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Women: a success story (PAL UK & Europe only)
Women: a success story documents the great advances of the past 100 years and celebrates women as equals in the West today.
From across the generations, 40 women share their life stories, what they overcame and what’s changed. Interwoven with original archive footage, we learn of women in the cotton mills, life during the war, the 1984 miners’ strike, from outdoor loos, terry nappies and illegal abortions to pre-marital sex, freedom and making it in what was once a man’s world.
Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. Watch the trailer
1917: Why the Russian Revolution matters (PAL UK & Europe only)
To mark the centenary of October 1917, this myth-busting documentary explains the significance of the Russian Revolution. Humanity’s greatest experiment in social change is brought to life through compelling interviews, incisive analysis and extraordinary archive. 1917: Why The Russian Revolution Matters explores the context, causes and consequences of ten days that shook the world and went on to define politics and international relations throughout the twentieth century.
Running time: 1 hours 16 minutes. Watch the trailer
Every Cook Can Govern: The life, impact & works of C.L.R. James (PAL UK & Europe only)
This feature-length documentary interweaves never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James himself with personal contributions from those who knew him and astute historical and political analysis from leading scholars of his work. The result is an epic documentary which grapples with issues from colonialism to cricket, from slavery to Shakespeare, from Marxism to the movies and from reading to revolution.
Running time: 2 hours 1 minute. Watch the trailer
Sylvia Pankhurst, Everything is Possible (PAL UK & Europe only)
This feature length documentary is packed with little-known facts, rare archive imagery, expert interviews and exclusive testimony from Sylvia’s son, Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita. The campaigns Sylvia led embraced far more than “votes for women” as she uniquely understood the fight for democratic rights required a challenge to the system.
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Visit the website
Flush it (PAL UK & Europe only)
Watery but never wet, this compelling documentary promises to put aspirations for Western levels of water provision and sanitation on the map for developing countries. The film interweaves concerns about local water shortages, global water scarcity and toilet history with aspirations for grand projects and excellent loos.
Running time: 42:00. Visit the website for more details.
Corruptababble (PAL UK & Europe only)
Is poverty caused by thieving politicians, third world gangsters and a global crimewave? No, but our obsession with corruption in Africa is endemic. So say Brendon and Yolanda, two young South Africans who are sick of the finger pointing. This powerful documentary suggests it is time to ditch the corruptababble.
Running time: 42:21. Visit the website for more details.
Special offer for two great films
Flush it: Aspirations for modern amenities in the developing world and a critique of Western low horizons are the focus of this compelling documentary. Visit the website for trailer and more details.
Corruptababble: Is poverty caused by thieving politicians and third world gangsters? No, but our obsession with corruption in Africa is endemic. Visit the website for trailer and more details.
Damned by Debt Relief (PAL UK & Europe only)
Damned by Debt Relief challenges the Live8-G8 debt relief jamboree. Eloquent and angry Ghanaians cut through the spin and explain; debt relief provided no new money and draconian conditions applied. Damned by donor diktat, Ghanaians are not impressed by the West’s supposed largesse.
Running time: 28:00. Visit the website for more details.
Think BIG (PAL UK & Europe only)
Shot in Ghana by a volunteer crew, Think BIG showcases Ghanaians with big aspirations and big plans. Flash hotels, fab homes and full-on modernity are where it’s at; dependence makes Ghanaians sick. The film turns the usual pity fest on its head and showcases Ghanaians who are making it. The film shows that some development is happening and that Africa is not one great morass of extreme poverty.
Running time: 28:40. Visit the website for more details.
Keeping Africa Small (PAL UK & Europe only)
From small-scale projects to HIV/AIDS programmes, NGOs are everywhere in the developing world. However well meaning they may be, their programmes epitomise low horizons and often get up the noses of everyone. Godbless, Wofa, De Roy and local fishermen and women loathe the peanuts offered and sanctimonious lessons in good behaviour. They want jobs and material advancement, and for NGOs and aid agencies to stop treating them like children.
Running time: 26:00. Visit the website for more details.
I’m a subsistence farmer… get me out of here!
As Westerners celebrate nature and the so-called simple life, many in the developing world yearn for the comforts of urban modernity. Shot in Ghana, the film is packed with hard-hitting truths which may disturb Western romantic notions of rural life. We learn that many would rather live in an urban shanty town than stay stuck in subsistence life in rural areas, which means mud huts and mind-numbing toil.
Running time: 27:45. Visit the website for more details.
Pricking the Missionary Position series (PAL UK & Europe only)
The Pricking the Missionary Position series puts our peers’ aspirations on the map and challenges the poverty of ambition the West has for the developing world. Shot in Ghana, the series questions the work of NGOs in the developing world, reveals the draconian strings attached to so-called “debt relief”, showcases ambitious Ghanaians who are making development happen and reveals the truth behind subsistence living. Visit the individual films’ websites above for more details.