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Archive for the ‘Must See’ Category

Here you have a list of movies which are the best in their field, or which cover a wide area of understanding, in such a manner that by seeing only this film, or by reading only this material you will get very fast a high awareness on that specific topic.

2 Years of Mind Debugging

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 15, 2013

Welcome all and thank you for your attention.

Today we celebrate two years from the day I published my first original article directly to this blog.

“Born” as a development of the “Debug Your Mind” category on “Analytic Vision“, my first blog, now Debug Your Mind, followed especially by readers from USA (according to the WordPress statistics), has:

  • 75 posts, out of which 54 public;
  • over 100 videos, I wanted to count them, but my browser blocked 🙂 ;
  • 18 categories;
  • Visitors from 100+ countries, the most views being in order: USA, Romania, UK,  Canada, Australia, Italy, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Germany, France;
  • Most viewed post: Top 10 best documentaries on the 9/11 history falsification (1300+ views);
  • Most searched Google terms: “best 9/11 documentary”;
  • Most popular topic I’ve written about: Must see.

It’s not much, I know, especially since I have kinda neglected the blog, but it’s relevant for the information it gathers altogether. I am glad to have been read and to have influenced people to get awareness about different topics, like civil rights & liberties, food, democracy and media.

I invite you to explore and to recommend to others this blog, as it is one of the greatest things you can do, at least as long as the internet is free of censorship.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully, Stefan Alexandrescu,

The Mind Debugger.

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The War on Democracy (2007)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 10, 2013

This is a must-see masterpiece. John Pilger is a reporter, journalist and filmmaker who worked for the past 40 years making tens of documentaries about the injustices all around the world. This is one of his best pictures, centering on the 2002 American coup d’etat at Hugo Chavez’s presidency. The movie proves how CIA and American-backed traitors have executed a bloody attempt to remove from power a democratically chosen president, in order to set in motion an oil mafia controlled by U.S. powerful people.

It speaks in general about the longstanding imperialistic neo-colonizing policy of the U.S. after WW II – the author counts more than 50 attempts to overthrow governments worldwide. And it speaks in particular about this shameful event which occurred 11 years ago in what was then a peaceful country. This is a true case study which exposes “the American way” all down to its rabbit hole.  This documentary will open your eyes upon this subject.

My opinion: 8/10.

The trailer

The whole movie – part I (go from video to video to see the whole movie)

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The Myth of Positive Thinking

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on March 3, 2012

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

 

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Farewell, Comrades!

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on November 26, 2011

On November 14th 2011, I participated at the screening of the first episode of the historical TV documentary from the miniseries “Farewell, Comrades!”. The discussions were interesting, as it was an event organised by the Romanian television, with the participation of Alexandru Solomon, Romania’s greatest documentary filmmaker alive. At the event, Christian Beetz, one of the German film producers, has answered some of the questions about the making of, both from mr. Solomon and the public. Alecu Solomon: De ce cred ca “Adio, Tovarasi!” (Farewell, Comrades!) este un proiect important [pdf ] Read here his interview on hotnews.

Directed by a leading European filmmaker with solid international experience, the series “FAREWELL, COMRADES!” will be of global historical significance. A dense network of eight leading European coproducers makes ”FAREWELL, COMRADES!” a true European project:

Agitprop (Bulgaria)
Bestafilm (Poland)
Havas Films (Hungary)
Hifilm (Romania)
Hypermarket Film (Czech Republic)
Lystopad/ Mark Edwards (Ukraine)
Trigon Production (Slovakia)

Before giving you the technical information, I was totally impressed. I am a passioned documentaries fan and I can solemnly say I have never, in my life, seen, such a well-organized, international and facts-providing initiative, which can truly be called historical. The challenge is to surprise the impact of communism on the countries from the Central Europe (Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia) and Western Europe (Czechoslovakia, Poland, East Germany) which were behind the Iron Courtain, starting the 1975 moment, until the fall of the USSR, from the points of view of the survivours, which have sent postcards. These postcards, now investigated as historical documents, provide important insights which have not come out until 2011. The documentary offers a unique perspective on the social dimension: how did the day-to-day existence of those who lived in thos times actually looked like? Considering it documents events from 30-40 years ago, this builds upon the fact I already stated my chronicle of Red Gloves.

