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Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Just want to add a few links.

Peter Bate, Belgium, 2003
Wednesday 4 April 2007 10pm-11.50pm

The story of King Leopold II of Belgium's brutal colonisation of central Africa, turning it into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which millions died.


What the Belgians did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. It's a shocking, astonishing story. In a way, it's a horrifying prelude in European history to the Holocaust.

Between 1870 and 1900 the Congo was pillaged - it was valuable as a source of rubber. King Leopold created his own colony in the Congo over which he ruled unchecked. Peter Bate's film is a marvellously made reconstruction of those days - it features footage of Congolese villages and explains with actors exactly what happened.

It's really a memorable film - the painfulness of what is described is counterbalanced by the great skill in the storytelling.

Nick Fraser
Storyville Series Editor


This excellent documentary tells one of the saddest stories of the late imperialist era, the genocide in the Belgian Congo. The growing need for rubber meant death for millions as the Belgian king himself set up world's most efficient production line for rubber. The cruel systematic murder was carried out for the greed of one man.

The document is set up as an imaginary trial against king Leopold III played by an actor. The material of the prosecution is crushing but king Leopold listens to the horrific details of the mass murder of an entire nation without emotion, his face a mask of stone. This movie really stirred up emotions in me. How can things like these be forgotten? Even the Congolese themselves have forgotten their dark past. Some know of the great king that practically created the modern Congo, but few realize that he was personally responsible for the deaths of millions of their countrymen.

Info on Leopold II of Belgium:

109 Minutes
Quality is Good for Streaming


The National Film Board of Canada
It has, I think, everything they have online for streaming. The quality is good too.
In total there are 1388 full length films.
592 of them are in French though.
That leaves 790 English.
542 of those are documentaries.

Very few are subtitled.
They also are rated so there are 498 suitable for children.


Also see:

Free To Choose
Free To Choose is a landmark television series about the interrelationship of personal, political and economic freedom -- ideas that still dominate public policy debates decades after they were first proposed. These are the ideas of Nobel winning economist Milton Friedman and his economist wife, Rose. These ten one-hour programs, filmed on location around the world, have helped millions of people understand the close relationship between the ideas of human and economic freedom. The interaction between these ideas has created, in the United States of America, the richest and freest society the world has ever known. Milton Friedman sees this success threatened when citizens assume that government intervention is the answer to all their problems. In this series, which premiered in the United States on January 11, 1980, Dr. Friedman focuses on basic principles. How do markets work? Why has socialism failed? Can government help economic development? The television series and the book that emerged from it have been watched and read by millions of people around the world. Both have been translated into over two dozen languages.

It was also a direct response to John Kenneth Galbraith's The Age of Uncertainty.

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 01 The Power of the Market"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 02 The Tyranny of Control"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 03 Anatomy of Crisis"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 04 From Cradle to Grave"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 05 Created Equal"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 06 What's Wrong with our Schools"
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:
Part 6:

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 07 Who Protects the Consumer?"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 08 Who Protects the Worker?"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 09 How to Cure Inflation"

"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 10 How to Stay Free"

Updated 1990 version with new discussion segments:

"Free To Choose 1990 - Vol. 01 The Power of the Market"

"Free To Choose 1990 - Vol. 02 The Tyranny of Control"

"Free To Choose 1990 - Vol. 03 Freedom and Prosperity"

"Free To Choose 1990 - Vol. 04 The Failure of Socialism"

"Free To Choose 1990 - Vol. 05 Created Equal"

Thanks to Miconosco for Free To Choose posted at MVGroup Forums.


I can post more if there is interest.

Special Kei fucked around with this message at 00:17 on May 13, 2010


Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Stein Rockon posted:

Anyone got something about Yugoslavia? Primarily interested in serbian paramilitaries, Milosevic and that bunch of giant dicks, but I'll take anything you've got.

(doesn't have to be available as a stream)

I saw this a while back. I thought it was quite good.

Death Of Yugoslavia (First part)
The Death of Yugoslavia is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and is also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. It is notable in its combination of never-before-seen archive footage interspersed with interviews of most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić, Franjo Tuđman and Alija Izetbegović.

The six parts were entitled:
1."Enter Nationalism"
2."The Road to War"
3."Wars of Independence"
4."The Gates of Hell"
5."A Safe Area"
6."Pax Americana"

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Flaky posted:

1964 BBC documentary "The Great War". This exceptional documentary conveys the blind insanity which came to define the battlefields of the Somme, Marne and Verdun - and which proved so shocking that in a psychosis the world could only relive it twenty years later. The hauntingly beautiful soundtrack and poetry form a strange connection with the viewer. One feels there is a sacred lesson here; humanity will unite in peace, or break it all to pieces.

This is the definitive WWI documentary.
And here it is:

Special Kei fucked around with this message at 21:07 on Feb 28, 2012

Special Kei
May 12, 2009



McDonald’s loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris.

In the longest trial in English legal history, the “McLibel Two” represented themselves against McDonald’s Ł10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation’s business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald’s tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise – especially the British Government.

