Kolyma—Birthplace of our Fear

This is a stunning full-length documentary (two hours and seventeen minutes) about the Soviet prison camps (Gulag) of the Stalin era.  The filmmakers follow the road through Siberia built by slave labour and visit the sites of camps, many abandoned, which produced much of the gold which funded Lend-Lease purchases of weapons in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany (this is the claim in the film; I have not independently verified it).

The video is in Russian, with English sub-titles.  Depending on how you view it, it you may have to twiddle with settings to display the sub-titles and make them legible.  Click the “CC” and “Gear” buttons and fiddle around until you have something satisfactory.... [Read More]

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Born Rich

Apropos 10 Cent’s post about people bribing their way into school, the 2001 film Born Rich is a fascinating look at some of the people who grew up in the richest families in America.

It started as a school project by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the J&J fortune and was eventually released at Sundance and shown on HBO.... [Read More]

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