Società, Guerra: FOR SAMA is an intimate feature documentary that takes the form of a letter from Waad al-Kateab, a 26-year-old Syrian mother, to her daughter Sama recorded in the last days of the battle for Aleppo, Syria. Waad lives with Sama’s father, a doctor in the last surviving hospital in rebel-held Aleppo. Surrounded on all sides, bombarded daily by the Syrian regime and Russian air force, Waad fears they may be killed at any moment. So she crafts a filmed message to her one-year old daughter to explain who her parents were, what they were fighting for and why Sama came into this world – a record for the young girl in case they don’t survive. Waad’s story begins in 2012 when she was a student studying marketing at Aleppo University. Protests against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad reach the university and Waad is one of the first to join. Her camera captures the joy and optimism of those early days. She meets a young medic in the protests called Hamza and with a group of friends they continue to demand freedom even as the regime resorts to greater and greater violence to crush them, eventually engulfing the city in full-blown war. They lose friends and narrowly escape death themselves at the hand of snipers, airstrikes and barrel bombs, scenes all captured on camera. Then, in the midst of the storm, Hamza proposes marriage. They marry, move into their first home and before long Waad is pregnant, scenes recognisable to any young couple anywhere in the world. The difference is their honeymoon plays out against an increasingly apocalyptic war. When the Russians intervene to save the regime in September 2015, they unleash ferocious violence against the rebels. Yet despite their fear, Waad and Hamza decide not to flee the city as so many have done, but to stay and continue the fight for freedom. She realises that the struggle is no longer only for them, it’s for the future of her daughter. Sama is born on the 1st January 2016, a small ray of hope in the chaos. Sama’s first year of life will see the last year of the battle for the city, a time of almost unimaginable darkness. The regime and its allies resort to every imaginable atrocity to crush the rebels. Hamza’s hospital is bombed. They are besieged and witness attacks by chlorine gas, cluster and barrel bombs, massacres of women and children. Yet amid it all, Waad and Hamza have the joy of parenthood, witnessing the first weeks of their baby daughter’s life, full of fun and laughter. She gives them the strength to endure and inspiration to all of the last band of rebels. Eventually, they are overwhelmed and forced into exile. In the exodus, the family pack their things and with tears in their eyes, bid farewell to the shattered city, the place where their dream of freedom was born and where it died. Yet they carry their daughter with them, an eternal symbol of the love and hope that the violence of tyrants cannot destroy.
Documentari, Storia, Guerra: ”The Network” connects both past and present – bouldering, sport, and competition climbing – and this cutting-edge film tangles the viewer inside the spider web of connections that makes up the world of the professional rock climber.
Crimine, Documentari, Storie drammatiche: Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a U.S. night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan. An Afghani witness swears he saw American soldiers digging bullets out of the dead women and Scahill's investigation leads him to the secret maneuvers of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Our reporter is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for Obama's "kill list," including U.S. citizens. From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, as well as back home in New York where he tries to piece the puzzle together, Scahill meets with CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and U.S.-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record-some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. With a strong cinematic style and thriller structure, Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation. Dirty Wars is also a book by Jeremy Scahill on the same topic, exhaustively researched and footnoted and available on request.
Biografie, Documentari, Storia: My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, My Father's Vietnam is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive.
Documentari, Guerra: Un documentario incredibile che segue lo straordinario viaggio di "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently"- un gruppo di anonimi giornalisti che - dopo aver visto il proprio paese aggredito dall'ISIS - ha deciso di rischiare la vita per documentare il più grande male del mondo.
Biografie, Documentari, Storia: Hedy Lamarr, prima attrice ad apparire nuda sul grande schermo, ingegnere emigrata ebreo-austriaca, fu anche inventrice di un sistema di comunicazione segreto per combattere i nazisti; solo verso la fine della sua vita, fu dato credito alle sue idee, utilizzate ora come base per la sicurezza dei sistemi WiFi, GPS e Bluetooth.
Documentari, Guerra: This documentary evokes the destruction of the Nazi war machine with a particular emphasis on air power. The most significant events are recounted as the Normandy landings, the battle of Paris, the last German offensive with the historical siege of Bastogne and the landing on the island of Elba. Also shown are the bombing of German industrial centers, and the liberation of concentration camps.
Biografie, Documentari, Storia: Un'avvincente lezione di storia – ma con riflessioni che toccano anche la contraddittoria natura dell'homo sapiens/demens – è questo documentario, tratto da 30 ore di interviste a Cambridge (Massachusetts), che è pure un vivido ritratto di Robert McNamara, studioso di logica, etica, statistica, docente all'università di Harvard, presidente della Ford, segretario della Difesa dal 1961 al 1968 prima con Kennedy e poi con Johnson, figura-chiave della politica statunitense nel Novecento.
Azione, Avventura, Documentari: Armed only with cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history. Mike and Carlos embed with U.S. Forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan, amidst the constant threat of the Taliban. They are the only Father and Son Journalist Team to ever embed with the US Frontline Armed Forces due to the extreme danger involved. Their journey, ‘The Hornet’s Nest’, is a true story of survival not only for the soldiers, but for a father and son team who seek to re-connect under the most harrowing of circumstances.