The official trailer

The effort is not only one of documentation for video purposes, but also for a multimedia platform, open to the whole world as a library. The media platform is an enhancement which would make the Frontline news show media platform from the PBS channel look tiny. It allows thematic search, cronological searchand and interactivity. I really think this is the future of documentary in the XXIth Century.

Lena Thiele, Creative director and cross-media producer, is developing and producing new formats in the field of documentary film, online, mobile and games.

The platform also shows footage of the video archives studied, but not selected for the film – which you may watch online and comment about.

 

The narrative structure also has a creative appropach, as it is a dialogue between a young woman (Tatjana Neksrov) in her 20s, which is researching about the horrors of communism, and her father (Alexandr Neksrov, the film director), which tries to explain to her how the things were. I haven’t ever seen such an inciteful manner of presenting a documentary subject.

Although I have only seen the first part of the six-part series, it seemed to me to bring an objective perspective. I found the documentary rich in well-documented information, concise, well-done technically and fast paced.

The six-parts documentary has been contracted for airing by these broadcasters from all over Europe:

ARTE France
BNT (Bulgaria)
Ceska TV (Czech Republic)
ICTV (Ukraine)
Magyar TV (Hungary)
Slovak TV (Slovakia)
TSR (Switzerland)
TVP (Poland)
TVR (Romania)
YLE (Finland)
ZDF ARTE (Germany)

Frome here we find out the following:

For the very first time, ”FAREWELL, COMRADES!” fully associates Arte’s three branches, Arte France, Arte GEIE, and Arte Deutschland / ZDF, together with coproducers Artline Films (France) and Gebrüder Beetz (Germany).

… and the network grows on!

”FAREWELL, COMRADES!”  is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

read the full list of partners in French  or in English.

The documentary started airing on November 17th on The Romanian National Television (TVR). HiFilm (The Romanian co-producer) editeda trailer for Romania.

Zelist.ro, the monitor of Romanian web 2.0, has considered the trailer for this documentary one of the most viral videos in the last period.

You may contribute to the presentation of this film in Romanian at Cinemagia, the local iMDB.

Other references:

Nu ratati: Serial fara precedent despre caderea comunismului
Official websites

Corabia lui Sebastian the author also has this blog

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion:

photos 
Synopsis 
exhibition 
Book

web format description 

Torino Film Lab 

TVR începe difuzarea serialului „Farewell, Comrades!”- “Adio, tovarasi!”

 International Cities of refuge Network
ICORN Guest Writer Andrei Nekrasov releases major film documentary ‘Farewell, Comrades!’

Romanian website

International website in German, French, Russian and English.

Dan Tanasescu

Reelisor For more information, please contact the archive coordinator Antje Boehmert at: archive [at] farewellcomrades [dot] tv

Facebook

Iulia Blaga – Adio, dar rămân cu tine?

Later edit:

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has commended this documentary and the film received

Prix Europa 2011 at the European Broadcasting Festival

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Camp FEMA (2009)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 10, 2011

Another great documentary from director William Lewis (or how to turn a low-budget documentary into a historical eye-opener), this is a film to watch in order to understand the times which will come (especially in case you still had any remaining dreams or wishful thinking about US). 

In case you didn’t know, Bush jr and Obama have managed the creation of a network of huge concentration and labor camps all around US, thousands of them , each of them having the capacity of retaining thousands of prisoners. This grid, perfectly similar to the German concentration camps, is waiting to be populated with American citizens and generally speaking anyone who is imprudent enough to be suspected of acts against government.

FEMA is a national agency, military ran, which has the authority of declaring law enforcements actions of soldiers against citizens for pretexts of crowd “control”, betting on the fact there will be a social rise against the economic crisis, for detaining everyone and anyone.

