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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
Richard Dawkins: An Atheists Call to Arms (2007) - religion
The session was titled "The Design of Life," and the TED audience was probably expecting remarks about evolution's role in our history from biologist Richard Dawkins. Instead, he launched into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Scientists and intellectuals hold very different beliefs about God from the American public, he says, yet they are cowed by the overall political environment. Dawkins' scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world's best-known atheist
 7480h
Richard Dawkins - Religion: Root of All Evil? (2006) - religion
Root of All Evil? is a documentary, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion. 90mins (2 episodes, Part 1 - "The God Delusion" | Part 2 - "The Virus of Faith")
 6138h
The Real Da Vinci Code (2008) - religion
uk 2005
Simon Raikes and his team investigated the sources of Dan Brown`s theories and challenges them This documentary has aroused almost as much comment and controversy as did Brown’s novel among the reading and viewing public and the church
 2568h
Decoding The Past - The Holy Grail (2007) - religion
It is the cup Christ drank from at the Last Supper, one of the holiest relics in all of Christianity. It has been sought by the faithful, and others, for centuries.
 1714h
Devil's Playground (2002) - religion
Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.
 3234h
12th & Delaware (2010) - health / religion
The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on one corner in an American city.
 4289h
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."
 1747h
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
National Geographic: The Popes Secret Service (2011) - religion
The Popes Secret Service: As Easter Sunday approaches, NGC offers viewers an intimate look at life behind the Vatican walls. For more than a year, filmmakers were allowed extraordinary access to the center of the Catholic Church and members of the popes inner circle. We'll meet a bodyguard, an official photographer, the archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica who is privy to Vatican secrets and an altar boy living in the pre-seminary. Then, cameras enter the vaults under the Vatican museum.
 1959h
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
Forbidden Lie$ (2007) - religion
A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.
 4171h
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
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
Audience of One (2007) - religion
A documentary following a Pentecostal minister who receives a vision from God to create an epic science fiction movie based on the biblical story of Joseph, sending him and his followers on a journey of extreme faith.
 2764h
Blood in the Face (1991) - religion / politics
Blood in the Face: An expose of the beliefs, history, and personalities of American White Supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis, fascists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Aryan Nation. Footage includes interviews, as well as the supremacist's own promotional material. Subject discussed include the loss of America to the "colored" races, the imminent racial bloodbath, interracial breeding, prejudice, the Holocaust, Jesus, Christianity, Jews, the Bible, and illegal immigrants who enter the country with nuclear bombs strapped to their backs.
 3097h
Children of God (2009) - religion
A documentary which follows a group of siblings who eke out their existence from the offerings and other goods found in the sacred Bagmati River.
 3819h
God Grew Tired of Us (2007) - religion
Documentary
Awards:
4 wins
Plot Outline:
Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.
 7328h
BBC - Ancient Apocalypse: The Maya Collapse (2001) - other / esotericism / mystery / history / religion
For over a thousand years, the Maya built a civilization in the jungle -- creating pyramids, sculptures and paintings. Then around 800 A.D., they practically vanished. Scientific sleuth Dick Gill has spent nearly twenty years proving his theory that a devastating drought wiped out the Maya. The program follows Gill on a journey of discovery: to an archaeological site in Belize, where there is evidence of a sudden abandonment; with geologists as they take cores from a remote lake in Mexico s Yucatan that shows evidence of an exceptional drought at the time of the Maya collapse; and visiting the slopes of the rumbling volcano of Popocatepetl, to search for evidence of an eruption that may have triggered a drought.
 6014h
BBC: What Darwin Didn't Know (2009) - science / anthropology / animals / religion
Documentary which tells the story of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in 'On the Origin of Species'.

The theory of evolution by natural selection is now scientific orthodoxy, but when it was unveiled it caused a storm of controversy, from fellow scientists as well as religious people. They criticised it for being short on evidence and long on assertion and Darwin, being the honest scientist that he was, agreed with them. He knew that his theory was riddled with 'difficulties', but he entrusted future generations to complete his work and prove the essential truth of his vision, which is what scientists have been doing for the past 150 years.

Evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Marie Leroi charts the scientific endeavour that brought about the triumphant renaissance of Darwin's theory. He argues that, with the new science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo devo), it may be possible to take that theory to a new level - to do more than explain what has evolved in the past, and start to predict what might evolve in the future.
 6403h
Decoding The Past: Relics Of The Passion (2006) - mystery / religion
An examination of religious relics such as the True Cross, the Crown of Thorns, the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail, and the reported powers these artefacts possess
 1407h
Helen Of Troy (2005) - history / war / politics / lifestyle/society / religion
Acclaimed presenter of historic documentaries, Bettany Hughes, embarks on a journey across the eastern Mediterranean to discover the truth about HELEN OF TROY, the woman blamed for causing the Trojan War. Following weapons experts, the two-hour film shows how the conflict in Helen's name would have been fought, unraveling the reality from the myths and putting flesh on "the face that launched a thousand ships."
 5230h
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984) - religion
Ken Burns examines the American utopian 19th century religious sect known as the Shakers
 956h
Who Wrote The Bible? (2010) - religion
Who Wrote the Bible? Is the Bible the Word of God? Why is the Bible full of Contradictions? This documentary explores questions at the heart of the great Christian faith in a fair open-minded fashion. It is NOT meant to be inflamatory but informative. The truth one will see is the Bible is NOT what it is thought to be. So what is the Bible?

 1792h
A Year In Tibet (2008) - religion
This intimate documentary has been well received by the critics. It follows the lives of ordinary Tibetans across an extraordinary year, giving a remarkable insight into the significance of Buddhism in everyday life and the complex and often surprising relationship between Tibetans and the Chinese immigrants whom they live and work alongside. The series is both an intimate observation of a society and a compelling insight into the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on the Tibetans' lives.
 620h
The King James Bible: The Book That Changed The World (2011) - religion
Acclaimed actor John Rhys-Davies visits landmarks, explains relics and leads us back into a darker time to discover this fascinating tale of saints and sinners, power and passion, as the greatest translation of Holy Scripture emerges into a world and culture that would never be quite the same again.
 2784h
Once Upon A Time In Iran (2007) - lifestyle/society / religion / anthropology
The film focuses on a group of Iranians undertaking a pilgrimage to Karbala, the resting place of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
 4990h
The Bible Collection Abraham (1994) - religion
This engrossing dramatization of the life of Abraham (Richard Harris), the most tested servant of God and the father of Judaism, spans from the patriarch's quest for the Promised Land to the sacrifice of his son, Isaac. Barbara Hershey costars as Abraham's wife, Sarah. Vittorio Gassman and Maximilian Schell are also featured in this award-winning installment from TNT's "greatest stories of the Bible" series directed by Joseph Sargent.
 1118h
St. Peter (2008) - religion
With tension mounting between Christians and Romans, Jesus's faithful disciple Peter (Omar Sharif) continues his quest to spread Christianity throughout the world. But his enemies are equally passionate about persecuting him for his religious beliefs. Originally produced for Italian television, this epic drama prompted death threats against Sharif, a converted Muslim, for portraying a famous Christian and speaking positively about the experience.
 1045h
The Bible Collection: David (1997) - religion
Nathaniel Parker stars as David, the shepherd boy who grew to be king of Israel, as his saga comes to life in this epic production originally broadcast on TNT -- part of a series of tales from the Old and New Testament. From his legendary battle with the Philistine giant Goliath to his struggles with King Saul (Jonathan Pryce) -- and his love for a forbidden woman (Sheryl Lee) -- David's life is full of unforgettable dramas. Leonard Nimoy co-stars.
 1292h
The Gospel of John (2005) - religion
This word-for-word adaptation of the 21 chapters of the Gospel According to John tells story of Jesus' life -- mostly focusing on his final hours, his crucifixion and the events that followed -- from disciple John's point of view. The epic film draws its audience into antiquity through meticulous re-creation, including an original musical score complete with instrumental sounds of the time. Christopher Plummer narrates much of the film.
 937h
Visual Bible - Acts (1994) - religion

