Develop a better understanding of the asylum seekers who now call Australia home, as refugees discuss their new lives Down Under.
Two Tamil children living in a slum go on a quest to find ... pizza, in a vivid portrayal of hope and resourcefulness amid poverty.
Marriage is as old as civilisation, but today, some weddings turn their back on tradition. In Jamaica, nine couples tie the knot au naturel. In California, the bride and groom are dressed, but it's even more bizarre - they're dogs. Some weddings can even be potentially deadly affairs. In Indonesia, a young man kidnaps his bride. In India, pimps plot violence when a mass wedding threatens their trade. Around the world, when weddings defy convention, they become 'taboo'.
From the Academy Award winning documentary short 'Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone', a young girl explains why she loves the skate school and how her older sister cannot leave the house, now that she is 13. Coming from a strict family, her sister must follow the rules and not leave the house.
Perth mother Elizabeth Brierley and Paris based Australian ex-pat Paul Morris investigate how their lives were forever altered by their parents' secrets, and their close connection to crimes and corruption.
Collecting can be a harmless hobby, or it can become an obsession. In this episode, we look at extreme collectors - people that collect such vast quantities of unusual things that it impacts their lives, their relationships, and their livelihood. Take the Las Vegas retired neurosurgeon that's spent over 30 years filling two houses and a huge backyard with a weird mix of unusual items. His final piece will be his own corpse, which will be embalmed and entombed in the basement.
Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel and Sydney business woman Kerry Stevenson investigate the mysteries surrounding their mothers.
Who decides who is beautiful and who is not? Apparently, we all do. Standards of beauty differ across cultures, but it seems human beings may possess an innate preference for symmetrical faces. But imagine living without a face. In Texas, an electrical accident leaves Dallas Wiens' face grossly disfigured, and doctors attempt the first full facial transplant ever in the US. He has to learn to live without eyes, nose, or facial identity. In London, a modelling agency called Ugly shines a light on beauty prejudices and takes the insult out of the word.
Ellis Treleaven always believed she had been born in Amsterdam towards the end of World War II. Shocked to discover she had actually been born in a Nazi concentration camp and ghetto, she traces her mother's path through the Holocaust, to uncover the secrets surrounding her birth.
The journey to school's a very special type of life experience shared by millions of children around the world but in different ways. What happens between the two most important places in a child's life, their home and school?
A woman eats mountains of junk food but can't put on weight. A young man's body is huge on one side and skinny on the other. Their looks and behaviour seem bizarre to many, and some treat them as taboo.
Love isn't always about romance and roses. 'Baba' Dez Nichols describes himself as a sexual healer. On a secluded New Zealand island, he leads an interactive workshop, where participants are encouraged to share each other's bodies, all in the name of enlightenment. In Arkansas, piano teacher Dave is a Looner: a person who has a fetish for balloons. He's collected 65,000 of them. He's always affectionate with his beloved balloons, continually cuddling them, tucking them into his shirt and nestling up to them at night. The blockbuster hit The 40-Year-Old-Virgin wasn't completely Hollywood. On Australia's Gold Coast, Andrew Wong is a real-life 40-year-old virgin. Andrew blames his predicament on a strict, traditional upbringing, and he is tired of feeling like an outsider.
Human beings have a natural desire to pair bond, to find a mate. But not all matches are made from one mould. Fruitarians Aloma Shamanatrix and Matthew Miracles live off fruit they find in city dumpsters. Puppy play enthusiast, Liliane, takes her human puppy, Jen, aka Tyke, for a walk in the park. Freelance writer Erias walks his dog too, when his sex-worker girlfriend, Jessi, has company. In Chicago, Matt Daniel and his fiance, Casey Levan, share an unusual fetish for skin-tight body suits known as zentai.
Most people in the West share certain common perceptions about what childhood should be like. A child should be free to play, to explore, and to make mistakes, but sometimes childhood is complicated. In small town America, a teenage girl makes a decision that has irreversible consequences: she wants to become a man. In India, a young boy is destined for a trade that is both dangerous and illegal: snake charming. In Greece, the legal age for driving a car is 16, but nine-year-old Stavros Grillis has been at the wheel of high-performance race cars since he was five. Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.
The grimy, nasty filth nobody wants to be around is an everyday sight for these dirty job cleaners. In Minneapolis, a team of heavy-duty house cleaners tackle a truly filthy foreclosed house, with one of the most disgusting basements you'll ever see - the laundry is full of cat faeces, there's an appalling fridge-freezer, and a backed-up toilet that would test even the strongest stomach. In Guatemala City, a group of men and women known as trash miners spend their working days trawling through a putrid black river, searching for saleable metals. In New York, microbiologist Dwight Bowman devotes his life to ridding the world of parasites.
Throughout history, people have expressed their passions and their personalities through their collections. But some collectors' passions cross the line into obsession. In London, Viktor Wynd fills his home with eccentric arrays of objects, ranging from tiny human baby skeletons to shrunken heads. Calling them his children, Viktor is known to kiss them affectionately and converse with them. In the Philippines, Herbert Chavez is the self-proclaimed Filipino Superman, a long-time collector of Superman paraphernalia who, in the last 15 years, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries to resemble his superhero.
Many in the West practice body modification to some degree, whether it's ear-piercing or breast implants. When people go to extremes with body modification, they provoke fear and disbelief. Take, for example, the world's most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson, with her 8000 plus piercings; Mary Jose Cristerna, with horn implants, pointed teeth, and body tattoos; pumped up female body builders, worshipped by some men for their strength and physique; and Japan's adventurous bagel heads, having saline injected into their foreheads for a temporary mutant thrill.
Follows a year in the life of nine-year-old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia's Altai Mountains.
Many cultures around the world believe evil can manifest in demonic spirits that enter a person's body. For some who believe, the only solution is an exorcism. In Phoenix, Arizona, a battle for the souls of those said to be possessed is being waged, not by priests, but by five teenage girls. In the Potosi silver mines of Bolivia, miners believe the best way to survive the extreme working conditions is to cut a deal with the devil. In Colombia, a man's life is crumbling away. Believing he is tortured by demons, he feels he has only two options: suicide or an exorcism. But this exorcism isn't sanctioned by the church. It's a bizarre and elaborate ritual that has to be seen to be believed. In Florida, an ex-sex worker and drug addict has become the leader of an evangelical ministry that promises salvation through deliverance from demonic possession.
During a visit to Los Angeles, James contrasts the lifestyles of Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip and Venice Beach. Also: interviews with Dudley Moore and Kirstie Alley; and visits with a personal fitness trainer, a plastic surgeon and a hairpiece designer.
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