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History 1001: The Making of Today - Contemporary World History
Guide to primary and secondary sources about contemporary history
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum, moderated a discussion on how neo-authoritarian and “hybrid” regimes have become more sophisticated in their use of propaganda, as he launched the Beyond Propaganda series with the publication of its first report, The New Authoritarians: Ruling through Disinformation
Presenting history as a continuous and evolutionary process, the Cambridge Histories offer a big picture perspective in each subject area, making them essential reading for anyone researching or studying a subject that has an historical element.
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On February 20th 2014, Maidan square exploded. Following this event, President Viktor Ianoukovytch fled the country and left power. Three weeks later, Crimea voted its unification with the Russian Federation. The country is now on the verge of a civil war. How did this happen? The Ukranian Powder Keg is an immersion in a country torn appart, in which each community tries to extricate itself. A country highjacked by far-right militias, inspired by fascist and neo-Nazi ideologies.
PUTIN'S KISS portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked.
Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Active Measures chronicles the most successful espionage operation in Russian history, the US presidential election of 2016. Filmmakers expose an insidious plot devised by Putin to disrupt and control world events.
The struggle for Muslim women's emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism's largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today's tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring.
Moving from Tunisia to Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment. Featuring previously unreleased archival footage and exclusive multigenerational interviews,
For nearly two years, an extraordinary effective terrorist propaganda has been flooding the Internet. Through an unfailing control over social networks and the mass production of ultra-violent footage enhanced by special effects and edited like rap music videos, the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) terrorists have been hammering their hateful message.
How did the Internet become, and in such a short time, some kind of travel agency promoting armed jihad as the ultimate destination? Who are these dreadful terrorist cyber-headhunters? Can we fight against this indoctrination machinery?
This documentary was the first film to explore Frantz Fanon, the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth, were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. This innovative film biography restores Fanon to his rightful place at the center of contemporary discussions around post-colonial identity.
Fidel Castro brought revolution to Cuba in 1959. But the country has been stuck between nostalgia and new beginnings ever since.
With its vintage cars and crumbling facades, Havana looks like it’s stuck in a time warp. But young Cubans are optimistic about the future, and material shortages make for inventiveness. To compensate for the lack of a reliable Internet, for example, they invented "El Paquete," an elaborate information network that stretched across the island thanks to portable hard drives. It brings the Bundesliga, telenovelas and US TV shows to even the most remote villages.
As the 1962 missile crisis finally fades into history, Cuba is slowly opening up. The owner of Havana’s most chic restaurant, "La Guarida," has reached a deal with some young architects: The profits from the restaurant will go towards restoring the old mansion it’s housed in. This kind of trade-off is increasingly common.
Our documentary shows a country caught between upbeat dreams for the future and nostalgic melancholy. It takes us from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, a city famous for its rum, to the Sierra Maestra mountains, steeped in revolutionary romance, and the white, sandy beaches in the north of the island.
In the age of social media, disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have become an increasingly dangerous part of the global information environment. In this illuminating documentary, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times, HBO’s Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven), a number of journalists, educators and researchers working to expose “fake news” discuss its real-life, high-stakes consequences. Drawing from exclusive verité access to the victims and perpetrators of fake news stories and a variety of experts, as well as purveyors and targets of misinformation, AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS sheds light on some of the most dire examples of post-truth culture. The film focuses on several high-profile fake news stories from recent years, including the infamous “Pizzagate” case, the disinformation campaigns that influenced the 2016 presidential election, the Jade Helm conspiracy, and others. Enlightening, galvanizing and unnerving, this feature- length documentary analyzes the human toll of disinformation to paint a dynamic portrait of a phenomena that is said to jeopardize the very future of American democracy.