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Beyond Utopia: Escape from North Korea

   2024    Culture
The documentary tells the story of several families as they attempt to escape oppression in North Korea, revealing a world most of us have never seen. They grew up believing their land was paradise. Now, they risk everything in escaping it. In an unforgettable film, follow them on a treacherous journey to defect from their homeland of North Korea, as the threat of severe punishment and possible execution looms over their passage.
Directed by Madeleine Gavin, the documentary centers around Pastor Seungeun Kim, a South Korean human rights activist and director of the Caleb Mission, which has rescued over 1,000 North Korean defectors since 2000.

Total Trust

   2023    Culture
The digital possibilities of social control in China have led to an unprecedented level of state surveillance. Through self-censorship or spying on neighbors, surveillance covers not only those perceived as a threat by the government, but increasingly and ever more totally the ordinary citizen: whether buying flowers, taking your child to school, or taking out the trash at night. Big Data and digital technologies are already being used as weapons to curtail freedoms. Step by step, the social and political behavior of the Chinese is changing.
The documentary explores, in intimate detail, digital social control in China by following the experiences of two families and a journalist. Film-maker Jialing Zhang gives an exclusive and previously impossible intimate insight into the interior of China and tells a deeply disturbing story of how the state uses technology to control its citizens as well as propaganda to convince its people to trust it. She tells a deeply disturbing story about technology, (self-) censorship and abuse of power.

Kennedy Sinatra and the Mafia

   2023    History
This featured documentary delves into the tangled web of politics, show business, and organized crime in post-World War II America. It traces the unlikely connections between President John F. Kennedy, iconic singer Frank Sinatra, and notorious mobsters, revealing a saga of mutual assistance amidst corruption and betrayal. The film highlights the complex interplay of fame, money, and power, illustrating how these forces helped these figures rise to prominence in a chaotic and corrupt American landscape, ultimately leading to personal and political tragedies.
The documentary paints a vivid picture of Kennedy and Sinatra's ascent, influenced by their ties with the mafia. Kennedy, groomed for power from birth, and Sinatra, rising from humble beginnings, both relied on mafia connections for their successes. As Kennedy's political career and Sinatra's entertainment stature grew, so did their dependence on the underworld. The film culminates in the portrayal of Sinatra's deep involvement in Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and the subsequent betrayal of the mafia by the Kennedy administration, suggesting that this complex network of relationships may have played a role in Kennedy's assassination. This provocative tale is a stark reminder of the dark intersection of fame, power, and crime.

Arnold Part 3: American

   2023    History
The last episode takes viewers on a journey through Arnold Schwarzenegger's later venture into politics as the Governor of California, highlighting the challenges he faced in his remarkable journey to the state's highest office. Once Governor, he grappled with complex issues, including a budget crisis and political opposition. The film provides an intimate look at the trials and tribulations Arnold confronted during his political tenure, highlighting his determination to overcome obstacles and make a lasting impact on the state. Moreover, the documentary underscores how Arnold utilized his platform to advocate for truth and unity, especially during critical moments in American history.
The film is a riveting look at the life of a living legend who continues to defy expectations and promote a message of unity, love, and perseverance, emphasizing the need to speak out against misinformation and extremism. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a legendary figure, demonstrates his powerful influence to inspire positive change in the world. This documentary serves as a moving testament to an extraordinary life worth exploring.
Series: Arnold

Arnold Part 2: Actor

   2023    History
In the gripping second episode, we delve deeper into the incredible life of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film reveals the challenges he faced and the resilience that propelled him to the top. We witness Arnold’s meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood. His larger-than-life presence on the screen captivates audiences, solidifying his status as a global superstar. However, as his career soars to new heights, a life-threatening heart surgery forces Arnold to reevaluate his path. This pivotal moment prompts him to question his role as an actor and seek a new direction.
As he battles career setbacks and embraces a newfound passion for politics, viewers will witness the extraordinary transformation of this iconic figure. Don't miss this captivating chapter in Arnold's extraordinary story, where the stage is set for a future that defies all limits.
Series: Arnold

Reckoning

   2023    Nature
The fourth episode plunges us into the heart of the jungle for an exciting story of power, politics, and survival. Days after a fierce battle with Western rivals, Jackson, the alpha male, grapples with the aftermath of his injuries. The strength of an alpha is paramount, and physical frailty can quickly translate into political vulnerability. While Jackson's allies waver, Abrams and Wilson see a golden opportunity to seize control.
As Abrams makes strategic moves against Jackson, the forest resonates with news of the ongoing power struggle, attracting the attention of external threats. Battles for leadership are perilous, with uncertain outcomes for both the reigning alpha and the ambitious challenger. This episode promises an intriguing exploration of chimpanzee society and their relentless pursuit of dominance.
Series: Chimp Empire
Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet

2011  Nature
Dirty Money

Dirty Money

2018  Culture
Strangest Things

Strangest Things

2021  History
The Hunt

The Hunt

2015  Nature