This is actually associated with the massive surveillance grid, which in reality has the purpose of domestically spying their own citiyens for alleged acts of terorism. The law, structure, military and techonology now exists to create what Steven Speilberg’s brilliant anticipation foresaw in “Minority Report”

Seems familiar?

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

See also extended trailer:


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Der Untergang / The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (2004)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 8, 2011

Nominated at the Oscar for best foreign language film. It won Amanda Awards, Norway for best foreign film, Audience award at Bavarian Film Awards, best foreign film at British Independent Film Awards, best screenplay at Mar del Plata Film Festival, best actor in an international film at  Santa Barbara International Film Festival . It has been selected oficially in the Toronto international film competition. It is considered by iMDB constant users 94th best motion picture in history. Also considered one of the best war movies ever made.

I recommend the extended version (178 min, almost 3 hours).

It seemed to me one of the best films with documentary value about the war of Hitler. I have read a lot of books on the war of Hitler and the people behind the atrocities the nazis commit during WWII. And this film fits in the portrait of the dictator and of the historical situation like a piece of missing puzzle. It totally makes you feel like you are there. The accuracy of the film is stunning. Well worthing its fame, it is a must see.

My rating: 9 / 10 (A perfect movie)

Trailer spoken in German subtitles in English

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Priveste înainte cu mânie / Look Forward in Anger (1993)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 30, 2011

I have always considered that sharing with foreigners documentaries about Romanian realities is an act which helps me understand better my own culture by watching their reactions to the Romanian content.

This is not a documentary. It is a fictional story, inspired by reality. Considering this Romanian picture was done about two decades ago, I would say that everything the trailer says is true: it is a film about current day Romania. The profetic nature of the film lays in its first 5 minutes. This is one of the films that any foreigner should see in order to understand what happened to Romania after the 1989 Revolution.

Starting from the drama in the small universe of a family, extending it to the whole city and then to the whole nation, the structure is very powerful. Here we have all the typical characters, but not in a stereotypical manner. They make sense and they do create rage.

The magistral ending tells the story of those who cannot tell their story. Their story, the drama of the survival is only to common for those who are already half dead inside.

I remember I was watching with a friend of mine from Belgium Alexandru Solomon’s Kapitalism, and she was surprised to find out some things which seemed very natural for me.

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

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The Money Masters

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 22, 2011

This is not as much a documentary, as a 3h 30 min lecture on the history of the money in USA. There are no interviews, no footage, but only pictures, overlapping with ample quotes and narrating voice-over.

Still, this is the MUST SEE video which would help you understand extensively how the things are happening today. At a first glance, it might look as something passable, but this is the absolute basis for understanding any past, present and future economy. It is well documented, well synthetised and well narrated.

Following this presentation, you will understand:

  • why did the Roman Empire last so long
  • why it was important that actual money have a correspondent in gold
  • how the Federal Reserve in US is a private bank which has the right to print as many dollars as they wish, lend it to the state of USA and then illegaly tax the American citizens
  • how the Central Banks came around and how they work
  • the Rothschild family history
  • the truth about the reunion at the Jekyll Island
  • and many, many more…
  • If you are into economy, you are not allowed to miss this presentation and take notes!

If you like this film, support real research by purchasing the full quality DVD here
http://www.themoneymasters.com/430-2/

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Casino Jack (2010)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 18, 2011

Director George Hickenlooper, not much known, but the author of some brilliant other movies, takes the true story of an American lobbyist which has managed to scam tens of millions of dollars and, through his story, he creates a portrait of American political scene which will make you understand how things work in America and how laws are made.

This docudrama is also one of the best parts for Kevin Spacey (the greatest since American Beauty – he also got a Golden Globe nomination for best actor). Funny, brilliant, excellent. Great script, great acting. A true masterpiece. A movie you will love to watch again and again. Definitely, a must see.

My rating: 8 / 10 (masterpiece)

Enjoy watching it!

