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Missing in Happy Valley - Investigation into Scientology's RPF Camps (1999) - religion / politics / subcultures
This 1999 documentary investigates the Rehabilitation Project Force, the Church of Scientology's internal penal system in which inmates are given degraded treatment and forced into labour. The documentary includes quotations from the RPF creation order, which may be found here. It also includes interviews with notable former members such as Jesse Prince and Gerry Armstrong.
 4541h
Grass (1999) - drugs / economy / health / politics
The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.
 17141h
American Dictators (2004) - politics
American Dictators is a 90+ minute expose chronicling the degeneration of America's political process. Alex Jones rips away layer after layer of the false left-right paradigm and finally reveals the 2004 election for what it is -- stage managed theater that would make Shakespeare proud."
 7157h
Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2004) - politics
aka: Bush Family Fortunes
Greg Palast has been following the Bush family around for years as an investigative reporter for the BBC. This is some of the information he has found, as recorded in his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".
 17602h
TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism (2006) - politics
Genre: Documentary

Tagline: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism

Plot Summary: Throughout history, criminal elements inside governments have carried out terror attacks against their own populations as a pretext to enslave them. TerrorStorm reveals how, in the last hundred years, Western leaders have repeatedly murdered their own citizens while posing as their saviors.
 6387h
Frontline (1983) - politics
FRONTLINE is a public affairs television program that produces and broadcasts in-depth documentaries about various subjects. The program has been critically acclaimed and received numerous awards. Some programs are made by independent filmmakers and broadcast as part of the Frontline series. Since the series debut, there have been more than 500 films broadcast.

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 17332h
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics (2008) - politics
"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" consists of three one-hour films. The films compare the rise of American Neo-Conservative movement and radical Islamist movement, making comparisons and suggesting a strong connection between the two. The film argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a sinister organized force of destruction is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries, particularly American Neo-Conservatives. The powers that be envision restructuring America by uniting Americans against a common evil, and set about creating a mythical enemy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Power_of_Nightmares
 7068h
American Blackout (2006) - politics
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.
 10403h
9/11: Press for Truth (2006) - politics
Genre: Documentary
 4583h
America: From Freedom to Fascism (2006) - politics
A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

