The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying war as experienced by the men who fought it, believing they were there to win. Their experiences revolve around "tipping points", affecting the crucial events that shaped military decisions and, ultimately, determined the outcome of the war. From the rise of Ho Chi Minh in 1959 and the subsequent formation of the Vietcong to the deadly battle in La Drang valley in 1965 through to the quagmire of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and its eventual conclusion in 1975, no detail is spared in this three-part, back to back special.
The return of SBS's critically acclaimed series East West 101 explores the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through a series of violent crimes committed in Australia. In episode one, the sophisticated robbery of an armoured guard van leaves four dead, including some of the robbers themselves.
First-time director Miraz Bezar presents a raw and confronting story set in Diyarbakir, Turkey in the 1990s. Ten-year-old Gulistan and her younger brother Firat are normal, happy-go-lucky kids until they witness the murder of their journalist father and mother by a secret paramilitary force. After their caretaker auntie also disappears in mysterious circumstances, the children are left to fend for themselves on the tough streets of one of Turkey's most dangerous cities. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Ghent International Film Festival.
Untold Australia is a documentary series that goes inside three very different communities which exist within unique pockets of Australia, whose presence and way of life remain widely unknown to outsiders of these close-knit cultural groups.
In Barcelona, a metropolis without barriers or taboo, sexual freedom is one of the demands made by a society that claims to be more tolerant. Turned towards the Mediterranean, Barcelona makes an impression on hearts and bodies with its character, which is resolutely turned towards pleasure. Everyone is attentive to everyone else in their demanding, unabashed search for pure pleasure.
In Montreal, the capital of liberal sex, saucy old songs coexist alongside the most revolutionary of behaviours. Night birds are prepared for all sorts of dramatisations. Glamour networks abound on the internet and the Fetish Weekend is a roaring success. But whereas gays and straights did not really used to mingle, today's youth wants to do away with ghettos, which doesn't stop them taking precautions against STDs.
A stopover in Beirut, where poverty and luxury exist side by side, everything happens far from the public eye. In a society dominated by patriarchy, homosexuals are seen out together, while lesbians hide away. Some people advocate a radical change and would like to establish a secular State, but religion remains a sensitive subject. Yet when it comes to eroticism, tongues start to loosen.
Morgan Spurlock, the Oscar-nominated US filmmaker, presents a satirical talk show that takes a comedic look at the differences between British and American culture. Morgan will be joined in the studio by top celebrities, a live band and comics from both sides of the Atlantic with plenty to say about US/UK relations and the good and bad in both countries.
In 2014, one of the last tribes that had had no contact with the outside world emerged from the Amazon rainforest. This documentary has exclusive access to the tribe and documents first contact with members of the previously isolated tribe called the Txapanawa on the bank of the Envira River in the village of Simpatia in Brazil. An anthropologist, Jose Carlos Meirelles goes deep into the Amazon to learn whether the emergence of a long-hidden tribe signals the end of humans living in total isolation.
In Buenos Aires, the men are still hot-blooded and the women are refusing the status of "big-boobed bimbos". Here, gay marriage is legal but women still must fight for their rights. In order not to be considered bimbos, some women resort to provocation and pornography. While transvestites tour the parks at night, youngsters learn the rudiments of sexuality in high-school toilets, plus a certain collector's dream of a Museum of Eroticism.
Set in the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief's grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal.
In Spirit Time, Imran Farook offers his take on spiritual yoga, or 'spoga'. The Prince of Mumbai is casting hopeful girls for his new reality series 'Make Me a Princess'. Nazeem is on the streets as a charity collector with a bucket, but definitely without a cause. Prince Harry's humanitarian, army hero body-double Gary is here to help him keep up royal appearances while he is partying hard on his gap year.
When Australian kickboxing champion Roger Abbas was killed in mysterious circumstances in Syria in late 2012, it set off a chain of stories in the national media about Australian citizens heading over there to take part in the war - either as humanitarians or 'jihadists'. But why would born and bred Aussies like Roger want to put their lives on the line for a country they have no connection to?
Head First returns for a second series and Sabour Bradley is back to take you on a wild ride into the outlandish lives of everyday Australians. Welcome to the world of porn addiction, tailor-made bodies, stem cell tourists, 'orphan' traffickers, and Aussie-led paramilitary rangers at war with poachers in Africa. Armed with a sense of humour and a willingness to get involved in the action, Sabour takes you inside those worlds.
