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.

The Age of Aids

In 2007, it will be 26 years since the discovery of a global virus that has brought devastation to millions of people and exposed the absolute best and worst of human nature.

The Age of Aids is a powerful documentary that unravels one of the most complex medical mysteries of our age. How did a simple virus cause so much sickness and suffering for so many? Where did HIV come from? Can it be stopped?

Part scientific detective story, part political thriller and part human drama, The Age of Aids chronicles humanity's struggle to understand and defeat HIV and Aids.

With due respect to all the patients who succumbed to this deadly disease. We observe December 1, as World Aids Day and support its cause by dedicating the whole month of December to them.   

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (09:00 GMT)

Peace

Peace is a tribute to the 21st Century Peace Movement by Gabriele Zamparinin and Lorenzo Meccoli. This film features the thinkers, activists and leaders working to ensure a peaceful future, including Harry Belafonte, Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Al Sharpton, Desmond Tutu, Gore Vidal, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and September 11th families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (01:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (09:00 GMT)

Turtle People

Kolavipalam, a small fishing town along the tropical coast of India, is one of the few places on earth where the endangered species of Olive Ridley Turtle comes to lay its eggs. Turtle People explores the story of a resilient group of villagers who fight against great odds to save the turtles from extinction. Each year the turtle people collect and watch over these eggs to return the turtle safely to sea. Filmed by local Indian filmmakers, this heartwarming film observes the precarious lives of the villagers and how their future and the ultimate survival of the turtles have become intrinsically bound together. A must watch in Our World!

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (02:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (10:00 GMT)

Eta - A History of Violence

Eta is the largest terrorist organisation still operating on European soil. For the very first time, a documentary film traces the long history of the Basque nationalist movement. It tells how the Eta was founded in 1959, during the repressive France era, and explores the successive strategies it used before finally resorting to bloody terrorism from the 1980s onwards. Today tongues are finally starting to loosen in Basque country. A series of interviews with Eta founding members, victims' families, police officials, judges and political figures, interspersed with a wealth of archive footage, offers viewers an in-depth deciphering of nearly 50 years of ideological clashes, terror and negotiations.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Friday: December 28, 2007 (03:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (11:00 GMT)

Medical Tourism – A New Business

Tunisia and Thailand are classical tourist countries. Today some go there to be looked after, it is called Medical Tourism

In Tunisia, the offer of care covers plastic surgery, dental care and ophthalmology. Travel agencies propose fixed prices including care and a recovery period in a luxury hotel. Increasing numbers are leaving their home for plastic surgery that will be carried out by a surgeon they have not even met before. A simple email exchange with the tour operator is all it takes. Customers and doctors testify of the dangers of this practice.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday :   December 27, 2007 (07:00, 23:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (03:00 GMT)
Sunday: December 30, 2007 (11:00 GMT)

Senegal – Cry Sea

Having emptied the European seas of fish, industrial fishing trawlers are now targeting Africa. But in places like Senegal, where the sea is the nation's main resource, the EU's fishing policies are devastating the country. Unable to compete with this 'European invasion' Senegalese fishermen are being driven out of business. This expertly crafted film examines the scale of the problem.
  
The EU's agreement with Senegal allows European commercial fishing trawlers to fish in Senegalese waters. These industrial vessels, equipped with sonar radars, can now see fish at any level in the water column. There is nowhere to hide. Even manufacturers agree their vessels contribute to the destruction of the seabed. But with the demand for fish growing, a fisherman who does not keep up with modern methods is a fisherman without a future!

It is believed that 50 per cent of Senegal's fish is now caught by industrial trawlers and shipped straight to Europe. The remaining 50 per cent has to provide a living for 600,000 people! It is also estimated that within 10 years, there will be no more fish in the water of Senegal. This is a huge matter of concern and needs to be addressed very soon otherwise Europe will be seen to be responsible for a gigantic human tragedy.
 
Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (08:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (00:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (04:00 GMT)
Sunday: December 30, 2007 (12:00 GMT)

Chongqing – The World's Largest City

Mr Wu is the deputy mayor of Chongqing, a city still unknown by many Westerners. His goal is to lodge the 30 million inhabitants of his municipality. Mr Wu is in charge of developing the world's largest building site, a boom city which absorbs 200,000 farmers each year. Chongqing's challenge, like the rest of China, is to develop every sector simultaneously: real estate first, but also education, research, advertising, fashion, culture, healthcare, new technologies, as well as the struggle against pollution and social inequalities. In Chongqing, the private sector has spearheaded the public sector.

The film recounts some astonishing careers. For the city's deputy mayor, the first stage of development has already started. He dreams of the two next stages. In 2010, Chongqing will be central China's most powerful city. It will have worldwide influence in 2030. This astonishing film shows that, besides Beijing and Shanghai, all China is moving forward!     

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (14:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (06:00, 22:00 GMT)
Sunday: December 30, 2007 (02:00 GMT)
Monday: December 31, 2007 (10:00 GMT)

Islam – Empire of Faith

Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, no event was more significant than the rise of Islam. Within the span of a few centuries, the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India. Inspired by the words of a prophet, and led by Caliphs and Sultans, this political and religious expansion has not been equaled in speed, geographic size, and endurance before or since. Increasingly, scholars and historians are recognising the profound impact that Islamic civilization has had on the face of Western culture and the course of world history. Islam was the conduit for the intellectual legacies of Greece, Egypt and China – a crucible for man's cultural advancement. Its geographical and cultural breadth brought immeasurable advances in literature, the arts, science, and medicine to a Western world still ensconced in the Middle Ages. Islam was a defining force against which the West pushed - in war, trade, and religion.

Islam: Empire of Faith tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1000 years - from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Evocative reenactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts, and architecture are combined with interviews of scholars from around the world to recount the rise and glory of early Islamic civilisation. It is the epic story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium, encompassed half the world, and shaped history.

This Eid learn more about Islam through this exclusive 3-episode series.       

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (17:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (13:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (05:00, 21:00 GMT)
Monday: December 31, 2007 (01:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 1, 2008 (09:00 GMT)
      
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (17:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (13:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (05:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (09:00 GMT)

Gangs of Iraq

Two years ago, George Bush, the US president, announced his exit strategy for the US military in Iraq. It was a plan based on training Iraqi security forces. "Our strategy can be summed up this way," Bush said. "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." As a centerpiece of American policy, the training camp has not lacked resources. The four-year effort has cost $15 billion and has produced, to date, more than 300,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen. But as pressure mounts in Washington for a US withdrawal, is the plan working?

Scores of bodies still litter the streets of Baghdad. Who is doing the killing and why is it not always clear? US military officials estimate that there are two dozen militias operating in Baghdad alone – from extortion racketeers and oil smugglers, to private armies run by powerful clerics and cells of al-Qaeda foreign fighters. These gangs have dragged the country into civil war. The Iraqi army and police have themselves been infiltrated by militia groups, which run secret prisons where detainees are tortured and killed.

This documentary moves from the corridors of power in the Green Zone to the trenches of the sectarian war and takes a hard look at how Iraq reached this volatile movement. Four years into the training effort, it still remains to be seen if the Coalition-sponsored forces have the strength -or the will - to take on the Gangs of Iraq.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Thursday: December 27, 2007 (18:00 GMT)
Friday: December 28, 2007 (14:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (06:00, 22:00 GMT)
Monday : December 31, 2007 (02:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 1, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Setting Sail

A story of seafaring is a story of adventure, courage and ingenuity that ranges far beyond the need to transport goods across the oceans. The moment people were able to move long distances at sea, they became less isolated. Along with their cargoes came other people and new ideas. The resulting interaction would shape the face of the world.

