Most interesting documentaries on Youtube

Water crisis looms in South Africa (Channel 4 News 2018)
The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma could be out of power within days, but residents in Cape Town are facing uncertainty of another kind: their water supply is fast running out.

After three years of relentless drought, a rapidly expanding population and accusations of poor planning by authorities, day zero, when the taps are simply turned off, could be as soon as May.

Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports.
The Coming Global Water Crisis - (Documentary, HD) [2011]
H2WOE India's Water Crisis: A Warning To The World (RT Documentary 2016)
The Indian state of Punjab is undergoing a severe water crisis. Once an agricultural leader in India, it’s now turning into a desert. Farmers and other rural dwellers are going bankrupt over the need to pay for water delivered from other regions. In this drastic situation, the number of suicides has skyrocketed, but the authorities deny that people are killing themselves over the water shortage.

Water has become a luxury for the people in the Indian state of Punjab. Thousands of villages here rely on water deliveries from elsewhere. People have to pay exorbitant prices for water that their state once had in abundance. Farmers can no longer afford to grow food, their crops are dying and they are left with enormous debts. The devastation has led many to take their own lives. Meanwhile the authorities turn a blind eye to the mass suicides.
The reasons behind the crisis are a combination of an unintended consequence of the green revolution in India and global climate change. The agricultural infrastructure built by the government is not effective. Traditional methods of gathering and preserving rainwater offer rural dwellers some relief, but cease to be sufficient during a drought.

The drastic water shortage dictates people’s lives here, with many spending significant amounts of their time on obtaining water: whether it be queueing for a tanker, waiting their turn at a half-dried well or digging reservoirs by hand in the hope of collecting some rainwater. To ensure their families’ survival, they come up with desperate arrangements – such as polygamous marriages; and have to prioritise what to spend their precious water on. RT Doc crew visits the sun-scorched Punjab to see with their own eyes how the task of obtaining water for their households became a matter of life or death for the people living there.


The Living Force
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Part 1- "President: A History of New Russia" - Oligarchs, Chechnya and Kursk
Published on Dec 12, 2018
Part 1 of 3 of the documentary film "President - a History of New Russia". Learn about how Russia's President Putin came to power in the late 1990s and what kind of challenges he inherited in his new role


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Published on Dec 15, 2018 / 50:48 780-HD
The Camp Fire Documentary is a powerful and moving first person account from individuals and First Responders that battled against the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County California on November the 8th, 2018.

This documentary was produced by local film maker - Golden Eagle Films and is powerful, sensitive and heart-felt.


Jedi Master
Nazi medical crimes | DW Documentary [In the Name of Science SWR 2018]
The Allied occupation of Strasbourg on November 23, 1944, spelled the end of the Reich University. Most professors had fled, but Johannes Stein, Dean of the Medical Faculty, stayed on. What did he know about the crimes of the National Socialists?

Most professors had already fled, only a few had stayed on. One of them was Johannes Stein, Dean of the Medical Faculty and grandfather of Kirsten Esch, the author of this film. This documentary is her coming to terms with her own family history. During the Third Reich, this university was seen as a prestige project of National Socialism. Intended as a spiritual bulwark of German culture in occupied Alsace, it was meant to spread Nazi ideology westwards and even eclipse the Sorbonne in Paris. The faculties were staffed with what were purportedly the best minds in Germany, including the Third Reich’s leading lawyer Ernst Rudolf Huber, and the physicist and later peace researcher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker. In her film, the author looks at her grandfather’s role as Dean of the Medical Faculty. What did he know about the crimes committed there? Did he ever visit the nearby Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp, where August Hirt conducted unspeakable "experiments" on human beings? But Kirsten Esch also looks at the Reich University as a place of resistance, and talks about the local students who, led by Alphonse Adam, opposed the compulsory conscription of Alsatian men to the German Wehrmacht. For their resistance, many were sentenced to death.
I have made two attempts to make myself look at this video. Each time I feel shaky and nervous. Do I fight this feeling and watch it anyway or just ignore and move on. Any imput would help me decide.
Wait for appropriate moment. It's not one of those "must watch to survive" documentary, but at the same time it doesn't contains drastic footage.
[Online until: January 30th, 2019]
Neutralizing "Islamic State´s" leftover bombs in Libya | DW Documentary (IEDs bombs documentary)
[The Deminers of Benghazi (TANGRAM International GmbH 2018)]
Unexploded bombs, mines and improvised explosives are being neutralized in Benghazi, Libya. Men are risking their lives searching for deadly devices.

Men, some of them fathers, search for deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with their bare hands in the ruins of Libya's second largest city. So-called Islamic State fanatics hid the IEDs in homes, university buildings and playgrounds when they were forced out of Benghazi. Libyan journalist and cameraman Osama Al-Fitori accompanied the mine clearers going about their dangerous work for two years, documenting how the men searched for, found and neutralized explosives without metal detectors and wearing no protective clothing. The IEDs are the deadly legacy of Islamic State (IS). After the fall of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Islamists seized control of Benghazi in 2014. A bloody civil war ensued. In 2017 Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and his army succeeded in driving the terrorists out of Benghazi. But they left in their wake countless IEDs that continue to claim lives, and hamper any return of normal life. The film shows that clearing Benghazi of these explosive devices is an almost impossible task. But it also reveals a side of Libya that’s rarely seen. It shows that there is more to the country than heavily armed human trafficking gangs, rival tribes and terrorists. There are also people in Libya who want to normalize their country, bring an end to violence and pave the way for a peaceful future.
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