In an effort to stimulate dialogue, raise awareness and introduce new ideas to their audience, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, the first satellite channel in the Middle East and North Africa focused exclusively on documentaries, is already tackling topics normally considered taboo in the Arab World.

Transforming Energy

Transforming Energy is a documentary about the hope of Alternative Energy as a solution to the problems of Global Warming and the end of cheap oil and gas. It takes us into the lives, the passion, the commitment and the hard work of the people who are on the ground now, working to create a new energy paradigm.

The solutions to global warming and our diminishing oil supply will not come from some magical technological fix, but from what is now a plentiful, renewable and powerful resource - the passion, ingenuity and commitment of extraordinary people. This is the story of some of those people- engineers, entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists and students whose hard work, creativity and commitment are already transforming our world.

It takes us into the lives and the hard work of the people who are on the ground now, working to create a new energy paradigm. From political activist Matt Baker of Environment Colorado to Dan Shugar, president of the largest solar panel company in the world - to the student engineers racing their own designed solar cars - to a family living off the grid in rural Iowa.

These stories take on an added significance as the film also goes to Alaska to document the experiences of Native Alaskans who must evacuate their village near the Bering Sea because of the effects of Global Warming.

The film features interviews with Hunter Lovins, William McDonough, Jeremy Rifkin and James Howard Kunstler who provide inventive new ideas in the debate about the possible solutions to challenges we now face.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Saturday, April 12, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 13, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Monday, April 14, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Heavenly Havens

Unlock the door to some of the most spectacular, posh and exclusive luxury homes in the Middle East.

We're talking about luxury custom homes, the most expensive residences in the region, with prices so astronomical that only a very small handful of very wealthy people could even dream about owning them.

They are large enough to contain entire neighborhoods, and et not as large as you might expect.

The are astronomically expensive, lavish, gold-trimmed, modest and wood-sided, and perched on pieces of land and large private lands.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Saturday, April 12, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 13, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Monday, April 14, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (11:00 GMT)

Living Edens

Planet Earth is still home to places so pure that they have become precious reminders of how all the world – the ancient, timeless Earth – once looked.

From the icy mountains of Denali to the aqua blue seas of Costa Rica, we witness dramas unfold among the animal inhabitants as they have since the beginning of time.

Though the expertise of world-acclaimed natural history filmmakers, we experience the magic of each Living Eden as it is captured on film for future generations. 

Broadcast Date/Time:
Sunday, April 13, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Monday, April 14, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Dwindling Sushi Stocks

Japan must look in the world market to sustain its sushi eating.

They import about 1/3 of the world's tuna for consumption, and tuna are quickly beginning to run out as more countries around the world are increasing their demand for tuna.

Broadcast Date / Time:
Monday, April 14, 2008 (17:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (13:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (05:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (09:00 GMT)

Hillary & Bill

Hillary Clinton, a woman facing her destiny. A political portrait and an in-depth analysis of the mechanics of a couple synonymous with success. Behind the presidential ambitions of a woman who has already changed the course of history, we decipher the Clintons couple's keys to success, the chronology of a winning machine.

A woman in the running to become the first female president of the world's biggest superpower. Who is she really? This documentary answers this question in many aspects: her childhood in Chicago, her commitment to student activism, here character forged by protestant values and the meeting of her alter ego, Bill.

He was as politically skillful as she was awkward. She embodied intellectual rigor while he allowed certain weaknesses to show through.

A veritable alliance in form and in content, this couple would transcend first American politics, then the world's. Between light and shade, in turn a thinker on the fringes of power, a First lady of stature, a betrayed wife, a senator.

Hillary will not rest until she has asserted herself as THE incarnation of the modern, ambitious, all conquering woman.

As for Bill, he symbolized America between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Two terms of office tarnished by scandals, more public than political, from which the Clinton couple emerged stronger. Today, the era of Hillary Clinton looms.

A wealth of interviews (childhood friends, former teachers, public figures), exclusive archives (the Clinton library), the incredible destiny of a couple which – day by day – is already leaving its mark on the twenty-first century.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Monday, April 14, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

KGB in Deutschland

Since the Second World War, the Russian secret services planned to send their agents into Germany.

When Germany was divided by the wall, it became an ideal field for the KGB.

Agents, generals and hackers tell us their stories about this period of almost 50 years.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Monday, April 14, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (11:00 GMT)

The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Over 72,000 color photographs.

More than 180,000 meters of film. Hundreds of letters, diaries, and testimonies, describing journeys through exotic lands.

This vast treasury is held in the archives of the Albert Kahn Museum in Paris.

In 1909, the French financier Albert Kahn decided to send photographers around the globe to document life on the planet.

These photographers witnessed some of the most momentous events of the age, but they also photographed the intimate details of the everyday lives of ordinary people.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (17:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April  16, 2008 (13:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (05:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (09:00 GMT)

King of Clubs

Club Football has never been so powerful – superstars, giant stadia, huge crowds, extraordinary budgets, burning ambitions.

However, although football is rightly called the world game, it is not a level playing field.

The series explores each team's strengths, details their structure and highlights why they are kings in their own countries.

We are behind the scenes – meeting the stars and the backroom staff, as well as the fans and the financial gurus.

The rules and the structures are different from country to country – who owns the stadium; the size of the TV contract; salary caps; foreign imports; community obligations and media interest.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Paradise Asia

Across the vast plains of Asia, lie some of the most unique resorts in the world.

