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As some of you might remember I've posted a couple of short online documentaries before about sketchy people (anyone remember the one about the Japanese murderer who turned into a pornstar?) and weird places, groups of people etc. I love getting a peek into these weird worlds but often these documentaries can be really hard to find - so that's why I've started this thread so we can all post awesome documentaries about random shit just as long as it's interesting. Vice has a huge collection of cool documentaries but their site can be a pain in the ass to navigate so I'm sure I've missed a bunch of cool video features that a lot of you would enjoy as well. Remember to tag them with a NSFW tag if necessary. I'll start out by posting some of my favorite ones from Vice (www.vbs.tv): Missile Silo Homes In the 1960s, the US government built missile silos across the country to protect citizens against nuclear attack. Decommissioned years later, they now serve as shelters to the reclusive and gathering places to the adventurous. We went exploring. The Ruins of New YorkNew York City is brimming with abandoned, hidden and forgotten spaces. Besides a select group of men who make their hidden living discovering their hidden value, few people are aware these places exist. We went exploring. Issei Sagawa Part I + Issei Sagawa Part II (NSFW + Some disturbing content) On the afternoon of June 13, 1981, a Japanese man named Issei Sagawa walked to the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the outskirts of Paris, carrying two suitcases. The contents of those suitcases, to the lament of a nearby jogger, was the dismembered body of a fellow student – a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt, whom Sagawa had shot three days prior and had spent the days since eating various parts of her body. He was soon arrested. According to reports, Issei uttered, “I killed her to eat her flesh,” when they raided his home, whereupon they found bits of Renne still in his fridge. Sagawa was declared insane and unfit for trial and was institutionalized in Paris. His incarceration was to be short, however, as the French public soon grew weary of their hard-earned francs going to support this evil woman-eater, and Issei was promptly deported. Herein followed a bizarre and seemingly too convenient set of legal loopholes and psychiatric reports that led doctors in Japan declaring him “sane, but evil.” On August 12, 1986, Sagawa checked himself out of Tokyo’s Matsuzawa Psychiatric hospital, and has been a free man ever since. This is where the real story begins. VBS met up with him to find out what he’s been up to in the 30 years since. Vice Guide to North Korea Getting into North Korea was one of the hardest and weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists into the country to cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Then, ten days before we were supposed to go, they said, “No, nobody can come.” Then they said, “OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists.” We had no idea what that was supposed to mean. North Korean Film Madness You could say that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has two primary obsessions: maintaining nuclear weapons capability as a means of protecting his “hermit kingdom,” and thwarting pressure from outside forces like America and the rest of the industrialized world to open his country to modern things like electricity… and he’s obsessed with film. He loves movies. It’s rumored that he has one of the largest private film collections in the world. His favorite film is Gone with the Wind and his favorite actress is Elizabeth Taylor. He’s a film collector and bona fide cinephile, but he’s much more. He’s everything really. He’s a director, a producer, a financier, a costume maker, set designer, screenwriter, cameraman, sound engineer… and he’s also a film theorist. His masterwork on aesthetics and practice is “On the Art of Cinema” (written and published in the early 1970s). In it he gives himself the humble title, “Genius of the Cinema.” He built an extensive film studio in Pyongyang and when he couldn’t find someone to make his film he did what any self-respecting eternal leader and great president would do… he kidnapped one. Vice founder Shane Smith visits North Korea to try and penetrate the Korean Feature Film Studio, the state-run film production facility west of Pyongyang: a sprawling lot that at its height produced around 40 films a year. UNDERCITY Urban Exploring in New York. It's a classic so if you haven't watched it before then do yourself a favor and sit back and enjoy. I'll post more videos tomorrow if anyone is interested.
Let's compile short sub 1 minute tracks. Sometimes they seem cringingly pretentious and throwaway stubs, but other times they act as interesting vignettes. Post tracks anywhere on this spectrum I guess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U9nIzT7Xsg not on yt - Jatoma's "Smoking Keys"