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Conservative SA film to screen in the US

South African documentary film, Fatherland has been selected to screen at the Portland Film Festival (PFF), which is situated in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Fatherland, a documentary by South African film-maker Tarryn Crossman, tells the tale of a group of Afrikaner boys who attend a nine-day military camp programme. The programme starts off with basic military training and getting everyone into shape. Once the true intentions of this programme are revealed; it basically forces these boys to question their place in the ‘New South Africa’ as Afrikaners and as white people.

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Fagbug

Jun. 8th, 2014 08:09 pm
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After somebody spray painted the words “fag” and “u r gay” on Erin Davies Volkswagen Beetle because it had a rainbow sticker on its rear windshield, despite the initial embarrassment, she decided to leave the graffiti on her car so that others can see the type of harassment and prejeduce that goes on...
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It is on! The new Spacetime Odyssey has begun. *squee*

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At the end of the Roman- Byzantine domination of Africa, a woman known as al-Kahina ruled with almost absolute power over many of the Berber tribes threatened once again by foreign conquests. After the fall of Carthage in 692-3 AD, she truly became the symbol of Berber resistance to Arab invaders. Her character may have been somewhat exaggerated but she was certainly one of the great figures of Tunisian history. Not much is known of her private life except that the term al-Kahina, “the priestess” or “the soothsayer” was a name given her by the Arabs because of her famous gift of prophecy. Various sources gave her the name of Dihya. Her father’s name was said to be Tatit or Matiya (Mathew) and her grandfather’s Tifan (Thesphanes). She is also thought to have married a Greek, her second husband, perhaps, and to have had two sons. Of the nomad tribe of the Jrawa, she was almost certainly a Christian..At the time of the Arab conquest, she was already very old and had ruled over most of the Berber tribes for over 35 years. Blessed with supernatural powers, it was said that she went into a trance, undid her long hair, struck her breast, and, in an ecstatic state, foretold the future. She died soon afterwards, after a last and violent battle, not far from a well which for a long time bore her name. A regal and courageous figure, full of authority, wisdom, and knowledge and entrusted with a divine mission, Dihya- al Kahina symbolized the love for her homeland and resistance until death to any form of servitude.

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The Island President tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced--the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

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After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Afghan pop Idol is taking the nation by storm... but this is more than just a TV show. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing.

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We Were Here documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years. It provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support.

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Scott Rickard set out to do what no musician has ever tried — to make the world’s ugliest piece of music. At TEDxMIA, he discusses the math and science behind creating a piece of music devoid of any pattern.

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In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when values diverge, in an attempt to build greater security for all.
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Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes.
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In September 2011, an international group of scientists has made an astonishing claim – they have detected particles that seemed to travel faster than the speed of light. It was a claim that contradicted more than a hundred years of scientific orthodoxy. Suddenly there was talk of all kinds of bizarre concepts, from time travel to parallel universes.

So what is going on? Has Einstein’s famous theory of relativity finally met its match? Will we one day be able to travel into the past or even into another universe? In this film, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores one of the most dramatic scientific announcements for a generation. In clear, simple language he tells the story of the science we thought we knew, how it is being challenged, and why it matters.

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Worse Than War documents Daniel Goldhagen¹s travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis. In a film that is highly cinematic and evocative throughout, he speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers, and journalists, all with the purpose of explaining and understanding the critical features of genocide and how to finally stop it.

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If a key indicator of the health of a democracy is the state of its journalism, the United States is in deep trouble. In Rich Media, Poor Democracy, Robert McChesney lays the blame for this state of affairs squarely at the doors of the corporate boardrooms of big media, which far from delivering on their promises of more choice and more diversity, have organized a system characterized by a lack of competition, homogenization of opinion and formulaic programming.

Through numerous examples, McChesney, and media scholar, Mark Crispin Miller, demonstrate how journalism has been compromised by the corporate bosses of conglomerates such as Disney, Sony, Viacom, News Corp, and AOL Time Warner to produce a system of news that is high on sensationalism and low on information. They suggest that unless citizen activism can reclaim the commons, this new corporate system will be characterized by a rich media and an ever impoverished, poor democracy.

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Synopsis: In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.

Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.

We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, "This is our revolution, this is our war". A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?

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This is a documentary I recently watched, Can We Get Married. It is about a couple in Devon, UK, who both have Down's syndrome and who encounter all sorts of complications as society bars them from enjoying the most basic of civil rights one could imagine - the right to get married with the person you love.
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Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, asks for new grassroots stories and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia. A powerful talk from TEDGlobal 2011.
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Professor Brian Cox uses the Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture to address the main challenges in bringing science to television. He tackles the risks in simplifying science for a television audience, the perils of abandoning fact in the name of balance and the importance of making science on television intellectually and emotionally engaging.
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Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.
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