Eric Motjer & Albert Arcarons, 52’ | 75′ – In Production
Lebanon, once the “Switzerland of the Middle East”, where the memory of civil war is still burdened by constant political instability driven mainly by the surrounding countries (Syria, Israel) but also internal, due to ethno-religious groups. Beirut La Vie En Rose looks at the Lebanese (Christian) super rich elites who have integrated the country’s political and social conflicts in their daily lives. Sometimes they ignore it, and sometimes they create an atmosphere and mechanisms that enables them to disconnect from this ‘unpleasant’ reality. The conflict has become the best justification for their extrovert and pompous life style: an uncomfortable reality as wars tend to affect negatively most people but the elites are often the least affected, having even the capacity to profit economically from them.
Thorkell Hardarson & Örn Marinó Arnarson, 3x 52’ – In Production
Booty looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin during colonial times. Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger. Cultural activists demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country. The turmoil in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria has led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: looted museums and looted archeological sites. Today, to make money Islamic State is selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves. Looting now takes place on industrial scale. A solution is badly.
Peter Raymont & David New & Andrew Munger, 6x 52’ – In Development
Journalists have rarely faced such a sustained attack as they do today, even in western democracies. Everywhere governments, security services, criminal organizations and corporations regularly target journalists for the “crime” of “speaking truth”. In an era of “fake news”, with government and corporate power nearly unchecked, a free, unfettered, fearless press has never been more important. Journalists who expose secrets that the powerful try to hide are unsung heroes. They tell us the truth others are afraid to tell. Most remain little known, as they work in secret to avoid drawing unwanted attention. This series brings us the stories of those who dug up secrets, risked their lives, offended the powerful, and conquered their fear to break the stories that mattered. They pay a high price; their families are threatened; their careers destroyed; and in some cases, they were brutally murdered. Some stories you may have heard of. Others will be a revelation. The search for truth is never straightforward, and our storytelling will reflect that. Dangerous Truth reveals the danger, soul-searching, the courage and the occasional lucky break.
Fred Peabody, 58’ | 90′ – In Production
In the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges: “Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy. The creeping corporate take-over that began 45 years ago is complete. It has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of Americans no longer able to find work that provides a living wage, cursed to live in chronic poverty.” In the style of “All Governments Lie”, “Manufacturing Consent” and “The Corporation” — The Corporate Coup d’État examines what we’ve become, how we got here, and why some call it “a corporate coup d’état” in which corporations have taken over control of the U.S. political system.
Avra Georgiou, 52’ – In Development
When Theresa Kachindamoto became chief of Malawi’s Dedza district in 2003, she was a college secretary happily married and mother of five sons. Arriving in her native district she was distressed to find local practices like sexual initiation rituals and arranged child marriages. When she accepted her new position Kachindamoto decided to dedicate herself to the fight for women’s rights and to improve the conditions of the 900.000 people living in 551 villages across Dedza. Kachindamoto strongly believes that education is the key for the future of her country. She therefore fights diligently against arranged child marriages and initiation rituals. Over time she became known as the ‘terminator’ of arranged marriages. Up to now she has dissolved more than 2,000 arranged marriages, while encouraging parents to send their girls back to school. Her mission is to guarantee every child the right to education, to eradicate sexual rituals, end arranged marriages and stop the spread of AIDS. Always upbeat and full of energy, Kachindamoto proclaims that “Only when I achieve this, will I be the Happiest Chief.”