Unfortunately maritime history tends to focus on western achievements, as if there were no seafarers of consequence elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth, with the achievements of Polynesian, Arab, Indian and Chinese navigators well documented and no less impressive than those of their western counterparts.

Setting Sail pays equal tribute to their contributions, providing a revealing multi-cultural look at the story of people and the sea in four magnificent programs.

Broadcast Date/Time:
Friday: December 28, 2007 (17:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (13:00 GMT)
Sunday: December 30, 2007 (05:00, 21:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 2, 2007 (09:00 GMT)

Fagin & Oliver – The Asian Twist

They started working on the streets at a mere six years of age. They left the warmth and familiarity of their village life, to follow strangers into a hostile city environment to find work, so as to support themselves and send money back to mum and dad. We go into the lives of the street children of Indonesia – Fitri, Robin, Nina and the rest of their friends, to get a feel of the lives they lead on the streets. This is an amazing story of survival – the child. Their innocence, courage and determination to survive amidst the odds against them is a reflection of the same in us, except that we have forgotten. Celebrate the child in us with this story.     

Broadcast Date/Time:
Friday: December 28, 2007  (18:00 GMT)
Saturday: December 29, 2007 (14:00 GMT)
Sunday: December 30, 2007 (06:00, 22:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 1, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 2, 2007 (10:00 GMT)

The 'UN' Trilogy

As the US begins its search for the next President of the United States, AL Jazeera Documentary takes a look back at some of the most controversial events and policies of the Bush Administration during its 8 years in power.

Renowned and maverick producer Robert Greenwald’s “Un” Trilogy includes three films:

Unconstitutional: The 2000 Presidential Election - the riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida and the potential undermining of democracy in America.

Unprecedented: The War on our Civil Liberties - explicitly reveals how the USA Patriot Act violates numerous civil liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Uncovered: The Whole Truth Behind the War in Iraq  - is a chilling exposé of the lies upon which the war on Iraq is based, including Osama bin Laden and Saddam are partners, and that Iraq had nuclear capabilities that they planned to soon use against us.

This week we feature "Unconstitutional"

Broadcast Date / Time :
Saturday :  December 29, 2007 (17:00 GMT)
Sunday :  December 30, 2007 (13:00 GMT)
Monday:  December 31, 2007 (05:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 02, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (09:00 GMT)


Gulf Stream & The Next Ice Age

Climate Change is hot on the political and social agenda internationally. Our climate is changing, with industrial production, habitat, transport and everyday human activities acknowledged as causes of global warming.

The Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age is a one-hour documentary which explores the results of a recent American government report that believes the collapse of thermohaline circulation will take place around the year 2010 and impose a minor ice age on Europe. Could Dublin acquire a climate like Spitzberg and London like that of Siberia ?

Are we going to face a catastrophe if the Gulf Stream stops? Recently we have become more aware that changes to our climate systems are not necessarily gradual and predictable but that they can be large and abrupt. An accident in the climate system could be compared to an accident at a power station. Pentagon scientists, authors and the entire scientific community see this as an alarming danger. 

Broadcast Date / Time :
Saturday :  December 29, 2007 (18:00 GMT)
Sunday :  December 30, 2007 (14:00 GMT)
Monday:  December 31, 2007 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 02, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (10:00 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: December 30, 2007 (18:00 GMT)
Monday: December 31, 2007 (14:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (06:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 02, 2008 (00:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (10:00 GMT)

Living Stones

A brand new 13-part documentary series, looking at some of the most exceptional archaeological sites in the world. Deir el-Bahari , Carthage, Petra, Palmyra, Iraq Al-Emir, Baalbek, Qasr Amra, Teotihucan, Uxmal, Chichen Itza: these renowned or still sites are the vestiges of extinct civilizations, from which we have nonetheless inherited so much Understanding how those sites were built, under what conditions, on the initiative of which ruler, are some of the questions answered by Living Stones.
 
