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The moment all you 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die viewers have been waiting for is finally here: we’re revealing the number one film on our list.But before we get there, we’ve got nine other amazing documentaries to count down, taking you into the wild, down to New Orleans, out of the closet and into a war zone.Hope you’ve enjoyed the series. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what you thought about it.
No. 10 - Grizzly Man
A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. He was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. The films explores their compassionate lives as they found solace among these endangered animals. (IMDB)No. 9 - Trouble the Water
A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning. (IMDB)No. 8 - An Inconvenient Truth
Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. (IMDB)No. 7 - The Celluloid Closet
A comprehensive documentary of the history of gays and lesbians in cinema, from negative to positive reflections of gay characters and the troubles of actors and actresses. (IMDB)No. 6 - The War RoomA behind-the-scenes documentary about the Clinton for President campaign, focusing on the adventures of spin doctors James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Bill Clinton himself is almost never seen. (IMDB)No. 5 - Super Size Me
Morgan Spurlock conducts an unscientific experiment using himself as the guinea pig: eat only MacDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day. If he is asked by the clerk if he would like the meal super sized, he has to say yes. And by the end of the thirty days, he will have had to have eaten every single menu item at least once. (IMDB)No. 4 - Waltz with Bashir
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. (IMDB)No. 3 - Roger and Me
A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. (IMDB)No. 2 - The Thin Blue Line
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas, Texas. Briefly, a drifter (Randall Adams) ran out of gas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway (David Harris). Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies. Then, their stories diverged. Adams claimed that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. Harris, however, said that they were stopped by police late that night, and Adams suddenly shot the officer approaching their car. The film shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case. It strongly makes a point that the circumstantial evidence was very flimsy. In fact, it becomes apparent that Harris was a much more likely suspect and was in the middle of a crime spree... (IMDB)No. 1 - Hoop Dreams
This documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they follow their dreams of becoming basketball superstars. Beginning at the start of their high school years, and ending almost 5 years later, as they start college, we watch the boys mature into men, still retaining their "Hoop Dreams". Both are recruited into the same elite high school as their idol, former Detroit Piston superstar Isaiah Thomas. Only one survives the first year; the other must return to a high school closer to his home. Along the way, there is much tragedy, some joy, a great wealth of information about inner city life, and the suspense of not knowing what will occur next. (IMDB)
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Hoop Dreams: Friday 30 September, 10pm
First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But most importantly, both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes. It is their faith in the game that unites their family and gives each person hope. And it is this faith that ultimately allows them to build upon their failures as well as their triumphs and make for themselves a potentially better life.
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Our countdown of the 50 Greatest Documentaries to See Before You Die continues as Morgan Spurlock talks to Mr Brainwash, the man behind Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop.Also on the show, we meet the filmmakers behind some of the greatest feature-length documentaries ever made, including Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Fahrenheit 9/11, Man on Wire, Murderball and GasLand.
