Archive for May 2010

Female Orgasm Explained, The

"Desire is essential to achieve orgasm. It's neurological. When you have a strong desire for someone, your brain releases a hormone, dopamine, which increases pleasure." The sexual revolution of the 70s allowed women to claim their right to pleasure and to better know their body. However, thirty years later, female orgasm remains a mystery to many men and women. In this documentary, women speak openly of their experience. Their testimonies are accompanied by analyses from psychoanalysts and sex therapists who describe, with supporting sketches and videos, sexual pleasure in all its forms. (Excerpt from main website)

Ken & Barbie Killers, The

"They were attractive looking. They were intelligent. They were in love. The idea that these were the bad guys, that they were capable of doing anything so vile is something that is hard for us to comprehend." Dubbed ‘The Ken and Barbie Killers’ for their blonde, tanned and seemingly wholesome image, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were in fact a husband and wife team of serial killers from Ontario, Canada. Their trials and subsequent convictions for raping and murdering three teenage girls engendered a global media storm. Alarmingly, amongst their victims was Karla’s younger sister, 15-year-old Tammy Homolka. Karla served her full sentence of 12 years whilst Paul is currently in prison for life. (Excerpt from main website)

Sacred Weeds

"In many cultures, distant in place or time from our own, there are special plants that give rise to strange visions and hallucinations. Experiences we associate with illegal drugs, that which for these other cultures, are thought to be a gateway to another world." Sacred Weeds was a four part television series of 50 minute documentaries investigating the cultural impact of psychoactive plants on a broad array of early civilisations. The series was filmed at Hammerwood Park by the producer, Sarah Marris, and her production company TVF. It was broadcast in the summer of 1998 on Channel 4, a British television network. The Reader in European Pre-History at the University of Oxford, Dr Andrew Sherratt, was the ...

How to Sleep Better

"Key brain functions, known as the executive skills...cover everything from concentration to reaction times and memory... Sleep researchers have found that it's these executive skills that are the first to go when we don't get enough sleep. Because there vital to everything we do, just one sleepless night could have serious consequences. Presented by Robert Winston, How to Sleep Better is a practical guide to the world of sleep. The programme explores the common problems, dangers and the mysteries that have puzzled scientists for years." One in five motorway accidents are attributed to a lack of sleep, which was also a contributory factor in disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger shuttle explosion. This programme looks at the dangers of poor sleep, ...

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

"There's no reason why the little guy can't tell the story. There's no reason why the guy at the bottom of the food chain doesn't have as much to say as the guy at the top of the food chain." -Edward ‘Parker’ Gyokeres OPERATION HOMECOMING is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. The film is built upon a project created by the National Endowment for the ArtsOff-site link to gather the writing of servicemen and women and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through interviews and dramatic readings, the film transforms selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of ...

Zoo

"My secret is out now. Everybody in the world knows what I did. I was evil. I was evil because I had love for my animals more than most people do." In 2005 a bizarre new story spread from the sleepy rural town of Enumclaw, WA -- a man died of internal injuries sustained while attempting a sexual act with a horse. It was discovered the man was part of a small group of zoophiliacs -- people who crave erotic contact with animals -- and that they had been engaging in various activities with local animals for some time. While investigating the incident, Washington police authorities discovered the state had no laws on the books concerning bestiality, and Sen. Pam Roach ...

Zen: The Best of Alan Watts

"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except faults, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions. By thought I mean the chattering inside the skull; perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of calculations, and symbols going on inside the head. For as a result of confusing the real world of nature with mere signs, such as money, stocks and bonds, title deeds, and so forth. This is a disaster. Time to wake up." –Alan Watts Alan Watts (1915-1973) who held both a master's degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He ...

Young, Nazi, and Proud

"Blacks, drug abusers, and gays all have it. So really I've got no problem with AIDS. In fact I would call it a friendly disease." Dispatches reporter David Modell films a remarkable six months spent in the questionable company of Mark Collett, leader of the youth wing of the British National Party, and reveals the true nature of a party trying to reinvent itself and broaden its appeal. A rising star of the party, Collet reveals to Modell his deeply held Nazi sympathies. This despite the party's claim it no longer has any association with Nazism. It's clear why the BNP want intelligent young men like Mark, a university graduate. BNP leader Nick Griffin tells Dispatches that Collett is a potential leader of ...

Year Zero – The Silent Death of Cambodia

"President Nixon and Mr. Kissinger unleashed 100,000 tons of bombs, the equivalent of 5 Hiroshimas. The bombing was their personal decision; they legally and secretly, they bombed Cambodia, a neutral country, back to the Stone Age. And I mean Stone Age in its' literal sense." John Pilger vividly reveals the brutality and murderous political ambitions of the Pol Pot / Khmer Rouge totalitarian regime which bought genocide and despair to the people of Cambodia while neighboring countries, including Australia, shamefully ignored the immense human suffering and unspeakable crimes that bloodied this once beautiful country. (Excerpt from video.google.com)

A World Without Water

"As less and less water is available, you have yet another problem being added and that is the problem of privatization. There are companies now saying 'why don't we bottle it, mine it, divert it, sell it, commodify it.' That greed of privatization, I believe, will be much worse than climate change and everything else that has left us with the water crisis." –Vandana Shiva The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision's timely film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can ...