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Joanna Lumley travels back to the country that she came from to celebrate the great nation that it is today.
A year older than Independent India itself, Joanna was born into the last days of The Raj and India was home to both sides of her family for several generations. Travelling over 5000 miles, Joanna explores India’s diverse landscapes, cultural traditions and extraordinary spirit, discovering how independence has changed and shaped it into the great evolving country it is today.
Celebrating its beauty, wildlife, people, culture, history, modernity and absolute diversity, Joanna’s journey takes her on an exploration of India’s past, present and future, drawing on her own connections and experiences and learning from stories of others.
Raoul Peck directs this documentary which explores the history of race relations in the United States through the eyes of renowned African American writer and social critic James Baldwin.
Based on the unfinished manuscript of Baldwin's book Remember This House, the film features archive footage and interviews with the writer as he discusses the issue of racism in America and reminisces about the work of influential civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
(Academy Award nomination for: Best Documentary)
An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education.
The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1000 police on to campus. There are dire consequences for the young leaders. By blending dramatic unfolding action with a multi-protagonist narrative, much of the drama lies in the internal struggles the activists have around the weight of leadership.
Threaded through the film is a pulse of anticipation, shared across the generational divide, that somehow these youth have reached breaking point and won’t back down until they achieve the kind of social transformation that previous generations had long given up on.
'I'm embarking on a 7000-mile journey following the route of the legendary Silk Road, that throughout history helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe...my most adventurous and exotic journey yet.' - Joanna Lumley
This epic new series is Joanna Lumley's grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.
A perilous network of paths, the Silk Road shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. Joanna's adventure will see her travel through a breath-taking array of fabulous landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe, boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route.
Boere Op Die Aardsdrempel handel oor ’n klein groepie Afrikaanssprekendes in ’n afgeleŽ gedeelte van Patagonia in ArgentiniŽ wat ’n heenkome gevind het na die verwoestende Anglo-Boereoorlog.
Die groep Boere het ’n honderd jaar gelede die Atlantiese Oseaan oorgesteek opsoek na ’n nuwe lewe, vry van die onderdrukkende Britse koloniale heerskappy. Die verloop van tyd het gepaard gegaan met die verval van hul kultuur en die stelselmatige agteruitgang van die gebruik van Afrikaans. ’n Handvol inwoners wat steeds Afrikaans praat, is gewikkel in ’n stryd om hul taal en kultuur te red.
Die film fokus op die laaste dae van hierdie Afrikaanse gemeenskap en een familie se hartsverlange om kontak te maak met Suid-Afrika.
Die rolprent het ook 3 SAFTAs (Suid-Afrikaanse Film- en TV-Toekennings) ontvang vir Beste Kinematografie, Redigering en Klankversorging.
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.
Miners Shot Down shows the courageous fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country's first post-apartheid massacre.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons is a celebration of Nelson Mandela's epic life and his status as an international icon.
He remains a man at the centre of attention, not only in South Africa, but around the world as a moral leader, an elder statesman and an exceptional human being.
Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons takes one on a journey behind the headlines and away from the public eye and looks at Madiba as a loyal friend, a dependable comrade, a trusted confidant, a respected mentor, and a man who has touched and transformed countless lives. For the first time his complete story is being told - a life of struggle, humanity, destiny and greatness is recalled and celebrated by those who knew him best and who worked with him in the quest to break the chains of oppression, taking us beyond the political and into the personal.
The film features exclusive interviews with politicians, close friends and comrades of Madiba.
All ten episodes of the award-winning mini-series based on the real-life experiences of American paratroopers who fought in Europe during the Second World War.
From their training in Camp Toccoa, Georgia, through their landing in Normandy as part of the D-Day offensive, their participation in the Battle of the Bulge, and all the way up to the final surrender of the German forces, the series follows the adventures of Easy Company, a unit noted for its skill and bravery, but which also suffered a high number of casualties in its journey across Europe.
Also featured are actual interviews with surviving members of the company.
Auschwitz has a unique place in history. It is where the largest mass murder ever recorded occurred. It is hard to grasp how and why such a chilling place existed. This untold story of Auschwitz marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.
Written and produced by BAFTA Award winning producer Laurence Rees, and using fresh new research, Auschwitz offers a unique perspective on the camp in which more than one million people were ruthlessly murdered.
The series follows the trail of evil from the very first origins of Auschwitz as a place to hold Polish political prisoners, through the Nazi solution for what they called 'the Jewish problem', to the development of the camp as a mechanised factory for mass murder. It interweaves exceptional new testimony from camp survivors and members of the SS with archive footage and drama reconstructions of some of the key decision-making moments.
The series is the result of three years of in-depth research, drawing on the close involvement of the world experts on the period. It is based on nearly 100 interviews with survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking in detail for the first time.
Sensitively shot drama sequences, filmed on location using German and Polish actors, bring recently discovered documents to life on screen, whilst specially commissioned computer images give a historically accurate view of Auschwitz-Birkenau at all its many stages.
The computer animated images are based on plans from the Auschwitz construction office, which were captured after the war, eye-witness testimony and aerial photos.
Drama documentary following Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer as he recreats his famous wartime escape from a British prison camp in India, crosses the Himalayas, and enters the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet. There, Harrer became personal tutor to the young Dalai Lama and witnessed first hand the Chinese occupation of the country.
Zulu is one of the great movies, an epic adventure of courage in the face of incredible odds. Based on a true story it tells the amazing tale of 100 British soldiers who stood fast against an overwhelming force of 4,000 of the Zulu nations mightiest warriors in the defence of Rourkes Drift in 1879.
