Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage. Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day. (Source: National Geographic Movie posted through May 11th)
By Daphne Matziaraki
When I returned home to Greece last fall to make a film about the refugee crisis, I discovered a situation I had never imagined possible. The turquoise sea that surrounds the beautiful Greek island of Lesbos, just 4.1 miles from the Turkish coast, is these days a deadly gantlet, choked with terrified adults and small children on flimsy, dangerous boats. I had never seen people escaping war before, and neither had the island’s residents. I couldn’t believe there was no support for these families to safely escape whatever conflict had caused them to flee. The scene was haunting.
Regardless of the hardship Greeks have endured from the financial crisis, for a long time my home country has by and large been a peaceful, safe and easy place to live. But now Greece is facing a new crisis, one that … Read More »
The civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed Feb. 21, 1965, at a rally in New York City. Hear from a witness and visit the site of the assassination — in the past, present, and in 360 video. (Source: The New York Times)
Recently ordered released from prison by President Barak Obama, Puerto Rican activist Oscar Lopez Rivera describes how the dehumanization of being incarcerated has forced him to adapt in order to survive.
Listen to U.S. Representative John Lewis and others speak about the first lunch counter Civil Rights Era sit-ins that began in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 13, 1960.
Two hit-and-run deaths in rural Mississippi just a few miles apart highlight a disturbing problem about data collection on possible hate crimes. (Source: CNN)
A jury sentenced Kenneth Clair to death in 1987 for the assault and murder of a 25-year-old nanny named Linda Faye Rodgers, but as the decades rolled by, many of the seemingly solid facts undergirding the case eroded. (Source: ReasonTV)
In 1980, while filming “Stir Crazy” on location in Arizona, Richard Pryor agreed to sit for an interview with a Mormon high school public access cable television show. The interview took place at 7am, before shooting began for the day. After completing the entire one hour long interview, it was discovered that one of the high school student crew members messed up the audio portion of the recording, leaving the complete program in total silence.
After lots of begging, Pryor agreed to re-do the interview provided it took place after his lunch break, which came about 3pm. By … Read More »
Narrated by Daryl Hannah, this fascinating documentary profiles Pussy Riot and their disturbing two-year prison sentences for singing a punk song in a Moscow cathedral. Their message about increased repression under Vladimir Putin’s regime caught the world’s attention like no other—and turned the avant-garde feminist group into a global symbol of freedom. PUSSY RIOT: THE MOVEMENT also includes exclusive interviews with Pussy Riot member Katia Samutsevich, famed Russian journalist Masha Gessen, plus other artists and dissidents. (Source: SnagFilms)
During a C-SPAN Q&A interview, Justice Antonin Scalia discusses Citizens United. He compared campaign spending in the United States to the amount of money spent on cosmetics. “The premise of democracy is that people are intelligent,” Scalia said.