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The best independent filmmaking from across the globe.
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2010 10:40 GMT



Witness brings world issues into focus with courageous, human stories and provocative debate.

Half-hour documentaries air throughout the week while at weekends Al Jazeera shows a longer format special film. For airing times click the schedule.

Each documentary reveals the unknown lives of ordinary people, following their lives, telling their stories and portraying the challenges that confront them.
Our witnesses are people in a situation or those who have observed them first hand.
 
The films cover conflict, belief, the past and the future and as well as bringing new stories to light they showcase the talents of a new breed of multi-skilled, frontline journalist.

In the studio, host Ghida Fakhry further explores the issues raised in the films, with expert guests on the subject matter and the filmmakers themselves.

Host: Ghida Fakhry

Ghida Fakhry interviews Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, for Talk to Jazeera
Ghida Fakhry is one of the primary presenters for the Al Jazeera English News broadcasts from our broadcast centre in Washington.

She served as one of the lead anchors for the channel's extensive coverage of the 2008 US election, which included hosting a series of special programmes called We the People that focused on the impact of election issues on different communities across the US.

Since joining Al Jazeera English in 2006, Fakhry has conducted extensive in-depth interviews with heads of state and government leaders from across the political spectrum.

Among those she has interviewed are Muammar Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, and Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras.

Drawing on her background in covering the United Nations, in December 2006, she took a critical look at the two-term tenure of Kofi Annan at the helm of the UN in an Al Jazeera special programme - Kofi Annan: Ten Years at the Top.

"There are [Witness] films that will make you weep and some that will have you laughing out loud, but I think all of them make you think."

Ghida Fakhry, host of Al Jazeera's Witness programme

Her prior broadcast experience includes serving as the anchor for Al Hayat/LBC's flagship evening news programme The World Tonight broadcast from London, where she conducted in-depth interviews in Washington and Baghdad with Donald Rumsfeld, the then US secretary of defence, and Colin Powell, the then US secretary of state.

Ghida Fakhry began her journalistic career in the mid-1990s in London as a political correspondent for the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

Since 1995, she regularly covered the general debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations and she reported from New York on the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ghida Fakhry holds a Masters degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a Masters degree in International Relations from Boston University.
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Al Jazeera
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