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Re: Documentaries

Post by buksida » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:21 am

BBC documentary on Thailand's Yaba problem: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038rw24

If you can put up with the Essex girl presenter this one is quite interesting. No surprise that Thailand is more concerned with its image than dealing with the escalating drug problem.
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Re: Documentaries

Post by pharvey » Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:28 pm

^ "Yaba, or 'crazy medicine' in Thai, is a tablet form of methamphetamine, and a very powerful stimulant".

OR

"Yorkshire Association of Business Angels: YABA"

I'm not entirely sure which sounds more dangerous.......... :shock:

In all seriousness, there was another one a while ago on Nat Geo - "The World's Most Dangerous Drug".

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Re: Documentaries

Post by Bamboo Grove » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:44 am

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Post by Siani » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:50 pm


This is a brilliant series, well worth watching if you get a chance.
Wild China
Wildlife living in the inhospitable climes of the Tibetan plateau, including brown bears, yaks and snow leopards etc

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/program ... ideo.shtml

http://tvcatchup.com/programme/182070

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Re: Documentaries

Post by joecoolfrog » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:55 pm

buksida wrote:BBC documentary on Thailand's Yaba problem: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038rw24

If you can put up with the Essex girl presenter this one is quite interesting. No surprise that Thailand is more concerned with its image than dealing with the escalating drug problem.
Stacey Dooley is well meaning but almost unbelievably ill informed and naive , I was particularly stunned by her description of Chiang Mai as a 'border' town. One was firmly given the impression that YABA was a very recent phenomenon, dont the BBC bother with basic research any more ?
To be fair this documrntary was at least a step up from the laughable one she made about 'sex slaves ' in Cambodia. That consisted of an hours worth of local NGO propaganda, the complete vilification of all single male tourists, yet not one mention of the corruption of the Hun Sen regime or the culpibility of locals in the trade in flesh.

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Re: Documentaries

Post by Vital Spark » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:20 am

It was quite an interesting documentary but (yes, Busksi) Stacey did tend to irritate me. As Oakdale says, she's well-meaning, and I agree that she doesn't really have a full idea of the situations that she's presenting. She's just a presenter, and her researchers have fed her the lines, so she trots off to some place, somewhere, to 'expose' something. The stare at the camera with "It ain't right, is it?" (or something like that) was a bit overdone.

Yes, of course there's a problem with yabaa (and, the stress is on the 'baa', Stacey) in Thailand. But no amount of documentaries are going to change that. The one thing the documentary might do is stop a gap year backpacker buying the stuff while they're here having fun, but then again...

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Re: Documentaries

Post by buksida » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:23 pm

BBC documentary South Pacific is currently running with some awesome videography: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kq4zm
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Post by Chromeman » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:09 pm

A lot of good documentaries are posted on Eztv.it every day.

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Post by barrys » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:39 pm

Watched a great documentary last night on ThaiExpatTV.

It turns out that Hitler's right-hand man, Hermann Goering, had a younger bother named Albert who was a complete anti-Nazi and lived a Schindler-type existence in the 3rd Reich manipulating his relationship to his brother to save many Jews and non-Jews from certain death - a real dichotomy of extremes within a single family - fascinating stuff!

It's called Goering's Last Secret: Revealed

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I've just seen that it's also available on Youtube:


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Post by Bristolian » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:58 pm

barrys wrote:Watched a great documentary last night on ThaiExpatTV.

It turns out that Hitler's right-hand man, Hermann Goering, had a younger bother named Albert who was a complete anti-Nazi and lived a Schindler-type existence in the 3rd Reich manipulating his relationship to his brother to save many Jews and non-Jews from certain death - a real dichotomy of extremes within a single family - fascinating stuff!

It's called Goering's Last Secret: Revealed

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I've just seen that it's also available on Youtube:

One of the rumors was that Albert was actually the illegitimate son of Ritter Hermann von Epenstein, who was himself of Jewish ancestry and acted as surrogate father to the Albert and his siblings.
An interesting short article was published in the Guardian newspaper in 2010
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Re: Documentaries

Post by barrys » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:26 pm

Yes, indeed. The article you referred to was written by William Hastings Burke and the documentary is based on his research.

Well worth a look if your interested in World War II history.

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Re: Documentaries

Post by sandman67 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:25 pm

sometimes, as with the drama history epic VIKINGS, the commercialisation of History Channel and its becoming more of an entertainment channel does pay off. Theres a release going about on torrent and streaming media that falls well into that category.

THE GREAT MARTIAN WAR

If, like me, you are a fan of steampunk alternative history stuff then this little Canadian made gem is right down your pneumatic alley. Imagine HG Wells' classic War Of The Worlds set during 1913, and instead of the human on human conflicts of the time The Great War was fought by a united Europe against the red menace from Mars.

Its a top shelf alternative history mockumentary made with loving attention to detail - from mock interviews a la Ken Burns style to "archive footage" that blends actual real WW1 footage with CGI magic. Its also a feature length "thriller" which, like War Of The Worlds, has twists and turns blended with some riffs on common WW1 memes and tropes.

Well worth looking out for and a watch if you like that sort of thing. A solid three cheers keeper IMHO.

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Re: Documentaries

Post by Homer » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:02 pm

50 Great Documentaries available online, a list from The Electric Typewriter. Their site creates lists of 'Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.' I checked half a dozen links, are but one were live, usually to youtube or vimeo. So, are they great? Most of the films from the last decade considered greats by critics are on the list.

http://tetw.org/Documentaries

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Re: Documentaries

Post by Homer » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:17 pm

Eyes on the Prize

Six hour documentary, presented in episodes, on the US civil rights movement in the early '60s. Highly recommended by just about anyone who's seen it. No legal copies exist because the producer secured limited rights for the songs included. The film was a hit, it's used in place of a textbook in both primary and secondary education in the US, so the rights holders said pay us if you ever want to sell or distribute this again. That hasn't happened.

Tapes taken from the broadcast on either PBS in the US or BBC2 in England appear on youtube and are quickly taken down. Not this time. Maybe the 50th anniversary of the legislation has something to do with that. Download it while you can.

First episode, the others are easy to find

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Re: Documentaries

Post by Chromeman » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:53 am

There is an 14 hour, 14 episodes version of "Eyes on the Prize" available on PirateBay.

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