The UP Diliman CSSP Library will be offering free screenings of the following documentaries on all Wednesday of September:
Sept. 4 – Searching for lost worlds: Tutankhamen 
Sept. 11 – Manila 1945: the forgotten atrocities
Sept. 18 – Science of beauty: face value
Sept. 25 – Rome: power and glory: The rise. 

1. Searching for the lost worlds: TUTANKHAMEN

This mini-series profile some of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century and how those discoveries have changed the ways in which we look at learn from the past. Through archival photography of the actual events, mixed with dramatic re-enactments and recently shot footage, the programs portray the thrill and challenge of uncovering something that reached out and captured the attention of the entire world. The series utilizes much print and photographic archival material that has never before been seen on television.

Hear the story of the richest archaeological find of all time, the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the two men who made it possible. Howard Carter was an obsessed excavator who believed against all popular opinion that there was an uncovered royal tomb in Egypt. His patron, Lord Carnarvon, was an aristocratic adventurer who devoted his fortune to that obsession. In 1922, they found the untouched tomb of King Tutankhamen. This episode illustrates entire process of excavating the tomb, including Lord Carnarvon’s sudden and strange death, which led to the widespread belief in the “curse of Tutankhamen”. It also profiles the explosion of “Tutmania” throughout the world.

2. Manila 1945: the forgotten atrocities

The enormity of the crimes committed by Japanese soldiers in the Philippines is a given fact. Our collective amnesia about those events is nearly as great a crime. Why? Because it is a crime against history and guarantee that such evil will be committed once again.

We live in a world where people are too concerned with their own material existence to recall the battles their fathers and grandfathers had to fight in order merely to survive.

Our forgetfulness dishonors those who suffered and died here.

3. Science of beauty: face value

Why do we value beauty? Do we judged by appearance? Can we spot a good-looking cheat? Using the science of evolutionary biology and psychology, researchers are for the first time cracking the code of beauty. From Geisha in Japan, political makeover in Washington, the pop-in cosmetic surgeries of Los Angeles, looks are all important.

Is beauty more that skin deep or do we judge a person at face value? Scientific research has revealed that if someone looks good we think they are good, and begin reading looks at birth and are immediately drawn to more attractive faces. Looks can be a ticket to success, bringing higher salaries, better job and more power. No one recognizes this more than value of a makeover, but Venezuela’s presidential candidate began as Miss World.

4. Rome: power and glory: THE RISE

In the rise of the Roman Empire, it was not always simple to separate virtue from vice, and hero from villain. Indeed, all too often, they were one and the same. Rome was still an adolescent discovering who it wanted to be, and its dream of greatness was a prelude to a nightmare. It was not for another 100 years that the state would mature and commit to one enduring view of itself. It would be the army, more than any other force, that was destined to shape Rome’s lasting identity. Through the military, traumas of youth would become the tribulations and ultimately the tragedies of old age.

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