No. 30 – Fahrenheit 9/11
Following up on 'Bowling for Columbine', film-maker Michael Moore provides deep and though-provoking insights on the American security system, the level of paranoia, fear, uncertainty, false values and patriotism, which all combined together to set a stage for George W. Bush to launch a war on Iraq instead of focusing on getting the real culprit(s) behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (IMDB)No. 29 – Man on Wire
On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his passions and friendships, and the details of the night before the walk: getting cable into the towers, hiding from guards, and mounting the wire. (IMDB)No. 28 – GasLand
It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. (IMDB)No. 27 – Tarnation
Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, and part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. The story begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication. He is catapulted back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. (IMDB)No. 26 – Murderball
Quad rugby as played by the US team, between 2002 games in Sweden and the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. Young men, most with spinal injuries, play this rough and tumble sport in special chairs, seated gladiators. We get to know several and their families. They talk frankly about their injuries, feelings in public, sex lives, competitiveness, and love of the game. (IMDB)No. 25 – Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California's deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron's rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are. (IMDB)No. 24 – Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. (IMDB)No. 23 – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to Jim; their children's TV show (she was a puppeteer and singer), success founding the 700 Club, co-founding the Trinity Broadcast Network, and starting PTL Network; her nondenominational version of Christianity reaching out to all; and, their building of Heritage USA, a theme park. Things fall apart as money woes mount for Heritage and for Jim, as Tammy takes pills, and as Jerry Falwell takes PTL. Jim goes to prison; she remarries, finds herself alone again, yet remains unsinkable. (IDMB)No. 22 – Shut Up and Sing
In 2003, the female country band, The Dixie Chicks, are at the top of their game being one of the most successful bands of all time. However with the US invasion of Iraq about to begin over frustrated worldwide objections about this needless war, one of the Chick vents off the cuff in concert about being ashamed of US President George W. Bush. This statement sparks a firestorm of organized and personal right wing attacks against the Chicks for daring to think they have the right to express a negative personal opinion about the President. This film covers the band's effort to ride out the turmoil that would leave their careers under a cloud, but would eventually give them a opportunity to grow as great artists who bow to no one. (IMDB)No. 21 – Exit Through the Gift Shop
The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. (IMDB)
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We’re into the top 20 of Current’s 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die as Morgan Spurlock’s brings you another batch of amazing factual films.
Taking us up mountains, on the bus, through subway tunnels and back out on the street again, episode 4 in the series offers up some truly great documentaries including Capturing the Friedmans, Touching the Void and Bowling for Columbine.
Here’s your chance to get a taster of the films we included from 20 to 11 in the countdown.
No. 20 - Capturing the Friedmans
In the late 1980's, the Friedmans are seemingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious - Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced - but the sons talk of their father, while also not being always there for them, as being a good man. This façade of respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. (IMDB)
No. 19 - Touching the Void
In the mid-80s two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. (IMDB)
No. 18 - Food, Inc
The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. (IMDB)
No. 17 - Street Fight
This is one of those documentaries that continued to surprise & goes to show just how slimy & supposedly powerful these longtime politicians can be. Worse than anything is the way all those around the mayor all think that just because he's the mayor, he's immune to everything. The previous mayor Sharpe James is such a slimy jerk it's disturbing and somebody needs to put this guy in his place. He is exactly like so many other politicians who say one thing like the previous Governor of N.Y. Elliot Spitzer who crusaded against prostitution than gets caught doing it himself. How this guy James became mayor is beyond my comprehension as he is so loud, brash, a racist against his own. In any other society wouldn't be anything special. Just as the saying goes, which is supposed to be a positive remark, it also applies negatively as well, "Only in America." A good documentary that if you already despise politics will make you despise them more, and to those that like them, it will open your eyes to the ugliness that is just about all campaigns, especially here in the U.S. A truly disturbing, but interesting film to say the least. (IMDB)
No. 16 - Bus 174Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all Brazilian TV networks, this shocking and tragic-ending event became one of violence's most shocking portraits, and one of the scariest examples of police incompetence and abuse in recent years. (IMDB)
No. 15 - Crumb
This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb's own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual. (IMDB)
No. 14 - Dark Days
Singer was permitted to use a 16mm Bolex on loan from a camera house in New York without up-to-date payments. He was given left-over film stock on a "pay-later" basis from Kodak and other resources. The lab in New York that processed his negatives and prints also granted him this favor. He began editing on a flatbed, before he was granted the use of an avid at practically no charge from a friend of a friend. He also had complete and total creative control over the project and its final cut, also a rarity. (IMDB)
No. 13 - The Fog of War
Documentary about Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, who subsequently became president of the World Bank. The documentary combines an interview with Mr. McNamara discussing some of the tragedies and glories of the 20th Century, archival footage, documents, and an original score by Philip Glass. (IMDB)
No. 12 - Bowling for Columbine
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. (IMDB)
No. 11 - Paris is Burning
This is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish. (IMDB)
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50 Documentaries To See Before You Die presents an exclusive interview with Al Gore on The Inconvenient Truth.
