Posted by Susan Shivers on 3/10/2014

    China Rises - China or Bust (Sky Vision Documentary)

    Published on Sep 4, 2013

    China -- a superpower emerging at breakneck speed. It's the Holy Grail for risk-taking entrepreneurs. Every day, hundreds of British businessmen arrive full of hope and expectation. It's the land of opportunity. It's a place where dreams can come true. But Chinese entrepreneurs, unleashed after 50 years of communism, are taking no prisoners in their own relentless quest for wealth. In the wild east, only the toughest will survive.
    These British businessmen are risking everything as they venture into the real dragon's den. Who will make their fortune and who will return home penniless? Tony Caldera's cushion business has been ruined by cheap Chinese imports. Today, his Liverpool factory stands deserted. There were hundreds of people working there. They all had jobs for life. They were the number-one cushion maker probably in Europe. Everything was made in England, and life was great, and they were all happy. All of a sudden, China has come along, and they just can't compete anymore.

    In a last-ditch attempt to salvage his business, Tony is taking a huge gamble. He's borrowed two million pounds to build a factory in a paddy field in China. Thirty-six-year-old Tony has bought a one-way ticket to Linping, a city in the heart of China's vast textile industry. If everything goes according to plan, Tony can rebuild his business and regain his crown as the king of cushions.

    On his first trip to China, Tony had a chance encounter with a woman called Miss Di. She convinced him that for a 30% share of the company, she'd make an excellent business partner. If you're going to do some business in China, you need a good Chinese business partner and he's got one. Miss Di has been supervising the construction of the factory and has now invited Tony to see the completed two-million-pound building. But when he arrives, things aren't quite as okay as he expected.


    China Rises - Getting Rich (New York Times Television)

    Published on Sep 30, 2013

    In 25 Years, China has achieved the most rapid economic advance in such a short time of any nation in history. How? By scrapping its devotion to collectivism and embracing private enterprise with the zeal of 19th-century robber barons. But is China's success riding on the backs of the poor?

    China Rises - Food is Heaven (New York Times Television)

    Published on Sep 30, 2013

    From the steamy kitchens of Canton to the arid moonscape of the north, food is the very heart and soul of China. But increasing development and dwindling water supplies threaten the nation's ability to feed itself. Meet the men and women who celebrate the glory of authentic Chinese cuisine - while working to preserve a healthy food supply for future generations.

    China Rises is a four-hour documentary series that combines the talents of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Times Television to chronicle how the monumental changes unfolding in the planet's most populous nation could reshape our world.

    China Rises - City of Dreams (New York Times Television)

    Published on Sep 23, 2013

    Visit Shanghai, the City of Dreams where a prosporous middle-class evolves that leaves millions behind.

    China Rises is a four-hour documentary series that combines the talents of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Times Television to chronicle how the monumental changes unfolding in the planet's most populous nation could reshape our world.
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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/23/2014

    Published on Sep 15, 2012

    Now that thousands have begun protesting against President Putin, it's worth taking a look at how this once obscure former KGB agent built an autocratic state following Russia's chaotic post communist democracy. This Emmy nominated documentary was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour, edited by Lisa Jell and photographed by Mark Phillips.

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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/21/2014
    Published on Nov 7, 2012

    CBC's "The Passionate Eye" presents The Putin System - a point-of-view documentary that presents an ominous view of what Putin is willing to do to ensure Russia regains its position on the world stage.

    The Putin System chronicles the remarkable life of Putin, a tough, young leader who is not afraid to make harsh decisions and holds a secret purpose-to restore the old Russia of his dreams.

    The Putin System is directed by Jean-Michel Carré in association with Jill Emery for the French production company Les Films Grain De Sable.

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  • CRYING SUN: The Impact of the War in the Mountains of Chechnya

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/11/2014

    Uploaded on Dec 13, 2007

    From http://www.witness.org "Crying Sun" was co-produced by Memorial Human Rights Center and WITNESS.
    For more information and to take action visit -http://hub.witness.org/cryingsun

    Chechnya has been deeply scarred by years of fighting between separatists and Russian federal forces. In the Chechen Mountains the conflict has forced families from their homes and is gradually destroying the unique culture of these communities. Thousands of people across Chechnya have disappeared, been imprisoned or tortured. 

