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1.

Ricejacking [electronic resource]

At a time when the world food balance is once again under threat, this film sheds light on what will be the subject of future commercial wars: the control of agricultural resources. Rice feeds one in every two human beings on a daily basis, and as such is key to worldwide food security. The precious crop has the power to guarantee political stability or to topple governments. In spring 2008, the inhabitants of Port au Prince in Haiti cried famine. In Cairo and Dakar, crowds took to the streets. In Manila, shantytowns were on the brink of revolt. Everywhere, the cause was the same--the price of rice had exploded. Why was the market affected so adversely? With its detailed inquiry into producers and exporters in Thailand, into international traders in Geneva, and into importers in Daka [...]
Online
2009
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Opium [electronic resource]

Scotland is plagued with over 50,000 drug addicts and one of the roots of this addiction is the opium poppy. In this second episode, actor Brian Cox travels to China to discover how the seeds of this modern-day addiction were planted during the height of Britain's trading empire. Since then opium has fueled the world's largest drug-smuggling operation, earned vast fortunes, triggered war with China and inspired medical breakthroughs. Brian Cox reveals how Britain unleashed the most dangerous of addictions on the world, and how the consequences still haunt us today.
Online
2012
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Cobra Beer & Pimlico Plumbers [electronic resource]

Gain a unique insight into the minds of successful and inspiring business people with this access-all-areas pass into their glossy and fascinating world. Peter Jones, one of Britain's most prominent entrepreneurs, questions the tycoons behind some of the UK's biggest brands. In Cobra Beer & Pimlico Plumbers, Peter sets out to discover what makes the business brains of their owners tick.
Online
2013
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Daydreams and Nightmares [electronic resource]

Following a brief period of decline, the entrepreneurial and industrious region of the Low Countries rose again to become a cultural leader in the modern age. Despite its small and almost insignificant size it produced important forward-thinking artists like Van Gogh, Mondrian, Magritte, and Delvaux, who changed the face of art forever. Andrew's journey takes him to a remote beach in north west Holland that inspired Mondrian's transition to his now-renowned abstract grid paintings. Andrew digs deep into the psychology and social history of the region, exploring how the landscape of the past has informed the culture and identity of the Low Countries today and the impossibility of the Dutch drive to turn the philosophy of Mondrian's geometric order into a way of living.
Online
2013
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River of Death [electronic resource]

Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), "Civil War: the Untold Story" provides new insights into the causes of the Civil War, life on the home front, the politics of war, the issue of slavery, and the relatively unheralded role African Americans played in the conflict. Filmed at the actual battle sites, the five-part series uses re-enactors to recreate the epic battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta. Interviews with scholars and 3D graphics convey battle tactics while underscoring the relationship between the Western Campaign and the more famous battles waged in the East. "River of Death" addresses the Emancipation Proclamation and enlisted African American soldiers, the Battle of Vicksburg, and the Battle of Chickamauga.
Online
2013
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Magritte [electronic resource]: Night and Day

Magritte explores the relationship between objects and their representation with a view to giving new meanings to familiar objects. "Every visible thing hides something else which is visible." This film provides an overview of the life of the artist and the man, his memories and places he visited. An actor presents contradictions and mystery surrounding his work.
Online
2009
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Yogawoman [electronic resource]

Narrated by Annette Bening, this is the incredible story behind the global phenomenon that is yoga. Originally brought to the West from India by a lineage of male teachers, there's now a generation of strong, inspiring women leading the way. With unique access to these world-renowned yoga practitioners and leading health experts, Yogawoman reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of thousands of people across the world. Not only can yoga make you happier, healthier, and more fulfilled, but it is also increasingly used in the treatment of conditions including cancer, infertility, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Filmed across nine countries, from the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia to the serene piazzas of Ita [...]
Online
2013
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Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law [electronic resource]

Police beatings, an absence of common law, and a corrupt judiciary are the basis of a Zimbabwe human rights lawyer's work. Beatrice Mtetwa has been waging a David and Goliath battle to defend those jailed by the Mugabe government. This revealing documentary is a snapshot of Beatrice's life on the front line of a 20 year struggle as Zimbabwe's civil society crumbled beneath the Mugabe dictatorship.
Online
2013
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Secret Bank Bailout [electronic resource]

One Euro state after another has found itself forced to prop up its banks by pumping in huge sums of money to cover the losses that the financial institutions themselves incurred from bad loans. But where are these billions of euro actually going? Who is benefiting? The rescued parties are not in the poorer Euro countries but predominantly in Germany and France. A large share of the money ends up with the creditors of the banks who want or have to be rescued. And although these investors have invested poorly, they are being protected against any losses at the expense of the general public. Why is this happening? Who is receiving the money? Harald Schumann succeeds in making this complicated topic understandable for everyone.
Online
2012
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Australia, With Simon Reeve: Episode 3 [electronic resource]

Australia is a traveler's paradise: a land of stunning coral beaches that give way to vast tracts of parched red earth wilderness. It's also booming like never before, thanks to its treasure trove of mineral riches. In Episode 3, Simon Reeve meets members of a notorious Gold Coast motorcycle gang; helps a vet and his team rescue injured koalas; interviews a Sydney billionaire who houses new migrants from China; and visits Australia's first Muslim women's football team. On the last leg of his journey, he witnesses devastating Bush fires before celebrating Australia Day in Melbourne.
Online
2013
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Hopeful Chinks of Light in Dark Times [electronic resource]: George Monbiot

