Journey into the heart of Brazil with host Robert Beckford to explore the incredible spiritual diversity of Brazil. Travel to the country's seven wonders of Brazilian Christianity, from the spectacular and iconic Christ the Redeemer to the samba beat of Carnival. The religion has existed for over 500 years and is a melting pot of African beliefs, indigenous Indian rituals, and the folk Catholicism of the southern Europeans.
When best-selling author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the Bible outlines the basic parameters for what a sukkah should look like and how it should function, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. Foer thought what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition known as Sukkah City in Union Square Park, in the heart of New York City. Chronicling the competition, the film goes behind the scenes during construction, exhibition, and judging to provide an entertaining and inspiring portrait of the project's visionary architects and structures, and an exciting, singular moment in the American Jewish experience.
In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murders of teenagers Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green in Chicago's Washington Park. In 1998, a group of university students re-investigated the case, and seemingly found the real killer, Alstory Simon. Simon confessed to the crimes, and Porter was released and pardoned, his harrowing ordeal shook the public's confidence in the justice system and led the Governor to vacate the sentences of all Illinois death row inmates.
An intimate exploration of the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents, and doctors, this installment of Frontline examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.
What is the price of citizenship in time of war? What are the limits to government authority over the liberty of a free people? Does the military draft have a place in American democracy? Since the birth of the United States, these questions have driven a defining national debate. This documentary, first aired on PBS, unpacks the history and the arguments that have shaped military conscription in the United States.
During the crack cocaine explosion of the late '80s and early '90s, Michael Dowd, a New York City police officer, brazenly led a crew of crooked cops to build his own empire in East New York. Labeled "The Dirtiest Cop Ever," Dowd turned the department's 75th Precinct into a den of corruption, both protecting and robbing drug dealers while lining his own pockets to the point of bursting with cash and drugs.
A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth's ocean: carbon dioxide. With carbon emissions sharply rising, the silent killer is entering the seas at a staggering rate, raising the oceans' acidity. As a result, the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that form the foundation of the web of life are dissolving. Can experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean before it is too late?
Over the course of a year, it follows those who live in one of the most extraordinary places on the planet, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where man meets wild and nature calls the shots. It's high stakes and high drama across our greatest marine wilderness.
Two unorthodox American scientists, Trevor Valle and Professor Tim King take on Russian ivory traders in the race to secure and research frozen mammoths, emerging from the melting permafrost of Siberia.
The vivid, inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late. With exclusive access to key global decision-makers and health responders, and gripping accounts of victims from the slums of Monrovia to the jungles of Guinea, Outbreak exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic.
On November 11, billions of miles from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it flies around the sun at 41,000 mph. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets from our very origins. The stakes couldn't be higher.
Examines the largest salmonella outbreak on record, sickening six hundred people in sixteen months, and the inability of U.S. food safety officials to adequately prepare for the threat posed by the more dangerous strains of the bacteria.
Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company form a motley troupe of flyers and crashers. Propelled by Streb's edict that "anything too safe is not action," these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. The film traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb's movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky, revealing the passions behind the dancers' bruises and broken noses. Includes performance excerpts.
Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today's most respected rock artists, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind with could be the world's biggest cult band.
Anne Frank's world-famous diary comes to an abrupt end several days before she and her companions in the secret annex were arrested on August 4, 1944. This is the story of what happened next as this nameless young girl and her family were absorbed into the Nazi system of work and death camps. Through eyewitness testimony from camp survivors and historic pictures and film, the brutality and horror of Auschwitz, Sobiborand Bergen-Belsen are revealed.
The fascinating story of a president who knew how to harness the nation's grief over JFK's assassination, and become an unlikely champion of civil rights. Includes rarely seen footage, secret White House tapes, and personal testimony from LBJ's advisors, biographers, friends, and family.
Swiss-born artist and sculptor H. R. Giger is an architect of nightmares and a sci-fi pioneer. He won an Oscar for the iconic monster in Ridley Scott's classic movie "Alien," but who was the man behind the images of sexual, biomechanical horror?
They thought it would last five weeks. Instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour".
Fifty-five years after the publication of "To kill a mockingbird", Harper Lee has published another novel. "Go set a watchman" was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Her new up date of her film, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels and include's interviews with Lee's sister and close friends.
Wrapped in chains and encased in a crate, magician Harry Houdini was dropped into New York's icy East River. Horrified onlookers watched him emerge, unharmed, less than 60 seconds later. Easily the world's most famous escape artist, Houdini mesmerized audiences with astonishing acts of magic like the Water Torture Cell. A circus performer turned gifted artist, Houdini confronted humanity's greatest fears: entrapment, pain, and death.
A documentary film that will tell the bittersweet story of one of the most innovative comedians who ever graced the stage, screen and television, before his untimely death from a drug overdose at the tender age of only 33. Immortalized for his uniquely bold, energetic, and in-your-face comedic style, Chris Farley's off the charts talent cemented his place as a key player in a movement that evolved and redefined the comedic genre.
Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney's complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.