Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

As eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth”, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

The World’s largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

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Krieg der Patente (2014)

Ein Patent bekommt, wer etwas vollkommen Neues erfindet und seine Erfindung kommerziell nutzen möchte. Mittlerweile stecken hinter all den Dingen, mit denen wir uns tagtäglich umgeben, Patente. Angefangen von der Yogaübung über das Kopfschmerzmittel bis hin zu Genen gibt es in unserem Leben nichts, was sich nicht patentieren lässt. Filmemacherin Hannah Prinzler deckt auf ihrer spannenden Recherchereise anhand unterschiedlicher Fallgeschichten auf, wie in den letzten Jahrzehnten das Patentsystem systematisch ad absurdum geführt wurde.

Microsoft gegen Google, Apple gegen Nokia, Samsung und HTC, Motorola gegen Apple, Oracle gegen Google: Patentklagen sind in der IT-Industrie in den vergangenen Jahren in Mode gekommen. Wir befinden uns mitten in einem globalen Krieg, in dem Patente als strategische Waffen eingesetzt werden. Technologiekonzerne wie Apple und Google geben jedes Jahr mehr Geld für Patente aus, als sie in die Entwicklung neuer Produkte investieren. Sie wollen sich damit die Marktherrschaft sichern.

Als die Filmemacherin Hannah Prinzler erfährt, dass in Amerika mittlerweile auch Patente auf menschliche Gene erteilt werden, fragt sie sich, ob da nicht etwas schief läuft mit dem Patentsystem, und begibt sich auf eine Suche nach Antworten. Auf ihrer Recherchereise besucht sie den englischen Erfinder James Dyson, Patentanwälte und Business-Gurus im Silicon Valley und trifft Lisbeth Ceriani, um von ihr die unglaubliche Geschichte von dem Gen ihres Körpers zu erfahren, das ihr nicht gehört.

Prinzler reist nach Genf zur „Weltorganisation für geistiges Eigentum” (WIPO) und nach Indien, um die globalen Konflikte um den Zugang zu patentierten Medikamenten zu verstehen. In Indien erfährt sie, wie sich die Inder gegen eine Patentierung von Reis oder Yogahaltungen zu schützen versuchen, und trifft Anil Gupta, den „Gandhi der Innovation”. Braucht die Welt wirklich Patente, damit Dinge erfunden werden? Eine Antwort hofft sie am Ende ihrer Reise in der Wüste von Arizona zu finden, wo ein Team begeisterter Autobauer die weltweit ersten „Open-Source-Autos” entwickelt.

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Which Way is the Front Line from Here? (2013)

The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world documenting conflicts in Afghanistan, Liberia and Libya among other locations. Best known for their 2010 film ‘Restrepo’ which was nominated for an Academy Award, the two strived to capture the humanity within conflict situations and with their images they focused on the individuals involved and their experiences of the violence surrounding them. Unfortunately, in 2011 Tim was killed by a mortar blast and this film is a tribute and celebration of the legacy he has left behind and includes Sebastian conducting interviews with those who knew Tim best.

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The Men Who Made Us Thin (2013)

Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, confronting some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin

Episode 1

As obesity escalates, the diet business is booming. In this four-part series, Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, and confronts some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin.

Jacques examines the scientific reasons why so many diets fail long term and why – in spite of this failure – we go back to them again and again. He also speaks to a former director of Weight Watchers and meets other industry leaders, including Slimfast billionaire Danny Abrahams and Pierre Dukan, of the Dukan diet.

Episode 2

In the second of this four-part series, Jacques Peretti charts the story of the fitness industry and examines the links between exercise and weight loss. He speaks to the former Global Head of Health at PepsiCo and asks why the food industry puts so much money into promoting exercise.

Peretti also examines some of the pharmaceutical solutions available for weight-loss as he tells the story of the race to find a safe and effective pill to make us thin.

Episode 3

Jacques Peretti continues his examination of the weight-loss industry and discovers how the World Health Organisation’s recognition of obesity as an epidemic provided millions of new customers for the industry. He also explores some of the latest developments in bariatric surgery and asks how far these trends will go.

Episode 4

In the final instalment of this four-part series, Jacques Peretti asks why the world’s population continues to get fatter, despite the fact that billions are spent on weight loss every year. He travels to America to investigate the parallels between food companies and the tobacco industry and meets the activists battling to introduce laws to tax fatty and sugary foods – and facing fierce resistance from industry.

Separate and Unequal (2014)

Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. In “Separate and Unequal,” FRONTLINE travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a group of mostly white parents are trying to form their own city with its own separate school district, leaving behind a population of black students.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

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