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Tuesday, January 29

29.Jan.2013 - DOCUMENTARIES: Overview Effect, Secrets in Plain Sight, Gift for the Hackers, Flouridegate, Slab City, Secrets of Scientology, Facade of the American Dream, Frankensteer

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The Overview Effect

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
Secrets in Plain Sight
Secrets in Plain Sight
Secrets In Plain Sight is an awe inspiring exploration of great art, architecture, and urban design which skillfully unveils an unlikely intersection of geometry, politics, numerical philosophy, religious mysticism, new physics, music, astronomy, and history.
Exploring key monuments and their positions in Egypt, Stonehenge, Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco brings to light a secret obsession shared by pharaohs, philosophers and kings; Templars and Freemasons; great artists and architects; popes and presidents, spanning the whole of recorded history up to the present time.
As the series of videos reveals how profound ancient knowledge inherited from Egypt has been encoded in units of measurement, in famous works of art, in the design of major buildings, in the layout of city streets and public spaces, and in the precise placement of obelisks and other important monuments upon the Earth, the viewer is led to perceive an elegant harmonic system linking the human body with the architectural, urban, planetary, solar, and galactic scales.
Watch the full documentary now - 224 min

A Gift for the Hackers
A Gift for the Hackers
Increasingly devices like printers and scanners are being connected directly to the Internet. It’s all very convenient, bit is it safe?
Your mobile, your printer, your hard drive, everything is connected… but it’s like a Swiss cheese. Medical files, financial information, and trade secrets, they’re all there for the taking.
It’s shocking, it should not be allowed. It’s a design flaw. Is this vulnerability in tens of thousands of devices compromising your security and your privacy?
Computer security has become a big concern for companies and individuals. As a result it has also become a big business. The world’s number one producer of computers and printers, Hewlett – Packard (HP), has an annual turn over of 127 billion dollars.
Watch the full documentary now - 31 min

Fluoridegate is a new documentary film, made by By Dr. David Kennedy, that reveals the tragedy of how the United States government, industry, and trade associations protect and promote a policy known to cause harm to our country and especially small children, who suffer more than any other segment of the population.
While the basis of their motivation remains uncertain, the outcome is crystal clear: it is destroying our nation.
Dr. Kennedy is the Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. His BA is in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Kansas (1967) and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from the University of Missouri (1971).
He is a world lecturer to the dental profession on the safety of dental materials in the human body. His lectures include (among others) addresses to the World Health Organization, the American Dental Society of Europe, the German BGD, and Brazil Rio Eco-Odonto.
Watch the full documentary now - 65 min

Americana: Slab City

Americana: Slab City
VICE focused on all the crazy environmental issues going on in the Imperial Valley, from the air pollution, to drastic bee die-off, to the sewage-filled rivers, and everything in between.
But during the shoot, they also met a bevy of characters in Slab City, who are just as intriguing as all the eco-problems.
VICE thought it’d be fun to show you what a typical day is like in this bizarre stretch of area loaded with tweakers, eccentrics, army vets, hippies, and just plain old weirdos.
People have been living here for free since the late ’40s. And at one time in the early ’90s, the place was like a giant flea market. And believe or not, this land belongs to the State of California Teachers’ Union.
There is no California culture there at all. There are no strip malls, apartment buildings, dune buggies, off-road racing, crowded freeways, filthy beaches and arrogant politicians.
Watch the full documentary now - 21 min

The Secrets of Scientology

The Secrets of Scientology
The Secrets of Scientology is a documentary follow up of John Sweeney’s 2007 investigation into the Church of Scientology and features interviews with former high-ranking members of the organization.

In 2007, while investigating the Church of Scientology for Panorama, reporter John Sweeney had a dramatic on-camera confrontation with a church spokesman named Tommy Davis. The church was accusing the reporter of bias and it attempted to stop the documentary from being broadcast – a campaign backed by Scientology A-lister John Travolta. Sweeney has returned to investigate the church again.

This time, one of those officials has turned whistleblower to help him reveal the dark secrets of the church, which boasts Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees.

claimed by BBC
The Facade of the American Dream

The conditions and life of African Americans in the United States.
A cross section of people discuss the fraud of the American dream and how systemic racism keeps millions of people down while offering others hope and opportunity. Executive producer Dr. Randy Short, M.div. and senior director Marzieh Hashemi’s film gives voice to those who believe That African Americans are far from achieving the American Dream in health, education, welfare, and justice.
The documentary features commentary from Dr. Vernellia Randall, Dr. Wilmer Leon, Rev. Graylan Haigler, Dr. Mary Scott, Dr. Charles Norman, Dr. Joseph Richardson, Glen Ford, Atty. Efia Nwangaza, and  Dr. Mary Neal.


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