This week, Fault Lines was honored with two Peabody Awards for our films “Haiti in a Time of Cholera” and “Made in Bangladesh.”
“A pair of documentaries from Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines series demonstrated its broad reach and aggressive journalism,” the Peabody announcement said. “'Haiti in a Time of Cholera’ examined the epidemic that has erupted since the 2010 earthquake and underscored the likelihood that U.N. peacekeepers are the source. ‘Made in Bangladesh’ found evidence of prominent American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of foreign subcontractors, practices that led to horrible tragedies like the clothing-factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people.”
“Haiti in a Time of Cholera” was produced by Sebastian Walker, Singeli Agnew, Jeremy Dupin, Carrie Lozano, and Mathieu Skene, and edited by Warwick Meade. The film begins in Haiti, where thousands have died a painful death after a cholera outbreak. The focus of the film then turns to the United Nations in New York where Walker pursues high-level officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to question them over their organization’s apparent role.
"This is a recognition of the commitment Al Jazeera has made to telling stories that are not being heard,” said Walker, who was both a producer and correspondent on the film. “The award is for everyone that we met during the course of filming 'Haiti in a Time of Cholera.' Most of all, it's an opportunity to draw attention to the scale of the cholera crisis in Haiti, and to place the focus firmly on those who are impacted most."
“Made in Bangladesh” similarly focused on the plight of those who are largely ignored. Producer Laila Al-Arian said it was the recent garment factory accidents in Bangladesh—like the 2012 fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory—that led Fault Lines to examine the underlying problems in the clothing industry. In addition to Al-Arian, the production team behind the film was made up of Anjali Kamat, Tim Grucza, Andy Bowley, Warwick Meade, Paul Sapin, Joel Van Haren, Omar Mullick, Nafeesa Syeed, and Mathieu Skene.
“We hope that the film was able to give a voice to the workers who make clothes for America’s biggest retailers—and highlight the dangers they face every day,” Al-Arian said. “We also hope that we shed some light on a complex supply chain system that has contributed to poor, dangerous, and sometimes deadly working conditions.”
In response to the Peabody announcement, Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian said, “The investigative work from the Fault Lines team reflects some of the best of Al Jazeera America’s unbiased and in-depth coverage of global news.”
Watch trailers for both “Haiti in a Time of Cholera” and “Made in Bangladesh” below.
UN expert: "The most likely source of cholera in Haiti was the MINUSTAH facility."