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date: 30th Jan 2015

tags: Music


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On January 21, 1989, on the evening following the presidential inauguration, some the biggest names in classic rhythm and blues performed at the Washington Convention Center at the Presidential Inaugural Concert. The black-tie event would be a historical moment: an official inaugural event featuring some of the finest black musicians of the ’50 and ’60s from Stax and Chess Records including Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge and Carla Thomas, along with several hotshot Texas blues guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan with Double Trouble and Jimmie Vaughan at the height of their careers. Features a six channel audio mix made from a simultaneous 24 track audio recording. A two-hour concert featuring one-hour of performances not included on the public television special.
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date: 30th Jan 2015

tags: Comedy, Documentary


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Jacques Tati, France’s unique master of comedy film, was a loner and did not belong to any school except his own. He kept his distance from other directors and from ideas like the cinéma d’auteur. Yet his four main features, made with meticulous care between 1947 and 1968, were created almost entirely by him, as writer, director and star. Tati invites you to see not the comedian, but comedy itself. That explains why he’s given us the adjective ‘tatiesque’ to describe the delicious absurdity of people behaving… well, as they do!
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date: 30th Jan 2015

tags: Documentary, Music


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Malice of Clipse called it “flawless”. DJ Semtex called it “perfection”. Lupe Fiasco said, “It changed my life forever.” ‘Time is Illmatic’ cemented Nas’ unassailable skills. It was his debut. He was 17. Witnessing peers succumb to drugs, prison and worse, Nas was the urban poet who elegantly elucidated the transition from childhood to manhood in New York’s Queensbridge projects.
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date: 30th Jan 2015

tags: Documentary, Environment, Politics


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During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Huge forest fires raged in California. Climate change was now on the world’s political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


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date: 20th Jan 2015

tags: Documentary, Humanities


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Four modern stories of remarkable courage while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term ‘genocide’. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ‘A Problem From Hell’, WATCHERS OF THE SKY traverses time and continents to explore genocide and the cycle of violence.
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date: 14th Jan 2015

tags: Documentary, Humanities


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Humourous, authentic and compelling, BURT’S BUZZ is a journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz— a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities. Filmmaker Jody Shapiro (How To Start Your Own Country) follows Burt from the pot-bellied stove of his rustic rural lifestyle to another world on the other side of the world, in Taiwan where the septuagenarian is greeted by hoards of his adoring fans.
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date: 14th Jan 2015

tags: Documentary, Music


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The Curse of the Gothic Symphony follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian’s notorious First Symphony. Brian wrote the symphony in the 1920s. It has long been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest, longest and most challenging symphony ever composed.
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