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DOCO . . . BEFORE THE FLOOD (2016, 1hr 36min, IMDb 8.3)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 23 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


BEFORE THE FLOOD presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

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TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UGsRcxaSAI

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_Flood_(film)

AWARDS . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_Flood_(film)#Accolades

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_the_flood_2016/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5929776/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/before_the_flood_2016/

SOURCE . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZfP517E2c (FULL MOVIE)

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DOCO . . . THAT SUGAR FILM (2014, 1hr 42min, IMDb 7.4)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 16 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB_uAOdaAYo

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Sugar_Film

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/that_sugar_film/reviews/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3892434/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/that_sugar_film/

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . HAPPY (2011, 1hr 16min)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 9 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


From the Director of HAPPY, Roko Belic.

“I have long considered myself a lucky person, but spending the last five years exploring happiness for this film has been even more rewarding than anything I could have imagined.

One of my most profound experiences occurred when I spoke to Ed Diener, a world leader in the field of happiness research. He told me that people’s values are the best predictors of their happiness. People who value money, power, fame and good looks are less likely to be happy than people who value compassion, cooperation and the willingness to make the world a better place. That astounded me, but it somehow made sense. People who express their love – who rejoice in the health and happiness of others – are more likely to feel loved and happy themselves.

Since then I have learned that happy people have better relationships, they are healthier and have happier children. They have fewer conflicts and are less likely to commit crimes or pollute the environment. Happy people also tend to be more socially responsible – they improve the communities in which they live.

With results like these, it’s no wonder that a happiness movement has begun, because happiness is good for everyone. The greatest lesson I learned from my experiences making this film is that my pursuit of happiness is not about me. It’s about us.”

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07t9NOV7SwY

STORY . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISOcLS6U6TU

REVIEW . . . . https://www.huffpost.com/entry/happy-documentary_b_1220111

SOURCE . . . Port Phillip Library – https://catalogue.portphillip.vic.gov.au

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DOCO . . . ALBATROSS (2017, 1hr 20min, IMDb 8.1
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 2 August 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, the production team witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.

This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted.

Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

TRAILER . . . . http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/albatross-trailer/#trailer

WEBSITE . . . . https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/ourstory

SOURCE . . . Vimeo has the full documentary at . . . https://vimeo.com/264508490

REVIEW . . . . https://theguardian.com/albatross-film-dead-chicks-plastic-saving-birds

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9914642/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

FACEBOOK . https://www.facebook.com/albatrossthefilm/

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Hi Everyone in the DOCOS and FILMS classes

Last Friday the DOCOS class (with extra FILMS class members) had 37 attendees.
The class was setup with 40 seats.
It’s amazing how things always seem to work out perfectly.
During winter, when many are away, we can combine classes and get away with it.
So this week we will invite FILMS class members to the DOCOS class on Friday.

The DOCO at 1.30 pm on Friday 26 July 2019 will be THE FINAL QUARTER.
It’s about ADAM GOODES, who became Australian of the Year in 2014..
If you can’t attend you can still see the DOCO on Channel 10 until Sunday 17 August.
The DOCO is here https://10play.com.au/the-final-quarter

As most people won’t have a FREE ACCOUNT with Channel 10 you’ll need to create one. To do this click on the link above, then the SIGN IN button, then when you are asked to LOGIN, click on the SIGN UP button at the top of the pop-up.

I look forward to those of you who can make it on Friday.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip

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Hi Everyone in the DOCOS and FILMS class

Jeff Daniels is a Melbourne based documentary maker. If you were in the DOCOS class in 2018 you will remember him joining us for the screening of his documentary film FAIR GAME  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fairgame2

Last week Jeff contacted me with a request. Jeff has just finished a rough cut of his latest feature documentary. He is keen to get feedback from an informed audience. After an exchange of emails that clarified the subject of the documentary, I have agreed to have him screen his film in its rough-cut state this Friday 19 July. U3APP DOCOS and FILMS class members will thus play an important role in providing feedback to Jeff on his film.

So, what’s the documentary about? Jeff has requested that I only say it is a film about the social and political impact of a TV movie from the 1980s. Jeff would prefer the class come in completely ignorant of TV movie as it’s intended to reach a broad audience who are most likely unfamiliar with it.

Trust me, all will be revealed at our Friday session. I know a bit more about the film that I can’t reveal, but I promise it will be good. It is about a BIG ISSUE, equally as relevant today as it was in the 1980s.

