2020 was a year unlike no other.

Remember in January when COVID-19 was just a whisper and the biggest thing happening was the start of Harvey Weinstein’s trial in New York?

While we have to mention the COVID-19 pandemic that undoubtedly reigned supreme in the on international headlines this year, there were several other major events that shifted the focus of public discourse this year.

This week’s featured documentaries related to the talking points from the first half of 2020.


Untouchable

98 min • 2019

#MeToo #HarveyWeinstein #Hollywood

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The inside story of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein UNTOUCHABLE reveals how, over decades, he acquires and protects his power even as scandal threatens to engulf him. Former colleagues and accusers detail the method and consequences of his alleged abuse, hoping for justice and to inspire chan…

In March, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual abuse.

His stunning fall from grace is chronicled in Untouchable, which reveals how he acquired and deployed his power of manipulation over decades.

In candid, emotional and often painful testimony, survivors of Harvey Weinstein reveal the method and collateral damage of Weinstein’s abuse.


A Moral Debt: The Legacy of Slavery in the USA

49 min • History, Society • 2018

#BlackLivesMatter #Racism #Confederate

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This film explores the protagonist quest into uncovering the true legacy of his slave-owning ancestors. He explores why people across the US are so divided on the subject of Confederate monuments and whether the oppression of enslaved people by his ancestors still has an effect on black lives in the…

The death of George Floyd triggered a wave of mass protests across the United States and other parts of the world, sparking a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In A Moral Debt, we follow the protagonist as he examines the legacy of his slave-owning ancestors, and whether their oppression of enslaved people still has an effect on black lives in the US today.


The Viral Threat: Measles and Misinformation
25 min • Health & Science • 2019

#Vaccines #Pandemic #PublicHealth

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Measles, a vaccine-preventable disease, was eliminated from the US in 2000, but the spread of online misinformation about vaccines has led to the return of this disease as the US battles to contain outbreaks. It has led to a public health crisis that has resulted in more than 800 cases in at least 2…

In early 2020, no-one really thought that we’d be still be living with the pandemic by the end of the year.

This week, COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out in several countries.

While some are willing to receive the vaccine, there are others who remain sceptical.

The Viral Threat: Measles and Misinformation examines how measles, a vaccine-preventable disease, was eliminated from the US in 2000, but the spread of online misinformation about vaccines has led to the return of this disease.

Food for thought perhaps.


Freedom's Fury

90 min • Sport & Adventure, History • 2006

#Polo #Olympics #Sports

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This film tells the heroic story of the democratic Hungarian uprising of 1956 through the lens of the epic Olympic water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union.

Freedom’s Fury tells the story of the democratic Hungarian uprising of 1956 through the lens of the epic Olympic water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union.

Taking place shortly after the Soviets crushed the rebellion in Budapest, the match is remembered as the bloodiest event in Olympic history, transcending the sport and becoming a symbol of freedom to oppressed people worldwide.