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Top 10 Best Documentaries on the 9/11 history falsification

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 11, 2011

“September Clues – No Planes Theory” (2008) is absolutely the best documentary on what did NOT happen on 9/11. I know, I know, every person has the right to live in ignorance and it is imporantant to respect the wishes and preferences of everyone. But this film absolutely makes clear in many obvious way that if you still believe there were Arabian terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center towers, then you are plane (sic!) fucking stupid! (pun intended)

Enjoy watching it – it’s the least you can do to deal with the horrifying tuth it presents.

My rating: 10 / 10  (one of the most important eye-openers ever made in human history)

1. September Clues – No Planes Theory (2008) FULL MOVIE

OTHER great documentaries about 9/11:

2. 9/11 in Plane Sight trailer

9/11 in PLane Sight Director’s Cut FULL MOVIE

3. Loose Change trailer

 

4. 9 / 11 Ripple Effect 1 of 9 (just go from clip to clip to see the full movie)

5. Fabled Enemiesread my entry on this blog about it

6. The 9/11 Chronicles: Part I. Truth Rising (first 3 minutes are only the “entry”) FULL MOVIE

7. Terrorstorm – A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism

8. 9/11: The Unofficial Story (2009)

9. 9/11 Coincidences  (although a presentation, not a documentary)

10. The Al-Quaeda Files Part 3: The Man Who Knew – Frontline PBS season 21, episode 3 (aired October 3, 2002)

See the documentary here.

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Manusi Rosii / Red Gloves (2010) by Radu Gabrea

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 1, 2011

Together with Cel mai iubit dintre pămînteni / The Most Beloved from the Earth by Şerban Marinescu and Binecuvântată fii închisoare/ Bless You Prison by Nicolae Mărgineanu, this is the best non-documentary feature I have ever seen about the Communist jails. Inspired by a real fact, it dramatizes the real story of a young student in Cluj Napoca, in the late 50s and early 60s.

The historical set is this: in 1956, the Hungarians were encouraged by CIA to start a Revolution against the Russians. The Americans backed down on their intentions and the Russians entered Budapest with the tanks. The leaders of the movement have been jailed or killed, and a period of opression started against all the Magyars and the Szekelys, including those living in Transilvanya, a region of Romania with a special status. The Communist regime in Romania has been the toughest from all the Socialist countries in the Central Europe during the Cold War. As a Romanian, when I saw Das Leben Der Anderen I really didn’t understand why those people were complaining, compared to what happened in Romania during the Gheorghiu-Dej and Ceauşescu regimes.

“Red Gloves” is the adaptation of the journal written by the main character, condemned and tortured for a crime he never commited, forces through torture to condemn people to jail. The film really presents the heart of the issue from a human perspective and helps us understand the system, the opression and the conditions then. The music is absolutely superb.

Radu Gabrea is one of the most talented, yet less known film directors in Romania, especially since he preffered doing films in Germany during communism. Unfortunately, you wonţt find a great deal of information on the Internet Movie Database about those.

I have fortunately participated, two months ago, to the official launch of the picture in Cluj-Napoca, where the film director, the author of the book and the main actor participated. The hall was very warm. One of the most impressive things was that one of the participants at the launch has confessed it is the most realistic depiction of the jail conditions he also has experimented, as a political prisoner.

If you want to read further on Romanian communism,  there are a few non-Romanian recommendations I would have:

Les espions russes de Staline à Poutine : Les dossiers secrets by Patrick Pesnot & Monsieur X, chapter about Romanian Revolution
Revolution 1989: Fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebastyen, chapter about the Romanian Revolution
The books are also available in Romanian, from Litera International.

and the documentary Videogramme einer Revolution, directed by Harun FarockiAndrei Ujica.

“Manusi rosii” can be seen in cinemas across the country.

