Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Children are tortured in police custody. They are held in prisons in inhuman and degrading conditions. They are denied the due process which should guarantee them fair trials. They are sentenced without ever seeing a courtroom. They are held for years without charge. They are housed with adult prisoners who sexually abuse them. They are beaten by sadistic guards. They are sentenced to death. They are forgotten by the world that walks past the bars of their existence. With unprecedented and unique access to juvenile prisons around the world, this film looks at the experience of incarceration for juvenile offenders in countries as diverse as the USA and India, the UK and Brazil.
Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu, and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hackers, Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information and take on the system, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most powerful interests in the world. Swartz leads the charge in defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act, and pays a heavy price, but not before he challenges his mentor, Lawrence Lessig, to take up his call and lead a crusade to restore our democracy. Snowden is forced to flee the country and ponder his next move.
The Witness – Netflix
Bill Genovese investigates the 1964 murder of his sister Kitty Genovese, a New York woman who was attacked while 38 people allegedly did nothing to help her.
Breaking the Cycle – Netflix
The warden of Halden, Norway’s most humane prison, tours the U.S. prison system to urge a new approach emphasizing rehabilitation.
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart – Amazon Prime
With the suspense of a fiction thriller, Captivated rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naiveté settled the verdict long before the case was argued in court. Captivated makes us question everything we’re told as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur.
Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime (Series) – Amazon Prime
Conspiracy theory enthusiast Ryan deep-dives into mysteries surrounding notorious unsolved crimes, in order to convince his dubious friend Shane that, sometimes, the evidence isn’t always as it seems.
They Call us Monsters – Amazon Prime
Juan, Jarad and Antonio, all young teens, face decades in prison. While the gravity of their crimes is great, these young men are still simply teenagers. Do they deserve a second chance? To some, they’re kids. To others, they’re monsters.
The Price We Pay – Amazon Prime
Smart, eye-opening and incendiary, The Price We Pay examines the timely issue of tax avoidance and exposes how tech giants and Multinationals are stashing trillions offshore and depriving governments of hundreds of billions in tax revenue each year.
Weapons of Mass Surveillance – Amazon Prime
The digital age has heralded a new unprecedented means of surveillance, and as more of our personal information goes online, more of our lives are subject to state-sponsored espionage. Governments with dubious human rights records are now using mass surveillance technology to thoroughly track and quell any murmurs of dissent – and it is western companies that are providing the technology to do so.
Data Centre: The True Cost of the Internet – Amazon Prime
What, and who, powers the internet? If the internet were a country, it would be the fifth largest consumer of electricity in the world. A whopping 247 billion emails are sent through the web every day, and growing. We visit ‘data centres’, the digital warehouses that work day and night as the nerve centres of the next digital economic war.
Evolution of a Criminal – Amazon Prime
What turns a 16-year-old honours student into a bank robber? In this pastiche of interviews, re-enactments and footage, Darius Monroe seeks to answer the question he’s dwelt on since first waking up behind bars in a Texas state prison. Revisiting his victims and accomplices in a confrontation with the past, Monroe explores how one misguided moment can reverberate throughout an entire community.
Murderous Minds (series) – Amazon Prime
Regarding criminality, not many genres inspire as much horror and revulsion as that of a serial killer. A predator in the most savage form. A beastly figure usually preying on the weak, innocent and vulnerable. Deeply-embedded negative and sometimes horrific experiences are the usual catalysts for their reign of terror. Take a look inside these murderous minds.