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    Leila Khaled: Hijacker – English Subtitles (2006)

    In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at […]

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    Mayday: Fight for Your Life (2005)

    April 7, 1994: FedEx Flight 705 experiences an unsuccessful hijacking. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 was a cargo jet flying out of Memphis, Tennessee heading for San Jose, California. Auburn Calloway was then a 42-year-old FedEx flight engineer. He was a former Navy pilot and an alumnus of Stanford University. He was in danger of […]

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    Miami Millionaire Marc Schiller Kidnapping (2013)

    On the afternoon of November 15 1994, Adrian Doorbal, a weightlifter with a penchant for extreme violence and a steroid habit that was playing havoc with his sex life, sat in the front seat of a rented van, waiting to abduct the millionaire owner of a Miami deli. On paper it wasn’t a difficult […]

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    Munich Operation Bayonet (2006)

    Operation Wrath of God, also called Operation Bayonet, was a covert operation directed by Israel and the Mossad to assassinate individuals alleged to have been directly or indirectly involved in the 1972 Munich massacre. Their targets included members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, who were responsible for the Munich attack, and members […]

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    Natascha: The Girl in the Cellar (2010)

    This extraordinary interview reveals the ordeal of Nat­­ascha Kampusch, imprisoned in a cellar for eight years by Wolfgang Priklopil. Although her story has since been pushed slightly down the league table of horror by the similar experiences of Elisabeth Fritzl and Jaycee Lee Dugard, Natascha – snatched on her way to school in Vienna […]

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    Ohio Slave Girls: Their Story (2013)

    Documentary about the three young women who were kidnapped and held captive in a cellar in suburban Cleveland, Ohio for 11 years. What happened when they were taken, and what did Ariel Castro, the man charged with snatching them, want from these young women? What control did their captor hold over them and how […]

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    Return of the Pirates (2006)

    Return of the Pirates (2006) – Over 90% of international trade travels by water and a new generation of criminals is blending terror tactics with time-tested methods to threaten this economic lifeline. Nations and corporations are racing to protect themselves and their goods, and though the pirates are still ahead, new international response units […]

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    Silicon Valley’s Online Slave Market (2019)

    BBC News Arabic’s undercover investigation exposes the people in Kuwait breaking local and international laws on modern slavery, including a woman offering a child for sale. At the centre of this powerful investigative film is Fatou, a 16 year old in Kuwait City who has been there for nine months. We follow her rescue […]

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    Taken: The Elizabeth Smart Story (2010)

    Behind a veil a young girl is hidden in plain sight. She is Elizabeth Smart, taken from her home in the middle of the night on June 5, 2002, and incredibly, 9 months later, found alive. Although stories like this don’t happen that often, when they do, they rarely have a happy ending. Eight […]