tracy was one of the worst natural disasters in Australia's history, virtually wiping the city of Darwin from the map. Now 40 years later, previously untold stories reveal compelling new perspectives on the devastating storm, the controversial mass evacuation and the troubled reconstruction, investigating the socio-political effects on Darwin and its residents. Extraordinary archival footage, immersive animation and in-depth interviews tell a powerful story revealing the legacy and myths of Cyclone Tracy including the coming of age of Darwin, the heroism of Darwinians, and the politicisation of the rebuild. The failure of most official records of the disaster to mention Indigenous people is addressed with stories from Aboriginal people who lived through the storm, and accounts of traditional Aboriginal beliefs that explain from a cultural standpoint the cyclone and resulting devastation. PRODUCTION DETAILS: Brindle Films and Nirvana Films. Produced with assistance of Screen Territory in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia. Produced by Rachel Clements and James Bradley. ABC Executive Producer and Head of Indigenous Sally Riley.
Claus Helberg is caught by the Germans. He manages to escape, but is badly wounded. Still, he succeeds in getting back to England. Werner Heisenberg is assigned to continue his work without heavy water, but explains that no heavy water means no bomb.
East Timor's award-winning first feature film is the haunting, passionate story of one woman's conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. Sixteen years after Beatriz's husband disappeared during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his return. Is this mysterious stranger her husband or an imposter? Directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis, and stars Jose da Costa, Osme Gonsalves and Gaspar Sarmento.
Part two of this extraordinary drama documentary special presents a new insight into the iconic Easter events. A leading theologian and an investigative archaeologist have linked Jesus to the most powerful and ambitious politician in the Roman Empire. New evidence shows that over six months, Jesus built influence in Jerusalem using the protection that Rome gave him. When his Roman ally fell from power, he was left exposed on the firing line. With arresting documentary sequences from Israel to Italy and stunning drama, the explosive Roman power politics that ultimately nailed Jesus to the cross will be uncovered.
In the 17th century in Holland anatomy became THE cutting edge of medical science, inspiring the great artists of the age, like Rembrandt, to produce the most beautiful anatomical paintings yet created. Dr Adam Rutherford travels to the Hague and Amsterdam to find out what it was that drew Rembrandt to anatomy and why dissecting bodies was thought a suitable subject for high art.
What lies under our skin, inside our bodies? That question has dogged doctors and artists for thousands of years. In this fascinating series, Dr Adam Rutherford investigates the close relationship between discoveries in anatomy and the works of art that illustrate them.
September 11, 2001 began like any other day in New York. When the first plane flew into the World Trade Centre, people across the globe shared with America the horror of this unfolding terrorist attack that would one day change the world. Now, through the memories of America's key decision makers, this documentary goes behind the scenes to show how the men and women at the heart of American power struggled to manage the assault on their nation.
As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this film documents the events in Egypt as the country rose up against the Mubarak regime in the early days of the Arab Spring. It offers fresh insights into what happened in the region and why, as well as into the lives unexpectedly altered by events.
Just because you give someone the idea for a murder, does that make you responsible for the crime? Crime writer Arthur Upfield (Robert Menzies) believed he was looking for the perfect plot. But when his friend Snowy Rowles (Luke Ford), used the same idea to murder three men, Upfield is forced to confront his own role in their deaths.
While driving, Old Curley is temporarily blinded by the sun, takes a wrong turn and is suddenly back in 'the hole' at Changi - a small, dank, underground chamber with very little light. CAST: Mark Priestley, Slim de Grey, Leon Ford
Set in Jerusalem, 1961, ground-breaking TV producer Milton Fruchtman (Martin Freeman) hires director Leo Hurwitz (Anthony LaPaglia) to film the trial or the worlds most notorious Nazi and key architect of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann.