It's a business that's enabling one of the darkest crimes of this century and Australians are unwittingly helping the business to grow and flourish. It's the twisted world of orphanage tourism in Cambodia, where 'orphans' - around 75% of whom have parents - are used as pawns in an industry that turns over huge amounts of money annually, much of it coming from well-intentioned Australians.
South Africa is a vibrant, multi-racial democracy, a model of reconciliation and opportunity. But Louis visits for a different story - he's heard about a group of whites opposed to the new regime, determined to build communities for whites only.
Budhia Singh was born in India and, at the age of three was sold by his impoverished mother to a street hawker. Destined to lead a desperate existence as a beggar, Budhia was rescued by Biranchi, a concerned judo coach, who ran an orphanage for slum children. It didn't take long for Budhia to reveal his remarkable talent for running, leading Biranchi to embark on a mission to turn Budhia into India's greatest runner. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
Sabour heads to Arnhem Land to spend two weeks in a small town called Yirrkala living completely under the rules of the Intervention. On his first night a suicide attempt by a young future leader shocks him to his core. Sabour starts asking around and finds out that this is a common thing amongst boys in the community.
In tonight's finale, Uncle Sam gives his Islamic Australia dream one last chance by making it onto the news. Imran Farook gives some particularly deep spiritual makeovers in Spirit Time. In Flip World where White Australians are the minority, there's an alarming security incident at the airport. Nazeem hits the streets in a social experiment to test public generosity for some controversial 'causes'.
In Flip World, casting auditions are taking place for the token white best friend in a romantic comedy. Uncle Sam attempts to secure the grey vote and takes his campaign to the elderly. Nazeem helps a group of recent immigrants by teaching them a lesson in Australian culture 101. The Indian Action Hero takes on a street gang armed with a burger, and The Hollywood Arab tries a spot of shopping.
Narrated by Ian McKellen, this powerful documentary introduces the members of Britain's underground Muslim drag queen community. How do gay Muslims publicly reconcile their secularity with their cultural identity?
As well as lying at the heart of American car manufacture, Michigan is also home to demolition derby, the epitome of car destruction. This week, Louis Theroux tries to infiltrate this subculture by driving in a derby himself. He seeks advice from ice deliverer and demo derby driver Jon Lipka, who warns him that a scared person isn't going to be a good driver. After watching Lipdka in competition,Theroux begins to wonder if he is up to the challenge.
Imran Farook is back to make a guest invisible in Spirit Time. In his latest social experiment, Nazeem is making more unusual, illegal deliveries from the back of his dodgy truck to see if anyone will stop him, or turn a blind eye. Tension is building in the Muslim Shore house as some serious hygiene issues are revealed. A range of race-specific toy dolls are unleashed on the public. (S.1 Ep.7)
In Spirit Time, Imran Farook is cleansing spirits during 'spoga', or spirit yoga. It's Ramadan in the Muslim Shore house and the fasting housemates are in for a big surprise - an arranged marriage. The Prince of Mumbai tries to win over the ladies of Sydney with stand-up comedy. Nazeem carries out spot citizenship tests to gauge whether Aussies are fit to live in the country.
Nazeem Hussain takes to the streets ready to sign autographs and pose for photos as 'ethnic' celebrities - Sachin Tendulkar, will.i.am and Jackie Chan, to see if anyone will spot the difference. The Prince of Mumbai is going speed dating to find an Aussie bride, and Uncle Sam continues on the campaign trail for Prime Minister. Meanwhile, there's a new kid on the block. He's five years old, and may just be the world's cutest terrorist.
Comedian Nazeem Hussain hosts this comedy series parodying many aspects of the Australian culture, including race relations, local and international politics and pop culture. In this episode, we meet some of the comical and controversial characters, including Uncle Sam, a taxi driver turned Prime Ministerial candidate and Imran Farook, a spiritual leader with some challenging advice for his clientele. Plus Nazeem hits the streets with a hidden camera in 'The People Smuggling Experiment'.
Louis Theroux continues his journey with a trip to Thailand - arriving in Bangkok with an appointment at Thai Anglo Introductions, a marriage agency where Western men are introduced to prospective Thai brides.
The Hollywood Arab is still on a search for a new career path, and is teaching an art class with a twist. Petition in hand, Nazeem campaigns to raise awareness of some particularly pesky first world problems. A theological debate about cheese rocks the Muslim Shore house. Uncle Sam has a radical plan to move all Muslims to Tasmania, to create the great state of 'Islamania'.