This episode of The Green Interview features George Monbiot, acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert. As a regular, long-time columnist with Britain's Guardian newspaper, Monbiot has established a reputation as a provocative and free-thinking journalist whose work is grounded in research and thoughtful analysis. The Independent on Sunday named him among 40 intellectual prophets of the 21st century. Monbiot is the author of eight books including the best-seller Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, in which he demonstrated that Britain could achieve a 90 per cent reduction in carbon emissions without economic or social catastrophe. In this Green Interview, Monbiot discusses climate change, corporate power, and the erosion of democratic politics.
Online
2012
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The Perfect Victim [electronic resource]

Shirley, Carlene and Ruby have collectively spent over eighty-five years in Missouri state prison, having each been convicted of the murders of their abusive husbands. Beaten, raped, sold, abused and almost murdered, these women suffered for years prior to their desperate crimes. A powerful and poignant insight into the world of domestic abuse, the lives it destroys, and an insensitive US justice system. A shocking film you won't easily forget.
Online
2013
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A Way of Living Developed Over Millennia [electronic resource]: Edmund Metatawabin

This episode of The Green Interview features Edmund Metatawabin, a Cree leader and author who has radical lessons for anyone trying to quit an oppressive, wage-based way of life, and for an industrial society that is struggling to become sustainable. This Green Interview covers an enormous range of subjects, providing alternative views of work, the economy, the nature of community, land ownership, and a community's long-term values and its sense of time. Metatawabin also gives a candid and horrifying account of his time in residential school, where he and so many others experienced cruelty and life-altering abuse.
Online
2013
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A Totally Different Me [electronic resource]

A young man sets out find out exactly what happened to his brain to turn him into a different person. At 21, Chris was a burly, rugby-playing straight man--but then an accident triggered a series of events in his brain and as he recovered a new Chris emerged. Today he still lives in the same Welsh village but is now a slim gay hairdresser interested in fashion and interior decor. This radical transformation has caused family rifts as relatives struggle to accept his new identity--many doubting his story about how it happened. The documentary follows Chris in his search for answers, talking to medical experts and others who have experienced similar personality changing events when they least expected it. Will Chris be re-united with his family? Can he find out what happened inside his [...]
Online
2012
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Developing a Persuasive Proposal [electronic resource]

Does your garage band want to record a studio album? Are you trying to raise money for a worthy community cause? Finding money for your cause or program can be difficult if you don't know where to begin. This program explores two popular fundraising methods-grant writing and crowdfunding-to help you identify likely funders and develop a winning proposal or crowdfunding campaign. How do you find the right foundation to match your vision? What are the differences between crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo? Regardless of the path you choose, writing clearly and persuasively is the key to successfully attracting the attention and approval of donors. Using examples of a garage band looking to record their first album (crowdfunding) and a nurse looking to start a local [...]
Online
2014
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Junot Diaz [electronic resource]: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

In this program from Open Book Cluv TV, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz joins distinguished guests for a discussion of his book The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, its themes of family curses and political tyranny, the way in which it hides its meaning and what it is about, and its references to comic book and science fiction genres.
Online
2008
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Inside the Chateau of Versailles [electronic resource]

Inside the Chateau of Versailles, we take a Musketeer training course to discover the real man behind the fictional D'Artagnan. We find out why Champagne bubbles (and if it's good for you), then discover that Marie Antoinette was not the frivolous dim-wit that some would have us believe. We examine a strange weapon created by an inventive assassin, then investigate the suspicious death of a king's mistress. And finally, we visit an historic French observatory to recreate a discovery that connects humanity to the stars.
Online
2013
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Roll on, Cinema [electronic resource]

It all began in Paris. Etienne-Gaspard Robertson gave one of his first screenings of "Fantasmagoria" in 1798. But how did we move from the magic lantern to the cinematography of the Lumière brothers? Robertson, Reynaud, Plateau, Muybridge and Marey spearheaded the adventure. Thanks to these brilliant inventors, we travel across the 19th century, ending in Paris in 1895 in the Salon Indien du Grand Café, where the first public movie screening took place.
Online
2011
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Back to Eden [electronic resource]: The Transformative Power of Plants - Sir Tim Smit

This episode of The Green Interview features Sir Tim Smit, the highly innovative and successful businessman who restored ruined and discarded landscapes to create two of the most popular, and arguably most imaginative, botanical gardens in the world. His most notable enterprise-The Eden Project-took a devastated china-clay quarry in rural Cornwall, England and transformed it into one of the wonders of the world. The enormous educational theme park is dedicated to exploring the complete dependence of human beings on plants. Its two biomes-one housing the world's largest indoor rainforest and the other featuring Mediterranean flora such as olives and grapes-contain thousands of plant species, many of them medicinal. In this Green Interview, Smit discusses The Eden Project, how it opera [...]
Online
2012
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Long QT Syndrome [electronic resource]

Long QT Syndrome is a cardiac rhythm disorder that can be genetic or caused by drugs. Unfortunately death takes many people before they know they have the disorder, while people living with the disease can greatly benefit from advanced therapies.
Online
2009