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Western & Northern European History & Politics

Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein.

Tells the inside story of the Irish Republican Army and its political wing Sinn Fein and America's involvement in the "armed struggle" against Great Britain. While America's Irish community has helped supply weapons and money, political maneuvering in Washington has had significant influence on both sides. Film concludes with consideration of the possibility of a settlement to this century's oldest conflict. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS television program: Frontline. 1997. 60 min.

Berlin unter den Alliierten, 1945-1949: Hoffnungen und Entauschungen

Produced by German filmmakers and presented from a German point of view, this documentary uses archival films to illustrate the history of Berlin from the end of World War II through the division of Germany into East and West in 1949. During reconstruction the city is divided into four sectors, administered respectively by the four victorious Allies. In 1948, Berlin is split by the rivalry between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union who impose a blockade on the three Western sectors. The Western Allies counter by supplying the city by air-- The Berlin Airlift.

Berlin's Hidden History

Berlin, the capital of reunified Germany is a city with a glittering present and a dark past. A historian leads the viewer through the new Berlin, revealing the many traces of history in a city that served as Frederick the Great's, Bismarck's, and Hitler's capital before it became the front line of the Cold War and the place where the Berlin Wall was built and destroyed. Learn that there is more than meets the eye at the Brandenberg Gate, Potsdammer Platz, Nazi buildings, Jewish cemeteries, Check Point Charlie, and many other places steeped in history.

Berlin, Metropolis of Vice

In the period between the first and second world wars, Berlin transformed itself into the Babylon of the world. Degenerate cabarets, bars, and clubs catering to every sexual daydream sprung up like mushrooms. Censorship was all but non-existent as corruption comingled with culture and political liberties. Bonus content: In-depth interviews with key historians and writers; Audio commentary track on Berlin by filmakers Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell. c2006. 45 min.

Bloody Cartoons(Why Democracy? Series)

Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world...The director films in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people who played key roles during the "cartoon crisis." Critics of the cartoons claim that they were racist and Islamophobic. Investigates such questions as: How tolerant should we be, of the intolerant? And what limits should there be if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy?

Blue Danube?

The Danube, the world's most international river connecting 18 countries, is at the heart of a very modern dilemma -- how to create prosperity through trade and development without destroying the environment? This program examines the consequences when more than one country shares what a river has to offer, investigating how the Danube has become a new battleground in the conflict between the European Union's transport and agriculture lobbies, and environmentalists fighting to preserve the river's unique ecology. Originally broadcast on the television program Lifeonline in 2004.

Boomtime, 1948. (People's Century, 1997.)

After World War II, the USA enjoyed unparalleled prosperity while Europe and much of the rest of the world suffered from devastation, lack of food and other necessities, and unemployment. The American Marshall Plan assisted Europe greatly in its recovery from the war and helped Europeans learn the 'American way' of doing things. Europeans began changing their economy by themselves and became consumers as well as producers. This prosperity lasted until 1973, when the certainty of cheap oil and a world dominated by the West was over.

Brandenburg Bricks; Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand

Contents: Brandenburg Bricks (1988, b&w, 30 min.) -- Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand (1990, b&w, 60 min.) The first part of this documentary shows the brickmakers of Zehdenick, a small town in Brandenburg, and their grim living and working conditions. Made less than 2 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was banned by the East German authorities and only allowed to be shown after cuts were made. The second part of the documentary was made in the same town after the wall came down.

British Transport Films Collection

On and Off the RailsIn 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.

British Transport Films Collection: On and Off the Rails

In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.

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