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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.
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BEIRUT TO BOSNIA: MUSLIMS AND THE WEST, EPISODE 1: THE MARTYR'S SMILE (2007) - war
Why have so many Muslims come to hate the West? In this controversial three-part series Robert Fisk, award-winning Middle East and Bosnia reporter explores this question.

Part 1: The Martyr's Smile is a riveting program that documents the guerrilla war of Lebanon's Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements to free southern Lebanon of Israeli occupation forces and Western interference, beginning with the destruction of the American Marine barracks during the early 1980s. Interviews with Sheikh Hassan Nasralla, Hezbollah suicide soldiers, and civilian casualties of Israeli air attacks—combined with photos of massacre victims and bombing fatalities—underscore both the plight of those caught in the crossfire and the urgent need for a lasting peace in Lebanon. Contains strong imagery
 8056h
Out of the Poison Tree (2007) - war
On the eve of the long-awaited Khmer Rouge trial, an American survivor of the genocide returns to Cambodia hoping to unlock the mystery of her father's disapperance in 1975. Thida Buth Mam's quest intersects with many silent voices: widows, survivors from remote villages, monks and even former perpetrators. Her search for the truth stirs up the fractured pieces of one family's nightmare, unearths an unimaginable heartbreak and ultimately shines light on a people's broken silence.
 1378h
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.
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10 Ways to Kill Bin Laden (2010) - war
10 WAYS TO KILL BIN LADEN recaps the 10 boldest, most ingenious missions employed thus far to capture or kill the Al Qaeda leader. The first such operation dates back to 1998 and the Clinton administration, before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks made bin Laden the most notorious and most hunted man in the world. The special also dissects why these missions were ultimately and often frustratingly unsuccessful.
 3166h
Lektionen in Finsternis (1992) - war
aka: Lesson of Darkness
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews. What must have been the hell itself is presented to the viewer in such beautiful sights and beautiful music that one has to be fascinated by it. The German title translates 'lessons in darkness'.

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War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007) - war
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception...
 4675h
Wartorn: 1861-2010 (2010) - war
With suicide rates among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the HBO special WARTORN 1861-2010 brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war. Drawing on personal stories of American soldiers whose lives and psyches were torn asunder by the horrors of battle and PTSD, the documentary chronicles the lingering effects of combat stress and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history, from the Civil War through today's conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 3572h
Custer's Last Man: I Survived Little Big Horn (2011) - war
The most iconic battle in American History is looked at from the point of view of a man who may actually have survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. George Armstrong Custer and over 200 of his soldiers were wiped out by Plains Indians on June 25, 1876, but is it possible that one man, alone, lived to tell the tale? How did he survive? Why did he never come forward? And most important of all, is it true? The amazing tale of Frank Finkel is an epic story of struggle, perseverance, and survival and will shed new light on this historic moment.
 1365h
National Geographic: Snipers, Inc. (2011) - war / other
Selling guns to snipers is all in a day's work for one small-town Tennessee family. Ronnie, the designer and businessman at the helm of Barrett firearms manufacturing, and his two children are responsible for creating the M107 sniper rifle. The world's first semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle, the M107s power and precision allow snipers to destroy multiple targets from more than 20 football fields away. NGC goes inside this family of firearm "rock stars."
 931h
National Geographic: Doomsday Preppers (2011) - economy / lifestyle/society / subcultures / survival / war
Unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, explore the lives of four families preparing for the end of the world as we know it. From bunkers to fortified off-the-grid locations, these doomsday preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst.
 8304h
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."
 1793h
My Enemy's Enemy (2007) - war
A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of Lyon." This documentary's main focus will be on Barbie's post-war activities, in which he became a counter-intelligence agent who worked for the same countries that pursued him during WWII.
 4191h
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) - war
A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.
 2974h
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.
 4198h
Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009) - war
aka: National Geographic - Apocalypse The Second World War, aka: Apocalypse: World War II, aka: Apocalypse - La 2e Guerre mondiale
Apocalypse tells us about this huge conflict through the tragic destiny of those who went to war (soldiers) those who suffered from it (civilians), and those who ran it (political and military leaders). The "horrible yet familiar" war led to the deaths of 50 million men and women across the world - making for the first time as many civilian victims as there were military casualties.
 7544h
Islam Rising - Geert Wilders Warning to the West (2010) - war
His short documentary film, Fitna set off a firestorm in the Middle East and Western Europe immediately upon its release. That message can be seen here in this DVD, with striking clarity in film, photographs and a special message from Geert Wilders himself, who came to America with an urgent and terrifying warning: "Islam is on the verge of conquering the West."As a Dutch parliamentarian and outspoken critic of radical Islam, Mr. Wilders must travel with four bodyguards and sleep in a safe house, each and every night.
 2119h
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.
 6395h
Nazi America A Secret History (2000) - history / war
A history of the Nazi movement in the United States.
 2523h
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.
 3985h
National Geographic Hunting Hitlers Generals (2011) - war
National Geographic Hunting Hitlers Generals: During World War II, Allied operatives went on secret missions to kill Adolph Hitler and his top officers, including Erwin Rommel. Allied Special Forces launched daring wartime missions to capture or kill Nazi generals where they were stationed on the front lines of war. National Geographic Channel captures the real-time drama felt as the Special Forces commanded these dangerous and complicated missions to exotic locations.
 2220h
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.
 4119h
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
 5244h
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.
 14196h
Bin Laden Shoot to Kill (2011) - war
A stellar cast of White House insiders speak on camera about the operation to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, including the first – and extraordinary – documentary interview with President Barack Obama on the subject.

