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Ben Lewis

"Google and the World Brain" | April 6, 2014

REPEAT | The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions.

GA&A Productions

Holy Money | March 30th 9E/6P

Priests charged with corruption, dioceses in bankruptcy, money-laundering and at the core of it all, the dirty dealings of the Vatican bank. Despite the appearances, Pope Francis faces an uphill struggle. HOLY MONEY takes us into the heart of the Catholic Church’s finances and examines why, according to the bible, “You cannot serve both God and Money.”

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: A Firefighter - March 23rd 9E/6P

Fire fighter Neil Fairhall is leaving his fire station in Hayward’s Heath and heading to the Amazon to fight some of the biggest forest fires in the world.

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: A Ferryman - March 9th 9E/6P

Londoner Colin Window, a Bridge Officer on the Woolwich ferry, travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh to work as a ferryman on a Sampan – a small wooden boat – crossing one of the most congested rivers in the world.

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: A Farmer - March 2nd 9E/6P

Dairy farmer Richard Gibson is swapping the damp surroundings of Devon, England to live and work with Samburu tribesmen, who herd their cattle in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya.

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: A Miner- Feb 23rd 9E/6P

Craig Notman from Staffordshire has been a miner all his life and currently works in mine rescue. Now he’s heading off to Mongolia to join the gold rush! As Mongolia becomes one of the fastest growing economies in the world thanks to its abundance of minerals, a large percentage of its population live in poverty.

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: An ER Nurse - Feb 16th 9E/6P

Maria Connolly swaps her hospital in Preston, Lancashire for the Hospital General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She encounters a community terrorized by a drugs war as cartels battle to control the lucrative border into the United States, and discovers that her new colleagues witness violent crime every day in a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

© BBC 2012

Toughest Place To Be: A Taxi Driver | Feb 9th 9E/6P

London cabbie Mason McQueen heads to Mumbai to test his skills on some of the busiest and most chaotic streets in the world. He’s swapping his high tech air conditioned black cab for the boiling heat of a Mumbai taxi.

KTM FILM/Yorgos Karahalis

Killing The Messenger | Feb 2nd 9E/6P

A riveting documentary showing what censorship looks like close up, revealing the true human cost of news and what it takes to stay alive to get the story. Journalists reporting in Mexico, Russia and the Middle East relate stories of kidnapping, intimidation and beatings. These stories are heartfelt, captivating, shocking – and unforgettable.


THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE - Jan 5th 9E/6P

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE fuses the story of the Diaz family learning to love with extremely rare archive footage of science experiments that explore parent child love.

Al Jazeera English

"MS & Me: The Search For A Cure" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, December 29th, 2013 9E/ 6P

Al Jazeera South East Asia correspondent Stephanie Scawen investigates the causes of Multiple Sclerosis and the possible treatments, and takes us on a journey through life as a MS patient. She must confront the inevitable decline in her physical abilities and come face to face with what seems an inevitable fate, all the while never relinquishing her hope for a cure.

David Frohman

"American Commune" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 9E/ 6P

In 1970, 1,500 hippies founded a commune in rural Tennessee. They shared their savings, grew their own food and built a self-sufficient society. Raised on "The Farm" by a Jewish mother and a Puerto Rican father, sisters Rena and Nadine return for the first time since 1985. They chart the rise and fall of America’s largest hippie commune and their own family tree.

"Lockerbie" Series U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, December 8 &15, 2013 9E/ 6P

In 1988 a bomb destroyed Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie killing 270 people. Abdel Baset Mohamed Ali al-Megrahi, was eventually tried and found guilty of the largest case of mass murder in UK history. Megrahi maintained his innocence right up his death in May 2012 and many serious commentators continued to express doubts about the safety of this conviction

Photo by Kevin Hoth

"Tiny" U.S. Television Premiere - Sunday, November, 2013 24 9E/ 6P

A documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.

Peter Ndolo

"The Team" - Sunday, November 10, 2013 9E/ 6P

An alternative local response to Kenyan's violence is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, The Team, following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences.

"Open Secret" World Television Premiere | Nov 3, 2013

WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE | A documentary that chronicles Steve Lickteig’s 20-year search for who his real birth parents were; why a whole town kept the truth from him; and how his family’s tumultuous history revolves around the hidden lives of two unconventional women.

"Two Americans" | Oct 27, 2013

An American family is living in a state that has criminalized their existence. The parents of Katherine Figueroa are arrested when Sheriff Joe Arpaioe raids a carwash suspected of hiring illegal workers. Young Kathy fights to save her parents from deportation, while the County Board is pressured to investigate.

Alex Meillier

"Alias Ruby Blade" | Oct 20, 2013

Kirsty Sword, aspired to be a filmmaker, but instead became a underground operative code named 'Ruby Blade'. Her task: to become a conduit of information for the enigmatic resistance leader, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, while he was serving life.They fell in love. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story, demonstrating the power of individuals to change history.

"Comic Books Go To War" | Oct 13, 2013

In this age of hundreds of television stations, 24-hour news and web sites, the comic book has become a documentary medium, providing a understanding of the human dimensions of war, genocide and revolution. This film explores the journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of reporting the most violent and terrible of human experiences through “comix.”

Steve James

"Head Games" | Oct 6, 2013

Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport.

Julia Bacha

"Budrus" | Sept 29, 2013

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

PF Pictures

"Do the Math" | Sept 22, 2013

U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | "Do the Math," is based on a Rolling Stone article by Bill McKibben last year, and on a multi-city tour he took over the last few months. He states we only need to know three numbers to understand climate change. This film opens up the debate on the issue.

"Words of Witness" | Sept 15, 2013

U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22 yr-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.

Penelope Pictures

"Skydancer" | Sept 8, 2013

U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | This film takes a provocative look at 21st Century Indian life: from the top of the steel structures in New York City to life 'on the Rez' where unemployment and crime make it hard to see the pristine beauty of the surrounding lands. The film shows the lives of ironworkers and offers a new perspective on contemporary Native Americans.

Ben Lewis

"Google and the World Brain" | Sept 1, 2013

U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions.

Magic Hour Films

"Into Eternity" | Aug 25, 2013

U.S TELEVISION PREMIERE | Every day, large amounts of radioactive waste is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural & man-made disasters. In Finland, the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.

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