HISTORY VOD

Inside 9/11 – Osama Rising

INSIDE 9/11: Hour One begins to trace the road to 9/11. It attempts to distil the mosaic of people, places, ideology and events that lead up to the day through the use of specific, pivotal vignettes. This hour’s arc begins with Soviet Afghanistan, 1979 and leaves off in al Qaeda’s Afghanistan, 1996. Pakistani bombmaker Ramzi Yousef was not a member of the al Qaeda, the group which executed the September 11th attack; he was the mastermind behind the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. His aim was to hit at the country whose policies in the Middle East angered him. Other radical Muslims shared his aim, but their beginning stretches back to 1979, when Afghan rebels, mujahedin, waged jihad, or holy war, to fend off invading Soviet troops. The jihad to save oppressed Muslims became a lightning rod for radical Muslims around the world, and outsiders who joined the jihad would appropriate the term for aims that exceeded the Afghans’ intent. Among those drawn to the region in the name of jihad was a wealthy young Saudi, Osama bin Laden. By the end of the Soviet-Afghan war, bin Laden had positioned himself as the Robin Hood of jihad. He helped develop the wider jihad network, had co-founded a group named al Qaeda, or “the base,” that would make use of this network and had usurped power from his mentor to control the network.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 1


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Inside 9/11 – Countdown to Terror

September 2001. As the clock ticks down to zero hour, seemingly random and isolated events begin to coalesce and form a tapestry of what will become known as 9/11. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The African Embassy bombings. Black Hawk Down. The USS Cole. All orchestrated by an obscure Saudi millionaire that few Americans have even heard of – a man who has declared war on the western world from a remote base in Afghanistan. And while these attacks occur around the globe, four men gradually insinuate themselves into the western world, learning to fly aircraft, living amongst us, blending into a culture they have sworn to destroy. American intelligence knows that something is coming; they’ve monitored communications, successfully prevented some attacks, failed to identify others, and even tracked some of the men who are planning the most deadly terror assault in history – but it is too little, too late. As dawn breaks on a beautiful early September morning, the world is about to change horribly in ways only a few have dreamed possible.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 2


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Inside 9/11 – End Game

In INSIDE 9/11: Hour Four, the last and perhaps most intense portion of the series, begins in the midst of several crises. Two commercial airliners have already smashed into the Twin Towers, resulting in a treacherous rescue mission and a rising panic in New York and beyond. Meanwhile, the third team of hijackers takes control and descends on America’s centre of military power, the Pentagon. And on United Airlines Flight 93, which is headed for the nation’s capital, passengers fought hijackers for control of the plane, sacrificing their lives as they crash into a field in rural Pennsylvania, but saving hundreds of others. The hope of salvaging those trapped in the Towers diminishes when the two great buildings collapse, killing and injuring countless victims. As the day progresses, the magnitude of the destruction comes into focus, leaving Americans traumatized and rescue teams overwhelmed. And by that afternoon, U.S. intelligence has already identified al Qaeda’s culpability in the tragedy, bringing the series back to where it began: Afghanistan.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 4


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Lost Treasures of Afghanistan

Lost Treasures of Afghanistan highlights the efforts of heroic Afghans who have refused to allow their culture to be destroyed. It tells the story of priceless treasures that have re-emerged, of people who risked death to defy extremists threatening to obliterate Afghanistan’s past, and of others with deep roots in the country who can finally come home now that the conflict has subsided.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2004

Episode: 1


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Egypt Eternal: the Question for the Lost Tombs

French Archaeologist Dr. Alain Zivrie takes us under the sand to unearth mysteries of the great tombs at Bahariya and Saqqara and paint a new picture of a 3000-year-old society.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2004

Episode: 1


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Ancient X Files II – The Great Flood

For centuries, people have wondered if accounts describing “a great flood” in dozens of ancient cultures could be evidence of a single catastrophic event. Now, Bulgarian scientists believe they have evidence that reveals not only where such a Great Flood happened, but what caused it. One investigator searches for clues that could reveal the series of events that led to the devastating natural disaster. Then, head to the Scottish highlands where ancient monoliths inscribed with mysterious markings and symbols are scattered across Scotland. Baffling and undecipherable, they have remained one of ancient Britain’s great enigmas. But Dr Rob Lee believes he may have cracked their code and could be on the brink of revealing the language and wisdom of an ancient civilisation.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 6 of 6


 

Ancient X Files II – Sodom and Gomorrah

For centuries, archeologists have searched for these original “cities of sin” supposedly destroyed by the wrath of God. But have the experts been looking in the wrong place all these years? Archaeological excavations have uncovered the scorched remains of ancient pottery shards super-heated in a catastrophic event with the intensity of a nuclear blast. Could this be evidence of a supernatural intervention? Then, head to Italy to explore the darkest secrets of Rome, Venice and Milan as author Nick Pelling attempts to decode what has been called “the most mysterious text in the world” – the Voynich Text. Filled with cryptic lettering and bizarre imagery, the document has stumped historians and code breakers for over a century, but Pelling believes he can succeed where others have failed and finally decode this strange text.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 5 of 6


 

Ancient X Files II – Mystery of Mary Magdalene

In 591, Pope Gregory gave a sermon describing Mary Magdalene as a harlot and this notorious reputation of her has stuck. But in recent years, Mary Magdalene has attracted new attention as some have embraced the idea that she was not only Jesus Christ’s spouse, but also the mother of his children and the victim of the biggest conspiracy in the history of the Church. Join author Margarat Starbird as she sets out to investigate these claims, witnesses a haunting ritual performed by a group that venerates Mary Magdalene as the wife of Christ and examines evidence that women may have played a more significant role in the early Christian church than previously thought.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 4 of 6


 

Ancient X Files II – Joan of Arc Conspiracy

Canonized as a saint on the eve of World War I, Joan of Arc remains France’s national heroine and a symbol of French pride. The nineteen-year old leader of the French army was burnt as a witch at the stake. Or was she? One investigator has uncovered controversial evidence that Joan may have not only survived her execution, but went on to live a full life. Then, prophecies and predictions of the apocalypse are common among many religions. In Christian belief, the end of the world will be marked by the return of Christ and the construction of a great holy city, “a New Jerusalem,” with a sacred temple at its heart. Author Adrian Gilbert believes this New Jerusalem may have already been built to fulfil the vision of the Knights Templar and the Freemasons – in the very city of London.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 3 of 6


 

Ancient X Files II – Decoding the Incas

For years, historians thought that Incan khipus – a series of knotted cords on a line – were simple counting devices, like a woollen abacus. But one investigator believes khipus are actually a three-dimensional system for record keeping. By examining an ancient khipu with a multi-spectral scanner, she hopes to crack the code of the Incas and reveal their secrets. Then, journey to the other side of the world where Vikings spread their terror across the high seas. Considered fearsome warriors with superior navigational skills, they reached North America hundreds of years before Columbus. Historians still don’t know how they did it without a magnetic compass. Their sagas mention the existence of magic crystals – stones which, according to legend, guided them across the seas. Now, one woman, a Viking descendant and an expert on bird migration, investigates the legend of these mysterious sunstones.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 2 of 6


 

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