Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organises people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
A compass. A pentagram. An all-seeing eye. Symbols, secrets, codes. For the last 300 years, one group has found itself as a fascinating subject of the conspiracy theorists: The Freemasons. But why? Are the Masons a secret society bent on world domination as some might suggest? Or are they just a fraternity who happen to have secrets? Why has this seemingly harmless gentleman's club been accused of everything from starting the French Revolution, to covering up the Jack the Ripper murders?
Four years ago Australian Story featured a farmer and horse breeder called Peter Andrews who seemed to have a rare ability to transform degraded Australian landscapes into thriving oases. He called it natural sequence farming and it was producing some spectacular results. But for nearly thirty years, Peter Andrews' work was rejected by scientists, bureaucrats and politicians alike - until the evidence became difficult to ignore.
Tonight's episode focuses on dramatic East Berlin escape stories of the 1970s and '80s as the GDR regime crumbled at the end of the Cold War. But as the GDR was planning a new, "gentler" Wall with infrared, laser, chemical and vibration detectors, U.S. President Reagan was exhorting the Soviet Union to "tear down this Wall."
This series features people from all walks of life telling their personal stories about an event or decision in their past that they now regret.
We Are The Aliens is a thought-provoking look into the idea of extraterrestrial micro organisms that may have showered our planet and other areas of the universe. This process, known as Panspermia, is a solid theory on how life may have spread throughout the universe and how life may have possibly originated here on Earth.
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Write a musical and get it on Broadway - maybe in your dreams. But for Marcus and Ken, unknown Aussie natives it's a whole new reality. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
While magazines reflect our values, they also have the power to change them. This episode examines the trailblazers including Playboy and Cleo and their impact on the sexual revolution and Ms. Magazine as a rallying cry for feminists in the 60s; from Rolling Stone's impact on the rock-n-roll generation to The Advocate, the latest revolutionary magazine still fighting for sexual and civil rights.
Uncle Max is a story about Uncle Max Dulumunmun (pronounced Doola-Munn-Munn) Harrison, a Yuin elder from Narooma on the south east coast of Australia. His teachings about Yuin culture and ceremony attract diverse groups from around the country and overseas. Participants to Max's workshops learn how to reconnect with the land and go through mental, physical and spiritual healing, not only for the self, but for the healing of Mother Earth.
Intelligent, provocative, glamorous and intriguing, this three-part series points the camera at the inside pages and inner workings of the first international medium. Venture inside the editor's suite and go on location to the interviews and the photo shoots of the greatest magazines in the world.
Princess Spy, is the story of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian princess, pacifist and British spy Born a princess from a titled Indian Muslim family, Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan was raised as a society beauty and soon became a successful children's author in France, taking the Parisian community by storm. But her glamorous days of Paris were not to last.
Tonight's episode covers the 30 years of Suharto rule when Australia embraced the 'strong man of Asia' despite the twin concerns of his track record of human rights abuses and his family's corruption. Huge numbers of Australians also embraced Bali. Regional stability was the overall mantra, and General Suharto provided it.
Australian IT worker Geoff presents a sleep disorder so extreme, even the experts at Papworth Sleep Clinic in Cambridge, UK, are astounded. His errant limbs that thrash all night long have brought his marriage to the brink.
Four Wives, One Man is a portrait of four wives, a polygamist husband, their incredibly free-speaking mother-in-law, and their many, many children - all living under the same roof in a rural Iranian village. Four Wives, One Man follows the story of Heda, an Iranian farmer and his four wives, Farang, Goli, Shapar, Ziba and their 20 children. Their polygamist lifestyle, although sanctioned by the Koran, is not common in Iran, and of these incidents, most take place in rural villages and towns.
Venezuelan filmmaker Margot Benacerraf revisits the Araya salt mine, the setting of her 1959 prize-winning film Araya; and Round the World - French school kids learn about globalisation from Thalassa stories.
In this final episode of the series, professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the official Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years. The Enlightenment encouraged people to question authority and that included the Church's teachings on sex.
Documentary on the famed street artist's 31 works of art in 31 days project in New York and his devoted following. A provocative social experiment that raises questions about ownership of public art.
Until the early 20th century, food choices were dictated by what was grown nearby, readily available, and unspoiled. But 100 years later, the struggle over what to eat has become one of the most complicated, confounding and urgent battles facing the world.