Few things unsettle the male mind like a lady in arms. The Kurds of northern Iraq have long recognised this principle and incorporated it into their quest to build a Kurdish homeland in the overlap between Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. Fighting alongside their male comrades in a region not exactly known for its progressive stance on women's rights, the female Peshmerga guerrillas of the Kurdish Liberation movement built a reputation for themselves in the '70s and '80s. This documentary shines a light on the youngest of these new Kurdish guerrilla groups, PJAK, the Free Life for Kurdistan Party, to see how their female fighters are helping their people draft a definitive answer to the Kurdish Question that's vexed Middle Eastern politics for the last century.
Barack Obama came to office arousing more enthusiasm world-wide than any previous American president. He promised to close Guantanamo. Why is it still open? He ordered the operation to kill Osama bin Laden. What risks made him pause? In his speeches he promised to restore America's moral standing in the world. Why did he then authorise more extrajudicial executions by drone than George W. Bush? He succeeded in passing a national health care law. Why did the opponents of this reform bring the US to the edge of default in an effort to stop it?
Host Krishna Andavolu brings an all American mum to Colorado to be stoned and dined by some very curious pot entrepreneurs. What can the marijuana industry do to convince soccer mums that puffing on a joint is akin to sipping on chardonnay?
The story of sustainability and science through two parallel narrative arcs. The endangered Sandalwood species in the deserts of Western Australia and the sustainability of the French perfume industry.
Join Kevin McCloud and a selection of guest reporters, as they explore some of Britain's most contemporary and cutting edge homes, revealing how they were built and why they are considered some of the best new architecture in the country.
Unique colour footage of American forces during the Second World War in the Pacific, and in defeated Japan. Fall of Japan shows many aspects of combat on land at sea and in the air, as well as the aftermath of devastated Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the atomic bombing.
This program takes the city of Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India, and asks what are the causes of its success - including the role of education, globalisation and government de-regulation?
This enlightening documentary explores the biology of the brain and why some people can't stop themselves from committing harmful or criminal acts. Neuroscientists are generating ground-breaking research that sheds light on why some people can't control their criminal behaviour. Featuring lead scientist David Eagleman, this program challenges the most fundamental beliefs about crime, punishment and free will.
Deep in a South African cave, an astounding discovery reveals clues to what made us human. Join a treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the epic tale of evolution.
Brett begins the next leg of his Cape Town journey with Wayne from Buffalo Ridge. Wayne's love for great cheeses sent him down a path of the art of making mozzarella from buffalo's milk, and the results are mind-blowing. As a perfect pairing, Brett meets Marc from Boekenhoutskloof. They discuss the ethos behind the making of his low-cost, but delicious wine, Wolftrap and compares it with his high-end and equally successful label, Chocolate block. Brett concludes his journey with an eye and key tattoo from arguably the best black and grey tattoo artist in the country, Tamar at Body Architects.
Ex-chef, food critic and Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans pulls apart Australia's love affair with meat and investigates what this carnivorous enthusiasm is doing to our health, the animals that we eat, and to the planet. He's not out to stop people eating meat. He wants to connect the average person to the animals they eat so they can better know where their meat comes from, from the paddock to the supermarket shelf, all the way to their dinner plate. In this episode, Matthew visits several farms to try and better understand the conditions under which our chicken is produced. (Class. tba)
We all think we know Britain, but wherever you turn there are places you're not allowed to see. Places that are hidden from view, their secrets shielded by high walls and heavy gates. No public access allowed. Until now. This series, presented by Sir Tony Robinson, uses the latest drone technology to see our islands in a completely different way. Tony will dispatch flying cameras to the far reaches of the country, swooping into billionaire's private estates, snooping on military manoeuvres and going over no entry signs and barbed wire fences. In this episode, the drones fly through a forest with a deadly secret, across Britain's newest piece of land and into the hidden stately pile of an unconventional aristocrat.
Despite being identical twins, Adam and Neil Pearson look completely different. By conventional genetics, that should be impossible. But they share the faulty NF-1 gene, which for Adam caused uncontrolled tumours to grow on his face. For Neil, the gene caused short-term memory loss. In this powerful and personal film, Adam and Neil find out why their condition has affected them in such different ways. It's a journey that takes them back to the moment they separated in the womb, their experiences during childhood, through to their diets, in the search for the trigger that made them so different.
When giants rise and fall. This revelatory series reveals how the behemoth that was the East India Company grew into an imperial power, and became the hotbed of corruption and greed that led to its downfall. Over the past 10 years, India and China have been among the fastest growing economies in the world. But at one time England controlled India, helping to create its major cities, and was heavily invested in China, It was England's economy and trade that dwarfed others. And it was all in the hands of the first and greatest multi-national company: the behemoth that was the East India Company. On the ground in India, Dan Snow sets out to discover the motives of those who set up the company at the beginning of the 17th-century. How did it grow into an Imperial power? What influence and impact did the Company have on the globe? A hotbed of corruption and greed, and responsible for the deaths of over one million people, just how did the Company manage to attain such power and what led to its explosive decline?
