An exploration of exile, longing and democracy through the words and memories of playwright, author and activist Ariel Dorfman. The program documents the remarkable story of Ariel Dorfman, the Argentinean-born author who was raised in New York, but exiled to Chile during the Red Scare of the 1950s - a happening which inexorably altered the course of his entire life. It was in Chile that Dorfman became a cultural advisor to the chief of staff of Socialist Chilean president, Salvador Allende. On September 11, 1973, the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet, attacked the democratically appointed government, staging a coup against socialist president Salvador Allende. Allende anticipated the violence, and the government's key figures were called to stand against their attackers and face certain death. Ariel Dorfman should have been called. However, he later discovered his name was removed from the list so he would live to tell the story of what had happened.
Manson is a fascinating docu-drama that takes viewers deep inside a twisted world of hate, fear, sexual transgression and mind control. It shows how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of sadistic murderers.
This documentary from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, this film tells the story of a US organisation named the Weather Underground, known colloquially as The Weathermen, a radical left group known mainly for their outrage at US involvement in Vietnam. The Weather Underground explores the rise and fall of this radical movement as former members speak candidly about the passion that drove them at the time.
The most controversial film of 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the new incendiary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. Following the success of Bowling For Columbine, Moore uses his characteristic deft humour and uniquely persistent style to launch an unflinching and searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.