A BBC documentary looking at the British Mandate over Palestine and the betrayal of the Arab cause.
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Posted by Dave on February 22, 2008
Posted by charliemarks on January 23, 2008
BNP Wives is a documentary that demonstrates the fascists have learnt nothing from previous embarrassing encounters with the media.
A more apt title for the programme would have been BNP Women as only one of them is married to a BNP member, and though a lot of it is old material in comedy terms (you think they’d be prepared for some of the questions and be a little more polite with members of the public!) it’s worth watching to compare what the women say with the glowing review on the BNP website, where the three are described as “fine ambassadors” for the party…
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 21, 2007
BNP Exposed: The Secret Agent
An undercover BBC reporter infiltrated the BNP, and helped secure the convictions of several party activists.
Re Brand: Nazi Boy
Russell Brand spends the weekend with BNP Youth leader Mark Collett.
Dispatches: Young, Nazi And Proud
More conventional and in-depth profile of Collett, and more disturbing too.
This one goes inside the BNP project and explores Collett’s ego and ideology, while ReBrand is a more shoe-string kind of affair, showing him with real people in the real world. I think both sides of the BNP are worth looking at.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 19, 2007
An award winning portrait of life in Thatcher’s Britain; a tale of alienation, identity, and racist violence.
(that’s a trailer; click here to watch the film)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 19, 2007
Released just as Tony Blair was leaving office, this film documents his ten-year war against civil liberties, begun as a way of protecting businesses from ‘harrassment’ but dramatically escalated as part of The War Against Terror.
(that was a trailer; click here to watch the whole film)
I had a few things lined up to go with this film, but decided they detracted from the seriousness of the issue. However, the soundtrack is ace, and that last song deserves reposting in its entirety without being talked over. So here, for your listening pleasure, is Jarvis with Running The World.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 2, 2007
A fascinating documentary (~30mins) that looks behind the scenes of British quasi-democracy. After discovering that MPs have no legal obligation not to lie, director Richard Symons embarks on a quest to introduce one, through a ‘Misrepresentation of the People Act’.
You can view the bill – now called the ‘Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill’ – here. So far a total of 35 MPs have expressed support for idea; you can email your representative about it here and keep up to date with the latest news regarding its progress here.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 28, 2007
I live in the most regenerated city on Earth. From Liverpool to Bilbao, strange new “developments” are supposed to be breathing new life into post-industrial Europe. Are they job creation schemes, PFI gentrification, or corporate image made concrete? In this insightful and witty (if occasionally a bit snobbish) documentary (about an hour,h/t SmashingTelly.com), Jonathan Meades explores what he considers to be the lasting legacy of Tony Blair.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 18, 2007
The abolition of the slave trade should have put an end to the slave economies of Britain’s colonies. Instead, as this BBC documentary (58 mins) shows, indentured Indian coolies were transported by slave-ship across the far-flung corners of the Empire. (h/t SmashingTelly.com)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 2, 2007
In this award-winning special report (56 mins), John Pilger tells the story of one of the British Empire’s most inhuman and cynical postwar crimes: the dispossession and deportation of two thousand of its citizens from their tropical island paradise, to make room for the largest American airbase outside the U.S., and the sustained conspiracy to whitewash them out of existence.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 30, 2007
In this harrowing 2006 docudrama (91 mins) by Michael Winterbottom, the ‘Tipton Three’ recount their experience of captivity and torture by American forces in Afghanistan and later in Guantanamo Bay.