Archive for the 'Documentary' Category

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms (2015)


Without us noticing, modern life has been taken over. Algorithms run everything from search engines on the internet to satnavs and credit card data security – they even help us travel the world, find love and save lives.


BBC: Pleasure and Pain (2011)

Pleasure and Pain

Pleasure and Pain

Pleasure is vital for our survival – without it we wouldn’t eat or have sex, and would soon die out as a species. The journalist and presenter examines why pleasure and pain are integral to human survival, submitting himself to some of the most extreme forms of both sensations.

BBC: The Creative Brain How Insight Works (2013)

The Creative Brain: How Insight Works

The Creative Brain: How Insight Works

Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity – whether big, small or life-changing – come about. They have devised a series of puzzles and brainteasers to draw out our creative behaviour, while the very latest neuroimaging technology means researchers can actually peer inside our brains and witness the creative spark as it happens.

Обыкновенные зомби. Как работает ложь (2015)

Обыкновенные зомби. Как работает ложь

Обыкновенные зомби. Как работает ложь

Документальный проект “Обыкновенные зомби. Как работает ложь” расскажет зрителям о техниках манипуляции сознанием, о том, как работают технологии убеждения, и даже о том, как заставить любого человека поверить в самые невероятные вещи.

National Geographic: What’s Sexy? (2006)

What's Sexy?

What’s Sexy?

The mating ritual is as old as humankind itself, and scientists are putting the chemistry of love and lust under the microscope.

Discovery: The Science Of Sex Appeal (2009)

The Science Of Sex Appeal

The Science Of Sex Appeal

Take an up close look at how genetics, hormones and neurological factors are believed to influence our sexual attraction levels to one another. The Science of Sex Appeal isolates every detail of human sex appeal and explores it in terms of its evolution and function. It shows us what is genetic, what is hormonal, and what neurological.

Discovery Science: The Big Question (2004)

The Big Question

The Big Question

The Big Question is a five part documentary that seeks scientific answers to vital questions. The host of every episode is a different famous scientist.

Part 1 – How Did the Universe Begin?
In this first part you’ll make a trip with Stephen Hawking to learn how science reveals the greatest mystery of the universe: the creation.

Part 2 – How Did Life Begin?
The chemistry has amazing power to explain the world around us. Seek an answer for the deepest question the human beings asked themselves with Nobel Prize winner chemist Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto.

Part 3 – Why Are We Here?
The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. We may be unique. But why are we here? What is the purpose of life? To professor Richard Dawkins, science can tell us why are we here, and the purpose of human existence.

Part 4 – Why Am I Me?
British scientist Susan Adele Greenfield who brings attention to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, explains how the brains generate a mind that is individual to each of us.

Part 5 – How Will It All End?
In this film you will explore the forces which could destroy us with popular science fiction writer and mathematician Ian Nicholas Stewart.

BBC: The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion (2010)

The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

Historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC’s archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world.

The Enemies of Reason (2007)

The Enemies of Reason

The Enemies of Reason

The Enemies of Reason is a two-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, in which he seeks to expose “those areas of belief that exist without scientific proof, yet manage to hold the nation under their spell”, including mediumship, acupuncture and psychokinesis.

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Fantastic Man (2014)

Fantastic Man

Fantastic Man

Documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. The film tells the story of a label’s attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who’ve worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.

With a career spanning eight self-released albums from the mid-1970s to 80s, Onyeabor has been mysterious for his distinct, prolific synth-based sound, and his means of self-production, as he recorded and pressed his albums at his own studio, Wilfilms Ltd. With synthesizers already being a rare luxury at the time, and especially in Africa, many rumors circulate about Onyeabor and his financial connections, even speculating Russian ties.

Home (2009)



The film is entirely composed of aerial shots of various places around Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

NOVA: Smartest Machine on Earth (2011)

Smartest Machine on Earth

Smartest Machine on Earth

Watson is a result of IBM’s DeepQA Project whose goal is to develop “a computer system that can directly and precisely answer natural language questions over an open and broad range of knowledge”. Watson is made up of a cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers (plus additional I/O, network and cluster controller nodes in 10 racks) with a total of 2880 POWER7 processor cores and 16 Terabytes of RAM. Each Power 750 server uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight core processor, with four threads per core.

The difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial-intelligence researchers that there’s more than one way to be “intelligent.”

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012)

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis – and fiction cinema.

Kubrick’s Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Beyond the Infinite (2012)

Kubrick’s Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Beyond the Infinite

Kubrick’s Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Beyond the Infinite

In this deeply provocative examination of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, filmmaker and researcher Jay Weidner reveals that besides being a great science fiction movie, 2001 is also a multi-layered revelation concerning the human condition and our place in the universe. In this secret story we can see that 2001: A Space Odyssey is a actually a work of alchemy; a film that initiates the viewer into a higher consciousness and opens the mind and heart to new vistas for the entire human race.