Nazeem Hussain hosts this outrageously funny comedy series, parodying many aspects of Australian culture, including race relations, local and international politics and pop culture. In this episode, 'The Hollywood Arab' gives a cooking lesson, there's a scandal in the Muslim Shore household and Imran Farook displays his psychic abilities in 'Spirit Time'. Meanwhile, the white intervention is enforced in 'Flip World', and Nazeem tackles antisocial behaviour in his latest experiment.
As Melbourne struggles with increased youth crime, one particular group have fallen under the spotlight. The so-called Apex have captured the attention of the media, the police, and the imagination of the public, but who are they? Are they a serious threat or just a bunch of kids demonised out of proportion to their activities? This documentary seeks to look beyond the media hype at a community under intense scrutiny. Working closely with the South Sudanese community, this documentary goes to the heart of what it takes to make a multicultural society and gives pause to those who have forged a view of migrant communities based on stereotypes by separating myth from reality.
Bestselling author, columnist, and raconteur Peter FitzSimons takes an explosive journey across Australia, reliving the country's forgotten race riots. In his inimitable style, FitzSimons exposes heroes and villains on a journey that spans more than 170 years, and the breadth of the country. Along the way, he demonstrates how mobs of every ethnicity have transformed our nation.
This week, Sabour gets unparalleled access to the controversial world of anti-aging clinics - specifically the one at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal. He puts his body - and ethics - on the line to test the hormones involved, and is dragged into other worlds of drugs, money, exploitation, controversial science and steroid vacations.
After 9/11 the War on Terror makes many in the Lebanese Australian community feel their loyalty is being unfairly questioned. Zaky Mallah is a Punchbowl teenager recovering from the early death of his parents. Searching for answers in Islam he looks for meaning in jihad. As the Howard Government introduces new anti-terrorist laws, Zaky becomes the first Australian in history to be charged under the new counter-terrorist laws with planning acts of terrorism.
In the days following the Cronulla Beach riots in December 2005, many young Lebanese Australians are outraged at what they perceive as an attack by wider Australia on their Australian identity, their culture and religion.
There's a war on animals happening in Africa right now, waged by well-armed poachers and funded by international criminal syndicates. If left unchecked it will mean the extinction of the Black Rhino by 2025. The war has now even reached our shores with European police naming Australia as a key destination on the rhino horn black market.
Louis Theroux heads off to Southwest America to hunt out the people who hunt out the aliens. At Palm Springs he has a close encounter with alien killer, Thor Templar who claims to have notched up twenty alien kills over the years. Then Louis joins Ron and Shari in a friendlier alien environment as they take one of their field trips which aims to make friendly contact with beings from outer space.
Darren trains with England's crime-fighting Ninja, jumps in deep with a religious community that believes humans were created by Aliens and tours around Amsterdam's red light district with twin prostitutes in their 70s.
The final episode of the multi-award winning drama series East West 101. The series has been exploring the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through a series of violent crimes committed in Australia.
Louis Theroux investigates the world of extreme professional wrestlers in the southern United States, where wrestling is more like avant-garde theatre than an Olympic bout. The participants are very athletic, the outcome is predetermined and it's very big business with millions of fans. But, as Louis discovers when he meets the AIWF in Southern Carolina, their style of wrestling is also gory. They hit each other over the head with chairs wrapped in barbed wire and throw drawing pins down on the mat to roll around on. They're not actually trying to hurt each other, but they want to make it look as if it hurts, so they use hidden razors to make the blood flow - a practice called juicing, as in juicing an orange. Most of the wrestlers are well paid, and the world surrounding this sort of wrestling radiates good energy. Louis explains: "There's an atmosphere of Am-Dram weekends; the audience is mainly male, but of all ages, including lots of kids, like a pantomime crowd there is a warm, fuzzy feeling to the people involved."
The world of extreme bodybuilding - a subculture of people who push their bodies to the limits of human capacity - but just how far are they prepared to go. And is Louis prepared to go there too? Louis travels to California, home of the body beautiful, to see if he can join the world of extreme bodybuilding.
Now on the final leg of their journey the Brits are leaving Africa for the Philippines to discover where components for our mp3 players, dvds and computers come from. The Brits join the workers in the ultra competitive world of electronics: where productivity is everything and factories produce hundreds of thousands of components a day.