Superbly photographed in Technorama, few other movies have grippingly captured the tension and terror of combat as wave upon wave of warriors is unleashed on the tiny garrison. Set amongst stunning South African scenery, Zulu is a landmark action film and a fitting tribute to some of the most magnificent acts of heroism in the history of warfare.
Michael Caine's role as the arrogant but courageous Lt. Bromhead brought him international fame, and there are powerful performances from other great British actors including Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins.
In 1966 BBC Television embarked on its most ambitious documentary series to date. The eminent art historian Lord Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development. Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries. The lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first transmitted in 1969.
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark's compelling narrative is accompanied by breathtaking colour photgraphy of Europe's greatest landmarks. This 'history of ideas as illustrated by art and music' remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired.
Includes a specially written 36 page illustrated booklet of viewing notes to accompany this DVD.
The Ascent of Man is regarded as one of television's greatest acheivements. Dr Jacob Bronowski traces the steps of scientific imagination through history as they happened, where they happened.
Includes a specially written 48 page illustrated booklet of viewing notes to accompany this DVD.
Transporting you to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur uses unique hi-tech graphics to bring to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived. Almost all the dinosaurs featured were discovered in the last 10 years or so and forced a rewriting of the prehistory books.
Palaeontologists now know that dinosaurs spread to every part of the globe, and evolved in ways so monstrous, horrific and bizarre they make T Rex look very tame indeed. Planet Dinosaur is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action as well as charismatic monsters.
Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series re-creates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death.
Collection of documentaries which examine the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in 1912. A century has passed since the supposedly 'unsinkable' vessel departed Southampton destined for New York, only for a collision with an iceberg to cause the death of over 1000 passengers in one of the worst naval disasters of all time. The six documentaries included are: 'Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces', 'Lost Worlds: Building the Titanic', 'Titanic's Achilles Heel', 'Modern Marvels: Titanic Tech', 'Titanic: Death of a Dream' and 'Titanic: The Legend Lives On'.
This epic series explores life's grand themes through Britain's rich and colourful history. This is history in an accessible form, using everyday analogies that help viewers relate to the past.
It looks at concepts like the cyclical nature of power and analyses fascinating topics. It examines the experience of all levels of society, revealing that essentially mankind never changes. A History of Britain is written and presented by the world-renowned historian Simon Schama.
A charming view of Britain from the days of the music halls to the swinging 60's.
History Channel documentary that explores the wreck of the Titanic. A 2010 expedition by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute made use of the latest technology to capture the best images yet of the sunken ship. The footage captured by the institute is paired with the testimony of survivors of the disaster, narrated by actors, to bring to life the tragedy that took place on the ship 100 years ago.
Collection of programmes which follow various climbers as they attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 'Everest - Beyond the Limit: Season One' (2006) was shot during the second deadliest climbing season on Mount Everest and in an unprecedented move cameras were strapped to the Sherpas' helmets to record nearly every step or misstep. The resulting footage provides viewers with a real sense of what it takes to conquer the world's most formidable peak. In Season Two (2007) of the documentary series, expedition leader Russell Brice and a new team of climbers attempt to conquer the mountain. Phil Keoghan presents 'Deadliest Climb - After the Climb' in which expert mountaineers, who have already successfully climbed Everest, share the experiences they endured on their dangerous and difficult journey. 'Deadliest Climb - British Heroes' follows two climbers as they attempt to break separate world records on Mount Everest. David Tait attempts to summit the mountain from the north side, travel down the south side, and then complete the journey in reverse. Rod Baber has reached the summit of all the highest peaks in Europe but for the first time, attempts to climb above 24, 500 feet on Everest.
History Channel documentary that undertakes the ambitious task of relating the history of the world in less than two hours. Proceeding from the origins of the Earth and the growth and extinction of species to the rise of man and the development of human civilisation, the documentary provides a fast-paced account of the history of the world.
There have been eleven British Prime Ministers since 1952 but only one Queen Elizabeth II. Diamond Decades tells the story of the changing face of Britain, from the 50s to the present day, all under the watchful eye of The Queen. Through turbulent times, tragedy and celebration, The Queen has been ever present; a tower of stability and strength. Each episode features rare and previously unseen archive film, both of the Royal Family and of the pivotal events in British and world history. Decade by decade this remarkable series celebrates the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth II. History has known no monarch like her.
Documentary about the iconic Volkswagen camper van which, since the 1960s, has become synonymous with freedom, love and adventure due to its association with hippie subculture. Film-maker Damon Ristau speaks to a number of enthusiasts who share their stories and speak of how the vehicle has become a cultural icon since its creation.
Documentary from film makers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that sets out to tell the story of prohibition. Prohibition, the US Government's ban on the sale of alcohol between 1920 and 1933, was an extremely controversial policy. Many criticised the ban as an attack on individual liberty, while others argue that it led to an increase in organised crime as alcohol became a black market good. The narrators of the documentary include Hollywood stars Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons and Samuel L. Jackson.
"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong" - Princess Elizabeth of York, 1947. This was a promise delivered by Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday, addressing the Nation she would one day reign over. Now approaching her 60th year on the throne, her vow has not faltered and the Queen's popularity is greater than ever.
But Elizabeth's relationship with her country has not always been an easy one. As the monarch who witnessed the launch of the internet and saw royal control diminish as media power surged, the Queen is the most famous and reported upon monarch in the world. But for her and her immediate royal family, this has not always been an advantage.
With unrivalled archive footage from ITN source, home video and featuring interviews from royal correspondents as well as civilians, we reveal the highs and lows of Elizabeth II's reign and how she has had to adapt her own values in order to forge a place for the monarchy in modern society.
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