FILMS class members have been invited to join the DOCOS class for this session.

See you at 1.30 pm on Friday 19 July 2019.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip

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DOCO . . . Food, Inc. (2008, 1hr 34min, IMDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 28 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


When “Food Inc.” premiered in 2008, it shocked many who saw it. The documentary examines the production of our food, and uncovers some unflattering things about processed food and mass production. In the film, farmers are interviewed and tell viewers facts about big food companies and genetically modified food. This documentary is very well made and worth the watch.

For those interested in the production of food, the film will leave you with plenty of information, and for some, it will have them rethinking the way they shop for food and eat. Even if you do not agree with everything they say, it is still important to watch to get information from both sides.

The film has received mixed feedback, as some saw it as very informative, while others have viewed it as overcritical and biased. Many large food companies declined to be interviewed or have their facilities on film for this movie. Regardless, the movie is a must see, as it uncovers important information on what you are eating and where it comes from. Plus, for those looking to move away from processed foods, the film also provides alternative ways to grow and consume food. Even if you make no changes to your lifestyle after watching the movie, you’ll come out with a higher level of awareness about the food that you see in the supermarket.

TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z9DadeSsGw

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food,_Inc.

AWARDS . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/awards?ref_=tt_awd

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/food_inc/reviews?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/food_inc

SOURCE . . . A DVD provided by class member Lois Daley.
. . . . . . . . . . . Also on YouTube at https://youtube.com/watch?v=wmUvuEDd3eY

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DOCO . . . PICK OF THE LITTER (2018, 1hr 20min, IMDb 7.6)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 21 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil — five determined puppies who, from the moment they’re born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It’s a rigorous two-year process that will take them from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialised trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies will be tested, challenged, and evaluated. But not just any dog makes it all the way to graduation, and only the best of the best will make the cut — who has what it takes to be the pick of the litter?

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW7GVR2c80k

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pick_of_the_Litter_(film)

AWARDS .. . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5644050/awards?ref_=tt_awd

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/pick_of_the_litter/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5644050/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pick_of_the_litter

SOURCE . . . Beamafilm https://beamafilm.com/watch/pick-of-the-litter

ACCESS. . . . Free access if you have a City of Port Phillip library card
. . . . . . . . . . . Create a free account here https://beamafilm.com/loginLib

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DOCO . . . THE WAR YOU DON’T SEE (2010, 1hr 37min, IMDb 8.5)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 14 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?

John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is.

For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z31CfsiDJaw

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_You_Don%27t_See

WIKILEAKS . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDOxTK0OgGI

AWARDS . There are no awards mentioned on Rotten Tomatoes

CINEVUE . . https://cine-vue.com/2010/12/film-review-the-war-you-dont-see.html

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_war_you_dont_see/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809387/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_war_you_dont_see

SOURCE . . . https://vimeo.com/67739294

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DOCO . . . THE SUNSHINE BOY (2009, 1hr 43min, IMDb 7.4)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 7 June 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Imagine not being able to engage with the world around you. Imagine not being able to express your feelings, dreams and aspirations to anyone, even if those feelings, dreams and aspirations are in no way less or inferior to those of other people. Imagine having to depend upon the assistance of others with every mundane task, like dressing or feeding yourself. Imagine living with all of these limitations, despite being of sound mind — aware of everything that is going on around you but incapable of letting anyone know.

The Sunshine Boy is a documentary by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and tells the story of Margret, a mother who has done everything in her power to help her son. Keli is eleven years old and is severely autistic – his mother doesn‘t even know if he understands Icelandic, let alone other languages. Even if Margret holds no unrealistic expectations on behalf of Keli, she has the quenchless thirst for knowledge about the mysterious and complex condition that autism undeniably is. Along they way, Margret meets other families and hears their unique stories about how they too have been touched by autism.

On a course set to include the United States and Europe, she meets with scientists in the field of autism and autism therapies and the parents of autistic children who share her passion: to break down the wall between the children and the surrounding world. This journey becomes lengthier and more dramatic than she envisioned at the start. During the trip, she catches a glimpse of hope that her son can be helped to a larger degree than previously assumed.

Perhaps it is possible to break down the wall of autism and get to know her son?

