Hard Hitting Documentaries

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I love documentaries. You see, I have this insatiable appetite for more knowledge about how the world works. Always have done.

On this thread rather than saying I want to watch documentaries about a specific subject matter, I want to throw it out to you guys to come up with links to documentaries which you think are most worthy of watching and learning from.

Anything you like, it's completely up to you. Of course, if you wish to pass commentary on any one documentary posted up - please do so. The more real discussion about key issues which affect all of us, the better.

First up...

Zeitgeist
The Movie (2007)

Directed and Produced by
Peter Joseph


Zeitgeist, produced by Peter Joseph, was created as a nonprofit expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are...

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  • Profile picture of the author Brian John
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
    Psywar - The real battlefield is the mind

    Author: Scott Noble, Metanoia Films ( Metanoia Films )

    If you find this material valuable please donate to the author (there is a donate page on the above link).

    Psywar explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy; and the relationship between war, propaganda, and class.

    Psywar by
    Scott Noble

  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    I just finished watching Cracking the Code of Life on Nova, interesting stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew H
    I love crime type documentaries. Anything about the criminal subculture I find very interesting. On netflix check out the series 'locked up' & 'lockup'.
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    This is not really a documentary. It's Art Bell, from coast to coast interviewing John E Mack.
    For those of you that have never heard of him:

    John Edward Mack, M.D. (October 4, 1929–September 27, 2004) was an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a leading authority on the spiritual or transformational effects of alleged alien abduction experiences.

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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
    The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World by Niall Ferguson

    Ep. 1: Dreams of avarice
    From Shylock's pound of flesh to the loan sharks of Glasgow, from the "promises to pay" on Babylonian clay tablets to the Medici banking system. Professor Ferguson explains the origins of credit and debt and why credit networks are indispensable to any civilization.


    Ep. 2: Human bondage
    How did finance become the realm of the masters of the universe? Through the rise of the bond market in Renaissance Italy. With the advent of bonds, war finance was transformed and spread to north-west Europe and across the Atlantic. It was the bond market that made the Rothschilds the richest and most powerful family of the 19th century.


    Ep. 3: Blowing bubbles
    Why do stock markets produce bubbles and busts? Professor Ferguson goes back to the origins of the joint stock company in Amsterdam and Paris. He draws telling parallels between the current stock market crash and the 18th century Mississippi Bubble of Scottish financier John Law and the 2001 Enron bankruptcy. He shows why humans have a herd instinct when it comes to investment, and why no one can accurately predict when the bulls might stampede.

    Ep. 4: Risky business
    Life is a risky business -- which is why people take out insurance. But faced with an unexpected disaster, the state has to step in. Professor Ferguson travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to ask why the free market can't provide some of the adequate protection against catastrophe. His quest for an answer takes him to the origins of modern insurance in the early 19th century and to the birth of the welfare state in post-war Japan.


    Ep. 5: Safe as houses
    It sounded so simple: give state-owned assets to the people. After all, what better foundation for a property-owning democracy than a campaign of privatisation encompassing housing? An economic theory says that markets can't function without mortgages, because it's only by borrowing against their assets that entrepreneurs can get their businesses off the ground. But what if mortgages are bundled together and sold off to the highest bidder?


    Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history.

    Joe Mobley

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