This film tells the story of how a small production team overcame immense obstacles to broadcast the worlds first ever TV event. Hurwitz has a momentous job on his hands: together he and Milton must quickly train up an inexperienced camera team and persuade the judges to change their minds and let them film the trial. Working under intense pressure, the team finally wins permission to film by rebuilding the courtroom with specially concealed cameras.
Described as the trial of the century, it was shown on TV in 37 countries and was the first time that the horrors of the Holocaust had been heard directly from survivors.
The extraordinary story of how the trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen has never been told. This film also features extensive archive footage from the 1961 trial, bringing the realities of this pivotal event to a new generation.
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By 22 November 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interest in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. New film material from Washington has just been released.
By the fall of 1944, America is ready to liberate the Philippine islands and the POW's who have been stranded there since 1942. Sgt Jack Werner is among the men storming the beaches of Leyte, one of the main Philippine Islands. Seaman Jack Yusen fights in the naval battle of Samar and reporter Robert Sherrod accompanies the Marines on their assault of Iwo Jima.
In Episode 4 of this series we look at how the old colonial masters of the Middle East were gradually forced out of occupation and how a newly found sense of nationhood was to lead to one of the most violent periods of the region's history. To the Arab world the very existence of Israel stood as a mark of their defeat. They were determined to destroy this Jewish nation and it seemed like just a matter of time. In those first years of the 1960s ordinary Arab people felt that they were nearing the end of their search for destiny.
An intensely moving interview with choreographer and director Noel Tovey. Considering the horror of his childhood, it's amazing that Noel Tovey survived at all. In Pentridge Jail at age 17, he contemplated suicide, but the voices of his ancestors prevented him and helped turn his life around and Noel pursued his dream to become a dancer and actor.
This film-length dramatised documentary looks at the life of Louis XV, King of France from 1715 to 1774. At the beginning of the 18th century, the child-king Louis embodied all of France's hopes for renewal. After seeing the endless old age of Louis XIV, who reigned for 72 years, the French idolised the young king.
Helped by today's villagers Michael Wood uncovers the secret history of a Victorian village more colourful than even Dickens could have imagined. Recreating their penny concerts of the 1880s, visiting World War I battlefields with the school and recalling the Home Guard, local land girls and the bombing of the village in 1940, the series finally moves into the brave new world of 'homes for heroes' and the villagers come together to leave a reminder of their world for future generations.
1646-1649. As the King is under lock and key, the army debates the future. English Socialism is born, the King loses his head and England. Scotland and Ireland are united under a military dictator. After four days in a pub in the fens, the king gives himself up to the Scots. But new Catholic victories in Ireland unite the Scots and English and the king is sold back to the English parliamentarians. Now, as a prisoner on House arrest, he becomes a pawn in a bigger game.
Tofi and Leofric set off to rescue the snatched women of Crowhurst, including Tofi's young wife Judith. En route they encounter the Normans, the ruthless Ozouf, the gentler Coutances and the mute Drogo. But Tofi and Leofric outwit their pursuers and reach safety.
The second part of this series examines the aftermath and the enduring controversies that emerged as succeeding generations of Americans struggled to comprehend the sudden murder of an unforgettable leader.
Presented by Lisa Rogers, this nine-part series takes an irreverent look at the lifestyle of infidelity. Tonight, we meet Sally Farmiloe, ex-mistress of Jeffrey Archer, and 'serial mistress'. Margot explains what it takes to become a mistress. We also meet dominatrix Chloe, and a woman who has a child with her married lover. In the history part of the program, Lisa looks back at the seductress Cleopatra.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 left a psychic wound on America that is with us still today. Few Americans then or now accept that a lone, inconsequential gunman could bring down a president and alter history. In that breach, a culture of conspiracy has arisen that points to sinister forces at work in the shadows.