From the mountains highland of Yunnan (China) to the lush paddy field of Bali (Indonesia), these luxurious getaways are as varied as the culture found within the region. 

How are these lavish retreats designed? More importantly, how do they relate to the history and culture of their locale? Paradise Asia will bring you into the story behind some of Asia's most sought after holiday hideaways.

Enter the realm of a restored palace in Rajasthan (India) and learn of the history behind this former royalty abode.

Take a trip down the Great Wall of China and uncover the influence over the modern residences that dot around this ancient monument.

Going beyond the standard fare of a tourist-oriented program, Paradise Asia is a unique program that will take you through an in-depth journey behind the design of some of the world's best resorts and uncovers their inspiration from the rich heritage of Asia.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (18:30 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (14:30 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (06:30 GMT), (22:30 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (02:30 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (10:30 GMT)

DNA

This series tells the story of the race to discover the structure of DNA, and the scientists who changed our understanding of the world and everything in it. It also looks at the implications of their work for the future of mankind.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (11:00 GMT)

Mediterranean Atmospheres

A series of documentaries about Mediterranean moods allows to discover through beautiful images their cultural impact and the magnificent of the landscape, their history since 7000 years and all their past.

This journey is through history, monuments, museum, churches, famous tourist areas, history of the past, meeting people, inhabitants, local music, high cooking etc. 

Broadcast Date/Time:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Monday, April 21, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Earth – The Power of the Planet

This landmark series uses specialist imaging and compelling narrative to tell the life story of our planet, how it works, and what makes it so special.

Examining the great forces that shape the Earth - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story.

How do these forces affect the Earth's landscape, its climate, and its history?

CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events, while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that Earth is an exceptionally rare kind of planet - giving us a special responsibility to look after our unique world.

This is a series that shows the Earth in new and surprising ways. Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet, while time lapse filmed over many months brings the planet to life.

Offering a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts, this ground-breaking series makes global science truly compelling.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (20:00 GMT)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (16:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (08:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (00:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (04:00 GMT)
Monday, April 21, 2008 (12:00 GMT)

Roman Empire

Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems which are surprisingly familiar: violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes, and questions of personal freedom versus government control.

But from the chaos, the Roman Empire would emerge stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Soon, it would stretch from Britain across Europe to the shores of North Africa, and from Spain across Greece and the Middle East to the border of Asia. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and till its many cultures into a rich soil from which Western civilization would grow. Rome would become the world's finest and most enduring superpower.

Through the experiences, memories and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time – of the emperors, slaves, poets and peasants who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen, and shaped The Roman Empire in the First Century. 

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (17:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (13:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (05:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Monday, April 21, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (09:00 GMT)

No End in Sight

Nearly four years after President Bush declared an end to combat in Iraq, the country is still fraught with daily casualties, costly commitments, and an ongoing debate on how to end the violence.

How did it come to this? This week, NOW’s David Brancaccio speaks with two very different, but unforgettable men who allege that U.S. bungling in Iraq created and fueled the deadly insurgency.

Paul Hughes, a retired Army colonel, was part of the transition team after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

He says key decisions were made that ignored the realities of Iraq. Omar Fekeiki was a Washington Post reporter and translator who risked his life to help US journalists.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Monday, April 21, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Mega Builders

Seven dramatic hours, about the engineering projects that are making history and the people who are making it happen.

Each episode follows the engineers and their teams, as they attempt to complete projects so enormous and so challenging, that the viewers is compelled to ask, "How are they ever going to pull this off"? 

Mega Builders will take you to the highest and depths of human capability.

We will follow construction projects such as the largest highway project in the world today, located in Spain.

It is the biggest urban tunneling system ever undertaken, and one of the most challenging. We'll also follow a team of construction veterans hard at work in a rugged canyon, just downriver from the Hoover Dam, building the largest concrete-arch bridge on the continent. This spectacular structure will stretch almost two-thousand feet across the Colorado river, between Nevada and Arizona. Or picture the CN tower.

Then imagine a building 250 meters taller. This will be the Burj Dubai, currently under construction, and slated to become the tallest building on earth…yet another mind-boggling mega-project underway in the United Arab Emirates.

These are just some of the awe-inspiring engineering projects that will be featured on the second season of Mega Builders.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday, April 17, 2008 (20:00 GMT)
Friday, April 18, 2008 (16:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (08:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (00:00 GMT)
Monday, April 21, 2008 (04:00 GMT)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (12:00 GMT)

Butterfly

Fang Liu Sheng, an old worker, used to suffer a setback because of poverty and unemployment.

Later, he maintained life by performing on the street.

Shi Jing, a widow from Shandong Province, and Ding Ren Hua, who was unemployed, also started to be street performers in order to support their children to go to college. Zhao Hong Ming, a peasant.

Also joined them after he lost his job. Sometimes they performed together and sometimes they performed separately. They found their happiness and dignity from the street performance.

Each of them had his won experience, difficulty and aspiration. In the day, they stayed in the park together to teach people sing songs and play musical instrument for free. At night, they ran around for a living among city's neon lights. But their families and society did not recognize their way of living. They were in a dilemma.

In the past year, they had been in a tenacious struggle against their poverty-stricken life. They used their singing voices to look for dignity, explain history and reality, give vent to their happiness and sadness, and pray for an ideal tomorrow.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Friday, April 18, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Sunday, April 20, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00  GMT)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 (10:00 GMT)