You know them by name. You’ve grown up listening to their tales of wonder. And perhaps, they’re your role models. From the likes of Pelé, Erin Brockovich and Jacqueline Kennedy to Mark Zuckerberg and Alan Turing – each have a story that is untold… up to now. We have only known these extraordinary individuals from a distance, reading about just their greatest feats. But, every success story comes with its share of challenges and obstacles. We do not know of the hardships that lie behind a legend’s name, or the reality of the lives that they lived. There is much more to these heroes than what meets the eye, and their real tales and anecdotes deserve to be shown to the world.
Sizzling magazine is giving you a chance to get to know some of the most inspiring personalities, like you’ve never known them before. The channel &Privé HD’s new property – True Side – will air movies based on the real stories behind these personalities, enabling you to get a closer look at their lives and struggles.
Here is a list of some of the movies that you can catch on &Privé HD’s new property, True Side.
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Pelé: Birth of a Legend
Everyone knows Pelé as the iconic Brazilian footballer who led Brazil to its victory in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. But in this American biography, you will experience his epic journey from rags to riches. The icon who shaped the game of football for decades to come was once a young boy who struggled to survive in a poor Brazilian neighbourhood. He was able to do so because instead of abandoning his culture and identity, Pelé showed it to the world by incorporating “Ginga” in his unique football style. Ginga is a form of martial arts popular in Brazil, and Pelé’s efforts and success made it possible for people back at home to take pride in their forgotten culture and identity.
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The Imitation Game
This thrilling historical drama is based on the life of a cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who was working for the British government during the Second World War. Turing had managed to decrypt the German intelligence code Enigma through a self-built machine. Millions of lives could be saved because of his genius, which is perhaps why he is known as the father of computer science today. This movie also reveals the personal side to Turing’s life, which was wrought with difficulties and complications. He was a difficult man to work with and liked being left alone. He kept his homosexuality a secret until the point he was threatened into revealing it. He even got married in an effort to meet the expectations of the society. What’s heart breaking is that this man who had saved so many lives could have lost his own because of the oppressive society he was living in.
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The Social Network
If you don’t know who Mark Zuckerberg is, chances are you’ve been living under a rock. The Social Network tells the complete story of the man behind the birth of Facebook, who had started the social networking site with his friend, Eduardo Saverin. The movie is an honest depiction of the trials, lawsuits, complications and fallouts that followed after the launch of one of the most successful start-ups of all time. Zuckerberg managed to connect people from all parts of the world but ended up losing a few friends of his own in the process. The Social Network is about the journey of a college start up and the birth of a new wave of digital transformation that it inevitably brought about.
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After the earth-shattering assassination of America’s finest President – John F. Kennedy – in 1963, the entire world was left mourning for the irreparable loss. This historical biography is based on the struggles and hardships of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, after her husband’s death. She had to take care of her children, mourn her loss and still continue to brave the public eye in this difficult time. With Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, this film forces you to feel the tormenting grief of a woman who has lost her husband as well as the father of her children – and not just the President of her country.
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This biography is based on the life of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts. Brockovich was a single mother who became a legal assistant and single-handedly fought a battle against a mammoth corporation in California. The energy corporate giant had played a huge role in contaminating the entire city’s water supply. This one is a tale of true courage and determination of one individual who managed to take down an entire company. Julia Roberts’ performance adds to the film’s depth, making it a must watch for all cinema lovers.
You can catch these real life stories on &Privé HD’s new property, True Side. Tune in on weeknights at 9:00pm all through the month of August to watch these films.