Biography

Weather Underground, The

"I think that part of the Weathermen phenomena that was right was our understanding of what the position of the United States is in the world. It was this knowledge that we just couldn't handle, it was too big, we didn't know what to do. In a way, I still don't know what to do with this knowledge. I don't know what needs to be done now and it's still eating at me just as it did 30 years ago." -Mark Rudd Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the government throughout much of the 1970s—bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary ...

N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me." —Sir Isaac Newton A man with no home and no job, Paul Erdös was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Born in Hungary in 1913, Erdös wrote and co-authored over 1,500 papers and pioneered several fields in theoretical mathematics. At the age of 83 he still spent most of his time on the road, going from math meeting to math meeting, continually working on problems. He ...

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)

Wisdom of the Dream, The

"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism." First in a three-part series of films produced by PBS, on the life and works of the great thinker and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. Part 1: A Life of Dreams Part one provides an overview of the major contributions made by Jung in his long career. Born on July 26, 1875, in Switzerland, Jung became interested in psychiatry during his medical studies. He saw that the minds of mentally deranged persons had similar contents, much of which he recognized from his own interior life, described in his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections. His lifelong quest to understand the workings of the psyche led him to develop the analytical ...

War Photographer

"Every minute I was there, I wanted to flee. I did not want to see this. Would I cut and run, or would I deal with the responsibility of being there with a camera" –James Nachtwey A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey, about his motivation, his fears and his daily routine as a war photographer. If we believe Hollywood pictures, war photographers are all hard-boiled and cynical old troopers. How can they think about 'exposure time' in the very moment of dread? Swiss author, director and producer Christian Frei followed James Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine... Christian Frei used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey's photo-camera. We see a famous photographer looking for the decisive ...

Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney, The

"Dick Cheney’s world is a place where he controls the inner sanctum, doing and saying what he wants about American power, about business, about war. But in Dick Cheney’s world, what he says is frequently more fiction than fact and what he does often seems to be motivated less by principle than power, self-interest, and money." American Vice-President Dick Cheney has walked the corridors of world power for three decades. Cheney's remarkable life story involves the relentless accumulation of power in every form. Elected for a second term, he continues to be one of the most powerful and well-connected men in the world. The fifth estate will show how he accomplished this, what it involved in terms of costs for others and ...

Trials of Henry Kissinger, The

"That this man could operate at such a horrible level and not get exposed, for year after year after year after year. How many people came out against him? It's an embarrassment to my profession. I got to tell you, the dark side of Henry Kissinger is very, very dark." –Seymour Hersh Part contemporary investigation and part historical inquiry, documentary follows the quest of one journalist in search of justice. The film focuses on Christopher Hitchens' charges against Henry Kissinger as a war criminal - allegations documented in Hitchens' book of the same title - based on his role in countries such as Cambodia, Chile, and Indonesia. Kissinger's story raises profound questions about American foreign policy and highlights a new era ...

Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, The

"4 million others in the UK have it and many of the seriously ill end up killing themselves. So I decided to speak out about my mental illness." –Stephen Fry Comedian, actor, author and film-maker Stephen Fry meets celebrities and members of the public who talk frankly about the impact the condition has on their lives. During the two programmes, Stephen Fry talks in detail about his own experience of having bipolar disorder. He recounts his suicide attempt after walking out of the West End play Cellmates in 1995, and the continuing severe mood swings he has to endure. Stephen interviews other celebrities with bipolar, including Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, Hollywood star Richard Dreyfus and British comedians Tony Slattery and Jo Brand. He ...

Sartre: The Road to Freedom

"To be told, 'you are responsible for the period of history that you are living in. You have not only the right to choose, but the duty to choose and if you are now surrounded by poverty, by war, by oppression, by cruelty - that is what you have chosen.'" Sartre was the leading advocate of atheistic existentialism in France but he was also interested in the novel, drama, literary criticism and politics. He is best remembered for his philosophical works and his idea of communistic existentialism which he expressed in novels and plays such as his debut novel Nausea (1939), which depicted man adrift in a godless universe, hostage to his own freedom. He had a long term affair with the feminist ...

Renita, Renita

"A lot of people think that we are happy. In fact, we are sad. We really suffer from this life. No one wants to become a transsexual like us, neither do we. We don't want to become transsexuals." Trapped in a male body, Renita wanted to be a doctor and a woman since she was a child but her parents forced her to study at a Islamic school where she was bullied and ostracized. She rebelled by becoming a prostitute in the hope of finding freedom but instead, found that it came at a cost - she experienced brutality and was discriminated against by her family and the Indonesian society in which she lived. (Excerpt from main website)