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Documentary – The Amazing Mistery of the Crop Circles!

Crop Circles - Swirl

Crop Circles - Swirl

Every summer, throughout the South of England and many other places around the world, crops are used as a giant canvas on which strange geometrical shapes of extreme complexity are painted by unknown artists. some say they’re a man made hoax, some that its aliens. Regardless of what the answer to this question is, the truth is that they’re truly amazing.

Attracted by the underlying mistery behind the crop circle phenomenon, the Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winner documentary filmmaker William Gazecki, embarked on a voyage of discovery to try and explain, or at least begin to understand the crop circle phenomenon, which resulted in the release of the 2002 documentary “Crop Circles: Quest for truth”.

If you like this video, you should also watch the one on UFOs and US military!

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Documentary – Vincent Van Gogh – The power of art!

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

Find here the BBC produced documentary on the life of Vincent van Gogh conducted by Simon Schama, as part of the acclaimed “The Power of Art

Vincent Willem van Gogh (; 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

Van Gogh loved art from an early age. He began to draw as a child, and he continued making drawings throughout the years leading to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during his last two years. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes of flowers, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

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If you liked this video you should check out the ones on Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock!

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The best UFO documentary I’ve ever seen – “I know what I saw 2010”

UFO

UFO

The documentary “I Know What I Saw” change the way we see the universe. Director, James Fox assembled some of the most credible UFO witnesses from around the world to testify at The National Press Club in Washington D.C.. They were: Air Force Generals, US astronauts, military pilots, commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries. Governor Fife Symington from Arizona stated said, it: “will challenge your reality”.

If you liked this video you should check out the one about Crop Circles!

Watch here the full 2010 documentary “I know what I saw”

While technically a UFO refers to any unidentified flying object, in modern popular culture the term UFO has generally become synonymous with alien spacecraft; however the term ETV (ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle) is sometimes used to separate this explanation of UFOs from totally earthbound explanations.

Proponents argue that because these objects appear to be technological and not natural phenomenon, and are alleged to display flight characteristics or have shapes seemingly unknown to conventional technology, the conclusion is then that they must not be from Earth. Though UFO sightings have occurred throughout recorded history, modern interest in them dates from World War II (see foo fighter), further fueled in the late 1940s by Kenneth Arnold‘s coining of the term flying saucer and the Roswell UFO Incident. Since then governments have investigated UFO reports, often from a military perspective- and UFO researchers have investigated, written about, and created organizations devoted to the subject. One such investigation, The UK’s Project Condign report, notes that Russian, Former Soviet Republics, and Chinese authorities have made a co-ordinated effort to understand the UFO topic and that State military organizations, particularly in Russia, have done “considerably more work (than is evident from open sources)” on military applications which have stemmed from their UFO research. The report also noted that “several aircraft have been destroyed and at least four pilots have been killed ‘chasing UFOs’.

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Documentary – Sir Norman Foster – “Building the Gherkin”

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

At the end of the Last Century, the european insurance conglomerate Swiss Re didn’t find a suitable space to group its operations in London’s financial district. It mandated world acclaimed architect Sir Norman Foster to solve the problem, which he did by proposing a building that would change the architectural paradigm, shifting from boxed like skyscrapers to a cigar shape which was popularly named the Gherkin. In the year 2000 the city of London granted the permit to construct it. It was occupied by Swiss Re’s employees in 2004. This is the famous documentary on its history “Building the Gherkin”.

If you liked this video watch the one on Zaha Hadid and the groundbreaking GuangZhou Opera House!

Watch here “Building the Gherkin”. Fast forward to minute 2 to skip the introduction.

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (German: Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG), generally known as Swiss Re, is a Swiss reinsurance company. It is the world’s second-largest reinsurer, after having acquired GE Insurance Solutions. The company has its headquarters in Zurich. Founded in 1863, Swiss Re operates through offices in more than 25 countries.

Its London office is located in the award-winning 30 St Mary Axe tower, which opened on 25 May 2004. 30 St Mary Axe is London’s first environmentally sustainable tall building. Among the building’s most distinctive features are its windows, which open to allow natural ventilation to supplement the mechanical systems for a good part of the year.

The landmark London skyscraper, designed by architect Norman Foster and popularly known as ‘the gherkin’, was confirmed sold on 5 February 2007 for over £600 million (US$1.18 billion) to a group formed of IVG Immobilien AG of Germany and Evans Randall of Mayfair.

Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM Kt. (born 1 June 1935) is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice, Foster + Partners.

Foster was raised in Manchester in a working-class family and was intrigued by design and engineering from a young age. His years observing Mancunian architecture subsequently influenced his works, and was inspired to pursue a career in architecture after a treasurer clerk noticed his sketches and interest in Manchester’s buildings while he worked atManchester Town Hall.

