A CENTURY ON FILM

Images bear witness to both the sins and courage of human beings.

Moving images have served as the collective memory of humankind since the invention of the movie camera over a century ago.

Episode 06

One Image Could Change the World

the 21st century

With apps for shooting and sharing video on our smartphones, and more than 300 hours’ worth of video content being uploaded every minute on YouTube, the 21st century may indeed be called “A Century on Film.” This episode focuses on the impact of moving images, so compelling that it could either divide the world into dispute, or unite it.

Episode 05

We Say “NO”: The Young Rebel

the turbulent 1960's

In the late 1960s, the world faced a rebellion from its youth. The US baby boomers’ protests against the Vietnam War spread to other countries including Japan. The reform movement Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia spurred demand for civil rights in communist countries. Television helped to unite these youth-lead social movements by broadcasting protesters ghting for freedom. Two charismatic revolutionary leaders also stimulated the youth rebellion: Cuba’s Ernesto “Che” Guevara and China’s Mao Zedong. This episode remembers the age when a storm of saying “NO” swept the world.

Episode 04

An Age of Deception and Stealth

Cold War

The United States and the Soviet Union fought a vicious intelligence war during the Cold War and the world was shrouded in lies and secrets. Now, 25 years after the Cold War, disclosure of information is starting to give us a clear picture of what was happening behind the scenes. The age of madness when people feared the catastrophe of World War III is shown in this episode through disclosed images from CIA and KGB.

Episode 03

Who Let the Dictators Out?

World War II

World War II was the deadliest military con ict in history killing more than 50 million people. But the world was not driven into the tragedy of invasion by a single dictator. People with disdain for capitalism turned to fascism, and the world’s big businesses supported the Nazi regime.
How did people let the dictators come to power? Newly discovered footage brings to life a story of those who put their future in the hands of dictators and opened the gates to disaster.

Episode 02

The New Rule of America’s Powerful Families

The emergence of
a global superpower

At the end of World War I, the United States replaced the European nations as a superpower. The country’s driving force was the giant family-run conglomerates. The successors entered numerous new industries, transforming the young country into an “empire of capitalism.” We will look at the evolvement of modern capitalism by using private footage released by the families of J.P. Morgan “the Finance King,” J.D. Rockefeller
“the Oil Baron,” and the auto tycoon Henry Ford.

Episode 01

One Hundred Years of Tragedy Begins

World War I

World War I was the rst war in which the newly invented movie camera was used on a wide scale. A terrorist attack on the Balkan Peninsula triggered a war that spread instantly, strewing seeds of misery that still plagues the world today: Science and technology that serve the war, regimes of terror, the con ict in the Middle East...
The world we live in is in itself a product of World War I.