America: Freedom to Fascism is a compelling and troubling account of how the wealth of our nation was silently passed from its citizens to ... all » a handful of powerful bankers in 1913. That's the year the Federal Reserve Act and the 16th Amendment were introduced, giving a privately held corporation the means to control our finances while ensuring its interest payments through the strong arms of the newly-formed Internal Revenue Service. Ever since then, Russo suggests, Americans have been gradually conditioned to accept fewer freedoms and a lower standard of living... all the while considering debt and servitude as distinctly American values.
 8448h
Why We Fight (2005) - politics
It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.
 8574h
JFK II - The Bush Connection (2003) - politics
JFK II - The sequel to Oliver Stone's JFK you won't see in the cinema. A thoroughly documented criminal indictment establishing beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of George HW Bush as a supervisor in the conspiracy to assassinate John Kennedy. The evidence relies primarily on government documents and public records. The center piece of the evidence is a memo entitled "Assassination of President John F. Kennedy", signed by J Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, 5 days after the assassination, which names Bush as a supervisor of CIA-trained assassins. Another FBI memo establishes Bush's presence in the Dallas area at the time of the assassination. These memos are corroborated extensively with details from Bush's own official history of his life (also known as JFK 2 Part 1).
 1486h
Promises (2001) - politics
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. Through this portrait of their generation, we see how deep rooted and almost insoluble the problems of the Middle East have become. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike innocence.
 7250h
The End of America (2008) - politics
The End of America details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It's not a "lefty"tot tome, rather a historical look at trends in once-functioning democracies from modern history that are being repeated in our country today. It gives any reader (or viewer of the lecture) a much-needed history lesson and constitutional refresher. Most importantly, it puts the recent gradual loss of civil liberties in the U.S. in a historical context. The average American might not be alarmed at AT&T selling our private information to the Bush administration, but when this action is seen as part of a larger series of erosions and events, a pattern emerges with unfortunate consequences that become disturbingly clear.
 2708h
The Most Hated Family in America (2007) - politics
Louis struggles to come to terms with the infamous family who picket the funerals of soldiers in protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality.
 3545h
America: Freedom to Fascism (2006) - politics
A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.
 3247h
A Place Without People (2009) - politics
When the world's most famous nature reserves were created in the 50s and 60s, few people know that the indigenous people of East Africa, who had lived there in harmony with nature for 3000 years, were evicted from these areas. Tanzania is today the eighth poorest nation in the world. Yet, in a country under stress with most of its people mired in poverty, the government, the tourist industry and conservation organizations, have advanced the idea that the native Africans are intruders into what was once their own pristine wilderness.
 1959h
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.
 4544h
UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied (2006) - other / economy / esotericism / mystery / politics / religion / science / space / technology / UFO
aka: The Disclosure Project: UFO The Greatest Story Ever Denied
The official denial and the ridicule began in 1942 with the Battle of Los Angeles, where a UFO was fired upon by our military that could not bring it down. The release of this film brings an end to over sixty years of official denial."
 4589h
The Weight of Chains (2010) - politics
The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state - Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative first-hand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics. This film also presents positive stories from the Yugoslav wars - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and self-sacrifice.
 2529h
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
 1598h
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 Planet.tv 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.
 3393h
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.
 11770h
Camp FEMA (2009) - politics
aka: CampFEMA : AMERICAN LOCKDOWN, aka: Camp Fema: American Lockdown
Recent legislation attempting to legitimize the use of internment camps to detain U.S. citizens in the event of an uprising or civil unrest has many people asking what nation they live in. In a country born out of political dissent, we watch our leaders in Washington slowly pass bills that label ordinary Americans as thought criminals and potential domestic terrorists for simply questioning the actions of their government. We see third party candidates and their impassioned supporters listed in secret government reports that call their allegiance into question and brand them as fanatics and extremists. Senate committee hearings and official FBI documents further illustrate the mindset of our elected officials as they classify homeschoolers, gun rights activists and anti-abortionists as threats against the existing social and political order; by default creating an entire nation of radicals and revolutionaries - where everyone is a suspect... equally guilty until proven otherwise. How has our government shown that they will deal with these people? The same way as every other totalitarian regime throughout history - marginalize their activities then lock them up. Prisons are being built; internment camps constructed and laws passed that deal severely with anyone who dares to step out of line or ask too many questions. Who are the potential domestic terrorists that will end up in these camps? Read the documentation for yourself and hear what our experts have to say. States rights take a front row seat in this new political thriller that is guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. Find out where the true power of the people rests in halting these treasonous activities NOW!
 5311h
911 in Plane Site (2004) - politics / war
911 in Plane Site : A documentary that advocates a number of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Photographs and video footage from the September 11 attacks are presented as evidence that the public was not given all of the facts surrounding the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The full-length version of documentary was released on Google Video in January 2007. Several of the claims made in the film have been rejected by some individuals in the 9/11 Truth movement.
 3880h
South of the Border (2009) - politics / economy / lifestyle/society / war / other
There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
 6057h
National Geographic The Obama White House Through The Lens (2011) - politics
Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow. Now, National Geographic will follow Souza inside the Obama White House – aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for posterity.
 2006h
Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail (2009) - lifestyle/society / religion / politics
aka: Right America Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail
The modern American political documentary, which can serve as a delicious magnifying glass on human behavior and attitudes, has two basic approaches. The first has value. In the hands of a documentarian committed to bringing a fresh understanding of the lives of a feverish group on the political right or left, to probing the reasons behind their activism or seething frustrations, the magnifying glass can reveal things we've never before understood. It can provide not only a window on a cultural divide but also clues to what might help bridge that divide.

