‘The Trader’ is a harrowing look at a town without hope

You know what they say: One man’s french fry is another man’s treasure.

Potatoes are versatile. Some people cut potatoes from their diets, while others depend on spuds for their livelihood. Netflix documentary The Trader (Sovdagari), fresh off winning the short film jury award for nonfiction at Sundanceshows audiences the harsh realities of life in the Republic of Georgia. The film follows Gela, a traveling merchant, as he searches for potatoes. He trades clothes and household items for whatever potatoes he can get in return. He does this because he has to: Money is often useless in rural Georgia, but potatoes are life-sustaining currency.

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Director Tamta Gabrichidze captures a lifetime’s worth of poverty and hardship within The Trader‘s 25-minute runtime. Gabrichidze films the people and landscape in lengthy static shots that create the feeling that Georgia is inescapable. More than that, the poverty faced by the people on-screen is all-consuming. One elderly person recalls his childhood dream of going to school and getting out of Georgia. Now he just hopes for a reason to get out of his home every day. In another moment an older woman haggles, unsuccessfully, with Gela to take money instead of potatoes.

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The most crushing blow comes near the end when a young boy is asked about his dreams. His mother says he wants to be a journalist, but the child is unable to say the words. Any words, for that matter. In that moment the depth of the hopelessness is overwhelming. The Trader is punctuated by that same boy rifling through Gela’s supplies.

The Trader is just long enough to make the plight of Georgians palpable. The matter-of-fact presentation drives the film’s points home without being heavy-handed. It’s a potent gut punch that is worthy of the awards its won, as well as your time.

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The Sex Robots Are Coming: seedy, sordid but mainly just sad

The sex-doll industry is going from strength to strength in the drive to make the figures more lifelike, but where will it end?

People say theres no such thing as loving an inanimate object, says James, solemnly. I dont necessarily think thats true. James is a 58-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, and the owner of four life-size dolls. Every morning he carefully gets them dressed and puts on their makeup. One day he might take them for a picnic; on another theyll stay in and watch television. The latter involves a painstaking process where he must bend the dolls into a sitting position and adjust their eyeballs. But thats OK, because theres nothing James wouldnt do for his synthetic companions, with whom he shares a bed and has sex up to four times a week.

James is among the protagonists of The Sex Robots Are Coming (30 November, 10pm, Channel 4), an investigation into the development of animatronic, AI-enabled silicone sexbots, and part of C4s Rise of the Robots season. While Jamess silicone sweethearts remain resolutely inert, change is afoot in the world of sex dolls, with a drive to make them ever more lifelike. First stop is Realbotix, the throbbing heart of the sex doll industry in San Marcos, California, where on workstations spilling over with custom-made nipples and wobbling artificial labia researchers are utilising new technology to persuade their dolls to smile, pout, flutter their eyelashes and tell jokes. Down in the dolls nether regions, heating and lubrication systems are in the early stages of development for a more authentic sexual experience, along with muscle spasms to simulate female orgasm. Pubic hair is making a comeback, offers company owner Matt, running his hand through some plastic pubes.

Bad hair day Matt McMullen, CEO and creative director of Realbotix.

Matt sees a glittering future in which sex robots are as commonplace as porn and rejects the notion that his dolls are damaging to women, reducing them to body parts that can be modified to suit the quirks of their owners. Its not for everyone, he shrugs, while clearly praying that it is.

This is, its fair to say, not your average dystopian future doc: its less an AI-style vision of evil robot hordes than a fascinating if dispiriting glimpse of what can happen when dysfunctional men are left to their own devices. Still, there are scenes here that are the stuff of nightmares: from the headless plastic bodies each large of breast and tiny of waist that dangle helplessly from the Realbotix walls, to chief engineer Susan reaching roughly inside a doll to remove an eight-inch vaginal insert, prompting women everywhere to cross their legs in agony. And theres James bending one of his dolls, naked save for her pants, face down over a workbench in his garage (to adjust a screw in her shoulder, you understand).

James, it turns out, also has a wife, Tine, who is a living, breathing human, and is the very definition of long-suffering. Two years ago, she left the marital home for nine months to care for her mother; she returned to four new lodgers, distinguishable by their caramel complexions, slim-line figures and willingness to remain silent at all times.

James looks pained when asked what he would do if he had to choose between his wife and his favourite doll, April. I honestly dont know, he says. If, when the cameras ceased rolling, Tine ripped off one of Aprils beautiful limbs and beat her husband to a pulp with it, the makers of The Sex Robots Are Coming have wisely kept stumm.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/nov/25/sex-robots-are-coming-seedy-sordid-sad

Cervical Cancer | Prevention, Screening and Treatment | Medical Documentary Films

Cervical Cancer | Prevention, Screening and Treatment | Medical Documentary Films

Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix.[1] It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.[2] Early on, typically no symptoms are seen. Later symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse.[1] While bleeding after sex may not be serious, it may also indicate the presence of cervical cancer.[3]
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection appears to be involved in the development of more than 90% of cases;[4][5] most people who have had HPV infections, however, do not develop cervical cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, a weak immune system, birth control pills, starting sex at a young age, and having many sexual partners, but these are less important.

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