Superintendant Patricia Wright becomes personally involved in a case when a young woman is found raped and murdered after being last seen getting into a taxi late at night. The suspect is taxi driver Roman Wisniewski who was investigated and charged by Wright many years before. Wisniewski walked free with the help of a QC on that prior occasion. Now Wright sees this as a chance to put him away for a long time.
Mere Hahunga has problems with her youngest son, Sam, and enlists the help of Detective Sonny Koa. Sam is going off the rails and Mere pleads with Koa to help save him. However, stopping a youth on a mission of self-destruction is a very difficult task.
Jarrod and his two eldest children find themselves on the streets and struggle to get emergency assistance. Nearby, Sue is battling housing authorities as she attempts to find alternative accommodation, and mother and daughter Michelle and Jess are coming to terms with life on the poverty line. Michelle has had to leave her job to care for daughter Jess, who suffers a rare genetic disorder - and it seems their financial plight means even a wheelchair is out of their reach.
The mysterious double murder of a Jewish couple in an affluent suburb leaves police baffled with little evidence to go on. Soon after, two drug importers end up in the morgue after being shot at close range. Now the Major Crime Squad detectives must determine whether this murder is in any way linked to the robbery they are investigating or something separate.
Riley, 15, was born a boy, but is starting to go to school as a girl and pondering hormone treatment at age 16. Her parents are agonising over the decision because hormones will allow her feminine features to develop, but they are irreversible, meaning she'll become sterile.
Tells the inside story of the challenges the Lebanese Australian community has faced in Australia and how they have fought to overcome them. This landmark documentary series hears from community leaders, police, families and individuals, as they combine to tell the compelling and dramatic story of a proud and resilient community, under intense pressure and scrutiny.
By the late 1990s the Lebanese Australian community is being terrorised by a violent criminal minority enforcing the drug racket with extreme violence and handguns. On the streets young teenagers aspire to the glamour of gangster rap, many working as runners and dealers for the drug gangs.
Detective Zane Malik is deep undercover, and in danger. His mission is to link arms dealer, Akmal, with the car bomb murder of an NSO agent. But when Akmal's girlfriend, a Russian prostitute, is killed, Akmal orders a hit on the man who killed her - a sleazy sex trafficker - and he wants Malik to do it.
The armed robbery and subsequent escalating violence seems to hold a link with a drug ring and criminal activity including a massacre in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Malik is hoping that visiting Afghani police officer, Khan, can help in the investigation.
In episode two,a Somali teenage boy is found viciously bashed to death in a lonely railway tunnel. When the investigation leads Malik and Sonny Koa to a group of white youths, the detectives must determine if this murder was a result of racial conflict.
Michael finds himself at war with his brother as they try to deal with their mother's will and Allan is trying to get his new landscaping business up and running - but it's one step forward and two steps back as he battles bureaucracy and his creditors chasing unpaid loans. In Brisbane's south-west, Jarrod and Sharon are at breaking point as they battle to stay clean from drugs and keep their family together.
In the final episode of Struggle Street, Michael has a financial windfall and decides to indulge his passion. Indigenous couple Josh and Monica have been sleeping rough after Josh was released from jail and struggle to find anyone who'll rent them a home. Meanwhile, Jess finds a welcome escape in art. Her painting of a pet canary has just been entered into a local art show - so can a small victory mean big changes for her and mother Michelle?
The new series of Struggle Street offers a raw and unflinching portrayal of struggle and hardship in Australia. In episode one, we meet Australians from diverse backgrounds facing a range of challenges, from unemployment to addiction and a lack of housing. Single mother Norma is facing homelessness and Kiwi shelter residents Jarrod and Sharon battle to overcome addiction.
At 55 years of age, Sue's been told she has four weeks to leave her home. With little money, and a growing public housing waiting list, she faces the very real prospect of homelessness. Kiwi parents Jarrod and Sharon agree to part ways in an attempt to clean up their lives, as welfare authorities are called. Meanwhile, things are looking up for Michael. He's about to get a new set of teeth - but will his renewed confidence be enough to get him back on his feet and into work?
After 22 years, factory worker Nick faces an uncertain future following the closure of the Ford plant and single mother Tamara finds herself the victim of a vocational training loan scam. Meanwhile, neighbour Allan is struggling after racking up over $30,000 of debt in payday loans and police are sent in to remove Norma and her family from their home.