Checkpoint: Everyday Life in Israel (Full Version)

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Checkpoint (original title: Machssomim) is a 2003 documentary film by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions Israel Defence Forces checkpoints. The film won five awards at various film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Dozens of checkpoints lie scattered throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, manned by the Israeli Defence Forces. Thousands of Palestinians pass through them every day, making them one of the major meeting points between both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many different encounters occur at these checkpoints each and every day, revealing a reality with its own rules and regulations, a reality that has a destructive impact on both societies.

Filmed over two years, ‘Checkpoint’ depicts the harsh and banal routine of these crossing points and documents the day-to-day situations that form a microcosm of the situation. The cameras film in a pure and non-manipulative manner so that the viewer feels part of the experience of ‘checkpoint culture’. The film is an attempt to show the more human side of the situation, and, as with any such depiction, will show all aspects of the human condition – from the ‘jobsworth’ IDF recruits refusing to allow any variation from their ‘orders’, from the most obnoxious of members of the border security police at the Bethlehem checkpoint through to the very humane IDF soldier at the Nablus South checkpoint, we are presented with young men who are ultimately responsible for the overseeing of their country’s security. Balanced by this is the terrible plight of how the situation affects ‘ordinary’ Palestinians. An ambulance stopped and searched, ditto a school bus – both will ensure a lot of anger at such depictions – until it is understood that both modes of transport have been used in the past for the carrying of explosives. It does not alter the impact on the Palestinians themselves – the checkpoints are mostly unacceptable. But the film at least humanizes the process and delves behind some of the headline news.

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The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane? (Full Version)

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The definitive documentary on psychotropic drugging—this is the story of the high-income partnership between drug companies and psychiatry which has created an $80 billion profit from the peddling of psychotropic drugs to an unsuspecting public.  But appearances are deceiving.  How valid are psychiatrists’ diagnoses—and how safe are their drugs?  Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this three-part documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal a dangerous and often deadly sales campaign.

 

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  • Underground Documentaries

    Those with depression should consider a natural alternative: St. John’s Wort. The ancient Greeks used it to help those with depression and mood issues, and the active ingredient, hypericin, comes from a flower. It’s also about $8 for a month’s supply – so Big Pharma’s not making any money. My cousin’s psychiatrist recommended Welbutrin. He refused it and told the psychiatrist that he was going to use St. John’s Wort. The psychiatrist acted like it was just as good as the Welbutrin without all of the side effects. I wonder why he even recommends the Welbutrin? Kickbacks from the drug companies?

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  • rollsthepaul

    On an insane planet, the sane are treated as insane.

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  • Geof Kirby

    Don’t be fooled by this documentary. It’s tone and thrust might pursuade the naive as It may sound and look totally authentic but it was made by the Citizen Commission on Human Rights who are a front group for the Church of Scientology (COS). They hate psychiatry and psychiatrists, not for the lack of applied science or indeed drug company affiliations but because they are in competition with the (imho) lunatics running COS for mind control techniques. Of course, the COS doesn’t explicitly state this but anyone familiar with this pseudo church will be aware of Hubbard’s nonsense.
    Whilst every source dealing with COS and psychiatry has to be treated with some caution, Wikipedia has an article detailing COS’s poisoned and jaundiced viewpoints – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_Commission_on_Human_Rights
    Factor in these comments and the fact that this documentary’s stated facts are unproven (something the COS continually and hypocritically allege about the medical industry) and suddenly many of the allegations fall away. BTW I have no connection whatsoever with the medical industry or profession. I just despise the way the COS goes about slagging off a whole industry for its own nefarious purposes. Sometimes, you have to shoot the messenger.

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