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7dFl0iCvxQ

AWARDS . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343113/awards?ref_=tt_awd

REVIEWS . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343113/externalreviews?ref_=ttawd_sa_4

IMDb . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343113/?ref_=vi_close

TOMATOES . No report on this documentary

SOURCE . . . DVD from the City of Port Phillip Library

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DOCO . . . BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT (2017, 1hr 30min, IMDb 7.6)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 31 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people in the world. The secrets behind his success form the spine of the feature-length HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. In contrast to his tremendous wealth and influence, Buffett possesses a good-natured human touch. He drives himself to work every day, and even stops by the local McDonalds for an inexpensive breakfast sandwich along the way. To this day, he continues to reside in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

But behind the pleasantly unassuming exterior, he is one of history’s most brilliant businessmen. His ambitions began at an early age. Armed with a deep love of numbers and a desire to be his own boss, he traveled door to door selling newspapers, bubble gum and soda pop as a youngster. He filed his first tax return at the age of 13, and started selling stocks at the age of 20.

He encountered his share of hurdles along the way, including social awkwardness, a profound fear of public speaking and a mixed academic record. Through sheer determination and hard work, he overcame his shortcomings and eventually became the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company that owns some of the globe’s most recognizable businesses.

The film features interviews with Buffett’s family members, friends, and business colleagues whose comments complete the circle of his complicated narrative.

The centerpiece of the film, however, is a revealing conversation with the man himself. Buffet is never less than candid, and expresses appreciation for those who empowered him to succeed in his personal and business-related pursuits. In his plain-spoken, humble and folksy manner, he sheds light on what it takes to achieve and maintain wealth in all aspects of life. We share in his joy when he reflects on the great luck of meeting his wife and buying his first home, and the commitment he feels towards the cause of philanthropy. In fact, Buffett has committed the vast majority of his fortune to charitable organizations, and urges other billionaires to do the same.

Becoming Warren Buffett is a moving and relatable portrait of one of the world’s most fascinating and influential figures.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXg0V2tyhXo

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/becoming_warren_buffett/reviews

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6438096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/becoming_warren_buffett

SOURCE . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB5krSvFAPY

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DOCO . . . The Root of All Evil? (2006, 90min, IMDb 8.3)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 24 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


The Root of All Evil? is a television documentary, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion. The documentary was first broadcast in January 2006, in the form of two 45-minute episodes (The God Delusion and The Virus of Faith), on Channel 4 in the UK. Dawkins has said that the title The Root of All Evil? was not his choice for the title, but that Channel 4 had insisted on it to create controversy.

Dawkin’s sole concession from the producers on the title was the addition of the question mark. Dawkins has stated that the notion of anything being the root of all evil is ridiculous, and is quoted as saying “Religion is not the root of all evil, for no one thing is the root of all anything”. Dawkins’s book “The God Delusion”, released in September 2006, examines the topics raised in the documentary in more detail.

TRAILER . . . There is no trailer. View a short segment of the SOURCE links below.

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Root_of_All_Evil%3F

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/root_of_all_evil/reviews/?type=user
Note that only one Top Critic was brave enough to review this documentary.

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0774118/?ref_=nv_sr_6?ref_=nv_sr_6

SOURCE . . . Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld4X9NQdnog
. . . . . . . . . . . Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzjYuFhcBKM

DAWKINS. . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins

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DOCO . . . LIFE ON US (Year 2014, Length 101 min, IMDb 7.9)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 17 May 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


There is an unexplored “planet” in the Solar System. A strange world of bizarre creatures locked in a fight for survival. This “planet” is the human body and it’s teeming with unknown ecosystems. Our bodies are home to a trillion cells that are not us – but are very much the making of us. Bugs cling to our skin and grasp onto our hair. They live inside our gut, in our blood and even in our brain. They determine our health, body shape, mood and even our behaviour. We are super-organisms, part of an interconnected web of life. This hidden world is brought to life through fascinating personal accounts, breakthroughs in scientific insights and by the use of the latest imaging technologies.

Our health, body shape, mood and even our evolution are determined by the unseen life forms that swarm throughout our bodies. This program looks at the battleground within our bodies and the remarkable new science that is changing our views about health and disease. We take our audience on a safari full of surprises to discover the role that microbes and worms play in our everyday life and the way they’ve shaped us throughout our evolution. As the series concludes, we realise that the key to our existence is in maintaining the delicate balance between ourselves and all the other species that we’ve evolved with – both inside and out. We will never again look at our bodies in the same way.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLSOuW6s1LY

WIKIPEDIA . . No mention of it.

REVIEWS . . . https://abc.net.au/radionational/lifematters/life-on-us/5407066

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6946710/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . No mention of it on Rotten Tomatoes.