But McLibel is not just about junk food. It is about the importance of freedom of speech in an age where multinational corporations are more powerful than governments. Filmed over ten years, McLibel is the David and Goliath story of two people who refused to give in to a corporate giant attempting to silence their dissent and in doing so, changed the world.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Just watched The Tax Free Tour


"Where do multinationals pay taxes and how much?" Gaining insight from international tax experts, Backlight director Marije Meerman ('Quants' & 'Money & Speed'), takes a look at tax havens, the people who live there and the routes along which tax is avoided globally.

Those routes go by resounding names like 'Cayman Special', 'Double Irish', and 'Dutch Sandwich'. A financial world operates in the shadows surrounded by a high level of secrecy. A place where sizeable capital streams travel the world at the speed of light and avoid paying tax. The Tax Free Tour is an economic thriller mapping the systemic risk for governments and citizens alike. Is this the price we have to pay for globalised capitalism?

I liked it.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

papasyhotcakes posted:

Excuse me, but I was trying to remember the name of a doc someone posted here on the forums a few weeks ago (I think it was here or on the military history thread) which was about the cold war. It featured interviews with both sides of the conflict and it was a series which was available for free on youtube and had a big company attached to it (PBS, BBC, CNN, one of those, but google fails to turn up anything). Does anyone remember it?

The CNN series Cold War is the best series on the Cold War.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Watched This is What Winning Looks Like, which was excellent, and ended up watching several more documentaries on YouTube.

Canada's War on Weed
With a reported value of over six billion dollars, it's no secret that marijuana in British Columbia is big business. However, due to the recent legalization of weed in Washington and Colorado, the draconian crime laws pushed forward by the Canadian Conservative government's omnibus crime bill, and recent changes to medical marijuana regulations, the entire industry is suddenly facing an identity crisis. VICE Canada went west to talk to the people directly affected by these recent events: from the legalization activists and the large and small scale growers, to the illegal traffickers and law enforcement, we talked to the people on the front lines of the battle for control over one of Canada's most undervalued resource.

The Business of War: SOFEX
SOFEX is where the world's leading generals come to buy everything from handguns to laser-guided missile systems. It stands for "Special Operations Forces Exhibition Conference" and it's essentially a trade-show where just about anyone with enough money can buy the most powerful weapons in the world.

Who Took Down Stockton?
"Who Took Down Stockton?," examines how Stockton, California, became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. The piece highlights the key characters and decisions that brought the city to the brink and traces the trail all the way back to Wall Street.

The Thorium Dream
Thorium reactors, conceptually, are a brilliant solution to our energy dilemma: they would be impervious to meltdowns, could be built faster and smaller than traditional nuclear plants, and cannot be used to produce radioactive material for nuclear weapons. Sound good? Well, it should. Wired had a great feature on thorium in 2009 that you should read if you're interested in the topic and Pasternack's documentary is a worthy advancement of the story.

Japan under american occupation
The Japanese surrender at the end of WWII allowed U.S. troops to peacefully enter as an occupation force. What they found and how they transformed their former enemy is told through the work of a team of cameramen who recorded it all on color film. They were among the first to witness the devastation wrought by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also captured on film the first free elections and the birth of Japanese democracy. It was a remarkable journey.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Here's two that are about are about art and the world rather than just art itself. Both are good. The first is very famous.

Civilization—in full, Civilization: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark—is a television documentary series outlining the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages.

How Art Made The World is a 2005 five-part BBC One documentary series, with each episode looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Fellblade posted:

I know I've seen a documentary that went to Istanbul at some point and talked about how loads of ruins are sitting around in back alleys full of drug addicts, more along that line would also be appreciated.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

The ancient, legendary empire of Byzantium - also known as the Eastern Roman Empire - outlasted the demise of Rome by a thousand years. A new order rose to become the last classical civilization of world history, sheltering the vestiges of Western learning during the Dark Ages, thriving off the silk and spice trade from the East, and eventually succumbing to the ruthless advance of crusaders and Ottomans. Pass through the gates of Constantinople, the eye of the world, where East still meets West. Explore the magnificent mosque of Hagia Sophia. Visit the treasury of St. Mark's in Venice and see antiquities never before filmed for television. Historian John Romer leads a fascinating journey back in time to discover the wondrous treasures of a fallen, haunted and forgotten realm.

Edit: I removed a link to DocuWiki that I found through google. It has a massive listing and information on probably all and only documentaries, but it has links to files so I removed it.

Special Kei fucked around with this message at 07:03 on Jul 20, 2013

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Here's two on Thorium Energy.

Special Kei
May 12, 2009


I rarely make requests, but is there anything out there like Jerry Meades' documentaries (Jerry Building and Joe Building)? They don't have to be about architecture or anything, but they're so well put together that I've watched both like a half dozen times.

Jonathan Meades

Bunkers Brutalism And Bloodymindedness Part 1

Special Kei
May 12, 2009

CNN's Cold War is the best one on the cold war generally. Here is a link to some related documentaries.


Special Kei
May 12, 2009

Adam Curtis as a new documentary coming out in a few weeks. HyperNormalisation.

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