Today, a female soldier serving in the US army is more likely to be raped than killed or injured by enemy fire. The Invisible War, by Oscar and Emmy-nominated director Kirby Dick and Emmy-nominated producer Amy Ziering, reveals the extent of sexual assault in the armed forces and investigates the institutions that cover it up.
Gilad Atzmon is a world renowned saxophonist, a well respected musician and a controversial public critic of Israel. In Giland and All that Jazz director Golriz Kolahi explores his music, ideas and motivations.
Shadows of Liberty is an in-depth examination of the American media crisis and the decline of independent journalism as a result of the influence of corporate interests and government.
This award-winning documentary tells the story of two addicted teenage boys living in Afghanistan and how their lives and those of their families have been ravaged by drugs. Director Jawed Taiman not only shows the vicious cycle of addiction, the devastating effect of drugs on everyday family life, and the distressing lack of life prospects, but also captures the remarkable friendship between the boys.
“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”. Director Iara Lee explores the Syrian conflict through the eyes of ordinary people caught in the crossfire and examines the motives of “the elephants” – Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime, the Free Syrian Army and other key players including the United States, Israel, Russia, China and Iran.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and tells the story of how they evolved into groups such as Anonymous. Director Brian Knappenberger traces the birth of a powerful democratic online activism which in these rapidly changing times is beginning to make corporations and governments very nervous.
Rupture is a documentary that tackles the personal tragedies and triumphs of people that have suffered brain hemorrhages and strokes. Academy Award winning director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) bears witness to actress Maryam d’Abo in her journey to understanding how her subarachnoid haemorrhage affected her life and how similar brain vascular diseases have affected the lives of friends and other creative figures in the UK and the US.
One of the first films to get the footage of protests in the wake of elections in Belarus in 2010, Europe’s Last Dictator gives us a rare glimpse into the struggle against Aleksander Lukashenko’s brutal regime.
Award-winning director Van Maximilian Carlson paints a chilling portrait of shattered lives and the gross negligence and class inequality that keeps the people of Bhopal from finding justice and safety.
POSTPONED- Dinner Briefing: South Africa – The Rise of Jacob Zuma and an Uncertain Future for the ANC?
In the third of our highly popular dinner briefing strand, this off-the-record background briefing will be followed by a 3-course dinner plus wine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email [email protected] in advance. Arriving at 7pm, guests will be given a glass of wine as they sit and listen to the discussion. Following […]
Charles Glass provides an exciting, fast-paced and elegantly written saga of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France’s most dangerous years. His discovery of letters, diaries, war documents and police files shows as no book before has how American expatriates were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration and courage. This is […]
NEW Media Talk: Press standards, self-regulation and public trust – is the press accountable enough?
According to a report published by the Media Standards Trust, the current system of press self-regulation is not successfully protecting either the press or the public. The current system is not, the report claims, effective enough, accountable enough, or transparent enough, and does not reflect the transformed media environment. So should Britain’s system of press […]
With a new government in the process of being formed in Somalia, are we going to see a new era of peace and stability after eighteen long years of violence and warlordism? Or does the new Prime Minister Sharmarke – himself a moderate Islamist – now have an impossible task ahead of him in trying […]
Rory Stewart’s career to date has taken him from the foreign office in London, to Indonesia and Montenegro, to being governor of two states in Southern Iraq, to Kabul and most recently to Harvard. In between he has walked across Iran, through Pakistan and India and on to Afghanistan – arriving just after the Taliban […]
Almost 20 years since the Tiananmen Square uprising, Jan Wong publishes her memoir which tells us both about contemporary china as well as about the China of 30 years ago. In 1972 Jan became one of only two Westerners admitted to Beijing University at the height of the Cultural Revolution. One day, a student, Yin […]
In the second of our highly popular dinner briefing strand, this off-the-record background briefing will be followed by a 3-course dinner plus wine. Arriving at 7pm, guests will be given a glass of wine as they sit and listen to the discussion. Following this, they will be served dinner while having the chance to continue […]
The Tamil Tigers are looking closer than ever to military defeat as government forces continue to overrun the last remaining rebel strongholds in the north of the country. With an end to the military stalemate and the 25 year civil war potentially in sight, what is the future for the LTTE and what are the […]
What is a ‘religion blind spot’? In the US, it is ambassadors to Muslim-majority countries not being required to have any training in Islam. It is Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State in the Clinton régime having a bureau full of economic experts, and only one expert in religion. In Britain, it is a secular PR […]
With the war in Gaza drawing to a close as Operation Cast Lead comes to an end and Israeli troops withdraw, we reflect on the role that the world media played as a legitimate weapon in both Hamas and Israel’s arsenal. While both sides have been intent on trying to win the media war, restricted […]
View in iTunes With latest reports predicting that we’ll reach Peak Oil in the next 3-5 years and with oil prices more volatile than ever, will the oil crisis soon take over from the financial crisis as the world’s most pressing concern? And while the jury is still out on whether or not we really […]
Sean Langan is a British journalist and documentary film-maker and has made a name for himself by making video-diary style films in dangerous and volatile situations, from Latin America to Zimbabwe. Most recently, he’s made a name for himself with his films Fighting the Taliban and Meeting the Taliban in Afghanistan. In 2008 he was […]
Download this episode View in iTunes As Obama prepares to take office as the 44th US president, he is set to face huge challenges in the Middle East. Will the renewed emphasis on diplomacy that he is proposing with the region pave the way for improved relations with Iran and prevent them from developing their […]
In the first of a new strand, this off-the-record background briefing on Afghanistan, will be followed by a 3-course dinner plus wine. Arriving at 7pm, guests will be given a glass of wine as they sit and listen to the discussion. Following this, they will be served dinner and afterwards will get a chance to […]
Tariq Ali‘s new book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, weighs the prospects of those contending for power in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, and demonstrates Pakistan’s unique influence on the emergence of a secure world or global conflagration. Tariq Ali is a writer, journalist and film-maker. He was born […]
View in iTunes Nearly one year on since Raul Castro officially took power from his brother, Fidel, and with a new US president about to take office, the change that has inevitably been creeping up on Cuba looks set to continue into 2009. Amid celebrations of the Cuban Revolution’s 50th anniversary, we remember its achievements […]