Political documentaries

The Times of Harvey Milk

The Times of Harvey Milk is a historical documentary made in 1984 by Rob Epstein documenting the life and political career of Harvey Milk.   Harvey Milk was the first elected openly-gay official in the history of California, having been elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. H[...]

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal

HistoryPolitical Presenter Robert Gordon 2015 Unrated

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal is a 2015 documentary by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, which looks at a series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.   This political battle attracted millions of viewers in the run-up to the pre[...]

Rick Steves Europe: The Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today

PoliticalSociety Presenter Rick Steves 2014 Unrated

Rick Steves Europe The Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives to better understand a place that is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought ov[...]

Philippines: Democracy in Danger

Two years into his role as leader of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has gained an infamous reputation for his brutal war on drugs.   Duterte's critics are now claiming that he is putting the very democratic institutions that keep him in check under threat. To find out what[...]

The Blair Years

The Blair Years is a three-part 2008 BBC series which gives a unique account of Tony Blair’s ten years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. The series consisted of three one hour long episodes, the first an overview of his ten years as Prime Minister and his often straine[...]

Relatively Free

Barrett Brown is an American freelance journalist and activist who has written for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and many more leading publications and was the founder of Project PM a research collaboration and wiki which served the purpose of facilitating the analysis of hacked emails[...]

The Alastair Campbell Diaries

Political Presenter 2012 Unrated

Alistair Campbell first made a name for himself as Fleet Street journalist for the Daily Mirror, the last remaining major national newspaper to support the Labour Party. He overcame alcoholism to work his way up to political editor and later switched newspapers and performed the same role for the no[...]

The Rise and Fall Of Tony Blair

Political Presenter Andrew Rawnsley 2007 Unrated

A two-part 2007 documentary series by Andrew Rawnsley which examines the political career and personality of the former British prime minister Tony Blair, it charts his rise to power, his years in the job, and his eventual downfall with an insight into the week leading up to his resignation. &nbs[...]

My Hometown Fanatics

SocietyPolitical Presenter Stacey Dooley 2013 Unrated

The town of Luton has become a hotbed of political and religious extremism, with numerous individuals from the local Muslim community having been convicted of terrorism offences and the political pressure group the English Defense League having been founded in the town by members of the Luton MIGS f[...]

Mad Dog and Nazi Nick

Political Presenter Donal McIntyre 2018 Unrated

Mad Dog and Nazi Nick: A 2007 Donal McIntyre documentary which charts the unusual friendship between Jonny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair, an exiled former Loyalist paramilitary leader, and Nick ‘Nazi Nick’ Gregor a former leading German Neo-nazi who claims to have changed his ways and[...]

Travels in Trumpland

Travels in Trumpland: Former Economic Secretary to the Treasury for the Labour Party, Ed Balls travels to the deep South of the United States. While there he immerses himself in the lives of those who put Trump in Power and finds out more about Southern Pride.   This mini-series is split[...]

Darwin's Nightmare

Darwin's Nightmare, a 2004 political nature documentary by Austrian filmmaker Hubert Sauper about the effects of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria.   This predatory fish has wiped out other native species to the lake and is commercially fished to be sold in Europe[...]

The Unbelievers

The Unbelievers documentary follows Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they travel around the world, putting themselves in front of relatively hostile audiences in the name of promoting science and reason.   Both Richard and Lawrence are well-known figures in helping promote public un[...]

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a 2013 documentary by Alex Gibney telling the story one of the most politically aggravating websites of all time, wikileaks.org and its founder Julian Assange.   Australian computer programmer Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and to this d[...]

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