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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.
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.
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.
Michael Wood travels by bus, boat and train from Europe to India, retracing the journey taken by the army of Alexander the Great. Along the way he visits the Khyber Pass, the Indus River and the Makran Desert, investigating the myths which still surround one of the planet's greatest historical figures.
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'.
A charming view of Britain from the days of the music halls to the swinging 60's.
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.
What is an ordinary couple? Here, as six relationships are put under the microscope of the camera, the universal themes of sex, power, illness, perversion and hair loss are dramatically revealed.
AN ENGLISH SQUEAK: The apparently bucolic artisto-existence of Peter and Flick is shadowed by an ailment on her part that makes physical intimacy impossible.
SLITHER IN: "Ignorance is bliss, that to me is the beauty of a coma." B&B owners Gordon and Sheila fit their swinging lifestyle alongside looking after Sheila's bedridden sister.
ALL OVER MY GLASSES: Michelle and Stephen are planning their wedding day. The first dance is R-Kelly's Bump and Grind and there's five boxes of Doritos for the reception.
STRAIGHT AS A FLUTE: When not making curly sausage casseroles for the vicar, Beverley and Tony survey their neighbour's Satan-inspired garden and tell of life under the full gaze of the Lord.
HAIRLESS: "My songs are like my children" says singer Fonte. "Yet they're also like my parents or a special uncle, who is particularly friendly at Christmas time.
MORE THAN HAPPY: "You hear of people who have all sorts of sexual hang-ups.... and I'm one of them" Les's optimism has carried him and Ray through eight traumatic married years.
This is the documentary of Bertie and Elizabeth, the King and Queen who won the hearts of a nation thanks to their love for each other, and for the country and people they served with a tremendous sense of duty and commitment.
This DVD follows King George VI and Queen Elizabeth through the difficult abdication crisis of 1936 through to the Second World War and beyond.
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.
BBC documentary series, using cutting-edge CGI effects to explore life on earth in the time before the dinosaurs, when the planet was ruled by an extraordinary succession of plants and animals, including a two-tonne fish that could come on land to hunt, and four-metre sea scorpions that prowled the ocean depths.
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.
Three-part BBC historical documentary series presented by Professor Robert Bartlett. The series explores how the Normans developed from a band of marauding Vikings into the mighty warriors who conquered England in 1066, becoming a formidable force of Christian knights and warriors whose legacy lives on to this day.
HISTORYTM reveals the 4.5 billion-year journey of our home Spectacular on-location footage, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in this stunning 13-part series from HISTORYTM to show how immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have formed our planet. From the Great Lakes to Iceland, the San Andreas Fault to Krakatoa, HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE travels the globe to reveal the physical processes that have shaped some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets, and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualise how the earth has evolved and formed over millions of years. Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series for the first time on DVD. Volume 1: San Andreas Fault / The Deepest Place on Earth / Krakatoa / Loch Ness Volume 2: New York / Driest Place On Earth / Great Lakes Volume 3: Yellowstone / Tsunami / Asteroids Volume 4: Iceland / Hawaii / The Alps
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.
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