USA

Documentaries

The Jump


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It’s Thanksgiving Day, 1970, the Atlantic Ocean. A US patrol boat meets a Soviet fishing vessel. A Soviet sailor jumps across the icy water onto the American boat in a frantic bid for freedom. To his horror, and to the outcry of the world media, the Americans return him to the Soviets. Through rare archival footage and a dramatic, first-person re-enactment by the would-be defector, 86-year-old Simas Kudirka, we relive one of the most unpredictable Cold War muddles.

Series

The Pharmacist


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The Pharmacist is an American true crime documentary series. It released in February 2020 on Netflix, the series relates the efforts of Dan Schneider, a small-town pharmacist in Poydras, Louisiana, to identify his son’s killer and how this led to his gathering evidence against a prolific “pill mill” doctor in New Orleans. Available on Netflix.

Podcasts

Serial: Season Two


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In the middle of the night, the soldier Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, some snacks, water and some money. Then he sneaks quietly from a remote outpost of the US Army in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later it appears to him: he is in over his head. A well-made eleven-part podcast that digs into the case that has divided the United States.

Available to listen to where podcasts are available. See this link for further information.

Movies

Lincoln


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Lincoln is a 2012 American biographical film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biographical novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln.

The movie is available at Amazon Prime

Documentaries

American Factory


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A documentary from 2019 about when a Chinese company brings new life to a closed down factory in Ohio, USA. Fascinating story about a culture clash and an American dream in decline. Available at Netflix.