Through interviews with multidisciplinary researchers, innovative techniques developed for filming the sites – notably diverse flying machines which give stunning aerial views – and moreover, via reconstitution with 3D-imaging, Living Stones permits us to discover these places and to decrypt the past in order to better understand the present.

The sites are brought back to life, as viewers participate in the discovery of the mythical places of Egypt, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East, all cradles of civilization.

Broadcast Date / Time :
Monday: December 31, 2007 (18:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 02, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Saturday :    January 05, 2008 (10:00 GMT)


The Kennedy Secrets

A thousand days as president of the United States of America and a tragic end made a legend of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and exacerbated the myth surrounding the Kennedy family. Jackie Kennedy spoke of her late husband as having a life closer to legend and fantasy than political science. These words could also apply to the Kennedy family as a whole. This documentary is a revelation of The Kennedy Secrets.

This Gothic novel is laced with an intricate cocktail of lies, betrayal, falsification, murder, corruption, dealings, prostitution and adultery. The witnesses are people who knew the Kennedys intimately, colleagues, bodyguards, members of the mafia and agents or former chiefs of FBI & CIA. Their interviews unveil the cold, hard truth about the most incredible legend of the twentieth century.  

Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Monday: December 31, 2007 (19:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 02, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (11:00 GMT)


Al Akkad – From Aleppo to Hollywood

It commenced in Aleppo, Syria, where Mustapha was born, studied  and dreamed of becoming a film director in America. Once he arrives in the Hollywood, the film explores his trials as he struggles both to integrate into the new society and earn a degree in film at the prestigious USC Film School, thus sparking his professional career.

Even early on in his career Akkad had his sights set on ambitious and challenging projects.  In 1976, for his first feature, he produced the very ambitious epic “The Message”, a film that tells about Islam’s early beginnings.

As its director he faced enormous production challenges particularly with the  presentation of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who, under Islamic tradition, can not be depicted.  The film caused a sensation when its screening provoked the taking of hostages by members of the Nation of Islam, a small African-American sectarian group.

At the time, Akkad did not understand why members of the Muslim world were unable to recognize the importance of this film for the Islamic community. 

This struggle with his own community was to follow him throughout his career, but did not slow his dramatic vision. In 1981 he released "Omar Mukhtar - The Lion of the Desert," which is one of the first large scale war films documenting the colonial presence of fascist Italy in Libya.

Even near the end of his life, Akkad planning to produce an epic film about Saladin (Salahu'd-Din al-Ayyubi), the medieval Muslim warrior who expelled the European Crusaders from the Middle East and inspired the respect of the West because of his values and commitment.  Unfortunately, due to his untimely death, he was not able to complete his potentially most important work.

Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (12:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (17:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (21:00 GMT)
Thursday :   January 03, 2008 (15:00 GMT), (21:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Sunday: January 06, 2008 (09:00 GMT)

Blood, Sweat and Code

Computer games are a global phenomenon and a $25 billion dollar a year industry. Over 800 million people worldwide are regular players. Blood, Sweat and Code shot in HD, is the first full length documentary to look past the hype, paranoia, and hoopla to explore the real stories behind the computer game revolution.

Blood, Sweat and Code explores how computer games are not only changing the world – but giving rise to a new version of life itself. The line between the real world and the virtual world is disappearing. Millions of feel that they have a life inside these games.

As the power of the games grows – they are colonizing more and more of our lives. Now online games are approaching the final frontier: Sex. In the world of online sex games, everyone is a sexual super-hero. From virtual money and virtual power to the search for virtual fame – the world of online games is like no place on earth.

This documentary takes the pulse of this global phenomenon right now, as it is happening. It is a thought provoking, powerful progress report from the frontlines of the digital transformation of our world. The show is a ground breaking leap into youth culture's new frontier – an intelligent, pop savvy and visually stunning compendium of how computer games are changing the world.   

Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Tuesday: January 01, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Wednesday : January 02, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (05:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Sunday: January 06, 2008 (11:00 GMT)


Dream Islands

Dream Islands takes us on a voyage of discovery, as we explore four of the Earth's most beautiful destinations : Reunion, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Bora Bora.

Each of the series four documentaries enters on the lives of the men and women who inhabit these remote and exotic locations. Their personal stories and exploits provide us with a very intimate look at the many different facets of their island homes.

These spectacular islands are slowly revealed to us as we meet these fascinating characters, learn about their jobs and passions and discover their local knowledge. Their differing insights provide us with a multitude of perspectives, enabling a broader understanding of the history of these magical locations, their differing cultures and environments.

Dream Islands is a personal invitation to join us as we get away from it all, heading off for an encounter with the endearing and colorful people of these breathtaking and fascinating locations.
    
Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Wednesday : January 02, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (13:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Sunday:        January 06, 2007 (02:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2007 (10:00 GMT)


The Baby Human:

Entertaining award winning series exploring infant development and behaviour. As babies, we may not have been as helpless as we thought we were. Scientists have just begun to grasp the enormous potential for learning and communication that lies untapped in children less then a year old. Blending cutting-edge science with state-of-the-art storytelling, the programmes investigate movement, perception and communication skills and reveal how babies develop their mind, social abilities and emotional outlook.   

Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Wednesday : January 02, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Sunday:        January 06, 2007 (03:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2007 (11:00 GMT)


Private Armies

More than 20,000 contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of them former soldiers of elite units, the Private Military Armies are now the first contingent behind the US Forces. Patrick Forestier, after months of investigation, has been able to meet the most important companies like the Black water training Camp in North Caroline. From Kabul to London, and to Washington, this documentary leads us to the heart of these new armies, more and more powerful, and present on all kinds of conflicts around the world.   

Broadcast Date / Time : Daily
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (10:00 GMT)


Africa's Independence

In the month of January, AJ Doc takes a look at the recent historical struggles of three African nations as they strive for stability and success post emancipation.  Documentaries on Zaire, Burkina Faso and Uganda are showcased to highlight the complex issues facing Africa, many rooted in their colonial past and many still resonating today.

This week we feature " From Congo to Zaire "

Broadcast Date / Time :
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (15:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (11:00 GMT)


So Goes the Nation

 

A look inside the voting process in Ohio election day 2004…follows individuals and the challenges they faced voting, court appeals and lawsuits, and the struggle between the opposing views of the political parties.

Broadcast Date / Time :
Thursday: January 03, 2008 (20:00 GMT)
Friday: January 04, 2008 (16:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (08:00 GMT)
Sunday:        January 06, 2008 (0:00 GMT)
Monday: January 07, 2008 (04:00 GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (12:00 GMT)


Boy in the Bubble:

When David Vetter died at the age of 12,he was already world famous: the boy in the plastic bubble. Mythologized as the plucky, handsome child who defied the odds, his life story is in fact even more dramatic. It is a tragic tale that pits ambitious doctors against a bewildered, frightened young couple.

It is a story of unendingly committed caregivers and resourceful scientists on the cutting edge of medical research. This American experience raises some of the most difficult ethical questions of our age. Did doctors, in a rush to save a child, condemn the boy to a life not  worth living? Did they, in the end, effectively decide how to kill him ?
 
Broadcast Date / Time :
Friday: January 04, 2008 (18:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (14:00 GMT)
Sunday:        January 06, 2008 (06:00 GMT), (22:00  GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (02:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 09, 2008 (10:00 GMT)


Asian Corridor in Heaven

This week we feature "From Congo to Zaire"

Broadcast Date / Time :
Friday: January 04, 2008 (19:00 GMT)
Saturday: January 05, 2008 (01:00 GMT)
Sunday:        January 06, 2008 (07:00 GMT), (23:00  GMT)
Tuesday: January 08, 2008 (03:00 GMT)
Wednesday: January 09, 2008 (11:00 GMT