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The Bridge
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The Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most popular suicide spots. Originally constructed in order to connect Marin Country with San Francisco, it has become a legendary point of departure for people who are determined to end their lives. Filmed over the course of a year, The Bridge not only reveals the breathtaking […]
Bowling for Columbine
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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore takes a deeper look into the shocking events that transpired during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, from those responsible for the attack to the countless lives that were lost during it. The documentary explores the possible root causes for unnecessary gun violence, in particular the social factors contributing […]
Aokigahara: Suicide Forest
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Aokigahara: Suicide Forest

Situated in Japan, the Aokigahara forest is the most popular suicide spot in the country, with up to a hundred deaths reported each year. In fact, the site consists of so many dead bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into it and rob the corpses. The forest is located at the base […]
The Jihadis Next Door
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The Jihadis Next Door

The Jihadis Next Door follows and challenges the behaviour of Islamic extremists preaching their message in Britain. One of the most memorable individuals is Abu Rumaysah, a former bouncy-castle salesman whose journey into the heart of Isis leads him to become one of the world’s most wanted men. Over the course of two years filmmaker […]
Catfish
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Catfish

Catfish is a strange and peculiar documentary. It relates to a modern type of romance – the one lived over the internet. It was also taken for a hoax, but the filmmakers have protested their legitimacy. It begins in a small office owned by Henry, Ariel and Nev. They enjoy shooting modern dancers of all […]
The Super-Rich and Us
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The Super-Rich and Us

The Super-Rich and Us investigates the impact of Britain’s billionaires on the nation’s economy. Home to the most billionaires per capita in the world, it attracts the super-rich due to its intricate tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. The rich have parlayed British policy for decades, but their wealth […]
Waiting for ‘Superman’
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Waiting for ‘Superman’

Waiting for ‘Superman’ uncovers the failures of the US public education system by following students and documenting their struggles and triumphs within their academic settings. It seeks to promote more stringent accountability both for teachers and charter schools as an effective solution to America’s educational crisis. The film’s premise is simple and straight-forward. It follows […]
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis showcases how humans have become colonised by the machines they have constructed over the years. Rather than liberating mankind, it argues that computers have distorted our perception of the world and that we do not realise since we see almost everything through the eyes […]
Jihad: A Story of the Others
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Jihad: A Story of the Others

Jihad: A Story of the Others looks at the reasons behind the increasing number of individuals deciding to abandon their lives in pursuit of jihad. Deeyah Khan, director of the film, has had personal experience with threats from extremists in the past and chooses to speak out, investigating how jihadists are able to convert more […]
The Queen of Versailles
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The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles depicts the lives of Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel and their family as they build their private residence called ‘Versailles’ – one of the largest and most expensive homes in America – amidst the backdrop of the global financial crisis. David, 74, and 43-year-old wife Jackie live a luxurious life. […]
How Beer Saved the World
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How Beer Saved the World

How Beer Saved the World is takes a closer look at the critical role that beer has managed to play throughout the entire course of human history. It explores the most likely origins of the beverage to the development of a special kind of beer that can be used for zero gravity space missions. In […]
Is Britain Racist?
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Is Britain Racist?

According to a 2014 survey, seven in ten Britons believed themselves to be free of racial prejudice. Considering the elevated number of racially-motivated attacks in recent years, journalist Mona Chalabi investigates whether this self-analysis is accurate or not. Is Britain Racist explores whether people display preferential tendencies toward specific races and exhibit subtle negative prejudices […]