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The Panama Deception (1992) - history / war
A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) - biography / history / music
Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others: singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses, usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified, categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on a journey with no direction home.
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007) - history
As global tensions rise, the unthinkable now seems possible. The threat of nuclear weapons of mass destruction has become frighteningly real. WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, looks at the reality of nuclear warfare with first-hand accounts from those who survived and whose lives were forever changed by the atomic bomb.
Planet B-Boy (2007) - history
Jumping continents and crossing cultures, "Planet B-Boy" looks at the history of breakdancing and its vibrant resurgence in urban cultures around the world.
Decoding The Past: The Antichrist (2005) - history
How would you recognise the most evil person on Earth? According to many historical texts, you should look for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who transforms the world for good, for a while. Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human emissary. While many believe the Anti-christ has come and gone, just as many believe he will soon arrive, if he's not already in our midst. Join us for harrowing look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to Satan. Our group of prophecy believers and historical experts will help to sort out if the Anti-Christ is real. We follow the emergence of the Anti-christ from pre-Judaic texts, through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other religious traditions as well. Aided by interviewees both religious and secular, comprised of eminent clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and culture makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from every conceivable angle
My War, My Story (2007) - history / war
This is not an anti-military documentary. It's not about interviews with civilian demonstrators and intellectuals. Instead, this is a documentary about why Iraq war vets from across the country, vets who have put their lives on the line, are opposed to this war. This documentary is their story, in their own words.
The Voyage That Shook the World (2009) - history
In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, 'Origin of Species'. The Voyage that Shook the World retraces Darwin's journey, exploring the places and discoveries crucial to the formulation of his Theory of Evolution. Filmed in South America, UK, North America, Australia and Europe, The Voyage features dramatic period recreations and stunning nature cinematography interwoven with scholars sharing their perspectives on the man and the controversy. A fascinating and thought provoking opportunity to gain new insight into The Voyage that Shook the World.
Arktika: The Russian Dream That Failed (2004) - history / environment / science
Documentary tracing the ambitious and disastrous Soviet attempt to conquer a vast arctic region spanning half of the top of the world.
When We Were Kings (1996) - history / sports
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
National Geographic Unlocking The Great Pyramid (2008) - history
Theory on how the great pyramid was made.
Whaledreamers (2006) - history
Whaledreamers is the heartfelt story of the return of an aboriginal whale dreaming tribe from the edge of extinction and the equally, long journey of the whales, not only to survive the slaughter by man, but to engage the human race into waking up in time.
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2002) - history
Filmed during nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal, this film brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world"... from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are chronicled through personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images. TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion.

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Kevorkian (2009) - lifestyle/society / health / history / politics
The documentary reviews Kevorkian's controversial, colorful career, closely following his life after his 2007 parole through a failed run for a Congressional seat in Michigan's 9th District. The film reveals "Dr. Death" to be a unique renaissance man: a provocative painter, composer, quirky inventor, bad moviemaker (even he dismisses his film adaptation of Handel's Messiah as "a mistake") and even worse golfer. Kevorkian is the story of a man whose compassion and vision have largely been misunderstood, perhaps, at times, even by himself.
Ancient Aliens (2009) - UFO / mystery / history / space / esotericism
Go to the limits of human experience...and beyond. From the fringes of the galaxy to our own backyards, the UFO FILES searches for evidence of life beyond our world. Tracing the long, convoluted history of UFO encounters and research, this unique series opens new windows into the controversial field. Since the dawn of time,
The Pyramid Code (2009) - history / esotericism / mystery / science / technology
The Pyramid Code is a documentary series of 5 episodes that explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world looking for clues to matriarchal consciousness, ancient knowledge and sophisticated technology in a Golden Age. The series is based on the extensive research done in 23 trips to Egypt and 50 other countries around the world by Dr. Carmen Boulter in the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary. EPISODES

1. The Band of Peace
2. High Level Technology
3. Sacred Cosmology
4. The Empowered Human
5. A New Chronology
National Geographic Naked Science: Pyramids (2011) - history
How were the Pyramids of Egypt designed and constructed? Who hauled the billions of tons of stone to create them? Explore the myths and legends behind these magnificent and mysterious ancient structures. Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built and examines the myths and legends surrounding one of our earliest structures. Naked Science sets out to uncover four great mysteries that still surround the pyramids: how were they built,who built them, why were they built, and what secrets may still lie hidden within their stones.

National Geographic: The Conspirator-The Plot to Kill Lincoln (2011) - history
Mary Surratt was the only woman convicted in Lincoln's assassination, the first female to be executed by the U.S. government and now the basis for Robert Redford's The Conspirator. Just days before the feature film hits theaters, NGC presents a complementary documentary on her role in the 16th president's death. The Plot to Kill Lincoln: The Conspirator weaves together excerpts from the movie with historical records and expert interviews to tell the dramatic story.

