Tag Archives | Documentary

Protect And Serve: The Best Of Police Training Videos

Recently screened at New York's Spectacle Theater, Protect and Serve is a mind-bending mashup film juxtaposing police behavior with the warped-reality instructional materials that perhaps shaped their outlook:
A short compilation of golden-age police procedural tutorials, self-defense training vids, and the most nightmarish amateur footage of macings, beatdowns, and brutal assaults ever captured by the public.
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Talking To The Weather Underground In Hiding

What is it like being an underground revolutionary, with fantasies of grandeur, dreaming of a better tomorrow? In 1975, the Weather Underground, a militant faction of the Students for a Democractic Society attempting to overthrow U.S. imperialism, were fugitives in hiding. Filmmakers Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler and Mary Lampson spoke to members of group (who were concealed from the camera by sheets and mirrors to interesting effect). Much of footage which revealed too much was burned, and the film and negatives were subsequently subpoenaed by the FBI for use in their mission to capture the Weathermen:
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Back To Eden

After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul's gardens and orchards. "Back to Eden" invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world.
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Whicker’s World On The Love Generation

In 1967, the BBC program Wicker's World travelled to San Francisco to investigate the philosophy and lifestyle of what they dubbed "the Love Generation", who were "cracking the smooth silhouette of American materialism". Teen runaways, doing LSD in the woods, and confrontations with the square-minded are included in this vision of a time and place that resonates today:
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White House Releases Death Of Bin Laden Trailer

Barack Obama is the president, but more importantly, he's the star of the Barack Obama movie. You may not have been aware that his first term was being turned into an officially sanctioned documentary as it happened -- here's the minute-long teaser clip released by his reelection campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden:
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Trafalgar Square Riot Of 1913

What did civil disobedience look like a century ago? Considerably calmer and more formally dressed. Riots broke out after busloads of suffragettes poured into central London, resulting in the police arresting women for their own safety. From the British Film Institute:
A suffragette procession in Trafalgar Square led by Sylvia Pankhurst results in a riot in Whitehall. Policemen are seen escorting Miss Pankhurst away.
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