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Body of War

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in every country." -Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, premiered at the Toronto International Film ...

Living Forever: The Longevity Revolution

"I don't think it's realistic to talk about life expectancies in people that are born today because even if they were only to live to 2080, which is life expectancy today, by 2080, the prospects for life extension are so wondrous that they could live for centuries." Immortality. Life Extension. The Fountain of Youth. Real science or simply wishful thinking? Is it hope or is it hype? The Longevity RevolutionFind out in Living Forever: The Longevity Revolution. Scientists from around the world are racing to answer one of humanity's chief questions: can we turn back the human clock? Hitch a ride on this controversial roller-coaster with charismatic gerontologist Michael Rose as he leads us to where the cutting-edge science in life extension ...

Sex In The Noughties

"This expression of female sexuality was a total role reversal of the weeping into a chardonnay image that Bridgette Jones had given us and Abby Lee wasn't alone in thinking it. Thousands of women were agreeing with her." The blogs that consistently attracted massive readerships were the anonymous, confessional sex diaries written by women. From Belle De Jour to Bitchy Jones, these incredibly graphic female sex blogs gave an explicit insight into the secret desires of women, revealing what they really wanted in a way that had never been seen before. At the centre of this revolution was one British woman whose own brand of frank sexual confessions came to be read by millions, creating a publishing sensation in the process. This radical new ...

Salvador Allende

"On September 11, 1973, he was overthrown by a military coup... The dictator of Pinochet crushed that democracy which had perfected itself over two centuries, and destroyed, day after day, for 18 years, the country I knew. Thousands of Chileans were murdered and tortured and hundreds of thousands went into exile." This homage that Guzmán pays to Chile's ex-president reminds us of the radiant dream that a generation lived (where politics and utopia were synonyms). The piece is direct. It has no explicative or demonstrative information; rather, it offers a space for reflection that is human and personal and at the same time historical. The outcome is a generous film. "Salvador Allende" sold 120,000 tickets in France, with 34 copies in ...

Our Brand is Crisis

"I think the most important thing we can do is to be dedicated to this message and to figure out how we can make all of this…fit the frame, because I think if we are going to win this election it’s because we’ve chosen the right frame. The frame for us is, you know, crisis…we must own crisis and we must brand crisis. Who can deal with it, who has the capacity to deal with it, and Goni as the guy who has strength and the plan." For decades, U.S. strategists-for-hire have been quietly molding the opinions of voters and the messages of candidates in elections around the world. They have worked for presidential candidates on every continent (in Britain, Israel, ...