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Wish on a Spell (2005) - mystery / history
On locations through historical sites of early Egypt, Europe and the British Isles, bewitching host Deborah Gray, reveals the true history of 'white witchery' and spellbinding ancient formulas and magic charms for love and success in today's world. Also featuring: *Revealing footage of city witches *Interviews with leading teachers and genuine followers of the Craft plus exclusive footage of a candid interview with world famous astrologer Athena Starwoman
Inside Deep Throat (2005) - sex / history
More than 30 years after Deep Throat's provocative debut, this documentary examines the legacy that the most profitable film of all-time left on society.
Last Shuttle: Our Journey (2011) - space / science / history
The inside story of the space shuttle told by the men and women who build and fly the shuttle.
A look back at NASA's shuttle program and see Atlantis blast off for the last time.
National Geographic: Rebuilding Titanic (2011) - history
Titanic: one of the greatest maritime legends in history. When she set sail in April 1912, she was the largest, heaviest, most expensive, and most luxurious manmade moving object on the planet. This two-hour documentary tells the incredible story of how the Titanic was built — and who built it. To get to the heart of the story, a team of modern-day engineers will build iconic sections of the world’s most famous ship, using the industrial methods of a hundred years ago.
History Channel: Decoding the Past: The Templar Code (2010) - esotericism / history / religion / war
A two part History Channel documentary about the mystic Knights Templar. Knights Templar are also well known from the best seller book Da Vinci Code. "For nearly two centuries, the Knights Templar were the most powerful order in the Medieval world, a fearsome and unstoppable Crusader militia. Then came accusations of unspeakable crimes. Who were the Templars, really? How did they become so powerful, so fast, and why did they fall just as quickly? Evidence hints that the Templars excavated under Jerusalem's Temple of Solomon. What did they find there? Was it, as The Da Vinci Code suggests, the true identity of the holy grail, the bloodline of Christ? Or an unimaginable treasure, documented in the Dead Sea Scrolls, buried a thousand years before the birth of Christ? This hour explores where the Templars came from, how they lived, trained, fought and became a Medieval world power, and the suspicious circumstances behind their sudden downfall."
Phil Ochs There But for Fortune (2010) - biography / history / music
Phil Ochs There But for Fortune: From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil's music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Not one to pull punches, Ochs never achieved the commercial success he desperately desired. But his music remains relevant, reaching new audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar.
Inside the Royal Wedding (2011) - history / biography / lifestyle/society / politics
Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira take an inside look at the wedding of Prince William Windsor and Kate Middleton
National Geographic: Ben Franklins Pirate Fleet (2011) - history
A lost piece of American history may have been uncovered deep in the sea a shipwreck thought to have belonged to a fleet of American privateers. In the late 18th century, the Irish Sea was a cauldron of kidnapping, thievery and unrepentant skullduggery. Governments, including the nascent U.S., hired sea raiders, or privateers, to pillage and steal from merchant vessels. Is it possible that this ship was on a mission from Benjamin Franklin?

Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura: The Lost Interviews (2010) - drugs / economy / esotericism / environment / health / history / lifestyle/society / politics / other
Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura: The Lost Interviews: In this never before seen footage exclusively for Prison subscribers, Alex talks with country music icon Willie Nelson and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura.

Ventura begins by discussing the insanity behind airport security, before Willie and Alex discuss the death of JFK, and the deathbed confession of CIA section chief E. Howard Hunt, who admitted to playing a role in the assassination. The trio then talk about how the media brainwashes the public to make men and women lose confidence in themselves by discriminating against their appearance.

Ventura and Alex delve into how the establishment contrives and manufactures smears to try and discredit people politically, with Jesse relating the tale of how he was accused of jumping up on a table in a strip club.

Moving on to 9/11, Ventura talks about the deliberate confiscation of evidence at the World Trade Center site, as well as the hero first responders and firefighters who are now dead or dying as a result of the government’s cover-up in claiming that the toxic air was safe to breathe. Ventura highlights how emergency workers found three of the four black boxes from the hijacked planes but were then blown away when the 9/11 Commission announced that no boxes whatsoever were found.
History Channel Ancient Discoveries: Mega Ocean Conquest (2011) - history
Mega Ocean Conquest: The show reveals how an ancient destroyer rammed its way to victory in one of the most significant sea battles. In Denmark, a team of divers build and test the world's first ever deep sea diving suit, designed in the 15th century. CSI science helps unravel the mystery of an unknown ship found off the coast of Britain. And in a sea cannon experiment, naval experts explore how a 16th century war fleet blasted their way to victory against the Spanish armada.
Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii (2010) - history / science
Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii: 3 million Italians live in the deadly shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. After two millennia of relative peace, it's only a matter of time...