    "Crying Sun" is the story of Zumsoy, a village torn apart by war. It gives a voice to the people who are struggling to preserve their identity amidst such violence and suffering. The film calls on local and federal authorities to investigate human rights abuses and help villagers return to their ancestral homes and rebuild their lives.

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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/10/2014
    Uploaded on Nov 12, 2011

    DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Documentary about collapse of the Soviet Union
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  • BBC: WHY DEMOCRACY? The Village of Fools

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/10/2014


    Uploaded on Apr 24, 2011

    Why Democracy: Russia's Village of Fools - BBC 4

    Aired: Tuesday 9th October 2007 Russia's Village of Fools. (Alternative Title: For God, Tsar and Fatherland). Part of the "Why Democracy" series. Inf "Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo - the "Village of Fools" - 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to learn how to live and become 'true' Russians. When they join the Village of Fools, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey Mikhail Morozov's strict rules. "What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all," says Morozov quoting his idol President Putin. The whole spectrum of power - political, spiritual and administrative -- is represented in the village and people gather for semi-private meetings with Morozov. They discuss the future of Russia, their ambitions and their goals. For God, Tsar and the Fatherland shows what drives Russian patriotism today and why these citizens are against democracy." Uploaded for: http://atheistmedia.blogspot.com
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  • YELTSIN: Biography

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/8/2014


    Watch I KNEW BORIS YELTSIN from Al Jazeera
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    PART 2 (12:07)

    Uploaded on Feb 3, 2010
    Documentary about the biography of Boris Yeltsin. Russian officials and ordinary citizens help profile the contradictory leader of the former Soviet Union.

    He has been called a democrat and a drunkard, a dictator and a tsar. For the better part of a decade, he has led the seemingly impossible task of dragging his enormous nation into the world's political and economic mainstream.

    Boris Yeltsin's political journey is akin to President Lincoln's log-cabin-to-White-House tale. A former construction site foreman, he has survived countless crises to remain in control of Russia since the collapse of communism. Despite rumors of ill health, strong opposition and questionable decisions, he never lost an election. This is an intimate documentary of one of the world's most contradictory leaders. Insight into Yeltsin's life and rule comes from political allies, opponents and ordinary citizens who have endured the wrenching transformation of the former Soviet Union.

    From the indelible image of him standing on a tank outside Parliament in 1991 to the bitter struggle over Chechnya, this is a comprehensive portrait of one of the most important leaders in modern history.
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  • Perestroika: From Re-Building to Collapse

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/7/2014
    from RT
    Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010

    Perestroika, which literally means "restructuring", was the difficult time of political and economic reform in the USSR. The reforms were introduced in June 1987 by the new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He and his supporters were doing everything they could, but the new economic measures were not working. They could distribute goods, but they couldn't turn a profit. Soviet people were suffering - there was no money and food shortages in shops. It ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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  • GORBACHEV: Biography

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/6/2014
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    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/2/2014

    Margaret Thatcher - The Iron Lady (Documentary) 2012

    Published on Oct 29, 2013

    From her humble beginnings as a Grocers daughter from Grantham, Margaret Thatcher fought her way through the murky world of politics, the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party elite and the scepticism of the British electorate to become the greatest British Prime Minister since Winston Churchill. Margaret Thatcher - The Iron Lady is the first major documentary to look back on the development and impact of this remarkable woman, whom commentators of both the political left and right agree changed the face of 20th Century politics forever. Featuring many excerpts from her powerful speeches and insightful contributions from her political supporters and detractors, a portrait emerges of a woman whose strength of conviction eventually became her weakness. This programme includes intimate footage of the Thatchers at home in Number 10, and unseen footage from her emotional and first major interview after her resignation as Prime Minister with Michael Brunson in 1992. Contributors include: Lord Heseltine, Lord Howe, ex-Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth, ITN political editor Michael Brunson, biographer Hugo Vickers, political correspondent Nicholas Owen, biographer Robert Lacey.

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