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The Vietnam War

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides -- Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making.

American Denial

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"In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"

Story of Islam

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Presents a journey through Islam from its beginnings 1300 years ago to its place in the world today. Introduces the culture, philosophy, and staples of the Islamic life-style.

50 Years of BBC Television News (excellent)

50 Years of BBC Television News [DVD]


The Atomic Cafe

Produced and directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty 2002

Allies at War

Directed and edited by Andrew Quigley 2002

Written and produced by Simon Berthon


The complete series 2009

The Borgias - Season 1 - 3

Created by Neil Jordan 2011


Dynasties : People and Passions that changed the World

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Roman Empire; The Medici; The Greeks; Japan;

Egypt's Golden Empire

Elizabeth R

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BBC and BBC Worldwide 2006

Charles II

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BBC 2004

Koyaanisqatsi = Life out of balance

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A Francis Ford Coppola presentation 2002

Produced and directed by Godffrey Reggio

Paradise Now

Warner Independent Pictures 2005

Produced by Augustus Film

Produced by Bero Beyer

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

The power of nightmares : the rise of the politics of fear

BBC 2004

Documentaries that changed the world

John Pilger 2006

Night and Fog

Produced by Anatole Dauman, Samy Halfon and Philippe Lifchitz 1955 [2003]
Directed by Alain Resnais

Thinking history : the Holocaust

Educational Film 2012


Documentary Photography 2013

                                                         Directed and produced by Jacqui and David Morris                                                             

Why Poverty?

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Produced by Steps International 2012


Gallipoli : the frontline experience

The Black power mixtape 1967-1975 : a documentary in 9 chapters

Written and directed by Göran Hugo Olsson ; produced by Annika Rogell/Story AB ; co-produced by Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover/Louverture Films, Axel Arnö/Sveriges Television 2011

In the footsteps of Alexander the Great

In this award winning adventure Michael Wood embarks on a 2000-mile journey in the footsteps of Alexander's triumphal march from Greece to India

Journey's End

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The Great War, March 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope. With a German offensive imminently approaching, the company anxiously awaits their unknown fate.

Based on the play by R.C. Sherriff


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Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated.

Secret War

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This documentary is a 13-part series that goes inside Churchill's secret army to a dangerous world of agents, double agents, and triple agents who helped liberate Europe and change the course of the war.


Darfur Diaries : Message from home

Cinema Libre Studio 2006

The First World War : The complete series

Narrated and produced by Jonathan Lewis 2010

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Produced by Elmo Williams 1970

Directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasku


The World at War

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Thames Television 1973

Battle of Britain

Produced by Harry Salzman & S Benjamin Fisz 1969

Directed by Guy Hamilton

Ghosts of Rwanda

Written, directed and produced by Greg Barker 2005


First Hand Films 2005

Capturing the Past

The Battleship Potemkin

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Directed by Sergei Eisenstein 2000

Human footprint

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Executive producer, Malcolm Brinkworth 2008

Written and directed by Clive Maltby

Powaqqatsi = Life in transformation

Produced by Mel Lawrence, Godfrey Reggio, Lawrence Taub 2002

Directed by Godfrey Reggio

Black Blizzard

A & E Television Networks 2008

The sorrow and the pity : chronicle of a French city under German occupation

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A film by Marcel Ophuls 2004

When good men do nothing

Produced by Mike Robinson 1998

Series editor, Peter Horrocks

World War II : Why we Fight

Produced by Frank Capra 2000

Thinking History

Film Education 2012

The Great Dictator

Written, produced and directed by Charles Chaplin 1940


Produced by Jingo Minoura; scenario by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto ; directed by Akira Kurosawa


Islam, empire of faith

Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture


Pourquoi Israel

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Documentary montage using interviews with other footage showing some aspects of Israel.

American photography : a century of images

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The story of the pictures we have taken and where they have taken us. The series traces the profound effect photographs have had on American life-- influencing what we buy, how we dress, how we get the news, and in the matters of life and death, medicine, science, and war.

The Man with the Iron Heart

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1942: The Third Reich is at its peak. The Czech resistance in London decides to plan the most ambitious military operation of WWII: Anthropoid. Two young recruits in their late twenties, Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader - Reich-protector Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the SS, the Gestapo, and the architect of the Final Solution.

Hotel Terminus

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 Klaus Barbie, sa vie et son temps : Klaus Barbie, his life and his time 

All the President's Men

A Robert Redford-Alan J. Pakula film 1976

Produced by Walter Coblenz

Directed by Alan J. Pakula



La commune (Paris 1871)

Directed by Peter Watkins 2010

Icarus Films

Simon Schama : A History of Britain

BBC Video : London 2010

Produced by Janet Lee

Directed by Martin Davidson, Liz Hartford, Clare Beavan, Ian Bremner, Paul Tilsey, Tim Kirby, Martina Hall, Mike Beji, Jamie Muir.


A film by Marjane Saprapi and Vincent Paronnaud 2008

Triumph of the Will

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl 1935

Archives of War

Archives of War, Vol. 1 - World War I and the Interwar Years / World War II (The Leaders)

Produced by Marty Callaghan 2002

Lawrence of Arabia

Produced by Sam Spiegel 1962

Directed by David Lean

I, Claudius

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BBC Worldwide 1976

Civilization : The Complete Series

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London : BBC Kenneth Clarke 1969

My Country My Country

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Directed and filmed by Laura Poitras 2006

Blind spot : Hitler's secretary

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Produced by Danny Krausz and Kurt Stocker 2003

Directed by Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer

The Ascent of Man

A co-production of the BBC and Time Life 2005


Written and directed by Godfrey Reggio 2002

The fall of Communism

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Written by Justin M. Friedland and Jeff Gralnick 2002

Directed by Kevin Behrman and Gary Russo

Produced by Clark Adams and Rhoda Lipton


Dear America : letters home from Vietnam

Produced by Bill Couturie and Thomas Bird 2005

Directed by Bill Couturie

The Industrial Revolution

A Wadlow Grosvenor Production 2000

Produced by Jean Wadlow

Directed by John Haggarty

The Sixties

Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting 2005

Written, directed and produced by David Davis and Stephen Talbot

The assassination of JFK and the resignation of Richard Nixon

An episode from the BBC series which covers the events that shaped our world. No one could have dreamed of the shocks America would suffer in the 20th century -- the assassination of the youngest ever president and the disgrace and expulsion of Richard Nixon

The Nazis : a warning from history

Use interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archival film and records, to examine how a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis could come to power in a modern European nation

The Act of Killing

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"When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, more than one million people were killed in less than a year. Anwar and his friends were promoted from ticket scalpers to death squad leaders, and Anwar killed hundreds of people with his own hands. In The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell us the story of the killings. But their idea of being in a movie is not to provide testimony for a documentary: they want to be stars in their favourite film genres - gangster, western, musical. They write the scripts. They play themselves. And they play their victims. The Act of Killing is a nighmarish vision - a journey into the memories and imaginations of the unrepentant perpetrators and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit."