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Last Days of Solitary
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Last Days of Solitary

Last Days of Solitary is a harrowing account of the long-lasting effects of solitary confinement on some of the most dangerous inmates in prison and why it is a struggle for them to re-assimilate into society successfully. It gives the most extensive look into the controversial practice by showing the lives of various inmates and […]
HyperNormalisation
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HyperNormalisation

HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis argues that in these times of perplexing world events and uncertainty, politicians and people have retreated into an over-simplistic version of reality. Over the past 40 years, those in positions of power, in particular politicians, technological utopians, financiers and various social agents have given up on facing the complexities of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Deep Web
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Deep Web

Deep Web investigates the events surrounding Silk Road, the online marketplace for selling illegal drugs on the dark web that was eventually shutdown by the FBI. At its peak it had over 900,000 registered users and generated over $1.2bn in sales. This documentary covers the trial of Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht, who operated the […]
The Choice is Ours
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The Choice is Ours

The Choice is Ours portrays an optimistic outlook of the world where we utilise science and technology for the benefit of humankind and the planet. It explores the myth behind ‘human nature’ and demonstrates that inherent social structures shape human behaviour and values. The film argues that the global monetary system has become obsolete and […]
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 […]
Generation Like
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Generation Like

Generation Like examines modern marketing culture and how corporate marketers are manipulating the youth culture. It reveals how marketers are purposely co-opting the young generation in order to push their brands and products via social media. It further explores the relationship between large brands and teenagers who are keen to endorse what they ‘like’ on […]
Utopia
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Utopia

Utopia chronicles filmmaker John Pilger’s investigation of the plight of the Aboriginals in Australia. Pilger journeys to the town of Utopia, one of the most impoverished areas in Australia where a community of Aboriginals live in abject squalor. They are found to be overcrowded huts made of asbestos, suffering from disease and police brutality. The […]
War on Whistleblowers
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War on Whistleblowers

War on Whistleblowers describes the trials and tribulations faced by whistleblowers and the sacrifices they make as they dare to speak the truth and expose the corruption in government and private sectors. It highlights their importance in an increasingly unregulated society where powerful forces often hold sway in many issues that are of concern to […]
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists reveals the story of the radical ‘hacktivist’ collective Anonymous, describing the inner workings and beliefs of an organisation that sees itself as the protector of free speech. Deeply motivated by a set of diverse issues like police brutality, copyright abuse and online censorship, this group of hackers […]