Foster gained an internship at a local architect’s office before submitting a portfolio and winning a place at the University of Manchester School of Architecture. He subsequently won a scholarship to study at the Yale School of Architecture in the United States of America.

Foster returned to the United Kingdom in 1963 and set up a practice, Team 4 which became Foster + Partners. His breakthrough building was arguably the Willis Building in Ipswich in 1975 and he has since designed landmark structures such asWembley Stadium and 30 St Mary Axe. He is one of Britain’s most prolific architects of his generation. In 2009 Foster was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.

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Documentary – The Life of Mark Rothko – The Power of Art

documentary from Simon Schama‘s famous series, The Power of art, on the life of Mark Rothko, from his beginning to his impact on american twentieth century art and the world in general.

Mark Rothko, born Marcus Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was a Russian-American painter. He is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he himself rejected this label, and even resisted classification as an “abstract painter“.

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Wikileaks Documentary!

Wikileaks Documentary

Wikileaks Documentary

A fully fledged documentary on Wikileaks, the nature of leadership of its founder Julien Assange as well as recent evolutions and its situation after the Irak war scandal.

WikiLeaks is an international, online, self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks,  and whistleblowers. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organisation, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director. Kristinn Hrafnsson is the only other publicly known acknowledged associate of WikiLeaks as of 2011. Hrafnsson is also a member of the company Sunshine Press Productions along with Assange, Ingi Ragnar Ingason and Gavin MacFadyen.

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Documentary: God and the Universe!

String Theory: God and the Universe

String Theory: God and the Universe

Throughout the history of human kind, from the understanding of our world as being flat, to string theory and evolutionary darwinian theories, science has fought against the prejudices of religions. Currently, through advances in theoretical physics, we are as close as ever to unveil the hidden equations that would unify the very large with the very small, quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory. However, there is a conceptual battle that has been going on since the dawn of civilisations between science and religion, as we draw closer to answering some of the fundamental question dealing with the origins of the universe, the pitch for this war is as confusing and blurry as ever. Where does science stop and metaphysics and the need for a transcendent being and religion start?

 

Watch this God and the Universe documentary for points of view and information on this subject!

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Philippe Petit: Man on Wire Documentary

Philippe Petit Walk on Wire: Twin Towers

Philippe Petit Walk on Wire: Twin Towers

On the 7th of August 1974, a man by the name of Philippe Petit, wire walked from one of the World Trade Centre towers in lower Manhattan to the other, only armed with a pole, his body shockingly small against the immensity of the abyss that opened below . This is a documentary of the planning, walking and aftermath of the achievement which grasped people’s imagination.

Philippe Petit (born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, on 7 August 1974. For his feat (that he referred to as “le coup”), he used a 450-pound (200-kilogram) cable and a custom-made 26-foot (8-metre) long, 55-pound (25-kilogram) balancing pole.

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Cultural Beacons: Zaha Hadid and the Guangzhou Opera House Documentary

Zaha Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House

Zaha Hadid, CBE (born 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

Guangzhou Opera House  is a newly constructed Chinese opera house in Guangzhou, Guangdong province,People’s Republic of China.

In April 2002 an International Architectural Competition attracted Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rem Koolhaas andZaha Hadid – each producing detailed designs.[2][3] In November 2002, Zaha Hadid’s “double pebble” was announced the winner and the groundbreaking ceremony was held early in 2005.

The theatre has become the biggest performing centre in southern China and is one of the three biggest theatres in the nation alongside Beijing’s National Grand Theatre and Shanghai’s Shanghai Grand Theatre. May 2010 saw American filmmaker Shahar Stroh direct the premiere production of the opera house: Puccini’s opera Turandot which had in previous years been a controversial opera in China.

The project cost 1.38 billion yuan (approx. US$200 million).

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The Elegant Universe

A three part documentary on the origins of the universe. Produced by Nova and conducted by Brian Greene!

Cosmogony (or cosmogeny) is any scientific theory concerning the coming into existence, or origin, of the cosmos oruniverse, or about how what sentient beings perceive as “reality” came to be. The word comes from the Greekκοσμογονία or κοσμογενία (from κόσμος – “cosmos”, “the world”) and the root of γί(γ)νομαι / γέγονα (“to be born, come about”).

The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model of the early development of the universe.[1] The most commonly held view is that the universe was once a gravitational singularity, which expanded extremely rapidly from its hot and dense state. While this expansion is well-modeled by the Big Bang theory, the origins of the singularity remains one of  the unsolved problems in physics.

The Elegant Universe: Einstein‘s Dream

The elegant Universe: String’s the thing

The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

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