Monday, April 3, 2017

Children of War: A Journey of Healing and Homecoming

Children of War is a feature-length documentary film directed by Bryan Single and released in 2009. Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, the story follows the journey of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.
Having been abducted from their homes and schools by the Lord’s Resistance Army—a quasi-religious militia led by international war criminal and self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Kony—the children struggle to confront years of brutal abuse, forced combat and religious indoctrination with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, Children Of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war.

Directed byBryan Single
Produced by
  • Bryan Single
  • Farzad Karimi
  • Timothy Beckett
Music by
  • Mark Brandon Hill
  • James Makubuya
CinematographyBryan Single
Edited by
  • Bryan Single
  • Timothy Beckett
Release date
  • November 2009 (2009-11) (USIP)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence

Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army.
Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends.

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting in the Nepalese Civil War. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.
The children describe their dramatic recruitment and participation in the Maoist People’s Liberation Army during the eleven-year civil war between the Maoist insurgents and the Hindu monarch of Nepal. The girls’ stories demonstrate how voluntarily joining the violent Maoist struggle became their only option to escape the gender discrimination and sexual violence of traditional Hindu culture in Nepal. With the major conflict ended and the Maoists in control of the government, these children are now in United Nations cantonments, and return home to communities and families that want nothing to do with them. For many of the children of Nepal’s Maoist Army, the return home can be even more painful than the experience of war.

Directed byRobert Koenig
Produced byRobert Koenig
Brandon Kohrt
Music byHarris Bierhoff
CinematographyScott Ippolito
Edited byRobert Koenig
Distributed byDocumentary Educational Resources
Release date
  • 2008
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States


Friday, March 31, 2017

Truth Has Fallen

A documentary that examines the work of James McCloskey. Mr. McCloskey founded Centurion Ministries, an organization whose mission is to free prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted of murder. It asks how innocent people could be convicted of murder, what could be done to prevent such injustices in the future, and what happens to these innocent people when they are released from prison after years of incarceration? IMDB Summary

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) (2009)

In New York City, four men armed with submachine guns and using code names (Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey, and Mr. Brown) and wearing similar disguises, board the Downtown-bound 6 subway train at different station stops. The men take seventeen passengers and the conductor hostage, isolate them in the train's first car and then separate the car from the rest of the train.

Directed byJoseph Sargent
Produced byEdgar J. Scherick
Screenplay byPeter Stone
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
StarringWalter Matthau
Robert Shaw
Martin Balsam
Hector Elizondo
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyOwen Roizman
Edited byGerald B. Greenberg
Robert Q. Lovett
Palomar Pictures
Palladium Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
October 2, 1974
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$18.7 million



A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men: Bashkim, Emri and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.

Directed byTony Scott
Produced by
  • Tony Scott
  • Todd Black
  • Jason Blumenthal
  • Steve Tisch
Screenplay byBrian Helgeland
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
  • Denzel Washington
  • John Travolta
  • John Turturro
  • James Gandolfini
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byChris Lebenzon
  • Relativity Media
  • Scott Free Productions
  • Escape Artists
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 2009
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$100 million
Box office$150.2 million

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

You've Been Trumped

You've Been Trumped is a 2011 documentary by British filmmaker Anthony Baxter. The film documents the construction of a luxury golf course on a beach in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by developer Donald Trump, and the subsequent struggles between the locals and Donald Trump and Scottish legal and governmental authorities.
When it was announced that the documentary was to be given its British television premiere on BBC Two on 21 October 2012, Trump's lawyers contacted the corporation to demand that the film should not be shown, claiming that it is "defamatory" and "misleading". The screening went ahead. The BBC defended its decision, noting that Trump had repeatedly refused to be interviewed in conjunction with the film.

Directed byAnthony Baxter
Produced byRichard Phinney
  • Donald Trump
  • Michael Forbes (farmer)
Release date
  • 3 May 2011 (2011-05-03) (Hot Docs Canadian International
    Documentary Festival)
  • 21 October 2012 (2012-10-21) (United Kingdom)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£18,191

The Making of Trump

This 2-hour HISTORY special delves into The Donald's past, filling in the details and digging up the truth behind his legendary rise, fall and comeback. IMDB

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