Celebrating the ever-changing nature of man's relationship with the earth's amazing water systems, Rivers And Life is a six-part series exploring six of the world's most iconic watercourses: the Amazon, the Nile, the Mississippi, the Ganges, the Yangtze, and the Rhine.
Journalist Joe Hildebrand takes four Indians on an Australian road trip to examine our most negative stereotypes. Tonight, they dive head first into Australia's multicultural melting pot. Despite joining a nation built by successive waves of refugees, the most recent arrivals often cop the most flack and in Australia in 2012, it is Australian Muslims who are on the front line.
Australians get a bad rap overseas, and our stocks seem especially low in India. In fact, a sizeable chunk of India's 1.2 billion people think Aussies are dumb, drunk and racist. But doesn't every country have its negative stereotypes? In this six-part factual series, journalist Joe Hildebrand takes four Indians on a road-trip around Australia to examine our worst stereotypes - are we really beer-swilling, racist bogans, or are we simply misunderstood?
Finally arriving on Japanese soil, Charley heads straight for the Naha naval base to learn more about the battle of Okinawa. His great love of motorbikes continues when he visits the workshops of a custom-built bikes company.
Starting in the city of Kaohsiung on the south-west corner of the island of Taiwan, Charley stops at the country's largest Buddhist monastery, Fo Guang Shan. Then he heads north on board the Taiwanese high-speed rail train into the Alishan Mountains where he visits award-winning tea farmer Hsiu-Mei.
Charley is reeling from the disappointment of having to catch a commercial flight in order to reach the Philippines. He touches down on the island of Manado and embarks on an epic journey across the Philippine Archipelago.
Crushed by the disappointment of not being able to get into West Papua on foot, Charley Boorman is forced to take a series of commercial flights in order to resume his journey north to Tokyo. Picking up his route in Indonesia, Charley is excited about a new country and a new adventure ahead.
It’s 1999 and Cabramatta’s never had it so bad. Cabramatta train station is awash with junkies and dealers, many just teenagers. It’s like this everyday. Self made entrepreneurs in a local black market economy of drugs and gangland violence.
On his way from Sydney up the Pacific Rim to Tokyo, Charley Boorman arrives in Papua New Guinea. There, he goes dirt biking with a group of locals on a previously unridden and dangerous route. Aware that this country has one of the worst reputations in the southern hemisphere for hostility, Charley has to keep his wits about him.
On Monday, 4th September 1994, John Newman, the state MP for Cabramatta, was shot dead in the driveway of his home. The first political assassination in the history of Australia leaves the Vietnamese people of Cabramatta demonised and vilified - the community and the ideals of multiculturalism itself are in tatters.
In this travel show with a difference, Charley Boorman attempts to travel north from Sydney up the Pacific Rim to Tokyo, using only local forms of transport. Tonight, Charley heads up the east coast of Australia with a huge biker convoy in tow. Along the way he meets unique characters, travels in a replica Spitfire, tries his hand at cattle mustering, and even gets bitten by a snake.
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta is the story of how the Vietnamese community fought back from adversity and found their place in modern Australia. Told for the first time by the community itself, this three-part series features interviews with the youth who got caught up in gang culture, politicians and police who were involved in Cabramatta's critical moments, and the ordinary people who lived through it all - from the crime and violence, the fear and racism, a heroin epidemic and the first political assassination in Australia's history.
Tonight's train journey travels from Istanbul, through Sofia, Zagreb, and Munich back to Amsterdam. On board the train, passengers talk about migration and a united Europe. The European dream is alive everywhere. At the same time there is insecurity about joining the EU and the price one will have to pay.
Tonight's train journey travels from the Lebanese side of the Israeli-Lebanese border via Hama and Homs, through Syria to Gaziantep in Turkey, and on to Ankara, Istanbul and Kapikule, a town on the Bulgarian border. On board the train, passengers discuss topics to do with the Turkish wish to become part of the EU; entering Europe with or without a veil; and issues to do with Christian and Kurdish minorities.
Tonight's train journey takes us to Beersheva, Ashdod, Tel Aviv, then Haifa and to the far northern Nassariyah, bordering with Lebanon. No region in the world shows a clearer divide between 'us' and 'them' than the one existing between Israelis and Palestinians. But even here the picture is not simply black and white.
Tonight's train journey takes us on a trip from the Iraqi-Syrian border to Aleppo, Syria. From there the train continues to Damascus and Amman in Jordan, and then to Aqaba. Along the way, travellers talk about their relationship with their enemies, Israel and America. Away from the train, Rana Husseini, a Jordanian journalist, who questions honour killings in her country, finds herself accused of being pro-American.
Tonight's train journey takes us on a trip from the Pakistani-Iranian border via Zahedan to Tehran, and from there to Istanbul. In the train, young Iranians talk about their relationship with the Ayatollah regime and its repressive policies. Once the train crosses the Turkish border though, everything that is illegal - such as alcohol, card games, singing and being unveiled - comes out as soon as Iran is behind them.
Tonight’s train journey takes us on a trip through no man’s land between India and Pakistan aboard the Samjautha Express. From Lahore the train continues on to Islamabad and Peshawar, and from there to Kabul, Afghanistan. There the bus and train goes to Quetta, Pakistan and the trip ends in Taftan, a Pakistani border town by Iran. During the journey, passengers talk about the future directions of the two countries.
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