Thursday, October 27, 2011


Is paganism a living tradition with roots deep in prehistory or just a collection of superstitions, magic tricks and witches’ spells? Pagans explores the origins, history and beliefs of Europe’s ancient religions.

Sexy Beasts – Looks back to a time before sex was taboo, when humans saw themselves as an integral part of the natural world. Through history and prehistory, the representations of the ancient gods and traditions followed by pagans have been marred by propaganda from other religious groups eager to rein in those they defined as wild barbarians. In truth, the word pagan is a Roman term meaning ‘country folk’, and the general concept of paganism is of oneness with nature and a quest to fully understand the world around us.

Magic Moments – Today magic is used as a form of entertainment. It still thrills us to see an apparently impossible phenomenon happen before our eyes. Reaching back through to prehistoric times, the pagan magicians, who could conjure material from nothing or predict the future, would almost certainly have been held in the highest regard.

Band of Brothers – According to Roman records, the Iron Age Celtic peoples of Britain consisted of war-like tribes – but this could well be propaganda of the age. In 43 AD, as now, invaders found ways of justifying their subjugation of the native people whose country they colonized and whose land they took. Whatever the reality, the image of rough, heavy-drinking hooligans and evil barbarians is what we have been left with.

Sacred Landscape – A strong pagan belief is that the natural world is embedded in all of us. One method of defining the landscape is by building monuments. The construction of tombs at the boundaries of territory illustrates to outsiders that the area is rightfully yours, since it belonged to your ancestors. A succession of ritual monuments known throughout prehistoric Europe, from wooden trackways to henges (stone or wooden circles), suggest the strong influence of altering the landscape as a way of defining territory within the pagan belief system.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Genius of Pythagoras - The life of Pythagoras as a mathematician, mystic and scientist.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

American Hardcore

This is a great documentary about the hardcore scene in the USA.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This is a beautiful documentary about different insects and their environments. There is no narration, just the sounds of nature and a musical soundtrack.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Virtual Revolution

In this four-part BBC series, host Aleks Krotoski takes a look at how the online world has changed us, and continues to shape our world.

Episode 1: The Great Levelling?

Episode 2: Enemy of the State?

Episode 3: The Cost of Free

Episode 4: Homo Interneticus?

Alter Egos

In this award-winning animated documentary we meet two unusual artists. Ryan Larkin was a brilliant filmmaker who ends up panhandling on the streets of Montreal. Chris Landreth is a rising star in animation beginning to experience the kind of adulation Ryan saw decades earlier.

With excerpts of both men's Oscar®-nominated works, this film delves into the tale of Ryan’s descent and the fascinating relationship that developed between the two men. It is a poignant study of artists, addiction and creativity