Year of Release 2009

Mars: Making the New Earth

Mars: Making the New Earth

2009, Science

As global warming and doomsday threats continue to expose our vulnerabilities here on Earth, scientists are looking to Mars as a potential refuge for humanity. Mars: Making the New Earth outlines the mission to convert this inhospitable planet into...

6.39
The Curse of the Methuselah Tree

The Curse of the Methuselah Tree

2009, Nature

In the arid and inhospitable California desert stands a bristlecone pine tree with the mythical name of Methuselah. At nearly 5,000 years of age, it had long been thought to be the oldest living organism on our planet. Pre-dating the construction of...

8.16
Floored

Floored

2009, Economics

The crushing financial crisis of 2008 left countless laborers stranded on the edge of an uncertain future. For many, that sense of discord in the workforce began years earlier as technological innovations made a series of once lucrative jobs obsolete....

7.57
Can't Sleep Kid

Can't Sleep Kid

2009, Health

Jessica is 3 1/2 years of age. By day, she's a delightful and well behaved child who enjoys playing with her parents and brother. But when nighttime falls and she drifts to sleep, she assumes a different reality altogether. Carrying on imaginary...

7.40
The World's Cleverest Child and Me

The World's Cleverest Child and Me

2009, Society

Can a child prodigy lead a normal life? Are their supreme gifts primarily the product of nature or nurture? This is the thesis behind The World's Cleverest Child and Me, a cheerfully entertaining documentary from Channel 4. Guided by affable reporter...

6.72
When a Mother's Love is Not Enough

When a Mother's Love is Not Enough

2009, Health

Rosa Monckton is the mother of a teenage daughter with Down syndrome. Her emotionally involving documentary When a Mother's Love is Not Enough isn't just about the struggles and triumphs of her experience, but the plights facing all parents of...

8.75
God and the Scientists

God and the Scientists

2009, Religion

Why are we here, how did we come to be, and can these common existential questions best be explained through faith or proven facts? Oxford University Professor of Neuroscience Colin Blakemore gives viewers an overview of Christianity's historically...

7.70
Science and Critical Thinking

Science and Critical Thinking

2009, Science

Produced by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, this compilation titled Science and Critical Thinking presents a series of convincing vignettes designed to celebrate the power of science from unique perspectives. Each enlightening...

8.62
Symbols of an Alien Sky

Symbols of an Alien Sky

2009, Mystery

As a modern society, we stand in awe as we gaze upon the colossal monuments and mysterious cultures of ancient times. These civilizations were vastly different from our own; so different, in fact, that our perspectives on the world as it exists today...

7.69
Nepal, in the Mountain's Shadow

Nepal, in the Mountain's Shadow

2009, Society

Nepal is home to the Himalayan Mountains. For thousands of years people have traveled to the Himalayas seeking spiritual enlightenment, proclaiming man could be freed of all sin by merely gazing upon their peaks. This tradition is continued today by...

8.60
Gypsy Child Thieves

Gypsy Child Thieves

2009, Society

For centuries gypsies lived on the margins of society and faced brutal discrimination. Many have resorted to begging and stealing to survive, but in the last twenty years organized crime has taken over and since 2007, when Romania joined the European...

8.45