Former Vice President Al Gore is Chairman and co-founder of Current Media. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Al Gore is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit he founded to educate citizens in the U.S. and around the world about solutions to the climate crisis. He is a member of the board of directors of Apple, a senior adviser to Google, a partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and is a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance and An Inconvenient Truth, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis and is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Al Gore is the co-winner, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
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For episode two of 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die, Rural Missouri was the location for this episode in which Morgan Spurlock cruised past the farms and fields on his way to meet Levi O'Brien, young preacher and star of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's controversial hit "Jesus Camp." The film examined the hysterical (in several senses) antics at Pastor Becky Fisher's evangelical children's summer camp where the kids were encouraged to speak in tongues and told that Harry Potter was the devil. Fisher was widely criticised in the aftermath and the camp (temporarily) closed. But what about the kids? The documentary is now five years old and Levi in his late-teens. Morgan ventured into the world of Christian fundamentalism to find out.
Notable interviewees include Penelope Spheeris; Alex Gibney; Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky; Al Gore; Stacy Peralta; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Nick Broomfield; Luc Jacquet; Tony Hawk; Jared Leto; and Aisha Tyler.
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There are 12 million people living unlawfully in the United States. In this episode of Vanguard," correspondent Mariana van Zeller explores the lives of two of them: a senior at UCLA named Ilse who crossed the border from Mexico in the trunk of a car at age 3 and a strawberry picker named Filemon who lives in an Oxnard flophouse with 19 other people so that he can send money back to his family in Oaxaca. In their stories, van Zeller finds testament to both the power of the American Dream and the absolute failure of American border policies.
Illegal Immigrants USA
Monday 8th August, 10pm
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Vanguard is Current TV's no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.There are 12 million people living unlawfully in the United States. In this episode of... more
Morgan Spurlock begins the series by touching down in sunny Florida. He is traveling to meet Billy Mitchell, star of Seth Gordon’s cult documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Billy is the controversial gamer whom everybody loves to hate, a man of legendary bravado and mullet, a genius of the joystick. But what effect did the film have on his life? Did he mind being cast as the baddie? And is he still the king of Donkey Kong? Morgan is on his way to find out.
But before he gets there, Morgan counts down from No. 50 to 41, gaining insights from a range of directors and commentators, including Kevin Macdonald; Jeffrey Blitz; Seth Gordon; Stacy Peralta; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Donna DeLory; Alex Gibney; Brian Graden; Nanette Burstein; and Henry Rollins.
No. 50 - Spellbound
Every spring since 1925, Scripps Howard newspapers sponsor spelling bees at grade schools across the U.S. Ten million kids competed in 1999. This documentary follows eight of them as they win regional bees and prepare for the national contest in Washington D.C. (IMDb)
No. 49 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for 'public indecency' in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards. (IMDb)
No. 48 - The Kid Stays in the Picture
The meteoric rise, fall, and rise again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Adapted from Mr. Evans's tell-all autobiography, the movie takes the audience on an intimate journey into the mind of this Hollywood legend. (IMDb)
No. 47 - One Day in September
The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation. (IMDb)
No. 46 - Little Dieter Needs to Fly
>In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story. (IMDb)
No. 45 - The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years
The documentary follows the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the glam metal sub-genre. Spheeris explores the more famous musicians, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne. Serious issues such as drug usage, alcohol abuse, and censorship are tackled, as well as vanity issues like celebrity and sales. (IMDb)
No. 44 - Burma VJ
Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (IMDb)
No. 43 - When The Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
In August 2005, the American city of New Orleans was struck by the powerful Hurricane Katrina. Although the storm was damaging by itself, that was not the true disaster. That happened when the city's flooding safeguards like levees failed and put most of the city, which is largely below sea level, underwater. This film covers that disastrous series of events that devastated the city and its people. (IMDb)
No. 42 - Catfish
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. (IMDb)
No. 41 - The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. (IMDb)
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50 Greatest Documentaries to See Before You Die presents a special interview with Nanette Burstein.
