The thrilling true story of a New Zealand born heroine who became the Gestapo’s most wanted woman in World War II. This showcase docu-drama follows Nancy Wake’s life from becoming a vital link in the French resistance, to fleeing from Nazi spies, before returning as a highly trained special agent. She fought to win back her country and for her husband's life?
Thomas Hoepker: Muhammad Ali - This new series focuses on a different photographer each episode from the iconic agency Magnum, and an iconic sequence of images shot on a particular assignment. The photographer describes the events around the shoot and puts them in context of their career. With full access to the extensive Magnum archives and members, the series reflects some of the major phenomena and events of the last century.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins Awaken for a candid interview on the seventh anniversary of the Apology to members of the Stolen Generations and revisits the issue of compensation.
Military attacks have alarming consequences on our ecosystem. Radioactive contaminated landscapes, many millions of tons of ammunition in our oceans, toxic landscapes, ten percent of global carbon emissions - the military footprint is huge. From WWI until today, nature is under fire. What does a war mean to our ecosystem and how is the global eco-balance affected? Can a modern war be eco-friendly? What does it mean when a military machinery is put into motion, what resources are needed and how much are used? A search around the globe and through history: The battlefields of World War I are the birthplaces of modern Ecocide. In Norway and Russia a Soviet submarine officer introduces us to one of the best kept cold war secrets: the nuclear complex. In Vietnam scientists laborate on the half a century old dioxin contamination caused by Agent Orange. On the Canadian coastline a Remotely Operated Vehicle leads us to toxic hotspots on the seafloor. In the Baltic Sea we find a German shipwreck loaded with chemical weapons. And a paradise island in the Caribbean gives shocking testimony of five decades of military training. FOOTRPINTS OF WAR is a film about two antagonist logics: the logic of strength and fight versus the logic of life and balance.
East to West is an exciting seven part series charting the birth of a flourishing civilisation in the Near and Middle East, and its dynamic influence on the West. Examining a largely untold story with a fresh perspective, the series follows the spread of civilisation across the globe from the first cities of Mesopotamia.
For crucial phases in world history the key place was the Middle East – an extraordinary region that was a political, economic and cultural centre and a bridge between the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. East to West tells a complex story encompassing vast empires and covering three continents. An epic journey of discovery – from the East to the West.
Led by British explorer, Adrian Hayes, the three companions brave some of toughest conditions on earth as they navigate the journey by stars, sun, local knowledge and time travelled. The group walk and ride camels through the gruelling 1,600km trail in traditional Arabic clothes and follow a modest diet. From the monsoon- drenched tropical forest of Salah, to Oman and over some of the most dangerous dunes in the world, through the Empty Quarter, where even the most accustomed locals seldom dare to tread. With dramatic adventure, genuine hardship, fascinating science and historical legacy, this audacious re-enactment captures culture, heritage and action all in one unforgettable journey.
Out on the ocean, a ship of doctors and nurses is traveling to the poorest of the poor living in West Africa. It carries life saving medical services for people who have none: children who suffer with terrible leg deformities, women outcast from their communities by birthing fistulas, vast tumors of all shapes and sizes which afflict the unlucky. With no medical help, sufferers must survive the best they can - unless the ship is in port.
To commemorate the passing of Nelson Mandela, SBS presents a fresh portrait of the anti-apartheid hero, never-before screened in Australia. Directed by award-winning director Clifford Bestall, this film offers a unique glimpse into the life of Nelson Mandela at a point when, in his own words, he ‘retired from retirement’. The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to Mandela from the beginning of his 90th year until his final retreat from public life. The resulting documentary is an intimate portrayal of one of history’s most respected and revered statesmen. Nelson Mandela: The Final Chapter includes never-before seen footage of Mandela’s last ever tour abroad, as well as private meetings and discussions with admirers, celebrities, heads-of-state and ordinary people. It is a privileged insight into his time in retirement, the final chapter in a remarkable life.