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    Grass (1999)

    The film follows the history of US federal policies and social attitudes towards marijuana, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. The history presented is broken up into parts, approximately the length of a decade, each of which is introduced by paraphrasing the official attitude towards marijuana at the time (e.g. “Marijuana will […]

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    Hemp for Victory (1943)

    Hemp for Victory (1943) – The film was made to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. The film shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope, cloth, cordage, […]

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    History Cold Case – Season 1 (2010)

    Anthropologist Sue Black and her team at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee investigate human remains. They use forensic science, including radiocarbon dating, DNA and isotope analysis, to find out about the life and death of each set of remains, which range in date from the Bronze […]

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    History Cold Case – Season 2 (2011)

    Anthropologist Sue Black and her team at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee investigate human remains. They use forensic science, including radiocarbon dating, DNA and isotope analysis, to find out about the life and death of each set of remains, which range in date from the Bronze […]

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    Horror in the East (2001)

    Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II (2000) is a two-part BBC documentary film that examines certain actions, including atrocities, and attitudes, of the Imperial Japanese Army in the lead up to and during World War II. The film also examines attitudes held by the British and Americans, toward […]

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    How Fred Burke Was Captured (1931)

    Original quote from the “outlook” magazin, January 13, 1932: From Chicago comes news of a locally-made film titled ‘How Burke Was Captured’, which seems to bear a resemblance to those American folk ballads you can get on phonograph records (such as The Prisoner’s Song, In the Baggage Car Ahead, St. James Infirmary, The Death […]

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    Iceman Murder Mystery (2011)

    PBS recently aired an intriguing documentary covering an investigation into the death of earth’s oldest cold case. Ötzi, named for the Ötztal Mountains in which he was discovered just 100 yards from the border of Austria and Italy in September 1991, is believed to be the oldest intact human body ever found. Apparently murdered, […]

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    Incident at Oglala (1992)

    Leonard Peltier is locked inside Leavenworth Prison, and there is every reason to suspect he does not belong there – that he did not commit the murders for which he has been jailed, and that he was framed because he had the misfortune to be a highly visible American Indian leader at a time […]

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    Iraq: A Deadly Deception (2017)

    On the evening of 9/11, George W Bush made a vow to the American public – that he would defeat terrorism. Unknown to those listening in shock to the presidential address, the president and his advisers had already begun planning their trajectory into an invasion of Iraq. It was packaged as “holding responsible the […]

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    Jack the Ripper: An On-Going Mystery (2000)

    A revealing look into the most elusive serial killer the world has ever known. Jack the Ripper started his killing spree in 1888 and then suddenly it ended just like it started, a dark unanswered mystery that has haunted us for one hundred and ten years. This film takes us back to the time […]

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    Jesse James (2006)

    The story of Jesse James is one of America’s most familiar myths — and one of its most wrong-headed. James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west. He has been called America’s own Robin Hood, yet he robbed both rich and poor, and was never seen […]

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    Klansville U.S.A. (2015)

    Having been dormant for decades, the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) reemerged in the U.S. after the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, gaining momentum in the U.S. as the civil rights movement grew. That the Klan would rise once again wasn’t surprising, but where the reincarnation took place was. North Carolina […]