Why are people so interested in Junior Bauwens? One, because he's world junior lightweight boxing champion. Two, because he's got a very special family. He is the oldest of 7 siblings, four of whom suffer from autism. Against this backdrop Junior doesn't just fight to win titles; he is fighting for a better future for his family. But the weight of responsibility that comes with both sides of his life is intense and tragedy is never far away for this most incredible of champions.
What happens when the world ends? For Harold Camping and his followers on May 21st 2011 the saved would go to heaven, earthquakes would shake the world and the damned would spend the rest of eternity in gloom. Without the slightest doubt about the coming apocalypse they spend their life's savings, quit their jobs and clash with family members and others who don't share their conviction. But what do they do after nothing happens on May 21st...? http://www.journeyman.tv/65085/documentaries/wheat-and-tares-hd.html
On the outskirts of Dhaka lies a giant slum of tanneries and over 500,000 people who work in them. Every year this living hell floods the European market with cheap leather. The workers here slave away at archaic machinery in absolute squalor, turning 14 million skins into leather. Toxic products used on the leather burn their skin, cause cancer and kill most before fifty. This film delivers a devastating insight into one of the most terrible places on Earth.
In 1979, after a brutal war, the army of Julius Nyerere - founding father of Tanzania - overthrew Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Now, more than 30 years on, the sons of Idi Amin and Julius Nyerere have come together for a symbolic act of reconciliation: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together. As Madaraka and Jaffar make their way up to the Roof of Africa, they discuss the way they see one another, the relationships they had with their powerful fathers, and the future of modern Africa.
For more than 80 years, the Solenopsis Invicta ant species has been on a ceaseless march across the United States, racking up six billion dollars every year in crop damage, equipment repair, and pest control. They have conquered more than 530 000 square miles in 13 U.S. states and killed at least 80 people. Emboldened, they continue their global invasion. Now, scientists are cracking the ants’ ancient secrets to success, enlisting crime scene forensics to track it, and breeding winged assassins to hunt them down.
Across the stone plain the multi-coloured snouted snail creeps slowly, sucking up minute algae particles it passes over. Microscopic insect photography brings to life a ghost shrimp, tiny but you can see its heart beating through its translucent skin. It's another world within our own world, just as vibrant and busy as our own, teaming with diversity, all around us but never seen. How the little things live, beautifully depicted.
Dragon is a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. His latest undercover trip with Sook-Ja and Yong-hee takes an unexpected turn when they are left stranded in China, putting their dramatic escape plan into question. Their perilous journey reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China. Filmed undercover by a Korean-Canadian filmmaker, Ann Shin gets intimate access with these three individuals in this POV film and explores universal questions about human rights, smuggling and the pursuit of freedom.
Jurgen Schadeberg and the BBC teamed up to create this definitive documentary on possibly the most infamous island in 20th Century world history. In an age in which the freedom of the individual has arisen this island has become symbolic of the many fights that have taken, and continue to take place. This film looks at the Island’s 400-year history through the eyes of people incarcerated there. From those lepers and lunatics that were first locked up in the 17th century to their most infamous inmates Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Kathrada, Mlangeni – the freedom fighters against Apartheid South Africa. ‘Voices of Robben Island’ reveals the great courage of some of its prisoners through the personal accounts of individuals such as Nelson Mandela and Mbeki. The result is not simply a moving character led film, but a piece of history in itself.
Multi-coloured hot-air balloons glide serenely over the lush Burmese countryside. Waterways and ancient temples pass underneath as excited shouts ring out, "look at the balloon!" The isolated and primitive world of rural Burma eagerly absorbs these alien objects that soar overhead, providing a rare and beautiful vision of a forgotten land, full of mystery and magic.
Climbing the planet’s highest mountain is no longer a challenge for only the bravest and most skilled. A sacred deity to the local population, Mount Everest has become the rest of the globe’s most extreme playground. The towering peak is awash with amateur climbers queuing at 28,000ft for a chance to stand on top of the world. This unexpected portrait of modern-day mountaineering is fascinating and alarming in equal measure.