* MEGA DISASTERS explores the worst of what could happen.
* Stunning computer graphics and actual footage combine to create convincing pictures of the risks faced by U.S. cities.
* Vesuvius, quiet now, could erupt at any moment with little warning... and little chance of escape!

It has happened before, and it could happen again. What makes storms, earthquakes and other events into natural disasters is not how they occur, but where they strike.

MEGA DISASTERS asks the what ifs? no one ever wants to face. A masterful blend of actual footage, computer graphics and interviews with leading scientists and public safety experts explores the outer limits of what could happen if everything went wrong.
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) - other / economy / esotericism / history / industry / lifestyle/society / motivational / mystery / politics / religion
Documentary about a) the origin of christian faith b) how American banks have seized world power at the beginning of the 20th century c) how these 2 items are related to the wars fought in the 20th and 21st century.
911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions (2006) - history / mystery
aka: 911 Mysteries Part 1 Demolitions
911 Mysteries Part 1 Demolitions: 911 Mysteries is a documentary that attempts to tell the people what really happened. It systematically deconstructs
all of the propaganda you have heard about the twin towers,
and replaces it with facts.
Kidnapped A Georgian Adventure (2011) - history
The story of 12-year-old James Annesley, snatched from Dublin and sold into slavery in America in 1728, whose fate helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped.
Seeking Noah's Flood (1998) - history
This documentary explores the age-old tales and scientific facts of this well-known Biblical calamity. In the Biblical story, Noah, the tenth descendant of Adam through Seth, is portrayed as the only righteous man in an age of iniquity. Because God wants to save him and his family from the deluge to wash away the unrighteous, Noah is commanded to build an ark and take with him two of every creature. There are many flood legends in the Near East, and scientists believe they may be tied to an event that occurred when the Black Sea flooded. Scientists today continue to seek the geologic "portal" formation that once separated the waters of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The viewer travels to ancient underwater ruins near modern-day Turkey to see evidence supporting the existence of remnants of the ark. The film makes for absorbing viewing for those interested in religion, science, and archeology.
Nazi America A Secret History (2000) - history / war
A history of the Nazi movement in the United States.
National Geographic: Hitler's Suicide Ship (2011) - history / war
National Geographic: Hitler's Suicide Ship: After battling in late 1939 with British cruisers off the coast of Uruguay, Hitler's prized "pocket battleship" and high-tech wonder, the Admiral Graf Spee was blown up by its own captain, Hans Langsdorff. Denounced by the Nazi regime, Langsdorff commits suicide shortly thereafter. National Geographic Channel reconstructs the first naval battle of World War II and retraces the events that led to the Graf Spee's ultimate destruction.
Biography (1987) - biography / history / entertainment / savants / other
aka: A&E Biography
Documentary show that profiles the lives of notable figures in the history of entertainment, sports, arts, science, politics and warfare. Known for its in-depth research, which often provides viewers with little-known information about well-known people.
Das Goebbels-Experiment (2005) - biography / history / war
aka: The Goebbels Experiment
The Goebbels Experiment: The Nazi propaganda mastermind behind Hitler speaks in first person as actor Kenneth Branagh reads pages of the diary kept by the chief of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, revealing the man's most inner thoughts. Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945) was a symbol of Germany's Nazi regime and a twentieth-century icon of maniacal cruelty. His name has been synonymous with cynical, unscrupulous, and at times successful, propaganda. The life of Joseph Goebbels is far more complicated and disturbing than labels like "genius of spin" or "Reich Liar-General" would suggest. The chronicle shows how Goebbels continually "restaged" and reinvented himself -- from his early days as a radical "popular socialist" to his tragic end. The film lets Goebbels speak for himself through the diaries he kept without interruption from 1924 to 1945, as never before seen historical footage from German archives traces the life of the second most powerful man of the Third Reich, detailing his initial attraction to the Nazi party and his adoration of Hitler. The result is a fascinating psycho-gram of a man who careened extravagantly between self-pity, wild extermination fantasies, and political excesses.
Titanic's Achilles Heel (2007) - history / aquatic
Did Titanic have a fatal design flaw? This was the question naval architect Roger Long posed after Deep Sea Detectives John Chatterton and Richie Kohler discovered new evidence at Titanic's grave in 2005.
Budrus (2009) - biography / history / war
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis. Together, they wage a lengthy lunch-counter-sit-in-style unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israels Separation Bar
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