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The Dyslexia Myth

The Dyslexia Myth

Dispatches exposes the myths and misconceptions that surround a condition said to affect 10 per cent of the population. The Dyslexia Myth argues that the common understanding of dyslexia is not only false but makes it more difficult to provide the reading help that...

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7.22

The Girl Who Survived Rabies

The Girl Who Survived Rabies

Four years after she nearly died from rabies, Jeanna Giese is being heralded as the first person known to have survived the virus without receiving a preventative vaccine. But Giese (pronounced Gee-See) says she would gladly share that honor with others if only doctors...

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Louis Theroux on Black Nationalism

Louis Theroux on Black Nationalism

American black nationalist groups have been branded anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynist and racist by the mainstream press. Louis Theroux goes to Harlem in New York to meet its proponents. Theroux meets the Reverend Al Sharpton, the main point of contact in the black...

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7.40

Stupid in America

Stupid in America

Stupid in America is a nasty title for a program about public education, but some nasty things are going on in America’s public schools and it’s about time we face up to it. Kids at New York’s Abraham Lincoln High School told me their teachers are so dull...

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Promises

Promises

2001, Society

Promises presents a powerful portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children who live in and around Jerusalem. As filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, who was raised in Israel, notes, They live no more than 20 minutes from each other,...

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8.26
Children Underground

Children Underground

2001, Society

This astonishingly intimate documentary follows five homeless children in Romania, where the collapse of communism has led to a life on the street for 20,000 children. From a 16-year-old girl who runs her gang with a mixture of...

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8.36

War Dance

War Dance

The superb documentary War/Dance reveals the redemptive power of music, even in the most horrific places. Focusing on three children in their early teens in war-torn Uganda - stoic Nancy, driven Dominic, and soft-spoken Rose - War/Dance tracks the efforts of the school...

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7.40

Darwin's Nightmare

Darwin's Nightmare

Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so...

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Explore China

Explore China

With a population of 1.4 billion, the People's Republic of China is vitally important to the planet. China's rapid growth impacts the environment locally and globally. In a world affected by globalization, China embodies the phenomenon in both positive and negative...

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Rent a Rasta

Rent a Rasta

When white women flock to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun, the RandR they're often looking for is not Rest and Relaxation but to Rent a Rasta according to director J. Michael Seyfert. His eye-opening expose' of the same name sheds light on a barely acknowledged...

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7.76

Welcome to Australia

Welcome to Australia

The Australian heroine from start, when she carried the Olympic torch into the stadium, to finish, as she crossed the line to take 400m gold, was the indigenous athlete Cathy Freeman. Against the will of many of her still oppressed people, she came to represent the...

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7.82

Welcome to North Korea

Welcome to North Korea

The winner of the 2001 International Emmy award for Best Documentary, Welcome to North Korea is a grotesquely surreal look at the all-too-real conditions in modern-day North Korea. Dutch filmmaker Peter Tetteroo and his associate Raymond Feddema spent a week in and...

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8.25
Blood Diamonds

Blood Diamonds

2006, Society

Diamonds are symbols of wealth, elegance and love around the world. But in several African nations, they have been a means to power, a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of...

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8.80