Lavish, all action dramatic spectacles based on the lives of six men who shaped the world around them, either by sheer force of will, genius, courage or even greed. Powerful, magnetic personalities who have earned their place in the world's imagination, all prepared to die for what they believed in - whether it was God or gold, the pursuit of power and glory or a magnificent ideal. From Spartacus, the gladiator who brought Rome to its knees, to the audacious military genius Napoleon, this series combines absorbing drama with CGI to ask what were the motives, the strengths and even the weaknesses that drove these men to achieve what no one else had dared. The amazing stories of Hernan Cortez, Attila the Hun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Richard the Lionheart are also included.
In December 2007, a letter turned up at a post office in New York City that a certain Penny Baxter had written to Jim Kowalski, back in 1949. She claimed that her husband, Mafia godfather Tony Carlucci, wanted her dead. For the elderly Jim Kowalski, this letter brings back a lot of memories. He's one of the few people left who experienced, first hand, the doomed love affair between an ambitious girl and her Mafia boss-boyfriend, and its impact on everyone around them. So begins William Karel's ode to American film noir that combines myth with reality and blurs fiction and non-fiction. The Empire State Building Murders is a feature film dressed up like a documentary.
The story of Kibworth moves on to 1066 when the Normans build a castle there. Michael Wood reveals how the Norman occupation affected the villagers from the gallows to the alehouse, and shows the medieval open fields in action in the only place where they still survive today.
The Norman Conquest of 1066 transformed Britain, as William the Conqueror sought to assert his power over the whole of England by dismantling the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy and crushing regional diversity. We discover the human cost of his campaign and the lasting legacy of the social structures established by the Normans, and how a spirit of resistance began to foment among the population.
Why was it that the Islamic world failed to participate in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment? And how far can the West maintain its scientific lead today? Harvard historian Niall Ferguson takes on a big subject: why has the West dominated the rest of the world - and are the days of Western ascendancy coming to an end?
This documentary reveals the people who built Stonehenge, along with their sophistication, ambition and power. A lost civilisation, rediscovered and redefined, based on exclusive access to the biggest archaeological survey ever undertaken of Stonehenge's sacred landscape. (
Operation Copper was an eight man mission to Mushu Island off New Guinea that went disastrously wrong. Only one man survived to tell the tale, Mick Dennis, who features in this episode, and survived 10 days in the jungle with the Japanese hunting him down.
The Rise of the Nazi Party reveals how the National Socialists exploited the economic turmoil of their time, rose to power in Germany in 1933 and then led their nation into a nightmare of brutality, genocide and military defeat.
1916. Britain's armed forces are decimated. Across the country, friends join up to fight together, in new battalions known as 'Pals'. Paddy Kennedy joins the Manchester Pals Battalion with his friends Henry, Andy and Jim.
This blockbuster miniseries vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. In Berlin, 1941, the five young friends are eager to become heroes in an adventure that will forever change the face of Europe - and themselves
Discover digital solutions that are relevant in a world where digital realms are transforming education, business and many other industries while informing students of the change in technology overtime.
Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through protests and civil disobedience whilst remaining nonviolent. In this collection find out about nonviolent movements and information about nonviolent resistance advocates.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
In August 1945 the US dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, devastating the Japanese cities. See the aftermath of the attacks while exploring the history of nuclear disasters. (ACDSEH107, ACDSEH127)
From the dramatisation of the American Revolution in Sons of Liberty through to how Gene Sharp's nonviolent revolutionary theories helped inspire the Arab Spring, see how revolution has reshaped the world.
Before European people arrived in Australia in 1788, the way indigenous people lived was very different to how we live today. Find out more about their life pre colonialisation. (ACHASSK107,VCHHC082,VCHHC097,VCHHC121)
This playlist focuses on Australia post 1900 and includes topics such as race, rights and immigration in Australia since 1900. Also find out more about migration experiences to Australia. (VCHHC097,VCHHC098,VCHHC100)
Australia as a nation moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation. Explore the factors leading to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
Commemorate the 1915 struggle that saw enormous courage in the face of enormous loss at Gallipoli, which many consider the psychological birth of Australia. Start with the Peter Weir classic, Gallipoli. (ACHASSK064, VCHHK076, VCHHK144)