From the anxiety-drenched minutes in the White House Situation Room to the deadly stairwells of Bin Laden’s secret labyrinth, cinematic dramatisations take viewers deep inside one of the most important moments of our era, showing the US Navy Seals coming face to face with the most wanted man in history.

Based on high-level CIA and White House briefings, and packed with exclusive stories and fresh insights, the film reveals that President Obama received a downbeat last-minute intelligence assessment, which caused many of his senior advisors to turn against the operation.
 3085h
History Channel Ancient Discoveries: Siege Of Troy (2007) - history / war
Siege Of Troy: ANCIENT DISCOVERIES changes the way we think about the distant past. While we entertain visions of a simpler, unsophisticated time, the truth is much more complicated and fascinating than we imagine. This fresh, eye-opening series - filmed on location where historical events actually happened and using brilliant, lifelike computer animation - applies the latest scholarship to reconsider common beliefs about our past. Reconstructions of ancient machines and hands-on demonstrations bring ancient times to life.

In this episode, journey to the site in Turkey believed to be the location of the real Troy as ANCIENT DISCOVERIES® analyses one of the world's greatest historical battlegrounds for new clues. Uncover fascinating evidence illuminating Achilles' duel against Hector, the sailing of the vast Mycenaean fleet and the great wooden ship of Troy. Watch as we apply modern technology, archaeology and engineering to uncover the real story behind this legendary war.

Crack the case on a 3000-year-old mystery with ANCIENT DISCOVERIES: SIEGE OF TROY.
 2835h
The Tramp and the Dictator (2002) - biography / history / war
Explores the making of Charles Chaplin's first "talkie" The Great Dictator (1940) and draws many things that between Chaplin and Hitler had in common. The film contains colour home movie footage of the film's production which where shot by Charles' brother Sydney. These never before seen films were discovered by his daughter Victoria while looking though an old suitcase she found in the basement. The raw footage gives us an alternate insight to Chaplin's classic film which started production years before Adolf Hitler was seen as a major threat in the western world.
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National Geographic Nazi Scrapbooks The Auschwitz Albums (2011) - war
The death camp at Auschwitz was considered ground zero for the killings during the Holocaust, a place where thousands were starved and 1.1 million died, but there are only a small number of known photos of this infamous place – until now.
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Army Group South: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945 (1997) - war
World War II Documentary (The relentless battle between Hitler and Stalin that stretched along the Eastern Front reached a peak of intensity and decisiveness in the area of Army Group South. It was this sector that bore witness to the siege of Sevastopol the horrors of Stalingrad and the fury of Operation Citadel. There are few superlatives to describe the conditions and experiences of the more than 3 million men originally tasked with the strategic capture of the oilfields in the Caucasus. Few could have foreseen the demolition of such a vast force nor the brutality in which the battles were to be fought.)
 2657h
Army Group Centre: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945 (1997) - war
World War II Documentary (At the core of Hitlers push through Russia was Army Group Centre charged with the capture of Moscow by way of Minsk. The most formidable concentration of force on the eastern front Army Group Centre was the dagger-thrust at the heart of the soviet state its success would be inextricably linked to the outcome of the whole campaign. Indecision the unforgiving Russian winter and the defences around Moscow would force the retreat and ultimately the defeat of Army Group Centre. the Battle of Kursk signalled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.)
 2555h
Army Group North: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945 (1997) - war
After long years of studying sources and literature, Werner Haupt presents the military history of one of the larger theatres of World War II.The completion of the history of “Army Group North” is the result of the author's utilization of all German and and Russian literature, as well as those combat diaries and documents of the committed troop units that are available in German archives.In addition, the author was assisted in clearing up several questions by the advice of former members of the army group - from commanders to drivers.
 2588h
Secret Weapon of the Confederacy (2011) - war
It was the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, but after only one successful mission the H.L. Hunley vanished with its crew and lay hidden for more than a century. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Confederacy’s secret weapon have remained an enduring mystery since the Civil War era, but now NGC has uncovered what may have brought it down
 2741h
Shake Hands with the Devil The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2004) - biography / war
The story of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, and his controversial command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.
 1755h
Appointment in Tokyo (1945) - war
Produced by the Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps, with the cooperation of the Army Air Forces and the United States Navy, and released by Warner Bros. for the War Activities Committee, Motion Picture Industry, "Appointment in Tokyo" is the film story of four years of Pacific war detailing the history of the defeat of Japan. The path traces across the Pacific from Corregidor in 1942, General Wainwright's surrender, the Death March, Australia in peril, the turning points of Naval victory in the Coral Sea, land victory at Guadalcanal, and air victory over a giant Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea. Vast armies are marshaled in the Philippines as the Marines take Iwo Jima, and combined Army, Navy and Marine forces take Okinawa.
 2954h
Baraka (1992) - war
A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme.
 6803h
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.
 9435h
The Battle for Marjah (2011) - war
The Battle for Marjah: In February 2010, U.S. Marines launched Afghanistan: Operation Mashtarak, the biggest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war, whose main target was the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, a town in Helmand province. Journalist Ben Anderson, who spent two months with the American forces, offers an extraordinarily intimate look at the brutal realities of modern-day warfare.


 3893h
The Soviet Story (2008) - history / war
The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.
 8819h
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