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Tuesday, September 10

7 Free Documentaries: One Second to the Next, Evolution vs. God, DEFCON, Turnstile, BioBricks, Modern Spies, Nazi Concentration Camps.

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From One Second to the Next
These are some of the stories that Werner Herzog portrayed in this It Can Wait documentary dedicated to horrors and victims of texting and driving.

Evolution Vs. God
Evolution Vs. God is a documentary trying to challenge the theory of evolution. Evangelical leader Ray Comfort, known as the bananaman, interviews evolution proponents (mostly students) from different universities in the United States and tries to expose the so called “unscientific nature” of evolution which he refers to as a “blind faith”, not science. The film tries to show intelligent design as a competing theory and suggests that the academe continues to bully intelligent design as an option. The film also aims to get some evidence for Macroevolution.

DEFCON: The Documentary
DEFCON is the world’s largest hacking conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012 it was held for the 20th time. The conference has strict no-filming policies, but for DEFCON 20, a documentary crew was allowed full access to the event. The film follows the four days of the conference, the events and people (attendees and staff), and covers history and philosophy behind DEFCON’s success and unique experience.

Turnstile is focused on women involved in the criminal justice system and drug policy reform. The 36 minute film offers an exploration of three women’s experiences with addiction and incarceration, and interviews with other women that have been working for decades on criminal justice reform.

BioBricks: Building Blocks of Life
In the race to decode the human genome, scientists have long developed the tools that allow them to read and influence the building blocks of life. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute are able to decode the genome of Neanderthals and compare it with the human genome. Synthetic biology is no longer just practiced in university laboratories anymore. The next step could be for scientists to bring extinct species back to life – maybe even Neanderthals. Things that aren’t ethically defensible today could become normal in the future.

Modern Spies
From James Bond to Jason Bourne, the fictional world of spying is a world of danger and deception, glamour and lies. But how does the myth compare with the reality?

Nazi Concentration Camps
The Nazi Concentration Camps documentary was filmed in 1945 and entered as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials of Rudolf Hess, Hermann Göring, and 22 other Nazi officials in the aftermath of World War II. It revealed a stark, horrifying image of the atrocities of the Holocaust and ensured than no one would ever doubt the meaning of the charge, “crimes against humanity.”

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