The Romany Trail Part One takes us on a search for the lost gypsy tribes of Egypt, up the Nile to the ancient town of Luxor in the shadow of the great Pharaoh’s tombs. Along the way, from the markets of Cairo to the temple of Karnak, we meet dancing girls and acrobats, magicians, fortune-tellers and even mystics performing an exorcism. The programme culminates in the rhythms of Flamenco, in the gypsy caves of the Alhambra, where some of Spain’s foremost gypsy families celebrate their history.
The fascinating inside story of Apple Corps, The Beatles' very own multimedia corporation that became one of the most colourful, outlandish and chaotic companies that ever existed.
Music/Musical - This thought-provoking documentary examines the ancient musical traditions of China and the near-elimination of them during the Cultural Revolution of the 1980s. Among the subjects observed: one of the less than 100 Chinese citizens who can still play the traditional zither-like instrument known as the ququin, and a wild wedding celebration in Islamic northwest China.
The Romany Trail Part Two is a penetrating, provocative tour of a fabled people’s existence. It reveals the prejudice they still face daily and which they combat with the lyrics and music they have carried and adapted on their long migrations. Featuring: The music of Django Reinhardt, the ballads of the Holocaust, Hungarian folk musicians and professional restaurant bands, pipers and the greatest names in Gypsy entertainment.
Are you planning to cruise Mexico on your own boat? This video presents almost two hours' worth of little known secrets about where to go, what to see, and what to do on a cruise of Mexico's stunning southern mainland Pacific coast (where few cruisers ever go). Presented as one cruiser sharing tips with another, you will discover where the most romantic, picturesque and charming anchorages are (and which ones to avoid). You'll find out the best spots for snorkeling and swimming, and learn about exciting inland adventures and explorations that will enhance your cruise and make it truly special. The southern mainland Pacific coast of Mexico (south of Manzanillo) is much less visited than the northern coast, and the few cruisers who get there are usually moving fast on their way to or from Central America. However, in many ways it is the most cruiser-friendly and enjoyable part of Mexico's entire coast, including the Sea of Cortez. This is an area to linger.
Documentary / Music/Musical - Reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and comments from friends and Beatles musicologists, this program reveals the story of how their classic songs were written.
In the early 1980s, China was emerging from the repressive Cultural Revolution, which attempted to destroy Chinese classical and folk music. Cautiously, musicians, singers, composers and conductors re-emerged, returning from exile and reviving the ancient music of a vast and ethnically diverse country. This film takes us to that very moment of regeneration, when director Jeremy Marre wove his way across China – from Shanghai to the Gobi desert – battling to avoid the ‘official’ ensembles and discover China’s real musical soul. In Beijing, he was able to film Want Wen Guang, master of the ancient ququin instrument, in a passionate performance any blues guitarist would be proud of; and later we encounter drummer and Taoist priest Mo Zhong, whose hands were broken during the Cultural Revolution in order to keep him from playing. Today, DJs pipe muzak to the workers and the Shanghai music halls echo to the rhythms of the Chinese Tango as China looks to combine past and future.
Feature-length documentary examining the growth of the UK Counterculture in the mid-1960s, and Paul McCartney's involvement with this movement, which had a significant impact on the Beatles' music and their evolution during the latter half of the decade.
Music & Musicals, Rock & Roll Oldies, Singer-Songwriters, Rock & Pop - Former songwriting partners Lennon and McCartney had established successful solo careers by 1973, but their post-Beatles output varied wildly, both with critics and the public, as documented in this engrossing profile that includes many rare clips.
Discover the vibrant city of Oaxaca, a "must see" colonial city on any Mexican itinerary. This video is Volume 3 in a three-part series about cruising Mexico's Pacific coast in your own boat. Presented as one cruiser sharing tips with another, this video explains where to leave the boat on the coast so you can get inland to visit this colorful and historic city, and how to plan the specifics of your trip. Also included are side-trips to the evocative ancient ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla nearby as well as to some of the stunning landscapes nearby. Botanical gardens, glorious cathedrals, petrified waterfalls, exquisite rug weavings, ancient artifacts, lively street performers, gorgeous architecture and the world's largest tree all await you in Oaxaca.
Featuring a wealth of performance clips, archival footage and testimonials from friends, peers and experts, this fascinating documentary explores the legendary collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Focusing on the period of work that began with "Revolver" and ended with "Abbey Road," this feature chronicles the duo's efforts, from the writing to the recording, and examines the impact their partnership had on the world at large.
Producing more than 750 feature films each year, the Indian movie industry could very well become the world's next Hollywood. And with 100,000,000 viewers each week, the market is more than viable. This innovative film goes behind the scenes with the actors, singers and musical directors (including Raj Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar and Kalyanji Anandji) who help create the Bollywood spectacles fans love -- and expect.
The magical tales of author and nature lover Beatrix Potter come alive in this delightful animated collection that follows the amazing adventures of curious mice in the big city, a fishing frog and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a laundress hedgehog. Featuring the voices of actors Prunella Scales and Hugh Laurie, this program is sure to entertain children with its timeless stories full of fun and surprises.
This documentary journeys to the violent marijuana-producing regions of northern Colombia to examine the drug trade's influence on the community and its culture, including a unique style of indigenous music known as vallenato.
Our favourite police men are called together to deal with a gang who rob banks and jewelers. Using their various talents as well as their extraordinary luck, the crooks stand no chance against our men and women wearing blue..
This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chernomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.