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    Satan’s Choice (1966)

    This is a fascinating National Film Board documentary about the Satan’s Choice motorcycle gang. What makes it so interesting is that they are not a gang (yet). At this point, 1966, they are apparently just an extension of radical 1960’s youth culture. The “club” members view themselves as counter-culture rebels, which perhaps comes as […]

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    Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me (1961)

    Ask Me, Don’t Tell is a very cool documentary that deals with San Francisco teen gangs of the early sixties and the Youth For Service organization that tried to tame their wild ways. It features some great proto-rapping backed by bongos and surf-a-billy guitars and absolutely beautiful black and white cinematography. Overall, it’s a […]

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    Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)

    The Thin Blue Line – Errol Morris’s documentary about Randall Dale Adams, the man wrongly convicted of murdering a Dallas policeman in 1976 – may be the only film in history instrumental in freeing an innocent man from death row. But if Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have their way, it won’t be the […]

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    Kids for Cash (2014)

    Deeply shocking and continually surprising, “Kids for Cash” examines the scandal surrounding a Pennsylvania judge’s draconian imprisonment of kids for minor hijinks, in exchange for kickbacks from a juvenile detention center. Helmer Robert May sometimes lessens the impact of his points through overemphasis; a tighter edit of this 104-minute documentary might boost its dramatic […]

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    Drugs: War or Store? (2015)

    In 2000 Portugal activated its drug decriminalization policy, and in July 2001 it became legally effective. Now, fifteen years later, drug abuse is down by 50%, and overdose-related deaths are down 28%. Eric Kain of Forbes writes: “Health experts in Portugal said that Portugal’s decision to decriminalize drug use and treat addicts rather than […]

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    Shadow Company (2006)

    “Soldiers for hire invariably had no controls. It’s all about control,” says security contractor Cobus Claassens. “That’s what people fear.” One of several interviewees asked to define “mercenary” in the documentary Shadow Company, Claassens says that the contractor, whether paid by a government, another company, or an individual, is not bound by the same […]

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    Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (2014)

    For Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty, director Angus MacQueen and his co-director/translator Guillermo Galdos embark on a gimmicky quest for someone between Roger Smith and Osama bin Laden on the achievability scale—but a lot more dangerous. Their target: El Chapo Guzmán, the billionaire head of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, the country’s top […]

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    Special Task Force South Africa – Mini Series (1999)

    Three-part series following the elite force of the South African Police. This documentary goes on patrol with The Special Task Force South Africa in one of the most violent countries in the world. They deal with the most dangerous situations – the ones the police can’t handle. Cameraman Jeff Chagrin spent a year on […]

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    The Internet Warriors (2017)

    It goes without saying at this point that the internet is full of trolls — we expect any trip to Twitter or Facebook to be disrupted by some sort of angry person who views all ideological opponents as subhumans, and we anticipate that any article will be followed by poorly spelled shit-takes from newly […]

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    The Mob on the Run (1987)

    By Ned Day, Robert Stoldal, KLAS-TV, 1987. History of mob involvement in gambling in Las Vegas, 1931-1980s. Includes segments on Moe Dalitz, Allan Dorfman and the Teamsters Union, Tony “Big Tuna” Acordy and the Atlantic City mob, Frank Rosenthal, Tony Spilotro, and the Chicago mob. 0:00:00 Introduction 0:02:20 Founding Fathers 0:15:29 The Teamsters Jackpot […]

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    Save Gangamaya (2016)

    In Nepal, the state’s unwillingness to guarantee justice and accountability has posed a serious obstacle to postconflict rule of law and respect for human rights. During the country’s internal armed conflict between 1996 and 2006, 13,000 people lost their lives, 1,300 disappeared, and thousands more were tortured or displaced. Although the peace process has […]

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    This is Dixon (2016)

    Over the last several years there’s been a lot of media attention and murmurs about the “Dixon City Bloods” in Toronto. Along with some well publicized arrests, and links to the scandal ridden former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, VICE recently did their own investigate piece on whether the gang really exists — or […]

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    To Kill a Burglar: The Tony Martin Story (2006)

    Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who shot a teenage boy in the back as he tried to burgle his isolated farmhouse, was found guilty of murder and sent to prison for life at the end of a case that touched a raw nerve across rural Britain. In spite of cries of “yes, yes” and […]

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    Alcatraz: No Way Out (2014)

    The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, USA, which operated from 1934 to 1963. The main prison building was built in 1910–12 during its time as a United States Army military prison; Alcatraz had been the site […]

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    1971 (2014)

    Joanna Hamilton’s well-constructed documentary “1971” showcases ordinary people who broke into a local FBI office, stole all the files and published them, thereby revealing to the unsuspecting American public the shocking illegal practices of J. Edgar Hoover’s agency. Despite an intensive five-year manhunt, the whistleblowers were never caught: “This,” to quote the film, “is […]

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    Is Amanda Knox Guilty? (2014)

    It is the first documentary about Knox since she and Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty for a second time of the murder of Meredith Kercher. Made by filmmakers and journalists Paul Russell and Andrea Vogt, the 60-minute film includes interviews with Stephanie and Lyle Kercher – Meredith’s brother and sister. Peacock Productions Managing Director […]

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    The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump (2017)

    Michael Sandford, a slim, pale man in T-shirt and trainers walks up to a police officer, his head slightly bowed, and appears to ask a question. After a couple of seconds he makes a fumbled grab for the officer’s gun, then quickly gets pushed to the floor. The crowd around him start to holler […]

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    Burglar in the House (2012)

    Every two minutes a house in Britain is burgled, and for years Nottingham has suffered the highest burglary rates in the UK. But the city’s police are fighting back, and are now capturing the burglars on camera. They are installing hidden minicams inside ordinary homes, which record the thieves in action. They call them […]