Category: Current Affairs

10
May

Notes on a Dirty Island

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Best-selling travel writer and president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Bill Bryson presents a personal and passionate account of how Britain has become a rubbish tip.

When he first came to England in 1972, Bryson believed that he had found the most cared for country in the world, but his optimism has turned to horror and he castigates the nation’s apparent inability to walk or drive anywhere without leaving a trail of litter.

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1 x 40 mins for BBC1 Panorama

Producer: Rebecca Dobbs

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Broadcast August, 2008 on BBC1

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26
Sep

Darfur: Between the Lines

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With the Darfur Peace Agreement in shambles and fears rising that the region is headed for a new cycle of bloodletting, Darfur: Between the Lines provides an eyewitness account of what the U.N. Secretary-General has called “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” The film captures the desperation of daily life in Al Fasher’s sprawling Abu Shouk refugee camp and travels beyond Al Fasher into the volatile rebel-held areas of Sudan to portray the lives of black African villagers who get up every morning to face yet another day filled with threats of looting, murder and rape by Sudan’s pro-government Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed. Our cameras follow “the busiest man in Africa” – charismatic General Martin Luther Agwai, commander of the new combined U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur – on a mission as he helicopters into hostile areas attempting to coax rebel leaders and some of the Arab tribes into joining the negotiating table. Despite leading the world’s largest peacekeeping operation, Agwai, the former head of Nigeria’s armed forces, acknowledges the limitations of his role: “We are not here to compel any peace. We are here to work with the Sudanese people – both the government and the parties – to assist them to find peace.”  Darfur: Between the Lines provides a nuanced report from the heart of an international crisis.

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1 x 50 mins for WNET/BBCWW  Producer: Sally Thomas

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‘Heart of Darfur’ was transmitted on WNET Sept 2008.

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