SOURCE . . . Part 1 of 2 – https://sbs.com.au/ondemand/234273859562/life-on-us
. . . . . . . . . . . Part 2 of 2 – https://sbs.com.au/ondemand/234273859563/life-on-us

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DOCO . . . The Rise and Fall of Versailles
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


“The Rise and Fall of Versailles” is a three part BBC documentary about Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The three episodes were shown on three consecutive Fridays in May 2019.

TRAILER . . . https://www.zed.fr/en/tv/the-rise-and-fall-of-versailles

REVIEW . . . . https://worklizard.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-versailles/

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library and also on YouTube as below.

Louis XIV (Part 1 of 3). . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZAYuaHxnI
Louis XV (Part 2 of 3). . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG9R69aIEA4
Louis XVI (Part 3 of 3). . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ti8bcaYuQ4

Start the video, then press f for full screen. Press f again to return to YouTube.

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DOCO . . . F for FAKE (1973, 89 Min, IBDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 5 April 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Orson Welles appears as himself in this witty and subversive film essay on fakery and forgery, art and illusion. Taking footage from an earlier Francois Reichenbach documentary on art forgery — based on a book by the literary hoaxer Clifford Irving — Welles worked his own clips into it, re-editing the original footage extensively. In the film, he tells of the success of his own fakeries, from the lies which got him into Ireland’s Abby Theater, to his famous radio hoax about an invasion of Martians, and his subsequent career as an actor and film director. All of these memories are interspersed in a sort of documentary within a documentary about the art forger Elmyr de Hory — a woman who conned Picasso out of almost two-dozen paintings — and musings over the life of Howard Hughes and the man who forged an “autobiography” of Hughes, Clifford Irving. This 1973 production was the last full-length film Welles made.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUAwgt2Z-3Y

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_for_Fake

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/f_for_fake/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . ZERO DAYS (2016, 116 Mins, IMDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 29 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Zero Days is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Zero Days is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber warfare. Beyond the technical aspects of the story, Zero Days reveals a web of intrigue involving the CIA, the US Military’s new cyber command, Israel’s Mossad and Operations that include both espionage and covert assassinations but also a new generation of cyber weapons whose destructive power is matched only by Nuclear War.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8lj45IL5J4

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Days

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/zero-days-2016

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zero_days

SOURCE . . . DVD from the City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013, 84 Min, IMDb 7.3)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 22 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJDxD_UE4ZQ

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/walking_the_camino/reviews/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406422/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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DOCO . . . . KEDI (2016, 89 Min, 7.7 IMDb)
TIME . . . . . 2.00 pm Friday 8 March 2019
VENUE . . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Kedi (Turkish for “Cat”) is a 2016 Turkish documentary film about seven of the thousands of stray cats that live in Istanbul. Cats have lived in Istanbul for centuries. Some are wild and fend for themselves, while others are tame and are cared for by people. Kedi depicts these cats, and includes many interviews with the people who interact with them. The DOCO focuses on seven of the cats, who are named Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, and Deniz.

A TRAILER gives you an idea if this DOCO is of interest to you.

WIKIPEDIA tells you about the making of the DOCO.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedi_(2016_film)

REVIEWS by “Top Critics” are those published in newspapers and magazines.
A RED tomato is a good review. A GREEN (squashed) tomato is a bad review.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kedi_2017/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb the International Movie Data base, is where thousands of people rate the film.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4420704/?ref_=nv_sr_1

ROTTEN TOMATOES has a TOMATOMETER, a measure of what a few hundred published critics think of the DOCO. There is also an AUDIENCE SCORE from thousands of people who have seen the DOCO.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kedi_2017

SOURCE is where the DOCO came from, in this case the City of Melbourne Library.
https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/OPAC/BIBENQ/2322308/244346,1

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DOCO . . . The Times of Harvey Milk (1984, 90 Min, 8.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 1 March 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in United States history, had been serving on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors only 11 months when he, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, a fellow supervisor disillusioned with the constant compromise of city politics and an opponent on gay-rights issues. Harvey Milk interweaves newsreel footage and personal interviews to construct a compelling portrait of these turbulent times: Milk’s rise to prominence in the Castro; Moscone’s emphasis on neighborhoods and the subsequent redistricting that allowed Milk to be elected; his successful fight against Senator John Briggs’s inflammatory Proposition 6; the assassination; White’s trial; and its violent aftermath. The most moving images depict the massive but reverential candlelight march that followed the shootings, a sharp contrast to the riots after White’s infamous Twinkies-defense trial.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jet-Ubwk5l8

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_times_of_harvey_milk

WIKIPEDIA . . . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_of_Harvey_Milk

REVIEWS . . . . . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/the_times_of_harvey_milk/reviews/

SOURCE . . . . . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . A Crude Awakening (2006, 84 Min, 7.8 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 22 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

A Crude Awakening tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The idea that the world’s oil supplies have peaked, or will soon, is gaining mainstream currency.

Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of the New York Times editorial board, writes in the paper’s March 1, 2006, online edition: “The Age of Oil — 100-plus years of astonishing economic growth made possible by cheap, abundant oil — could be ending without our really being aware of it. Oil is a finite commodity. At some point even the vast reservoirs of Saudi Arabia will run dry. But before that happens there will come a day when oil production ‘peaks,’ when demand overtakes supply (and never looks back), resulting in large and possibly catastrophic price increases that could make today’s $60-a-barrel oil look like chump change. Unless, of course, we begin to develop substitutes for oil. Or begin to live more abstemiously. Or both.

The concept of peak oil has not been widely written about. But people are talking about it now. It deserves a careful look — largely because it is almost certainly correct.” Semple concludes: “These are not doomsday scenarios from conspiracy theorists, but hard scientific facts backed by serious research.” You needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to see a connection between America’s current obsessions with the Middle East and national security, and the world’s looming oil crisis. The frenzied search for alternative sources of energy now being pursued by the largest multinational energy corporations makes it clear they also believe a crisis is fast approaching. Each day’s headlines, whether the subject is Iraq or South America, sheds new light on the issue.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=3dZn2kYOlOQ

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . imdb.com/title/tt0776794/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . . . . rottentomatoes.com/m/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash?

WIKIPEDIA . . . . . . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Crude_Awakening:_The_Oil_Crash

SHORT REVIEWS . . bbc.co.uk/films/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash

LONG REVIEW . . resilience.org/stories/review-ia-crude-awakening-oil-crash

SOURCE . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=odCZpBPfFQk

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DOCO . . . Catherine the Great (2005, 120 Min)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 15 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

This two-hour biography of the Russian empress (1729-96) is historically accurate, rich and frequently perverse. It’s hard to resist a documentary in which an historian describes Catherine’s predecessor, the Empress Elizabeth, as “beautiful, Amazonian—a genuine nymphomaniac,” then adds that she also possessed the largest dress collection in Europe and once ordered a woman’s tongue ripped out. Catherine ruled with a spirit of more enlightened principle, consulting French philosophers like Denis Diderot, but she didn’t mind acquiescing to the murder of her husband, royal twit Peter III, to get the throne. Then again, she once found him carrying out a military-style hanging of a rat. History does not grant the man many pity points.

Between interviews with experts on the period, Emily Bruni plays Catherine with unaffected directness, reciting from the empress’s letters and memoirs. Her writings have an elegant precision at odds with the decadent mess of the Russian court.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDznkGf6ZzE

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488986/?ref_=nv_sr_6

TOMATOES . . . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/catherine_the_great_2005

BOOK REVIEW . . https://www.telegraph.co.uk/Catherine-the-Great.html

SOURCE . . . . . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . Pale Blue Dot: Humility (2018, 50 Min, 8.5 TDF)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 8 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

On Valentine’s Day in 1990, a photograph inspired a different sort of poetry.

It was on that day that the Voyager 1 space probe — having finished its tour of the planets in the outer solar system — turned its cameras back toward the Earth and captured the picture that scientist and TV host Carl Sagan dubbed the Pale Blue Dot: our planet seen as less than a pixel, caught in a beam of light reflected off the camera’s optics.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us,” Sagan wrote in his 1994 book of the same title. “On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

Read the full article HERE.

Various ideas from the book “Pale Blue Dot” have been made into documentaries. Carl Sagan, who died in 1996, narrates this documentary. It is a truly inspiring film.

SPEECH. . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPFmdAWRZ0

TRAILER . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bLliItnVBg

TOPFILMS. . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pale-blue-dot-humility/

WIKIPEDIA  . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot

SOURCE . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELnXGG1JLXc

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DOCO . . . The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (2017, 80 Min, 8.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 1 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider’s Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.

TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uM2cdhfAGA

REVIEW . . . . https://www.moderntimes.review/britains-hidden-empire/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6483026/

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider’s_Web

SOURCE . . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/spider-web-britain-second-empire/

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