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An inspiring documentary series that brings world issues into focus through compelling human stories.

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An inspiring documentary series that brings world issues into focus through compelling human stories.

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    Zainab's Legacy: A father's fight for justice in Pakistan | Witness

    Zainab's Legacy: A father's fight for justice in Pakistan | Witness

    In January 2018, seven-year-old Zainab Ansari was raped and murdered. Her body was discovered on a rubbish heap in Kasur, Pakistan’s "child abuse capital", sparking national outrage that reverberated across the world.

    Zainab’s father, Amin, channelled his grief into a fight for justice and demanded systemic change.

    Two years later, the government of Pakistan passed the "Zainab Alert Bill", a child protection law that mandates changes including faster police response to reports of missing children.

    But, as the number of reported child abuse cases rises, Amin wonders what justice really means.

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    • 25 min
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    Italy's COVID Hotline: Inside a pandemic call centre | Witness

    Italy's COVID Hotline: Inside a pandemic call centre | Witness

    Filmmaker: Lisa Camillo

    Max is a film producer in Milan, Italy. At the end of February 2020, his life takes an unexpected turn when Italy becomes the epicentre of the first wave of the novel coronavirus in Europe.

    When the Italian film industry is forced to close, Max is compelled to resume his voluntary service with the Carabinieri, Italy’s widely respected military-run police force.

    Every day, Max and other volunteers at the Emergency Response Unit of Milan must field thousands of coronavirus-related phone calls from people across the nation, and all walks of life.

    • 24 min
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    How Far I'll Go: From Indonesia to the US, a story of friendship | Witness

    How Far I'll Go: From Indonesia to the US, a story of friendship | Witness

    Andrea and Salsabila, nicknamed Dea and Salsa, are childhood friends from Indonesia. Both have been blind since birth.

    At five years old, Dea moved with her family to the United States, while Salsa remained in Jakarta.

    Now in the US, Dea attends a school for visually impaired students. In Indonesia, Salsa lives in a dormitory far from her parents so she can attend one of the few "inclusive schools" that accept visually impaired students.

    With graduation from high school around the corner, Dea and Salsa support each other as they prepare for adulthood in two very different worlds.

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    • 25 min
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    The Italian Doctor: Fighting COVID-19, isolation and uncertainty | Witness

    The Italian Doctor: Fighting COVID-19, isolation and uncertainty | Witness

    To cope with the onslaught of coronavirus cases, Italy rushed 10,000 resident doctors into service during the first wave of the global pandemic. Dr Alessandro Galli, 31, is one of them.

    The young Italian resident volunteered to serve on the front lines of the coronavirus epicentre in Europe, a daunting task.

    At the renowned Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, Galli joins other physicians looking after COVID-19 patients in critical condition in the intensive care unit. His daily encounters with death and isolation force him to question his actions and the need for control and balance during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

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    • 24 min
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    The Mortician of Manila: Inside the Philippines' 'war on drugs' | Witness

    The Mortician of Manila: Inside the Philippines' 'war on drugs' | Witness

    Orly manages Eusebio 24hr Funeral Services in Manila, in the Philippines.

    His relationships with clients reveal both the empathy and contempt he holds for the country's "drug war" victims who have lost their loved ones in police killings and are now, like him, struggling to survive.

    When Angelita, who lost her son in a suspected drug-related police killing, arrives at Eusebio 24hr Funeral Services, she realises she cannot afford her son's funeral.

    Angelita sets out to raise the money, battling the odds to raise more than twice the money it takes to care for her family in one year.

    Welcome to life behind the headlines of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs".

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    • 25 min
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    Ahmad the Architect: Rebuilding Schools in Northeast Nigeria | Witness

    Ahmad the Architect: Rebuilding Schools in Northeast Nigeria | Witness

    Ahmad gave up what he felt was the "perfect life" in the United Kingdom, where he studied and worked as an architect, to return to Nigeria and help rebuild his home city of Maiduguri.

    Maiduguri has been devastated by the armed group Boko Haram, whose name translates to mean "Western education is forbidden". Drug addiction and unemployment are also rife across the city.

    Undeterred, Ahmad is building boarding schools for orphans of the conflict. He is also determined to win over jobless young men by employing them on his construction sites. Together, they set out to build 24 schools and 14 mosques.

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    • 25 min

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