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Teen bootcamps: a booming industry worth over $2 billion, catering primarily to worried parents. While there are well run and regulated camps, shocking reports of cruelty, neglect, abuse and deaths have emerged. This documentary looks at why growing numbers of parents continue to send their children to camps and whether they work.
A photographer explores the human relationship with modern cities, using the magic of time-lapse to capture what architecture reveals about our past, present and future.
In God We Trust [Parts 1 & 2] | Dec. 7 & 14, 2014
Eleanor Squillari went to work every day believing she was working for a great company, a great man. For 25 years she sat fifteen feet away from Bernard L. Madoff as his personal secretary. She never imagined he was perpetrating the largest financial crime in history. On December 11, 2008, her life as she knew it was destroyed...until she decided to do something about it.
Treehouse Moving Images
The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne | Nov. 9, 2014
A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the $2 million in jewels she's stole over the 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Doris now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, we probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime.
Priests charged with corruption, dioceses in bankruptcy, money-laundering and at the core of it all, the dirty dealings of the Vatican bank. Despite the appearances, Pope Francis faces an uphill struggle. HOLY MONEY takes us into the heart of the Catholic Church’s finances and examines why, according to the bible, “You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Londoner Colin Window, a Bridge Officer on the Woolwich ferry,
travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh to work as a ferryman on a Sampan –
a small wooden boat – crossing one of the most congested rivers in the world.
Craig Notman from Staffordshire has been a miner all his life and currently works in mine rescue. Now he’s heading off to Mongolia to join the gold rush! As Mongolia becomes one of the fastest growing economies in the world thanks to its abundance of
minerals, a large percentage of its population live in poverty.
Maria Connolly swaps her hospital in Preston, Lancashire for the Hospital General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She encounters a community terrorized by a drugs war as cartels battle to control the lucrative border into the United States, and discovers that her
new colleagues witness violent crime every day in a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world.
London cabbie Mason McQueen heads to Mumbai to test his skills on some of the busiest and most chaotic streets in the world. He’s swapping his high tech air conditioned black cab for the boiling heat of a Mumbai taxi.
KTM FILM/Yorgos Karahalis
Killing The Messenger | Feb 2, 2014
A riveting documentary showing what censorship looks like close up, revealing the true human cost of news and what it takes to stay alive to get the story. Journalists reporting in Mexico, Russia and the Middle East relate stories of kidnapping, intimidation and beatings. These stories are heartfelt, captivating, shocking – and unforgettable.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE fuses the story of the Diaz family learning to love with extremely rare archive footage of science experiments that explore parent child love.
Al Jazeera English
MS & Me: The Search For A Cure | Dec 29, 2013
Al Jazeera South East Asia correspondent Stephanie Scawen investigates the causes of Multiple Sclerosis and the possible treatments, and takes us on a journey through life as a MS patient. She must confront the inevitable decline in her physical abilities and come face to face with what seems an inevitable fate, all the while never relinquishing her hope for a cure.
American Commune | Dec 22, 2013
In 1970, 1,500 hippies founded a commune in rural Tennessee. They shared their savings, grew their own food and built a self-sufficient society. Raised on "The Farm" by a Jewish mother and a Puerto Rican father, sisters Rena and Nadine return for the first time since 1985. They chart the rise and fall of America’s largest hippie commune and their own family tree.
Lockerbie (Series) | Dec 8 & 15, 2013
In 1988 a bomb destroyed Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie killing 270 people. Abdel Baset Mohamed Ali al-Megrahi, was eventually tried and found guilty of the largest case of mass murder in UK history. Megrahi maintained his innocence right up his death in May 2012 and many serious commentators continued to express doubts about the safety of this conviction
Photo by Kevin Hoth
Tiny | Nov 24, 2013
A documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
The Team | Nov 10, 2013
An alternative local response to Kenyan's violence is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, The Team, following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences.
Open Secret | Nov 3, 2013
WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE | A documentary that chronicles Steve Lickteig’s 20-year search for who his real birth parents were; why a whole town kept the truth from him; and how his family’s tumultuous history revolves around the hidden lives of two unconventional women.
Two Americans | Oct 27, 2013
An American family is living in a state that has criminalized their existence. The parents of Katherine Figueroa are arrested when Sheriff Joe Arpaioe raids a carwash suspected of hiring illegal workers. Young Kathy fights to save her parents from deportation, while the County Board is pressured to investigate.
Alias Ruby Blade | Oct 20, 2013
Kirsty Sword, aspired to be a filmmaker, but instead became a underground operative code named 'Ruby Blade'. Her task: to become a conduit of information for the enigmatic resistance leader, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, while he was serving life.They fell in love. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story, demonstrating the power of individuals to change history.
Comic Books Go To War | Oct 13, 2013
In this age of hundreds of television stations, 24-hour news and web sites, the comic book has become a documentary medium, providing a understanding of the human dimensions of war, genocide and revolution. This film explores the journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of reporting the most violent and terrible of human experiences through “comix.”
Head Games | Oct 6, 2013
Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport.
Budrus | Sept 29, 2013
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
Do the Math | Sept 22, 2013
U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | "Do the Math," is based on a Rolling Stone article by Bill McKibben last year, and on a multi-city tour he took over the last few months. He states we only need to know three numbers to understand climate change. This film opens up the debate on the issue.
Words of Witness | Sept 15, 2013
U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22 yr-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.
Skydancer | Sept 8, 2013
U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | This film takes a provocative look at 21st Century Indian life: from the top of the steel structures in New York City to life 'on the Rez' where unemployment and crime make it hard to see the pristine beauty of the surrounding lands. The film shows the lives of ironworkers and offers a new perspective on contemporary Native Americans.
Google and the World Brain | Sept 1, 2013
U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions.
Magic Hour Films
Into Eternity | Aug 25, 2013
U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | Every day, large amounts of radioactive waste is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural & man-made disasters. In Finland, the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.