Hitler’s Jewish Prophet
In association with ZED, France and Áhkku Vision, Finland
The strange but true story of “Hitler’s Psychic”, Erik Jan Hanussen, who assisted the Nazis rise to power while keeping his Jewish identity secret. The occultist was murdered in March 1933 soon after he predicted the infamous Reichstag fire which was used to justify Hitler’s assumption of dictatorial powers.
Hanussen’s death at the hands Storm troopers in Berlin as well as his prominent role promoting the bizarre ”magical thinking” behind Nazi ideology became a taboo topic and disappeared into the mists of history… until now.
Did a Nobel Peace Prize-winning arms control agency yield to political pressure and lie about poison gas attacks in Syria to justify Western military intervention?
For three decades, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has worked to eliminate the scourge of chemical weapons. But whistleblowers have emerged and this lauded organization is now mired in an ugly scandal which questions the impartiality of its activities and the political loyalties of top officials.
An explosive investigation into a story the media has refused to cover.
To Stand and Fight
In association with Black Chalk Media and Áhkku Vision, Finland
Carlo, a young gang member decides to leave his life on the streets to investigate the high-profile police killing of his great-grandfather, a Black WWII combat veteran, in the suburbs of New York in 1946.
The shooting of this soldier in uniform prompted public outrage and a Grand Jury investigation and became instrumental in President Truman’s decision to desegregate the US military and an important building block for the civil rights struggle.
Carlo’s journey of self-healing forces him to confront the trauma the shooting inflicted on four generations of his family and the deep racism of New York’s Long Island.
Origins of the Pandemic
In association with ZED France
Did the COVID-19 pandemic occur naturally or is it the result of something that leaked, from a laboratory?
The “lab origin” hypothesis, once maligned as a conspiracy theory, is now taken seriously by many scientists thanks, in large part, to a group of skeptical virologists, molecular biologists and other “scientist detectives” uncovering clues about the virus.Their mission has been derided by powerful political and economic interests. And their reputations are on the line. But they persevere.
A scientific detective story for our troubled times.
Behind the Walls
The controversies over US President Trump’s wall along the Mexican border and the calls for “Fortress Europe” in the wake of the refugee crisis ignore a development vital to understanding how and why the vast majority of the planet’s citizens are today being denied the basic right of free movement.
The film examines the rapid growth of the highly-profitable “border-industrial complex”, a consortium of military and security companies that has garnered almost unchecked influence within the corridors of power while avoiding public scrutiny.
An investigation into the economics of repression.
Blood and Memory - National Geographic Channel
Dress-up GIs and Nazis re-enact the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ in the wilds of Pennsylvania - a journey into the strange world of war reenactors.
An inside look at the natural burial movement at a “green cemetery” in southern New Jersey. A courageous teacher leads school kids on nature walks through the preserve where she will soon be buried and movingly explains this “new approach to death”.
How to Sharpen Pencils
A mock commercial for a tongue-in-cheek book by noted satirist David Rees lampooning cheap late-night hard-selling TV ads.
The Hollywood Economist
A series of short pieces set in various Hollywood locations featuring author Edward J. Epstein explaining the ins and outs of the film business. Epstein, who penned “The Hollywood Economist” column for Slate, offers commentary on the ever-evolving financial realities of the entertainment industry with provocative insights.