Gurkha School Wednesday, October 16
Gurkha School offers a broad perspective on a 200-year-old military tradition that still provides status to young Nepalese men who strive to join the elite British Army brigade.
The film focusses on how the young Nepalese men fare in the rigorous three-phase selection procedure that extends over six months in the mountains and how the aspiring soldiers' physical condition, intelligence and motivation are all put to the test.
A motivational film on what it takes to be a Gurkha and a soldier of elite British Army brigade in the Himalayan region.
Gurkha School can be seen from Wednesday, October 16 at the following GMT: Wednesday 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; Tuesday: 0100
|Four Days in Guantanamo Wednesday, October 23
Four Days in Guantanamo provides a shocking look at interrogation practices inside notorious Guantanamo Bay prison through raw footage of the interrogation of the youngest inmate.
The encounter, offered in the film, between a team of Canadian intelligence agents and child detainee Omar Khadr for four days in Guantánamo has never before been seen.
In an extraordinary film, based on seven hours of video footage recently declassified by the Canadian courts, the film offers a shocking insight into psychological interrogation techniques and speaks to the fate of this facility that President Obama promised to close on his first day in office but remains open nearly four years later.
Four Days in Guantanamo can be seen from Wednesday, October 23 at the following GMT: Wednesday 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; Tuesday: 0100
|When the Boys Return Wednesday, October 30
Set in Hebron, this film peeps into the lives of a small group of Palestinian youth who meet every week as they try to come to terms with their experience of imprisonment in Israeli jails.
When the Boys Return follows the 11-member group for over ten weeks as they take part in a structured course of therapy, run by counsellor Nader Khallaf, aimed at helping their re-integration into normal life. These young men are treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after having served jail sentences for two years against stone pelting charges.
This subtle, moving and well-crafted film lays bare the challenges the youth face as they try to re-build their lives in the face of the on-going Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
When the Boys Return can be seen from Wednesday, October 30 at the following GMT: Wednesday 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; Tuesday: 0100
|Beirut Photographer Wednesday, November 6
In Beirut Photographer, George Azar – a Lebanese-Americana - returns to Beirut to retrace his steps after having photographed Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
Azar crossed the Syrian border into Lebanon in 1981. He carried a cheap camera, less than $100 and a desire to change the way the Arab world was portrayed in US media. Soon the war broke out and Azar chronicled the PLO rebels, teenage snipers and civilians living through what became one of the bloodiest summers in the history of the modern Middle East.
Now, 30 years on, he returns to Beirut to retrace his steps and unpick the stories and people behind some of his most iconic photographs – those that were published and many of which that were unseen at the time.
Beirut Photographer can be seen from Wednesday, November 6 at the following GMT: Wednesday 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; Tuesday: 0100
|Casablanca Camerawoman Wednesday, November 13
Casablanca Camerawoman follows Khadija - a divorced single parent in Morocco – who is determined to work as a wedding videographer despite resistance from her family and society.
The film focuses highlights societal and family pressures on her. Khadija’s relatives are ashamed of the fact she is divorced, and appalled that her work means she often works late at night.
The film shows how the camera has liberated Khadija, and changed her life, whilst at the same time forcing her into a daily struggle to maintain her position as a woman in Moroccan society.
Casablanca Camerawoman can be seen from Wednesday, November 13 at the following GMT: Wednesday 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; Tuesday: 0100