David Attenborough talks climate change in BBC One special

David Attenborough talks climate change in BBC One special

Source:  New Scientist

Global warming will enjoy a rare moment in the UK spotlight when the BBC airs a one-hour film on the subject on April 18.

“Right now, we’re facing our gravest threat in thousands of years: climate change,” says narrator David Attenborough at the start of “Climate Change – The Facts.”

The involvement of the influential Attenborough on BBC One, the corporation’s biggest channel, in a prime 9:00 pm slot has raised expectations that the film could significantly shift attitudes and spur action.

It could perhaps do for climate change what 2017’s “Blue Planet II” did for plastics.

“Climate Change – The Facts” is an excellent primer on climate change, sprinting through the basics of the science, why we have failed to cut carbon emissions, and how we might reduce future warming.

The film features a who’s who from climate academia, including Michael Mann, James Hansen, and Naomi Oreskes from the U.S. to Peter Stott, Mark Maslin, and Catherine Mitchell from the UK.

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Groundbreaking 1994 doc “Tasting Freedom” exposed the abuse of refugees in the UK

Groundbreaking 1994 doc “Tasting Freedom” exposed the abuse of refugees in the UK

Source:  Dazed

“All this abuse was happening all the time, unreported… so we wanted to provoke the national debate.” Filmmaker Ken Fero spoke with Dazed through his 1994 documentary “Tasting Freedom” from a room in Regents University, where he now teaches.

After an award-winning career as a documentarian, activist, and lecturer (“Germany – The Other Story” (1991), “Sweet France ” (1992), “Injustice ” (2001)), he’s reflecting on the egregious language of today’s hostile environment and how much the UK’s immigration agenda causes him shame.

It’s been 25 years since “Tasting Freedom,” a searing exposé into the brutality of the UK’s demonisation of asylum seekers, was made.  The final shot, which sees a group of detainees on a roof, fenced off, protesting via a hunger strike as they shout “freedom!”, is an image that has been referenced in activist circles and filmmakers throughout the years since.

The film, which focuses on first-hand accounts from Algerian and Zairean conflict refugees in detention, has echoes of our current moment of “crisis” regarding refugees in 2019.

Watch “Tasting Freedom” on Vimeo.

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Watch the first trailer for Louis Theroux’s latest documentary “The Night In Question”

Watch the first trailer for Louis Theroux’s latest documentary “The Night In Question”

Source:  JOE

Having moved to America for his recent three-part documentary series “Altered States,” Louis Theroux is back with another unflinching look at U.S. society.

“The Night in Question” finds Theroux heading to U.S. college campuses where he meets victims of sexual assault.

Theroux also interviews alleged perpetrators who believe their reputations have been tarnished by these claims.

“The Night in Question” premieres March 4 on BBC Two.

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“Delphine and Carole” (“Delphine et Carole, insoumuses”) chronicles Delphine Seyrig’s fight for women’s rights both off the screen and behind the camera

“Delphine and Carole” (“Delphine et Carole, insoumuses”) chronicles Delphine Seyrig’s fight for women’s rights both off the screen and behind the camera

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Known outside of France for her roles in film classics like “Last Year at Marienbad,” “Stolen Kisses,” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the late actress Delphine Seyrig was, along with Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, and Anna Karina, one of the great female talents to emerge at the birth of the Nouvelle Vague.

But perhaps unbeknownst to most was Seyrig’s involvement, beginning in the late 1960s, with the French feminist movement, for which she became one of its leading celebrity voices during the latter part of her career.

That part of the actress’s life is revealed with considerable detail in “Delphine and Carole” (“Delphine et Carole, insoumuses”), a documentary from director Callisto McNulty that explores how Seyrig and filmmaker Carole Roussopoulos joined forces to make a handful of protest movies, using the new medium of video that became available in the 1970s.

“Delphine and Carole (Delphine et Carole, insoumuses)” made its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. 

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“The Silence of Others” explores Spain’s unresolved past

“The Silence of Others” explores Spain’s unresolved past

Source:  Deadline

For decades, the remains of María Martín’s mother have lain beneath a roadway in Spain. Her death unmarked except for her aging daughter’s lonely vigil.

Cars pass indifferently across the route, a symbol of how the country paved over its history of brutal repression and political murder under the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco.

Why María Martín’s mother was killed–along with tens of thousands of others heaped in mass graves–and why Spain has resolutely refused to come to terms with Franco’s era of blood and torture, are the subject of “The Silence of Others.”

The documentary was executived produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Emmy winners Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar.

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BBC launches “Congo VR” docuseries

BBC launches “Congo VR” docuseries

Source:  Realscreen

The BBC has released a virtual reality docuseries, taking viewers into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The three-part “Congo VR” series follows BBC Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead into the country to meet different communities, cover militant groups, and admire a rich diversity of wildlife.

The new series is a sequel to “Damming the Nile VR,” which took viewers to Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to explore the water politics surrounding the world’s most famous river.

“Congo VR” is currently available for free on the BBC VR app, the BBC News YouTube channel, and the BBC VR website. It can be viewed in VR on the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

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