The British Army is still attracting thousands of young men from all over the country, despite this being one of the most dangerous times to join. There have been 380 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan and over 1700 seriously wounded. This first of five episodes of a series following the journey of four new army recruits and their families, starts at their first day of basic training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre, North Yorkshire.
The young British soldiers whose progress this series followed from basic training camp to front-line combat in Afghanistan are coming home, and reflect on the extraordinary journey they have made. For three of them, becoming a soldier in the British Army was a childhood dream. But only one saw it through.
In the final episode of the series, Pria looks at the shallowness and permissiveness of modern society, with a loss of traditional values, morals and structure. Several individuals including Petrea King, Dr David Tracey and Pastor Brian Houston discuss how Australian society has been affected by this lack of faith.
Part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax, this feature documentary travels from San Francisco and Washington to Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Beirut in a quest to reveal the true identity of the person behind the popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. Who is this Syrian-American revolutionary who goes by the name of Amina Arraf? Not even Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, with whom Amina is carrying an online affair, seems to know for sure. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it's Amina's subsequent abduction that sparks an international outcry to free her. Telling a detective story that involves various intelligence agencies and top-tier global media, the film tells a thoroughly modern tale of technology, love and news-as-spectacle questions the ways in which people connect in today's virtual world.