Then there is the other approach. It reminds me of hot summer days in my childhood when this neighborhood kid would ask if I wanted to come and study ants and other insects under his magnifying glass, promising me and other buddies that we'd learn something. We would amble outside to the scorching sidewalk, where he would train his magnifying glass on the insects and begin happily frying them. And, dumb as it was, the rest of us would stare, transfixed. Dumb always has a market -- so long as something or somebody fries.
 3804h
BBC: Genghis Khan (2005) - history / politics / war
Of all the images the name Genghis Khan brings to mind, that of a visionary who brought literacy, law and culture to his people rarely springs to mind. His name is usually synonymous withevil, his image that of a brutal barbarian who slaughtered millions in his quest for power. Yet the BBC drama-documentary is aiming to change the reputation of one of the worlds most notorious warlords to that of a heroic figure who achieved greatness against all odds.
 13837h
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies (2011) - history / lifestyle/society / politics
Although the Kennedys were a public family who projected a glittering public image, they were also intensely private, with many of the most intimate family moments hidden from the eyes of the outside world. And yet, much of their private life was recorded, filmed for their viewing only, on rare 16mm color home movies. Through these remarkable home movies, viewers will discover the little-known story of the Kennedy clan from 1935 through JFK's swearing in as President in January 1961. This special draws on interviews with people close to the Kennedy family as well as intimate letters and other personal documents from the nine Kennedy children. These original sources, combined with never-before-heard audio tapes, will allow the Kennedys to speak for themselves.
 5066h
 4278h
Reel Bad Arabs : How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006) - history / war / politics / religion
Reel Bad Arabs How Hollywood Vilifies a People: This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged form the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs--from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists"--along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
 9014h
The President's Photographer Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (2010) - politics
The President's Photographer Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office: As the 44th president's chief photographer, Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. Now in the National Geographic Special, The President's Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office, viewers can follow Souza, and those who came before him, for a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency. Offering a chance to see what it's like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history. The presidential photographer's job is two-fold: one, taking photographs of the president greeting dignitaries, visitors and guests; and two, perhaps more challenging and gratifying: documenting for history every possible aspect of the presidency, both official events, backstage happenings and "off-duty" private moments. "Creating a good photographic archive for history is the most important part of my job, creating this archive that will live on," says Souza. "This is not so much photojournalism as photo-history." Souza and his staff produce up to 20,000 pictures a week.
 2394h
The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987) - politics / history / war
This is the full length 90 min. version of Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government to carry out operations which are clearly contrary to the wishes and values of the American people. The ability to exercise this power with impunity is facilitated by the National Security Act of 1947.

The thrust of the exposé is the Iran-Contra arms and drug-running operations which flooded the streets of our nation with crack cocaine. The significance of the documentary is probably greater today in 2008 than it was when it was made. We now have a situation in which these same forces have committed the most egregious terrorist attack on US soil and have declared a fraudulent so-called "War on Terror". The ruling regime in the US who have conducted the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are now banging the war drum against Iran. We have the PATRIOT act which has stripped us of many of our basic civil rights justified by the terror of 9/11.
 13160h
9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out (2012) - politics / war
aka: 2628664
Persuasive viewpoints of over 1,700 architects and engineers who believe the unsettling theory that scientific forensic evidence points to explosive controlled demolition of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on September 11, 2001.
 20757h
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006) - biography / politics / music
A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.
 6160h
State Of Mind The Psychology Of Control (2013) - economy / politics / esotericism
Are we controlled? To what extent and by whom? What does it mean for humanity's future? The enormous implications of these questions deter most of us who must deal with the daily ...
 5937h
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) - crime / politics
Watch War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State: War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.
 2167h
Manufacturing Consent- Noam Chomsky and the Media (1994) - politics
This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor."
 6865h
The Tank Man (2006) - politics
The Tank Man: His brave act of defiance captured the imagination of people around the world. Here, China specialists and eyewitnesses recall the moment and its enduring symbolism, and offer their thoughts on what might have become of him.
 3660h
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