This episode explores Hitler's mental and physical decline as he is forced to confront the endgame of inevitable defeat. When the Fuhrer miraculously survives an assassination attempt, his lust for vengeance triggers an unequalled reign of terror. His military gambles prove disastrous and accelerate his downfall. As the Army refuses to counterattack and his closest allies turn against him, Hitler finally accepts the inevitable. In the depths of his Fuhrer bunker in Berlin, he rewards his hidden mistress of 13 years with marriage. Less than 40 hours later asks his valet for his gun and pulls the trigger.
Are gay men actually "born this way"? If so, how could homosexuality, a trait which essentially prevents reproduction, evolve and survive generations of history? This conundrum bogs the mind of openly gay and proudly flamboyant filmmaker Bryce Sage, who sets out on a cross-country adventure to find the answers and get to the bottom of the controversy. But Bryce will quickly discover that finding the answers isn't easy.
This episode looks at the last difficult years of Mozart's short life, Beethoven's tragic deafness and the glamorous but turbulent life of the great 'Waltz King', Johann Strauss the Younger. Niki exchanges her violin bow for a baton to conduct the Blue Danube with a virtual orchestra in the House of Music.
With just over a week until Christmas the disturbing events of the siege in Sydney's Martin Place threaten to overshadow what should be the busiest week of the year for our Kebab Kings - and the Bozoglu family work their final days behind the counter at Oz Turk.
Renowned survival expert Ray Mears visits two of the most iconic and contrasting landscapes of Australia, the swamps of the Northern Territories and wild mountain ranges of Tasmania, on the trail of two of the continent's most notorious creatures. By studying the Saltwater Crocodile and Tasmanian Devil, Ray hopes to gain a privileged insight into their unique habitats and a better understanding of how they gained their fearsome reputations. With the help of local experts, Ray also learns how survival in the wilderness today, for top predators and humans alike, is far from easy.
This is the story of the Australian
Army Training Team (Vietnam) who, from 1962 to 1972, fought shoulder-to-shoulder with
the Vietnamese army and became the most decorated unit in Australian military history.
Told through the testimony of unit veterans and the Vietnamese with whom they fought
and fought against, this series shines a new and dramatic light on Australias involvement
in the Vietnam War. (Part 2 of 3) (SBS Production) (From Australia) (Documentary Series)
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Travelling through five continents in a year, the 365 Docobites team introduce a stranger a day via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries, each as unique as the stranger it features. This docobite is a story from Maya and Amy about their love for writing free poetry for people on their typewriters.
We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers.
When she was young, Davina McCall's parents separated which in turn created a sadness that Davina has always lived with. Davina hopes that researching her family tree will help her reconcile the worlds of her parents.
From the near miraculous abilities of a Shaolin monk, what happens when 10,000 volts are pumped straight into a watermelon? What happens when heat resistant ovenware is pushed to the limit, when a wine bottle is heated and cooled in quick succession, and when the strength of human is hair put to the test?
Lizzie O'Shea points out that our system of law is not the only one.
Barrister Julian Burnside QC explains how the adversarial system works, using the metaphor of a sport game. There are two opposing sides and an impartial umpire.
Former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby compares our adversarial system to the European inquisitorial system. He points out that while our system is a good one, its downfall is that it is very expensive.
Justice Susan Kenny, the Federal Court of Australia comments that one of the problems of trials becoming increasingly expensive is that she no longer sees as many small cases. This is unfortunate as the smaller cases can often tested the validity of the existing law.
Julian Burnside QC suggests a scenario that involves using pre-judgement, and one that doesn't. He asks, what is more important, coming to the right solution, or using the right method?
Lizzie O'Shea wraps up by reminding us what defines the adversarial system.
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Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams took up flying to rediscover his spirit of adventure after he was paralysed in a car accident seven years ago. In this series, he flies to some of the remotest parts of the planet to find out how people survive and thrive in places only a plane can reach.
Michelle, aged 51 has found a younger lover in Tunisia with plans to wed 26-year-old Mesbeh, while in Montreal, 57-year-old guitarist Jerry and 24-year-old Shelle got together through their shared love of heavy metal.
Explore Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while luxuriating in the great classical music composed within their precincts. Presented by renowned actor, writer and classical music specialist Simon Callow
A portrait of world-renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini - famous for her bizarre creatures. Capturing a pivotal moment of change as she creates a new body of work that includes Skywhale - a massive hot-air-balloon.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. We discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus - the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the secret brother of Jesus. We are guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
Henry married Anne Boleyn in 1533, after annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in one of the most infamous divorce cases in English history. The second union revealed the contrasting extremes of Henry's character - incurable romantic and unhinged tyrant. As historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones recount, Anne ultimately proved to be too flirtatious, possessive, ambitious and headstrong to conform to being Queen and her fate was sealed when she failed to provide a male heir.
In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world had hoped for a lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. Five years of chaos and hope for the people of a shattered Europe, who became pawns in the games of the major powers.
Kevin plans to take his beach home to a new level with an observation tower higher than a double-decker bus. However planning restrictions forbid him from building above the height of the cabin. (Part 3 of 4)
Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel 'the back way', 6000km to Italy to find work. Following his father's death, Alaigie's dreams of becoming an engineer were shattered and he needs to earn money to support his family. He films the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards, across the Sahara in overloaded trucks to Tripoli where he is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Richard Flanagan journeys with presenter Alan Yentob through his native Tasmania, visiting the places that have inspired his novels, and on to Thailand, to see first-hand the site of the Death Railway.