Kubrick’s Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Kubrick and Apollo (2012)

Kubrick's Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Kubrick and Apollo

Kubrick’s Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Kubrick and Apollo

In Kubrick’s Odyssey, Part IKubrick and Apollo, author and filmmaker, Jay Weidner presents compelling evidence of how Stanley Kubrick directed the Apollo moon landings. He reveals that the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only a retelling of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s novel, but also a research and development project that assisted Kubrick in the creation of the Apollo moon footage. In light of this revelation, Weidner also explores Kubrick’s film, The Shining and shows that this film is, in actuality, the story of Kubrick’s personal travails as he secretly worked on the Apollo footage for NASA.

Apology of an Economic Hit Man (2007)

Apology of an Economic Hit Man

Apology of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins was a prominent member of the top-secret team of “economic hit men”, who used fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, military coups and murder to create the global American empire after World War II.

Bitcoin: Bankers’ Worst Fear (2013)

Bitcoin: Bankers' Worst Fear

Bitcoin: Bankers’ Worst Fear

A short documentary on the effects of the newish but controversial currency known as Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a distributed peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority. The concept was introduced in a 2008 paper by a pseudonymous developer known only as “Satoshi Nakamoto”.

Propaganda (2012)



Controversial to its core, this hard-hitting anti-Western propaganda film, which looks at the influence of American visual and consumption culture on the rest of the world from a North Korean perspective, has also been described as “either a damning indictment of 21st Century culture or the best piece of propaganda in a generation”.

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos (2011)

The Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos

“The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe.

Episode 1: What is Space?
Episode 2: The Illusion of Time
Episode 3: Quantum Leap
Episode 4: Universe or Multiverse?

BBC: Google and the World Brain (2013)

Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose – to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay “World Brain”. But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet.

Vasily (2013)



This is the story of Vasily Ilyn, a retired farmer from the village of Ryshkovo, on a first time journey to see the world, New York, the ocean, and a cover photo shoot for Esquire.

BBC: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011)

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don’t realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

1. Love and Power
In the first episode, Curtis tracks the effects of Ayn Rand’s ideas on American financial markets, particularly via the influence on Alan Greenspan.

2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
This episode investigates how machine ideas such as cybernetics and systems theory were applied to natural ecosystems, and how this relates to the false idea that there is a balance of nature. Cybernetics has been applied to human beings to attempt to build societies without central control, self organising networks built of people, based on a fantasy view of nature.

3. The Monkey In The Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
This programme looked into the selfish gene theory which holds that humans are machines controlled by genes which was invented by William Hamilton. Adam Curtis also covered the source of ethnic conflict that was created by Belgian colonialism’s artificial creation of a racial divide and the ensuing slaughter that occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is a source of raw material for computers and cell phones.

The Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine (2006)

The Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine

The Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine

Twelve hundred years ago the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system. They understood how the mind can powerfully affect the body. They knew subtle ways of changing the body¹s chemistry with medicines made from plants and minerals. They blessed their medicines in lengthy rituals. And they encoded this knowledge in a series of elaborate paintings.

Food Matters (2008)

Food Matters

Food Matters

Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Mercury Undercover (2011)

Mercury Undercover

Mercury Undercover

Mercury Undercover exposes the cause and effect of the well hidden evidence of mercury contamination as seen through the eyes of doctors, scientists, environmental experts and mercury poisoned survivors. This film exposes the truth behind amalgam fillings, the nature of people and the terrible things that some do just for the sake of money. It is a gripping tale that will make you think twice before you eat fish or plan your next visit to the dentist office.

What Happened on the Moon? (2000)

What Happened on the Moon?

What Happened on the Moon?

This is probably one of the best documentaries of the moon landing hoax.

Part 1: Analysis of the Lunar Photography
Part 2: Environmental Dangers
Part 3: The Trouble with Rockets
Conclusion: The Way Forward

The Revolution Trap (2010)

The Revolution Trap

The Revolution Trap

Grace Powers, producer at AmenStop productions, producer of “zeitgeist on steroids” documentary Ring Of Power, unveils a new documentary called The Revolution Trap. Michael Moore, Glen Beck. Sarah Palin. Jesse Ventura. Ron Paul. Alex Jones. David dIcke. Naomi Wolf. Are these celebrity activists leading us or misleading us into a revolution trap? Who are they? What are they selling? Which ones can you trust? Which ones are “insiders”?

Magia Nuda (1975)

Magia Nuda

Magia Nuda

This film is about tribes in Africa and South America who turn toward magic as a means of survival and way of life.

Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible season 1 (2009)

Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible is an American documentary television series on Science. The series is hosted by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and is based on his book Physics of the Impossible. In each episode, Dr. Kaku addresses a technological concept from science fiction and designs his own theoretical version of the technology using currently-known science.

1 How to Explore the Universe
2 How to Travel to a Parallel Universe
3 How to Blow Up a Planet
4 How to Teleport
5 How to Become Invisible
6 How to Travel Through Time
7 How to Build a Starship
8 How to Build a Light Sabe
9 How to Build a Sci Fi Robot
10 How to Become a Superhero
11 How to Build a Flying Saucer
12 How to Build a Force Field

Discovery: Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman Season 2 (2011)

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman Season 2

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman Season 2

1 Is There Life After Death?
In the premiere episode of the second season, Morgan Freeman dives deep into this provocative question that has mystified humans since the beginning of time. Modern physics and neuroscience are venturing into this once hallowed ground, and radically changing our ideas of life after death. Freeman serves as host to this polarized debate, where scientists and spiritualist attempt to define “what is consciousness”, while cutting edge quantum mechanics could provide the answer to what happens when we die.

2 Is There an Edge to the Universe?
It is commonly theorized that the universe began with the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. But since we can only see as far as light has traveled in that time, we can’t actually make out the edge of the universe. Could it be that the universe is infinite? Is there any way to find out what the shape of the universe really is? Can we find the edge, discover what might lie beyond it, and perhaps even discover a universe next to ours?

3 Does Time Really Exist?
It is a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries; ‘Does Time Really Exist?’ Exactly how is our past, present, and future connected by that arrow of cause and effect that we call Time? Is time simply another dimension, just like the dimensions of space we know? Can you run time backwards just as easily as it runs forward, just as left-to-right can swap for right-to-left? If other universes exist, then what is time like in them: could their Time be different from ours? And we’ll probe the biggest question about time: Is our future determined? Do we exercise free will? Or, is time merely a dream?

4 Are There More than Three Dimensions?
We move and live in three dimensions: length, width, and height. However, Einstein revealed what was once unimaginable: time is actually a dimension and linked with space itself. To reconcile the massive cosmic and minuscule quantum worlds, physicists are realizing four dimensions may not be enough. They’re unraveling up to eleven dimensions. How could this be true? Where could these dimensions be?

5 Is There a Sixth Sense?
Can we perceive objects and events beyond the world detected by our five senses? The true limits of our human brain remain a scientific mystery. New studies in neuroscience are showing that our minds can really detect events and objects that our conscious selves know nothing about. Can we predict events in the future? Is there such a thing as a global consciousness? Could physical laws on the cusp of being discovered be at the root of all this?

6 How Does the Universe Work?
It was Einstein’s famous unfinished project – to find one law that unites all of physics, and explain everything in the universe. It’s still an unfinished project, and today hundreds of physicists from CERN to NASA to the Ivory Towers around the world are struggling to find this holy grail of science. Is there one theory, one equation that governs every single event in our universe? An overarching structure to reality? This episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE attempts to journey into an understanding what the universe is made of, and how we got here.

7 Can We Travel Faster than Light?
It’s called the speed limit of the universe. Einstein blew all of our minds when he worked out the Theory of Relativity, and showed that space and time were malleable substances. He also theorized that we as humans can never travel faster than the speed of light, which leaves the stars and other galaxies almost impossibly out of our reach. But the dreams of Star Wars and Star Trek are not dead. In fact, there could be ways to travel faster than the speed of light – and some of them are already being tested in labs around the world.

8 Can We Live Forever?
Medical advances have doubled human life expectancy in past centuries. But can humans ever beat death altogether? Can we control and fix the errors that build up in our DNA over the years? Can we find a way to replace the chemistry of life with something more durable? This episode wonders into the mystifying definition of ‘eternity’ as it relates to human lifespan.

9 What Do Aliens Look Like?
Science fiction writers have always had their little green men. But these humanoid aliens were based soundly on Earth-based life, not any extra terrestrial evidence. Today, we’ve discovered hundreds of planets around other stars. As we learn what some of these alternative Earths might look like, science and imagination have allowed us to use real science to imagine the biology of their inhabitants. Will they have two eyes? Two legs? What color will their skin be? Which species on Earth can give us clues about likely biology of aliens? And what can we learn from how life on Earth developed to help us understand what ET really looks like?

10 Are There Parallel Universes?
Beyond the faintest Star; at the bottom of a Black-Hole; or hidden in higher-dimensions, ground-breaking science now suggests that there might be more than one version of reality. Are there parallel Universes? Is there more than one of you? We could all be living multiple parallel lives. Because as scientists explore the outer reaches of physics of the cosmos, they are beginning to believe that parallel universes do exist, and that they might determine the fate of humanity.