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OVID is home to an eclectic array of TV and film series: from two British sketch-comedy series made in 1967 and 1968 - both precursors to Monty Python, to a quirky Australian series of short animated films on football (soccer!)

Recently we've added the second season of our most popular drama series, MAISON CLOSE. And of course the greatest strength of OVID's collection is documentaries and a recent addition is WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE about the rise of the religious right in American politics. So there's a lot to choose from for those of you inclined to dig-in. (Note the effort to avoid using the word "binge.")

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  • Reporters Against Power

    6 items

    Journalists have long played a role in the resistance against powerful dictatorships and injustice. Journalist Fidan Ekiz travels to Columbia, Turkey, Uganda, Russia, Myanmar and Hong Kong to speak to the people committed to reporting on the society around them, despite the considerable risks tha...

  • No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism

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    The Russian Revolution. The Spanish Republic. The Paris Commune. The Ukrainian revolution. The Mexican Revolution. From the late 19th century until World War II, anarchists played a key role in these events and in social movements that would shape the world we live in.

    Yet these contributions a...

  • Capitalism: A six-part series

    1 season

    Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. With the fall of the communist states and the triumph of "neo- liberalism," capitalism is by far the world's dominant ideology. But how much do we understand about how it originated, and what makes it work?...

  • Artists and Love (2 Seasons)

    2 seasons

    From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicl...

  • The Hitler Chronicles

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    Mixing political fatigue with populist theses, post-factual arguments and lies, along with emotional appeals ridiculing democratic processes and defaming opponents is not new. Seeing signs repeat themselves is a disturbing experience with a clear political statement and society needs to act again...

  • Fonko (series)

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    The great music revolutions of our times have come from Africa, and the next one is brewing there right now. Soon, our local music industries will be swamped with it.

    From the award-winning makers of 'Concerning Violence' and 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975', narrated by Neneh Cherry and Fel...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey (series)

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    The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an unprecedented cinematic event, an epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold 15-part love letter to the movies begins with the invention of motion pictures...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art (series)

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    Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and ...

  • Maison Close (two seasons)

    2 seasons

    Set in a lavish 19th Century Parisian bordello, the provocative and popular French erotic drama Maison Close invites American audiences into a sumptuous, stylized world where desire and power reign. Following the suppression of la Commune, a short-lived workers’ revolutionary movement in the 1870...

  • A History of the European Working Class (series)

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    The working class has played an essential part of European countries’ history – through revolutions, wars and social progress. In four episodes of a spectacular tale, this show reminds us of what our societies owe to the workers’ movements and its struggles.

    The story begins in the 18th century,...

  • Generation War (series)

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    Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German Band of Brothers, GENERATION WAR vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconsciona...

  • With God On Our Side (series)

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    WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE is a six-hour documentary series treating one of the most important political and cultural stories in contemporary America: the rise to power of the Religious Right.

    This in-depth investigation traces its roots from the anxious "Christian anti-Communism" of the 1950's to th...

  • Barber Shop (series)

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    In this six-episode series, barbers across the world play their role as opinion makers, confessors, story collectors, and barometers of societal shifts. Each installment speaks to the state of our world, offering human resilience as a hopeful perspective for the future.

  • 24 Hours Jerusalem (series)

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    Shot simultaneously by 70 crews, this is a portrait of one day in the life of the world's most famous contradictory city and is a multi-level unique experience. Behind the harsh politics of our days lie personal daily routines familiar to all.

    Following protagonists from all religions and backgr...

  • The New Americans

    1 season

    The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his family in rural...

  • Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death

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    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gently or raging against the dying light? Do we depart with equanimity or with anger? With clenched ...

  • Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy

    1 season

    Directed by enigmatic and brilliant documentary essayist Chris Marker, THE OWL’S LEGACY is an intellectually agile, engaging, and sometimes biting look at ancient Greece, its influences on Western culture—and how many eras have reinterpreted the Greek legacy to reflect their own needs.

    Each of t...

  • Do Not Adjust Your Set (series)

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    With Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, David Jason, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band • 1967

    Written by and starring the future members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle, DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET was broadcast on British TV in 1967, envisaged as a children’...

  • Exile, A Myth Unearthed

    Movie + 1 extra

    It has been depicted in artwork, and lamented in poetry and prayer for nearly 2,000 years: the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland in the first century AD.

    But what if it never happened?

    That is the central, provocative question explored in EXILE, A MYTH UNEARTHED, which looks at exi...

  • Thinking Existenz

    1 season

    A highbrow 10-part series on philosophy, politics and society. Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between our mental models and the...

  • At Last the 1948 Show (two seasons)

    2 seasons

    “Pre-Python comedy gold!” – The Daily Mail

    This ground-breaking, splendidly silly and surreal comedy sketch series, written and performed by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman, was a major milestone on the road to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Each surviving episode...

  • Preserving Worlds (series)

    2 seasons

    Preserving Worlds is a documentary travelogue through aging and beloved virtual worlds. Join us as we explore dated chat environments, appreciate player-created art, and meet people working against obsolescence to keep the communities they care about alive and accessible. Virtual worlds are delic...

  • Far Off Sounds (series)

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    Far Off Sounds is a documentary series that explores how people use, play, and connect with music around the world. Japanese noise artists, Ethiopian jazz musicians, cult leaders, heavy metal cruises and more. The show tells discreet, intimate stories, in the service of the larger, infinitely com...

  • Una Historia Necesaria (series)

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    This gripping series examines 16 cases of disappeared detainees and human rights violations that happened during the heinous dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
    Chilean director Hernán Caffiero uses real life stories as inspiration for these dramatized vignettes that grant us insig...