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731: Two Versions of Hell

731: Two Versions of Hell

This is a multi-award winning documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility.

A World Beneath the War: The Secret Tunnels of Vietnam

A World Beneath the War: The Secret Tunnels of Vietnam

In 1965, the villagers of one district of Central Vietnam found themselves on the frontlines of an increasingly brutal war. For these villagers, the war became a struggle for survival. They would choose a remarkable course of action. Rather than flee their ancestral village, they dug a series of tunnels and moved their entire communities underground.

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history.

Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey

Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey

This is the colorful story of Mustafa Kemal, later known as Ataturk, the controversial and charismatic leader of Turkey after the first World War. The documentary traces the rise of modern Turkey, which acts as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East.

Ballad of Greenwich Village

Ballad of Greenwich Village

The artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York's Greenwich Village over many decades changed the face of American culture through their art and politics. This film portrays the important political and social movements that began in the Village: the first interracial jazz club, the earliest Socialist newspapers from before World War I, the Stonewall Rebellion which sparked the Gay Liberation movement and many others.

Banking On Hitler

Swiss banks stand accused of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. At the time, US Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau suspected as much, and began investigating this collaboration. He found the Swiss were not alone. His archives reveal that both British and American bankers continued to do business with Hitler, even as Germany was invading Europe and bombing London.

Battle For Warsaw '44

The Warsaw Uprising was the largest and bloodiest military operation undertaken by any resistance movement in World War II. From August 1 - October 2, 1944 the Nazis were challenged by an underground army of irregular volunteers - the vast majority barely adult. The Poles wanted to free their capital and greet the advancing Red Army as a free people. They counted on help from the Allies but this did not come.

Behind Forgotten Eyes

While Korea groaned under the harsh colonial rule of Imperial Japan from 1932 until 1945, the Japanese military coerced, tricked, and forced more than 200,000 women of Korea into a brutal and systematic form of sexual slavery on an unimaginable scale. Forbidden to leave the rickety shacks hastily constructed near the front lines of Imperial Japan's aggressive wars, often with a blanket as the room's only "furniture", they were forced to have sex with some 30 to 40 men every day.

Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta filmed a documentary focused on changing times in the American South, particularly the tension-fraught Mississippi Delta. The film was broadcast on NBC News in May of 1966 and outraged many Southern viewers, in part because it included an extraordinary scene featuring a local African American waiter named Booker Wright.

Charles DeGaulle: A Profile

In June 1940, a junior general in the French army escaped to London determined to save France after its surrender to the Germans. Charles DeGaulle became the leader of the Free French, and the embodiment of their hope for the future. Arrogant and abrasive, through sheer force of will, he asserted France's position with the Allied powers. When the Allies were ready to recapture Paris, Eisenhower held back his troops to allow DeGaulle to liberate Paris.

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