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STEALING A NATION

A Special Report by John Pilger

‘Stealing A Nation’ (2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled by British Governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The tragedy, which falls within the remit of the International Criminal Court as “a crime against humanity”, is told by Islanders who were dumped in the slums of Mauritius and by British officials who left behind a damning trail of Foreign Office documents.

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TOWN OF RUNNERS

Directed by Jerry Rothwell

In Bekoji, Ethiopia, running is a way of life. Over the past two decades this small, rural town has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for young Ethiopians searching for a better life. Among the current group training under renowned coach Sentayehu Eshetu (whose protégé Derartu Tulu was the first African woman to win Olympic gold) are Alemi and Hawii, two teenage girls looking to set themselves apart from their teammates in Bekoji and move on to compete at the national level.

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PRESSPAUSEPLAY

Directed by David Dworsky &Victor Köhler

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

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THE TEAM

A film by Patrick Reed

ON PBS GLOBAL VOICES

In the wake of Kenya’s 2007 election violence, Kenyans scramble to produce a dramatic TV soap opera series about a fictional soccer team, hoping taboo storylines can bridge deep ethnic divisions. THE TEAM explores whether the lowliest of art forms can achieve the loftiest of ideals: transformative social change.

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BRONX PRINCESS

Directed and Produced by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

BRONX PRINCESS follows headstrong teenager Rocky’s journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa. Filmed over the tumultuous summer between high-school and college, BRONX PRINCESS tells Rocky’s coming-of-age story. By confronting her immigrant parents’ ideas of adulthood, Rocky reconciles her African heritage with her dream of independence.

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SONS OF CUBA

Directed by Andrew Lang

SONS OF CUBA is a 2009 documentary feature film set in the Havana Boxing Academy, a school at the heart of Cuba’s Olympic success in the ring.It follows the stories of three young hopefuls through eight months of training and schooling as the prepare for Cuba’s National Boxing Championship for Under-12’s.

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