Through seven Arctic winters, this startling doc takes you into the world of the Inuit and Eider ducks on the Belcher Islands. Traditional and modern life are juxtaposed, as the Inuit and the Eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydro dams powering North America. A devastatingly beautiful picture of two species living in symbiotic union and their changing way of life. Arctic water life as never before seen.
As the Israel/Palestine peace process headed for a total impasse in 2004 Yasser Arafat suddenly fell mysteriously ill. It was convenient timing for Israel and the US, who felt that Arafat was their biggest obstacle, but nearly fifty doctors from around the world rushed to try and save him, testing for virtually every known disease. Despite their efforts he died within weeks and ever since it's been an unsolved case. This riveting documentary with exclusive access follows Suha Arafat's search for the truth and finds a complex mystery unfolding.
Telling the horrific journey undertaken by thousands of prisoners who surrendered to America's Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz, this compelling documentary reveals how the Pentagon lied to the world in order to cover up its role in the greatest atrocity of the Afghan War. With unique footage captured by award-winning Afghan filmmaker Najibullah Quraishi, it shows how American Special Forces re-directed containers carrying living and dead Afghans into the desert, and stood by as survivors were executed and buried in mass graves.
The story of a black magazine in a white world. 'Drum' pulsated with music, life and culture; eye-popping images of black models jumped off its covers. It was a rallying point for black sophisticates as the anti-apartheid movement took shape. And it changed the face of black culture forever.
Join us as the heavy bronze gates of the Vatican City are thrown open for an exclusive tour of the world's smallest state. There can be no greater guide than the man who knows the basilica's intricacies best: Joseph Ratzinger, better known to the world as Pope Benedict XVI. In this intimate documentary, he provides a first hand glimpse into life at the Vatican, where the Pope is absolute ruler and the official language is still Latin. From the archives of the Inquisition to the catacombs and museums, he guides us around numerous locations inaccessible to the public. Many have never been filmed before.
Twenty thousand private soldiers operate in Iraq. Who are these people? What do they do and why do they do it? 'Shadow Company' is a groundbreaking investigation into the secretive world of modern mercenaries. It follows one British contractor on his tour of duty, contrasting his experiences in Iraq with previous operations in places like Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea. This is the definitive film on the changing face of modern war.
Anne Perry is one of the leading authors of our time. She specialises in crime novels and is famous worldwide. But her books hide a very real tale of murder and everlasting regret. Since she was 15 years old, Anne has carried an awful secret, a story of a young murderer forever trying to get beyond her terrible deed. This intimate documentary enters the inner sanctum of Anne's reclusive life.
The Chinese global machine has been invited to revitalise the ailing Swedish town of Kalmar. The town's mayor has invited a Chinese company to build a trade centre and 300 homes. But all does not go to plan. In fact, the project goes disastrously wrong, with everyone losing out. An amusing and deeply relevant film, which shows the fault lines that emerge when the tigers of the developing world try to expand into Europe.
Pierantonio Costa, the Schindler of the Rwandan genocide, saved almost two thousand people during those infamous days of terror and bloodshed where almost a million lives were lost. Risking his life every single time, he travelled in and out of the country, using his own money to get people across the border to safety. Each time he returned to the massacre he knew he was running the gauntlet. On his last journey he saved an entire orphanage of 375 small children. This beautifully made film pays tribute to the courage of a man who until now has been an unsung hero.
Reportage has become an essential part of any war, but in the Russian-Georgian conflict it is propaganda that has dominated the press. In this wonderfully sardonic documentary an artful collision of fact and fiction exposes Russia's ongoing abuse of the mass media. A fiercely intimate narrative presence provides a very personal indictment of Russian propoganda tactics, laying bare the state's relationship with its people.