The Visible Bible: Acts is a dramatization that uses the actual scriptures, word for word, from the New International Version. Journey with the physician Luke (Dean Jones) as he tells the story of the danger, struggles, and triumph that mark the birth of the Christian church. Share the times of mystery and wonder that follow the resurrection of Jesus. Walk with the risen Lord, and watch as He is taken up into heaven. Experience the transforming power of Pentecost and catch the fire as God uses the passion of Peter (James Brolin) and John (Andre Jacobs) to send the flame of faith throughout Jerusalem and the world. Actors: Bruce Marchiano, James Brolin, Jennifer O Neill, Dean Jones, Andre Jacobs
 1105h
Peter & Paul (1981) - religion
Director Robert Day's epic TV miniseries follows apostles Peter (Robert Foxworth) and Paul (Anthony Hopkins) as they spread the gospel of nascent Christianity while striving to keep the faith despite violent opposition from without and endless tumult from within. The two disciples unite in their attempts to win converts but pay the ultimate price for their beliefs. Herbert Lom, José Ferrer and Jean Peters costar in this Emmy-winning production.
 988h
Paul the Apostle (2000) - religion
Johannes Brandrup stars in this dramatic television miniseries as Paul of Tarsus, the apostle of Jesus Christ. Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Roger Young, the story covers Paul's conversion to Christianity, his ministry to the Gentiles and his eventual persecution and imprisonment. Shot on location in Morocco, this saga follows the life of one of the most important spiritual figures in the history of Christianity.
 1103h
The Gospel of Luke (1979) - religion
A dramatic presentation of the Bible from producer John Heyman. Spoken word-for-word from the King James version, this feature brings the chracters of the New Testament and their world to life. In four volumes: "Christmas," "Early Ministry," "Parables," and "Easter."
 960h
The Bible - Genesis (2000) - religion
With its Moroccan setting and native Bedouin actors, this film (which was directed by Ermanno Olmi) provides a unique retelling of stories from the Bible. In this first installment of the series, locals gather around a campfire to listen to an elder (Omero Antonutti) narrate the stories of the creation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from paradise, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the Ark.
 991h
History Channel: The Solomon Treasures (2010) - anthropology / history / lifestyle/society / religion
In 2001 a tablet was offered for sale to the Israel Museum which appeared to come from the Temple of Solomon. Scholars and scientists declared it genuine, but an official investigation revealed that the tablet was an elaborate fake. Authorities have now announced the same gang have been producing high-quality, fake Biblical artifacts for more than twenty years and many museum collections around the world may now be in doubt…

In the last few years Biblical history has been turned upside down by a series of announcements.

Investigators now claim that some of the most revered objects in Israel, and around the world, are in fact sophisticated fakes. The police suspect it may be the world's biggest ever antiquity fraud.

The artifacts at the centre of this enquiry are of enormous significance. They are the only archaeological evidence for the Biblical story of David, his son Solomon, and the other early Kings, and the Empire over which they ruled. There are no known archaeological sites, just a few priceless seals, tablets, and lamps, which date from the right period and carry inscriptions that match the Bible stories.
 1274h
Religulous (2008) - religion / anthropology / lifestyle/society / politics
Bill Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic.
 28064h
 3571h
The Road to Armageddon: A Spiritual Documentary (2012) - religion
The Road to Armageddon examines the universal concept of the Apocalypse on an intensely personal and spiritual level, not as the end of the world but as the end of you: your body, your mind and, if you're not careful, your soul. The film puts the viewer on the front lines of the eternal battle between good and evil, combining academic interviews with firsthand accounts of divine revelation to bring fresh urgency to the teachings of the world's major religions. Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, Hindi or Christian, the message is the same: spread love, reject hate, walk in the light, avoid the dark, listen to the angels, ignore the demons. The simplest choices you'll ever make lead to the hardest path you'll ever walk... the road to Armageddon.
 1263h
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