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    A Very British Gangster (2007)

    Embedded for three years with the notorious Noonan crime family in Manchester, England, the journalist Donal MacIntyre – the British answer to Geraldo Rivera – became a willing conduit for the outsize egos and self-serving confessions of its members. As a result, “A Very British Gangster” plays less like a documentary than an exposé […]

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    A Very Sicilian Justice: Taking on the Mafia (2016)

    Sicilian judge Antonino Di Matteo is one of the most threatened – and protected – men in Italy. As the chief prosecutor in Italy’s “trial of the century”, he has more than 20 bodyguards, ensuring his safety around the clock. On trial are 10 men who stand accused of being part of a conspiracy […]

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    All in the Family (1984)

    Known as “the Honored Society,” at its place of origin in Palermo and western Sicily, the Mafia was a massive criminal brotherhood that took control of all local governments and businesses in the western part of Sicily. The migration of Sicilians to the United States brought with it many members of “the Family.” They […]

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    Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison (2014)

    For consumers, bananas are a delicious and nutritious start to the day, a healthy snack and a fixture in our fruit bowls. For a huge number of residents in the banana lands, the production of bananas means social upheaval, violence and pesticide poisoning. Banana Land documentary explores the origins of these disparate realities, and […]

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    Biography: Meyer Lansky – Mob Tycoon (1996)

    Meyer Lansky was born Meyer Suchowljansky in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus) on July 4, 1902. The son of Jewish parents, his family immigrated to the United States in 1911 after suffering at the hands of pogroms (anti-Jewish mobs). They settled in New York City’s Lower East Side and by 1918 Lansky was running a […]

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    Birthright of Gangsters (1984)

    The migration of Sicilians to America brought with it members of the Family, a highly organized subculture that controlled the political power structure of the western region of Italy. The concept transferred well to America, in both New York and Chicago. This episode looks at the success of the mafia in the gambling mecca […]

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    Blood in the Face (1991)

    A riveting, jaw-dropping view of America’s white supremacy movement. Rare archival footage, darkly humorous interviews, and their own promotional materials bring to light the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party, the Aryan Nation, The Order and other radical right groups. With a folksy, matter-of-fact certainty, the men and women […]

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    Britains Underworld : Essex Bad Boys (2011)

    During the 1970’s London’s gangsters began to migrate from the city and headed east to Essex. In the 1990’s a turf war broke out as rave culture boomed and crime bosses realised that there was big money to made for selling ecstasy. It came to a head in 1995 with the brutal murders of […]

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    Cartel Land (2015) – Trailer

    With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights […]

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    Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

    Alex Gibney once again puts institutional corruption in his nonfiction crosshairs with Casino Jack and the United States of Money, an exhaustive investigation into convicted Beltway lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Gibney’s tactics don’t stray far from either his Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or Taxi to the Darkside, the director piling on news […]