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Inequality and the 1% in the UK: Can the Brits Afford Their Rich?

Picture credit: Social Issues India Video Oxford University Professor, Danny Dorling, unpacks the latest research into how the lives and ideas of the 1% impact the remaining 99% in the UK. He says there’s a new cleavage opening up. The 1% used to have a more diverse group of professions, but increasingly it is concentrated in the financial sector. Britain’s 2,200 bankers earn over a million euros annually. In comparison Swiss bankers earn only half as much. A consequence of this growing division is that the UK now has...

Making Sense of the Millennial Generation

Picture credit: Fox Video Millennials are broadly defined as people born after 1980. Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Centre outlines a few distinguishing characteristics of the Millennial generation based on research done in the U.S. 1) Millennials are the most non-white generation (at least insofar as research in the U.S. demonstrates). 2) They are very liberal in their social and cultural values. 3) Millennials are not attached to the idea of marriage. 4) Many Millennials are not religious. 5)...

Feminists Fight Back: The Woman's Body as a Site of Political Struggle in Iran

Picture credit: Cinema for Peace Video From Sharia law to women's rights, how have women managed to fight back in the theocratic state of Iran? Who are these women? What are their stories? The documentary Women on the Front Line tries to answer these questions by talking to women’s rights activists who have been in the thick of the struggle for gender equality in Iran. Produced by Sheema Kalbasi and directed by Hossein Fazelli, Women on the Front Line is a beautifully filmed documentary that provides a spellbinding picture...

The Tax Free Tour

Picture credit: Tax Justice Blog Video Building on its notoriety following the Marikana massacre, mining company Lonmin’s disrepute is growing further with the Alternative Information and Development Centre’s revelation that the company transferred R1.2 billion to a tax haven in Bermuda. If you’ve ever wondered how tax havens work, Backlight director, Marije Meerman documentary The Tax Free Tour will take you on a fascinating journey through the inner workings of tax avoidance. She exposes a financial world...

What Makes Art Valuable?

Picture credit: Gallery Intell Video Art critic and journalist, Alastair Sooke, goes inside the glittering world of the super-rich to explore the remarkable stories behind the top ten most valuable paintings in the world sold at auction. The documentary tells the stories behind the astronomical prices of art and why the world's richest people want to spend their millions on it. This BBC documentary bears witness to the shocking wealth of the world's super-rich. A somewhat disturbing phenomenon revealed by the film is the...

Three Mining Battles: Uranium, Coal, and Gold

Picture credit: Link TV Video A Link TV report on three important mining battles. United States of America An impoverished former mining community in Colorado hopes that a proposed uranium mill will bring jobs and prosperity until environmentalists step in to try to stop it. Who gets to decide? Filmmaker Suzan Beraza documents the debate in her new film Uranium Drive-In. South Africa Rhinos are killed for their horn. But now in South Africa they face a new threat -- coal. Plans for an open cast coal mine on the...