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

Trailer:

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Century of the Self

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on July 18, 2011

“Century of the Self” – Adam Curtis’ documentary on how the western culture was radically transformed through widespread manipulation, public relations, advertising and research design. Here we have extended information on the research that has been done in the years ’70- ’80 concerning values and the categories that were developed based on those studies – I’m not only talking about the Maslow extended pyramid that he developed based on the suggestions of Clare W. Graves (not mentioned in the documentary), but also about the criteria, metaprograms (especially the self-others and need-want to dichotmies) and VALS I and VALS II systems.

My rating: 10 / 10

(A revolutionary documentary well-worth of being part of the history of mankind)

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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on July 17, 2011


Nominated at the Emmy awards for best picture, best screenplay, best editing, best sound mixing and best casting. You could call it “The Social Network”‘s little brother. It is the dramatized version of the historical development, contracts, backstabbing and deals of how personal computer and Windows came to power. The main characters in the film are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. More accurate than “The Social Network” and more true to reality, the production portrays the seed of a war which is still going on. Watching this, you will understand how things evolved. An ironic depiction of capitalist greed (which went unpunished) and the American Dream, it is a must see for all those who wish to earn money through the internet and putting things into perspective you could actually call it a historical movie. Find out how IT empires were built!

I have to recognize although I hate the morals of the main characters,the actors very effectively portrayed the toughness of the American entrepreneur. Used with discent, it is a great and inspiring power. 

My rating: 7 / 10 (Very good movie) 


 



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Food, Inc.(2008)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on July 14, 2011

Nominated for best documentary feature at the Oscars and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary by Directors’ Guild of America, this brilliant production is the best on alimentation and food.

Although a lot of the issues presented are rather specific to the US, the system is the same or similar in other countries as well. Although in some countries in Europe (such as Belgium, Italy, Hungary), there are very strict regulations for labeling food and what is allowed for aliments to contain, in other countries, it is not, and there is a very strong lobby from the corporations to discard it.

If you will watch it not as a documentary about a situation in US, but about a mechanism that is transforming wordlwide agriculture, you will discover  it is a global problem, which sooner or later will start knocking on your door. The way in which people consume food has changed so radically, that in order to satisfy in the most profitable manner the consumers’ desires, the companies have dropped all safety standards and have moved them so far beyond conceivable, that it might shock you to find out how the food you eat is being produced.

If you want to live, you cannot afford not to care about what you eat. Anything less than gaining awareness means disease or death, for you and all your loved ones. Watching this might be the most important decision you have taken in a while. This up-to-date take on such a major issue is approached with maximum professionalism and with a budget which helps get the message across in a creative design.

A must see. A masterpiece. My rating: 8 / 10. 

Trailers

 

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Iraq for sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on July 12, 2011

Director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films stand behind a great series of documentaries produced on actual and relevant issues.

This is the best documentary on the war in Iraq released until now and the best documentary on any war that I have ever seen in my life. I have seen a lot of documentaries about US’ wars over energy resources (especially Iraq, Afghanistan – sure hope to see soon something about Lybia) and I have read some very good books on the war in Iraq, but this tops it all.

From A to Z, you will understand why the 2nd invasion of Iraq marks not only a new kind of warfare, but also a new kind of combatant in a war: it is the first time in the known history of mankind when a Government hired a private army to colonize a country. The film depicts the horrible mockery that this whole business has been to the state of Iraq, to the American soldiers and to the tax payers. Who benefits the most out a war which has no chance of ending in our lifetimes?

How do these companies waige war against another country without suffering any consequences for their actions?

What does this new kind of war means to the world?

How is the US Army killing and making sick its own soldiers for the profit of a few?

How are the contracts assigned and what is the importance of lobby and connections?

This documentary brings into light absolotely scandalous information, at first hand and gives us a full range perspective on the implications, mechanisms and characteristics of this war.

If you would only have one documentary to choose to understand the topic of Iraq war, this is the one. A definitely must see.

Warning! While it does not depict any visual violence, the greed depicted might make you sick!

My rating: 9 / 10 ( A perfect documentary)

Film trailers

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