Burstein was the director/producer of 2002’s The Kid Stays In The Picture, the story of legendary filmmaker Robert Evans and On The Ropes, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2000. She won the Best Documentary Director at Sundance in 2008 for her film, American Teen.
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die premieres Tuesday 2nd August, 10pm
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50 Greatest Documentaries To See Before You Die presents a special interview with Kevin Macdonald.
Kevin Macdonald creates acclaimed documentary and feature films. His documentary, One Day in September (1999), the gripping story of the Israeli athletes who were held hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group, Black September, at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, won the Academy Award. His 2004 documentary about a mountain climbing accident in Peru, Touching The Void, and he recently released Life in a Day, a time capsule look at how people around the world experience July 24, 2010. The English director’s narrative feature films include The Last King of Scotland, based on the dictator Idi Amin of Uganda and State of Play, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die premieres Tuesday 2nd August, 10pm
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Super Size Me: Wednesday 19th October, 7pm
Why is America so fat? This is the question that Morgan Spurlock wanted to answer. He set out to interview experts in 20 US cities including Houston – the "Fattest City in America" – whilst at the same time conducting his own experiment: to eat nothing but McDonalds for 30 days straight.
There were four rules:
1. No options. He could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!);
2. No 'supersizing' unless offered;
3. No excuses. He had to eat every item on the menu at least once;
4. No giving up. He had to eat three square meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. The results shocked even the doctors who were monitoring the experiment.
The winner of a host of international awards, this unmissable documentary has really got the world talking, and the junk food peddlers running scared.
Super Size Me
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The wild tiger is among the world's most endangered species, pushed to the brink of extinction in large part by poachers who are killing the animals for profit. The illicit tiger parts trade is worth billions of dollars and nowhere is it more active than in China, the world's leading consumer of illegal wildlife. Nearly two decades ago, the Chinese government instituted a series of conservation efforts ostensibly aimed at saving the tiger from what appeared to be its imminent demise, but correspondent Adam Yamaguchi goes undercover and exposes flagrant and widespread violation of China's tiger trade laws. At the heart of Yamaguchi's investigation are China's many tiger parks, touted as safe-haven preserves. In truth, as evidenced by the material that "Vanguard" gathers, these parks may be anything but.
Monday 1st August, 10pm
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Vanguard is Current TV's no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.The wild tiger is among the world's most endangered species, pushed to the brink... more
50 Greatest Documentaries to See Before You Die presents a special interview with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
This co-director/producer duo created The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), a look at the rise, fall and ultimately, acceptance, of former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner as told by Messner herself. Their 2005 film Inside Deep Throat explores the origins, circumstances and aftermath of the pivotal and iconic pornographic film.
50 Greatest Documentaries to See Before You Die premieres Tuesday 2nd August, 10pm
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From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most remotest regions of the world. What was once one nation's cuisine has, in a matter of 20 years, gone global. But the world's insatiable appetite for sushi comes at a cost. Vanguard correspondent, Adam Yamaguchi, a ravenous sushi consumer since childhood, travels across the country and then across oceans as he explores the threat to his favorite delicacy. Due to its popularity, and thus overfishing, the creature credited with sourcing more sushi than any other, finds itself on the brink of extinction. Adam visits the famous Tsukiji fish market in his ancestral homeland of Japan, where the world's best fish is bought and sold to the vendors from around the world. He also visits the nether regions of the country where leading edge research is underway in an effort to stave off impending doom: the disappearance of the Bluefin Tuna.
Sushi to the Slaughter
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Vanguard is Current TV's no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most... more
Mariana van Zeller investigates Brazil's bold new offensive to transform Rio de Janeiro's dangerous slums (called favelas) as the country readies itself to host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
Gang Wars in Rio
Monday 18th July at 10pm
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Vanguard is Current TV's no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.Mariana van Zeller investigates Brazil's bold new offensive to transform Rio de... more