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Collection of classic documentaries made over the years by the award-winning journalist. Specialising in drawing attention to issues that our leaders would rather keep hidden, Pilger charts the plight of people around the globe. His documentaries have centred on the major social and political issues of the past 40 years, and this collection includes films on Vietnam, The Cold War, Apartheid, and some observations on his homeland, Australia.
|S01E01||The Mexicans||00/00/0000||Documentary on a country dominated by a near neighbour the USA, but rich in oil resources, Mexico. However, in a country dominated with the thought that the revolution is only half over is Mexico a potential Iran on American doorsteps?|
|S01E02||Street of Joy||20/09/1976||1976. How can product marketing methods be applied to politics?|
|S01E03||Pyramid Lake is Dying||00/00/0000||1976. An investigation into the lamentable state of a paiute reservation in the Nevada desert.|
|S01E04||A Faraway Country||00/00/0000||A Faraway Country is an examination of the Czech underground movement known as the Charter 77–an informal civic initiative in communist Czechoslovakia from 1976 to 1992, part of the Communist Soviet bloc. The film shows interviews with members of Charter 77, and others, describing first-hand the totalitarian communist regime.|
|S01E05||Do you Remember Vietnam||03/10/1978||John Pilger, after reporting the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, returns in 1978 to take a look at the Vietnam of three years later and along with David Munro made this documentary|
|S01E06||Vietnam - The Last Battle||00/00/0000||In 1975, John Pilger reported the end of the Vietnam War from the American Embassy in Saigon, where the last American troops fled from the roof-top helicopter pad. He was made Journalist of the Year and International Reporter of the Year for his reporting of the Vietnam War over a period of almost ten years. In 1995’s ‘Vietnam: The Last Battle’, Pilger returns to Vietnam to review those twenty years, seeking to rescue something of Vietnamese past and present from Hollywood images which pitied the invader while overshadowing one of the most epic struggles of the 20th century. And with the embargo on the country now lifted by President Clinton, he describes Vietnam's latest battle against the economic plunder of the country by the United States and other powerful countries.|
|S01E07||The Truth Game||00/00/0000||John Pilger's penetrating documentary which looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race. When the two American atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, they were code-named Fat Man and Little Boy, and President Truman announced after the event: The experiment has been an overwhelming success. These, says Pilger, were words used to describe the awful and horrific carnage of nuclear war. By using reassuring, even soothing language, this new kind of propaganda created acceptable images of war and the illusion that we could live securely with nuclear weapons. Official truths are examined in connection with the bombing of Hiroshima, the buildup of arms by Russia and America, the siting of nuclear bases by the US in Britain and Europe, Ministry of Defence statements about the Cruise missile base at Greenham Common, and other US bases, the amount of government money spent on weapons, 'Civil defence' arrangements and a NATO 'limited' nuclear and chemical war exercise in West Germany, which Pilger describes as 'a dry run for the unthinkable'. Many experts give their views, including Paul Warnke who thinks arms reduction is feasible - 'All we need is the political will to go ahead with it'.|
|S01E08||Japan Behind The Mask||00/00/0000||Denied a sense of nationalism since World War Two, Japanese society slowly re-established itself as a 'corporate society'. This documentary reports on the contrast between the popular image and stereotypes of Japan and the actuality of the lives of ordinary people who do not fit the image.|
|S01E09||Apartheid Did Not Die||01/07/1998||Apartheid based on race is outlawed now, but the system always went far deeper than that. The cruelty and injustice were underwritten by an economic apartheid, which regarded people as no more than cheap expendable labor. It was backed by great business corporations in South Africa, Britain, the rest of Europe, and the United States. And it was this apartheid based on money and profit to allow a small minority to control most of the land, most of the industrial wealth, and most of the economic power. Today, the same system is called - without a trace of irony - the free market. John Pilger was banned from South Africa for his reporting during the apartheid era. On his return thirty years later with Alan Lowery, he describes the extraordinary generosity of a liberated people, but asks who are the true beneficiaries of a democracy - the black majority or the white minority?|
|S01E10||The Last Dream - Heroes Unsung||00/00/0000||1988. An examination of the land stolen from aborigines by British settlers.|
|S01E11||The Last Dream - Secrets||00/00/0000||1988. An investigation of the massive racial inequalities in Australian society.|
|S01E12||The Last Dream - Other People's War||00/00/0000||1988. A look at the complicated relationship that Australians have with war.|
|S01E13||Burp! Pepsi v Coke in The Ice Cold War||13/09/1984||This is the first film made by John Pilger with director Alan Lowery, a fellow Australian. It looks at the worldwide struggle for soft drink supremacy by the Coca Cola company, which illuminates the power of multinational cooporations.|