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Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West (2007)


In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Islamic fundamentalism has, in the minds of many, taken the place once held by communism as the leading threat to the safety and security of the industrialized West. Filmmakers Wayne Kopping and Raphael Shore explore what they regard as the most dangerous force since the rise of Nazism in this documentary.

Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West features footage from Arab television outlets with interviews which are compared with newsreel images of terrorist actions staged by the PLO and other groups in an effort to show parallels between hate-based groups of the past and the current mood among Islamic extremists. Obsession also includes interviews with guerilla fighters, former Hitler Youth members, and terrorist operatives as they discuss the role and function of extremist political and religious groups.

Obsession is a film about the threat of Radical Islam to Western civilization. Using unique footage from Arab television, it reveals an 'insider's view' of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. The film also traces the parallels between the Nazi movement of World War II, the Radicals of today, and the Western world's response to both threats. Featuring interviews with Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Alan Dershowitz, a former PLO terrorist, and a former Hitler Youth Commander.

Prehistoric Park (2006)


Created by UK independent producers Impossible Pictures, the multi award-winning creators of the Walking With... series, Prehistoric Park follows wildlife expert, Nigel Marven, and his team of zoologists as they travel back in time to rescue some of the most amazing animals who ever roamed the earth and transport them back thousands of years to the present day to be nurtured in Prehistoric Park. With the aid of the latest CGI technology, Prehistoric Park brings animals to life in a truly unique way.

These magnificent, beautiful creatures interact with Nigel and his team so closely that will keep viewers highly amused and always amazed! With an inventive combination of zoology, geology, paleontology, archaeology and time travel, Prehistoric Park offers both a bone-rattling good time and a lesson in natural history throughout each exciting episode.

So take a journey with Nigel's team back in time and watch as they brave a strange new world to convey these creatures from certain extinction to a new existence - in Prehistoric Park!

White Light/Black Rain: Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)


On August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever when American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another similar bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, and shortly afterward Japan surrendered to the United States. The human cost was tremendous -- 210,000 died in the immediate aftermath of the atomic attacks, and another 160,000 would later die of related illnesses and injuries.

While Japan would rebuild itself as an international economic power, the nation's psyche still carries the scars of those fateful days in 1945, and award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki examines the lingering impact of the first two uses of thermonuclear weapons in the documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In White Light/Black Rain, Okazaki talks with fourteen survivors of the 1945 attacks, ranging from an artist who has recounted his experience in comic art to a woman who was the only child out of 620 students to survive at a Hiroshima elementary school. White Light/Black Rain also features interviews with Americans involved in the attacks and probes their feelings about the use of the bombs sixty years later. White Light/Black Rain was an official selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.



A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)


Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack's nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of contemporary society. The subject at hand is crude oil - specifically, the depletion of petroleum from the Earth, in an era when consumption threatens to exceed supply.

The overtone of the film is speculative but admonitory; Gelpke and McCormack suggest that if western society fails to reinvent itself altogether (via such innovations as hydrogen-powered autos, and a decreased reliance on fiscally unsound Middle Eastern nations), economic cataclysm is not simply likely but inevitable.

To underscore this point, the filmmakers contrast obscenely naïve shorts from the 1950s that promise depthless oil supplies, with contemporary warnings from geologists who suggest that the bottom of the well is close at hand. McCormack and Gelpke also interview such subjects as former OPEC secretary general Fadhil Chalabi and Bush advisor Roger E. Ebel.

In the Womb: Multiples (2007)


Advanced technology, groundbreaking scientific discoveries about the beginnings of life, and computer animation all combine to detail how multiple siblings develop in the womb as the filmmakers at National Geographic explore the fetal growth of twins, triplets, and quadruplets. Detailed pictures of these different groupings in various stages of fetal development bring the earliest stages of life to the screen as never before.

In addition to shining a light on the amazing process of development a fetus goes through, it also lets one into the mysterious world of what it's like to actually be in there, and to be on the same amazing journey with one, two, or even three other companions.

One can't help but wonder how much these newborn multiples remember of their time in the womb, when they formed a bond like no other...

My Flesh and Blood (2003)


Meet the Tom family. Susan Tom, the matriarch, has 13 children. Two are biological and the rest are adopted. When the word adopted is used the mental picture is of a 'normal' child, probably with some emotional or psychological issues but still with all of their fingers and toes in place. However, Susan Tom, a single mother, has adopted what most would consider the 'throwaways', the rejects: children with special needs, disabilities, and fatal illnesses.

It takes a person with true strength of character to assume such a responsibility. Even more so when you realize how grounded most of her brood are. That they know they are 'different' is a given. Yet think about it. If you are born blind you learn that others can see but what does that really mean? Not seeing is 'normal' for you. Certainly, Susan Tom gives her children the unconditional support and love they need to thrive and have the same dreams and hopes that we all expect to. What better definition of normal is there? It is a true testament of just how big her heart really is to see that these children, with all of their various problems, are basically the just same as you or I.

That is not to say life is easy. Joe, battling cystic fibrosis, along with a host of mental issues, has violent mood swings and everyone at some time becomes the focus of these. They suffer the typical ups and downs of most families, especially those with teenagers. Many times patience is worn paper thin. And there is the constant knowledge that some will not survive to adulthood. Yet through it all they manage. Why? The answer is simple. They all know in the core of their beings that they are loved. That they are unique and valuable as individuals: that they have worth. And that is the most important gift any parent can give to his or her child, biological or otherwise. They have that confidence to thrive. And they do so, with humor.

If you are expecting some starry eyed, rose colored, watered down version of life with the Toms, you will be disappointed. Director Jonathan Karsh depicts their lives as they really are; their triumphs and sorrows, warts and all. It is easy to see why this film was nominated for and won many of the awards that it has. You may come away emotionally drained after seeing this important documentary but you will not regret the experience of life with the Toms, a truly unique family.

The True Story of Che Guevara (2007)


From his famous motorcycle trips to his historic role in the Cuban Revolution, Argentinean revolutionary Che Guevara is profiled in a documentary produced to explore the life of the man whose visage has become an iconic symbol of hard left politics.

This man, who ordered the execution of countless human beings while in charge of the notorious La Cabaña prison in Havana, who terrorized Cuban society and who denied freedom to thousands of citizens whom he considered "deviants" or "anti-revolutionaries" can never be accepted as a hero, martyr or -- the shock of it -- a saint.

Its a good documentary in the fact that it brings to light other people in the revolution, and it has this kind of new way of presenting the man, with lots of hard guitar in the background to make him seem "radical" i guess. Jon Anderson the author of one of the best bio's on him is interviewed many times, also there are interviews with American soldiers who fought in the revolution,which is very interesting to get to see them. Overall it is one of the better documentaries.


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