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Thoth’s Pill: An Animated History of Writing

Posted by demian at June 19, 2016, 12:53 am in Movies » Documentary - History


Legend has it that as soon as Thoth, an Egyptian god, invented writing, he shared his discovery with King Thamus. But the King was all but impressed with the new system because he believed that it would cause forgetfulness in students. Since they would no longer need to rely on their internal recall system, they would begin to depend on these external marks. The King saw it as an unnatural intrusion.

But what was actually unleashed with the invention of writing? Just take a look around you and notice how people are constantly writing. Whether it’s on paper, on a computer or on a phone, writing has become more important as civilization progresses.

Thousands of years ago, artists took to etching and painting images of the animals they saw around them. Since paper had not been invented as yet, their works of art were made in the... read more

The Man Who Saved the World

Posted by Taylor1 at August 2, 2015, 8:47 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


For a few crucial moments on September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the fate of the world in his hands.

When an alarm suddenly went off at Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting to a report that five American nuclear missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Rather than retaliate, Stanislav followed his gut feeling and went against protocol, convincing the armed forces that it was a false alarm. His decision saved the world from a potential devastating nuclear holocaust.

Three decades later, this forgotten hero went on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he was finally acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past. On his journey, he was greeted by Walter Cronkite as "The Man Who Saved the World" and met Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Ashton Kutcher.... read more

A Day in The Life of a Dictator

Posted by ayala at July 21, 2015, 8:13 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


How does a dictator live? What is daily life like for a monster in power? From when he wakes up to when he sleeps, what goes on in the life of someone who will decide the fate of millions of people? What are the mechanisms that lead an ambitious individual to a spiral of cruelty and excess?

Using spectacular editing and effects, A Day in the life of a dictator offers an immersion into the intimate life of the most emblematic dictators of the 20th century during the... read more

The Joy of Mozart (BBC 2015)

Posted by Aketeron at February 23, 2015, 10:48 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


Mozart, other worldly genius, like naif, divine gift from god, serene marble bust of transcendent perfection all of it is the stuff of myth and legend and in this film, Tom Service dives right into the life of Mozart in an attempt to try and rediscover the greatness and humanity of the living man in his moment.
Mozart was a human being just like you and me except he could express the pain and pleasure, the joy and darkness of being human more completely and more humanly than any other composer. His music isn't merely perfect or beautiful, or genius, it's visceral, violent, avant-garde and powerfully expressive and it was written by a composer and a person who is still modern today, someone who made mistakes and tried unbelievably hard to make them right.... read more

The Great Book Robbery

Posted by demian at January 17, 2015, 8:44 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


70,000 Palestinian books were systematically "collected" by the newly created State of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the "collected" books is at the heart of our film.

When the Arab-Israeli war raged in 1948, librarians from Israel’s National Library followed soldiers as they entered Palestinian homes in towns and villages. Their mission was to collect as many valuable books and manuscripts as possible. They are said to have gathered over 30,000 books from Jerusalem and another 30,000 from Haifa and Jaffa.

Officially it was a 'cultural rescue operation' but for Palestinians it was 'cultural theft'.

It was only in 2008 when an Israeli PhD student stumbled across documents in the national archive that the full extent of the 'collection' policy was revealed.

Using eyewitness accounts, this film tries to understand why ... read more

Hitler's ren

Posted by Azul at September 25, 2014, 9:21 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


Hitler’s ren is a film about the descendants of some of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime, such as Heinrich Himmler, Hans Frank, Hermann Göring, and Rudolf Höss, who have inherited a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. For more than 60 years they lived in the shadows trying to rebuild their lives without the constant reminders of what their fathers and grandfathers once did.

They discuss the delicate balance they reached as they negotiate between the natural admiration that ren have toward their parents and their innate revulsion at their parents’ crimes, and the challenges of protecting their families as they pass their name down to future generations-or decide not to produce any descendants at all. The film also explores how... read more

Machines of Malice: Death Machines

Posted by ayala at September 12, 2014, 8:19 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


This documentary looked at forms of torture and torture devices that were used throughout history. The first ancient torture device that was looked at was The Rack, a device that stretched the human body to inflict grevious pain. It was first used by the ancient Greeks and has been used throughout history since then. The documentary looked at the creation/development of the rack and how it worked. As a person was stretched upon the rack their muscles would have been stretched little by little and possibly given way and then tendons would have been ripped from the bone and then surprisingly a person's bones might have even broken in two! It is hard to think of anyone not confessing to whatever crimes/charges/allegations were made against them under this extreme form of slow and painful torture!

The next form of torture looked at was an ancient Roman method called the Tunica Molesta which was designed by Emperor Nero for entertainment. The Tunica Molesta was a type of tunic made out of a flammable material that a person would have been forced to put on. Then the tunic was set alight and basically the person was turned into a fireball and would have burned to death. The documentary showed a stunt man dressing up in a ... read more

Born To Be Wild - The Golden Age of American Rock | 1960s

Posted by popara at September 4, 2014, 7:54 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


BBC documentary Born To Be Wild tells the story of the rise and fall of the golden age of American rock from the late 1960s to the early 1990s

Part one, Riders On The Storm begins during the era of flower power, Vietnam and LSD. Inspired by The Beatles and Rolling Stones, who were at the forefront of the musical change at this time, bands started to form all over America. Unlike the rock 'n' roll pioneers of the 1950s, these new bands, such as The Doors and Jefferson Airplane, wrote their own songs which reflected the social and political world around them. They not only sang about the revolution, they were the revolution. After the hope surrounding JFK's short tenure as president, the Vietnam war raged out of control and thousands of young men were being drafted to fight. The flower power movement hoped the peace and love mantra would change the world, with rock music being a beacon of hope for those who believed in the ideals of equality and freedom. But by 1968, and following Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King's assassinations, the country was besieged by violence on the streets. ... read more

The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs

Posted by Courtney2 at August 20, 2014, 7:18 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


The animals of the Pharaohs were worshipped as sacred and immortalised in the stunning artwork. This fascinating one hour special explores the ancient world through the eyes of its animals. The animals of the Pharaohs were worshiped as sacred and immortalized in the stunning Egyptian artwork. Explore this ancient world through the eyes of its animals, including crocodiles, hippos, various birds, and ... read more

Pompeii: A Mystery of People Frozen in Time

Posted by koula.koula at August 19, 2014, 12:37 pm in Movies » Documentary - History


The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Researchers believe that the town was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC and was captured by the Romans in 80 BC. By the time of its destruction, 160 years later, its population was probably approximately 20,000, with a complex water system, an amphitheatre, gymnasium and a port.

The eruption was cataclysmic for the town. Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. The site was lost for about 1500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748.... read more

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