On October 7, 2006, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in the lift of her Moscow apartment building. She had been a strident critic of the government of President Putin and it was widely thought that her murder was a political act. Over a 12 month period, from 2003 to 2004 the director Erick Bergkraut filmed exclusive interviews with Anna for another story. He ended up with several hours of interviews as well as photographs. Anna's story haunted him.
Looks at the relaxed lifestyle of the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia where islanders collect fish using palm branches and education is highly valued.
This series delves deep into the murky world of government misconduct, crime, corruption and the ordinary citizens who try to expose it all. The subject of episode two, Allan Kessing, has fought for years to clear his name after he says he was wrongly convicted of leaking customs reports to the media about major security flaws at Sydney airport. He claims he was the victim of a revenge campaign by the former Government and bureaucracy. Now a convicted criminal, he is an example of how the system is determined to discourage whistleblowing no matter what the cost.
An exploration of exile, longing and democracy through the words and memories of playwright, author and activist Ariel Dorfman. The program documents the remarkable story of Ariel Dorfman, the Argentinean-born author who was raised in New York, but exiled to Chile during the Red Scare of the 1950s - a happening which inexorably altered the course of his entire life. It was in Chile that Dorfman became a cultural advisor to the chief of staff of Socialist Chilean president, Salvador Allende. On September 11, 1973, the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet, attacked the democratically appointed government, staging a coup against socialist president Salvador Allende. Allende anticipated the violence, and the government's key figures were called to stand against their attackers and face certain death. Ariel Dorfman should have been called. However, he later discovered his name was removed from the list so he would live to tell the story of what had happened.
From the director of the Logie Award-winning Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? comes a new forensic investigation into the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt. With Australia at war in Vietnam in 1967, suddenly Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared without a trace - an event unparalleled in the history of western democracy. The nation was in shock and disbelief at the shattering news, hoping for a miracle for the man who famously declared it was "all the way with LBJ". (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
Favignana, the largest of the Aegadian Islands off western Sicily, is a prison island. Located in the heart of the village, the jail looks no different to the other buildings; and Stromboli - Going off the Deep End - Located in the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, the Stromboli volcano rises 924m above sea-level. About 350 people live permanently on this stretch of land that vibrates and explodes every day.
At last, an answer to one of the greatest unsolved cases in Australian crime history. When the half-naked bodies of brilliant physicist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, and his lover, Mrs Margaret Chandler, were found in bizarre circumstances on a Sydney riverbank in 1963, it set into play an unprecedented forensic investigation.
A three part documentary series delving deep into the murky world of government misconduct, crime, corruption and the ordinary citizens who try to expose it all. Through extraordinary first person narratives, Law and Disorder is a blow-by-blow account of what happens when whistleblowers take on the authorities. The first episode is the story of Andrew Wilkie, the only Western intelligence officer to speak out before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His decision to resign and openly challenge the government had serious ramifications for him and his family. This program examines what happened to Wilkie in the six years after that extraordinary event.
In February 2003, millions of people worldwide took to their streets desperate to stop an unjust war. No amount of protest, no amount of suspicion about the justification for war could quiet the beating drums. Did the people know something their governments did not? This program chronicles the inside journey of the coalition of the willing from the days following 9/11 to the bombing of Baghdad.
A flurry of racist leaflets and a lack of faith in him, on the part of the people he is trying to help, put Drew in a bad temper. Sam and Drew seem determined to remain on different sides of the fence. Necessity places them in a position where they find out more about each other, as a courtroom decision has tragic consequences.
The Circuit is set in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. It is a place of two seasons; the wet and the dusty dry. Known for its beauty, vastness and hardship, this region is a land rich in history for its traditional owners, but now sits within the confines of white ownership and white law. This is the home of The Circuit, the Magistrate's Court, which visits far-flung communities several days a month, bringing conveyor-belt justice dealt swiftly and fairly.
In an incident which shocked the world, a teenage Tibetan nun, Kelsang Namtso, was killed when Chinese border police opened fire on a group of pilgrims as they fled Tibet over the infamous Nangpa Pass. The shooting was witnessed by international mountain climbers, some of whom videotaped or photographed the events and also helped rescue survivors and sent the story out to the world. Using the original climber footage, re-enactments and interviews with witnesses and survivors, Tibet: Murder in the Snow tells of young Tibetans who risk their lives each year to illegally cross the rugged Himalaya Mountains in an attempt to see their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, or attend school in India.
Looks behind the headlines of the food riots which have occurred in the last few years around the world, attempting to find possible explanations and solutions through investigations in Senegal, Haiti, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and India. This film also shows how the major international decision makers are currently responding to the crisis. In early 2008 in Cameroun, three days of rioting left 40 people dead. Around the world, over 30 other countries have witnessed similar riots.
Told by the people who were there, The Tasty Bust Reunion is a passionate film about the events surrounding the 1994 police raid on Tasty, a gay dance club where 463 patrons were bailed up at gunpoint and strip searched for drugs.
Raul Castells was born in Che Guevara's village and admires Che's convictions. In 2006, Castells opened a community kitchen to feed the city's poor, in the centre of Puerto Madero, the most affluent area in Buenos Aires. Local restaurant owners and patrons were non-plussed. Raul is a walking, talking, pushing, barging force of nature. Raul The Terrible is a warts-and-all portrait of a man driven to change his world. The program is also an insight into the politics of poverty in twenty-first century Argentina.
This documentary examines various conspiracy theories relating to September 11 and investigates the origins of such theories. The documentary also questions the anti-American and anti-Semitic sentiments behind them.
Examines the experiences of four women fighting for social justice. Fathima Burnad is fighting to change a social structure in India that has existed for 3,000 years.
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