30 episodes

A weekly showcase of one-hour documentary films from across the Al Jazeera Network.

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A weekly showcase of one-hour documentary films from across the Al Jazeera Network.

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    A Tunisian Family: High hopes, desperate lives | Al Jazeera World

    A Tunisian Family: High hopes, desperate lives | Al Jazeera World

    Family, feuds and the future: the Tormsi family, struggling to make ends meet, reflects on the lack of opportunities in Tunisia today - and the older children especially weigh up their options.

    There is little money for the family of six that is heavily dependent on their ageing father and the eldest son. Some hard choices need to be made. The two teenage boys consider whether to complete their education in Tunisia or risk everything by taking an illegal boat trip to Europe. They think they stand a better chance of getting European residency if they land in Europe as minors – but their agonising choice has no certain outcome.

    The parents balance the reality of trying to feed their family against the aspirations of the younger generation. They want different opportunities, careers, experiences, and modern consumer goods - all of which are unattainable on a brick labourer’s wage in a struggling economy.

    Like many around them, the Tormsi family have largely given up on Tunisian politics and are disillusioned about the near future. The 2011 revolution offered high hopes for the nation, but many people remain poor and this optimism has faded. Despite the difficulties, the family retain a degree of positivity and believe there are many other Tunisians worse off than the

    • 45 min
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    Gaza: 60-Minute Warning | Al Jazeera World

    Gaza: 60-Minute Warning | Al Jazeera World

    In May 2021, missiles from Israeli jets struck and completely demolished four towers in Gaza – that is a fact. What was not clear was the reason for the attacks. Why were these buildings selected for destruction?

    Israel claimed the towers were used by Hamas, whose military wing was launching rocket attacks on Israeli towns and cities at the time. Local Palestinians in Gaza, as well as international media and political leaders, disputed this and maintained that the towers housed only businesses, residential apartments and media organisations, including Al Jazeera Media Network and American news agency The Associated Press.

    This film charts the story of the attacks - from the 60-minute evacuation warning to the question of the cost of rebuilding - and seeks to establish why these towers were singled out, bombed and destroyed.

    • 46 min
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    Literary liaisons of iconic North African writers | Al Jazeera World

    Literary liaisons of iconic North African writers | Al Jazeera World

    While writing is normally a solitary profession, occasionally literary connections between great authors spark fiery, creative tension and sometimes storytelling brilliance.

    This film is the tale of two such connections, both in North Africa in the mid-twentieth century.

    The first is about the French writer, Jean Genet, and the Moroccan novelist, Mohamed Choukri.

    Both were brought up in dysfunctional circumstances, devoid of life’s advantages, but managed to overcome their troubled early lives.

    They met in Tangier where both rose to become leading, modern literary figures and lifelong friends.

    The second tells the compelling story of the conflicting lives of Nobel laureate Albert Camus and author Kateb Yacine, set against the violent backdrop of the Algerian War of Independence.

    • 45 min
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    Meteorite Hunters in Morocco | Al Jazeera World

    Meteorite Hunters in Morocco | Al Jazeera World

    Meteorites may be the only truly extra-terrestrial items it is possible to find, buy or own on Earth.

    Their rarity has created a global trade, fed by a fascination with these dark rocks from outer space. Most meteorites on the market come from Morocco, where the inky-black rocks are easier to spot in the arid mountain landscape.

    Nomads welcome these "gifts from the sky" and sell them to dealers and researchers.

    However, the prices obtained by Moroccan nomads in the High Atlas Mountains are a fraction of those in the fashionable rock and crystal shops in Europe.

    • 46 min
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    The Story Behind the Scenes | Al Jazeera World

    The Story Behind the Scenes | Al Jazeera World

    An action movie with global stars, fast cars and an exotic location is nothing new.

    But the politics behind the scenes of The Misfits, a recent high-octane movie release, reveals its own story - one of producer power struggles, money, influence, politics, and an apparent attempt to tarnish the reputation of a country.

    Production on the film began while Qatar was under a blockade by four of its Arab neighbours, including the UAE. When a new Abu Dhabi-based producer took over financing The Misfits, the story, location and focus shifted from a Caribbean crime caper to one involving Qatar and a "terror" plot. Then real political events overtook the fiction, so a watered-down version of the movie was hastily made and released - still with some lingering Qatar references.

    This investigation explores the lengths taken to try and alter the public perception of Qatar through the production of an adventure movie. It asks: Why was so much money and effort spent on this project? Who was really behind it? And how much damage can a film like this - even in its revised version - inflict?

    • 45 min
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    My Own Private History in Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia | Al Jazeera World

    My Own Private History in Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia | Al Jazeera World

    Four stories: a Sinai Bedouin who lived through the 1967 Arab-Israeli War; a retired Jordanian spy who worked undercover in the occupied West Bank; the granddaughter of the leader of a bid for independence in a small town in Egypt in 1919; and one man’s recollection of the protests in Tunisia on January 17, 1961, sparked by the filming of the Hollywood movie, The Thief of Baghdad.

    In this film, we present witnesses' accounts of these historical stories - each told through a unique and subjective perspective by those who witnessed the events first-hand, or who have had the narrative handed down to them orally.

    Each storyteller recounts key moments in history, as they saw it, upfront and personally.

    • 46 min

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70 Ratings

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Zoë Sjösäter ,

Please add English dub!

Please add English dub!

Thomas O71 ,

Different look

Well produced show with Middle East slant. Great addition to BBC and other European countries prospective.

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