Attualità, Guerra: Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley's close childhood friend, Jim takes us from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fueled front lines of Libya and Syria, where Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war. On Thanksgiving Day 2012, Jim Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years. Thrown into a world of false leads and misinformation, the Foley family was threatened with prosecution by the U.S. government if they paid a ransom. In Oakes' gut-wrenching film, Foley's family, friends and fellow journalists tell Jim's story, while his fellow hostages reveal the details of captivity with chilling immediacy. Brilliantly constructed with unparalleled access, Jim: The James Foley Story is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of World War ISIS.
Documentari, Storia, Guerra: During the final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. An unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.
Documentari, Guerra: Nessuno più dei Caschi Bianchi presenti ad Aleppo ha chiaro il costo umano della guerra civile in Siria. Sempre tra i primi ad arrivare in città quando bombrardamenti e devastanti attacchi terroristici spingono la popolazione sull'orlo del collasso, i volontari Khaled Mahmoud e Subhi, da mesi si precipitano verso i siti distrutti mentre tutti gli altri sono costretti a scappare. Cercano instancabili tra le rovine degli edifici crollati i sopravvissuti e coloro che invece non ce l'hanno fatta.
Storie drammatiche, Storia, Romantici: There is drastically more than meets the eye to curating a successful awards ceremony. The Academy Awards, widely known as one of the most sophisticated and historic of these institutions, is no exception.
Documentari, Guerra: To Adolf Hitler in 1940, Britain was no more than an irritant on his periphery to his rapidly expanding Third Reich. He was correct in his assumption that Britain had been almost fatally weakened by the fight of Dunkirk. If Britain were to be subdued, there seemed to be no more auspicious time than 1940. The Luftwaffe had proven themselves invincible, which filled them with pride and enthusiasm.
Biografie, Documentari, Storie drammatiche: Berlino, 1943. Il regime nazista ha ufficialmente dichiarato la capitale del Reich "libera dagli ebrei". Tuttavia alcuni di loro sono riusciti in un'impresa apparentemente impossibile: sono diventati 'invisibili' agli occhi delle autorità. Tra questi Cioma, Hanni, Eugen e Ruth, quattro giovani coraggiosi troppo attaccati alla vita per lasciarsi andare ad un triste destino. Questo film racconta la loro incredibile e commovente storia vera, rivelando un capitolo poco conosciuto della resistenza degli ebrei durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale.
Crimine, Documentari, Storie drammatiche: Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, New York criminals learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, three selected prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured US veterans.
Documentari, Guerra: "A touching story of friendship, struggle and triumph, the film follows the journey of two Somali national soccer team friends chasing their dreams in the face of impossible odds. After surviving two decades of war, Saadiq,17, and Sa’ad,19, the team’s most promising stars, enter the only televised match of the year hoping scouts will be watching. With passports of no value on the world stage, soccer may be their only shot to escape a growing terror threat, persecution and poverty.Against the backdrop of fear and shared sacrifice, they embark on separate but equally improbable journeys. In the opportunity of a lifetime, Saadiq sets off for America with dreams of an education and a soccer career. Sa’ad continues his career in Mogadishu with the hopes of someday being reunited with his friend. Their biggest dream is shared – to be symbols of hope to generations who have only known war."
Commedia, Documentari, Storie drammatiche: Take five wounded veterans and four top comedians. The result... laughter and the healing power of humor. Featuring Bob Saget, Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, B.J. Novak and more.
Documentari, Storia, Guerra: Questo documentario segue l'equipaggio della Fortezza volante Memphis Belle mentre si prepara a una missione. Per saperne di più, segui la docuserie "Five Came Back".
Documentari, Guerra: Il regista John Ford immortala su pellicola la battaglia delle Midway. Per saperne di più su questo film promosso dal governo USA, segui la docuserie "Five Came Back".
Documentari, Storia, Guerra: A retrospective of Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews and the Allied campaign to liberate Europe during WWII. Combining contemporaneous film footage, music, and radio broadcasts collected from around the world, Liberation illuminates the strategies and deceptions of the combatants on all sides.
Guerra: The story of the Forgotten Battle in the Forgotten War: how a small band of Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders in Korea gave up their Anzac Day barbecue to stop the Seoul-bound Chinese Army in its tracks.
Azione, Guerra: December 1944, the Battle Of The Bulge, a bridge in the Ardennes. The war is all but over, but for this German unit the battle is just beginning. "Steel Tempest" is the harrowing story of a German unit's mission to take a bridge during the Ardennes offensive, Hitler's last Blitzkrieg. All is clearly lost, but the Commander continues to fight in the face of overwhelming Allied superiority.
Documentari, Storia, Guerra: The Land Beneath Our Feet follows a young Liberian man uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia's past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights. In post-conflict Liberia, individuals and communities are pitted against multinational corporations, the government, and each other in life-threatening disputes over land. What can this ghostly footage offer a nation, as it debates radical land reforms that could empower communities to shape a more diverse, stable, and sustainable future?