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desert-scribe-mali
Timbuktu is renowned for its ancient texts, which date back to when the Malian city was a vital scholastic centre over 500 years ago. Boubacar Saddeck Najim is one of the few remaining copyists who painstakingly replicates these precious manuscripts for posterity.
she-saw-the-sea
She Saw the Sea, an uplifting film by Karin Slater, follows the vivacious Kholofelo Sethebe, a marine biologist, as she braves the ocean to find a beautiful new underwater world.
firewoman
Tarren-Lynn January is part of the Juliet Crew, the only all-female bush firefighting unit in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her teammates were recruited to encourage more women into firefighting. In this documentary we bunker down with the crew at their barracks on the Western Cape mountains.
med-hondo-african-cinema
French children recognise Hondo as the voice of Donkey in Shrek. But to a generation of cinema-goers, Hondo was a radical filmmaker who used his creativity as a tool to fight injustice, wherever he saw it.
land-or-death
In this documentary from Al Jazeera we discover how an Indigenous grandmother combats Colombia’s most dangerous armed groups.
songs-of-the-gulf
In this documentary from Al Jazeera World, we discover the inspirations for four song stories from the Arabian Gulf, which include satire, an ancient Islamic "advert" and World Cup football pride.
Honduras Climate in Crisis
Fault Lines reports from Honduras on how extreme weather is upending livelihoods and forcing people to leave their homes. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Hondurans have made the dangerous trip north to the United States, hoping to escape poverty and violence. But as the country endures repeated droughts, hurricanes and floods, people are also fleeing the effects of climate change.
LA-Sheriff-Gangs
Los Angeles has been plagued with gang violence for decades, and has even been called the “gang capital of America". But they’re not just on the streets. Reports and lawsuits allege that there are deputy "gangs" within the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Fault Lines investigates.
Skiing in Kashmir
101 East meets the men and women transforming the pristine ski slopes of Indian-administered Kashmir into the ultimate ski destination.
elon-musk-ted-cu
The head of TED Chris Anderson in conversation with Elon Musk — the head of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company. (Recorded at TED2022 on April 14, 2022).
between-us
As millions flee Ukraine to escape Russian attacks, what about those who stayed behind? Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker travelled to southern Ukraine to hear stories of resistance.
stray-dog-cairo
Soly, an Egyptian filmmaker, rescues Layaly, a stray dog in Cairo, with help from a group of animal welfare volunteers before travelling with her to a new home abroad. However, just hours before the dog is due to face life-saving throat surgery, she escapes into the hills. Soly joins a 10-day search with support from local media and volunteers.
great-british-curry-crisis
Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, and the all-time favourite - Chicken Tikka Masala! The United Kingdom has embraced curry as its national dish, with tens of thousands of Indian restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes to British taste buds. Staffed over the decades by an influx of migrants from South Asia, these curry houses employ more than 100,000 people. But now this $5bn industry is in freefall. Every week, two Indian restaurants are shutting down as COVID-19, changing consumer tastes, and Brexit take a toll. In this documentary, 101 East correspondent Drew Ambrose travels across the UK to find out why Britain’s curry houses are in crisis.
painter
Artist Adjaratou Ouédraogo is more famous abroad than at home in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In The Painter, by filmmaker Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou, she organises a street art event called "My City In Painting" to encourage locals to celebrate and participate in art. In this thoughtful, immersive film we also see her at work in her studio while she contemplates her craft and shares the story of how she found her voice and her happiness through painting.
David-Beckham
Catherine Russell, UNICEF's executive director, and footballer David Beckham, a goodwill ambassador for the organisation, talk to Al Jazeera. UNICEF is the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. But are world leaders doing enough for young people? And are athletes and other celebrities making the difference politicians have not been able to achieve?
diaby-away-game
Abdoulaye Diaby, the rising star of Malian football, realises his dream to play in Europe. The film tells the story of his first season in Europe.
diggers-and-merchants
Diggers and Merchants, by filmmaker Nelson Makengo, immerses us in a life of exhausting physical labour and brutal conditions.
sacred-woods
This award-winning documentary from Ivory Coast follows a group of young men who undergo an ancient coming-of-age ceremony in a remote West African forest.
ChibezeEzekiel
Africa needs new energy sources to fuel its development, but the continent should invest in renewable energy instead of cheap, polluting alternatives like coal, says climate inclusion activist Chibeze Ezekiel. He tells the story of how he worked with local communities in Ghana to halt the construction of the country's first coal power plant -- and encouraged the government to prioritize investments in renewable energy instead.
NaimaPenniman
In this stunning spoken-word performance for TED, poet and "freedom-forging futurist" Naima Penniman celebrates the wonders of the natural world and humanity's connection to it. "I wonder if the sun debates dawn some mornings," she says.
scrapyard-anoumabo
Konaté Massioudou is a scrapyard trader in Ivory Coast, whose deafness neither defines nor deters him. Konaté Massioudou repairs, rebuilds and sells some of the thousands of household items from Europe that get discarded and dumped every day in Anoumabo, a massive electronic waste scrapyard in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
senegal-pink-lake
The Pink Lake in Senegal attracts tourists and is a vital local resource, but there are certain environmental issues that could threaten its existence.
wrestlers-dream
On beaches, in training grounds, and in gyms around Dakar, Kalanda sweats and strains as he trains hard for Senegal’s big-time wrestling competitions - determined to make it to the main wrestling arena. Filmmaker Oumar Ba’s intimate film, Kalanda: A Wrestler’s Dream, bears witness to his determination despite the odds, and sees him balance friendship and loyalty with hard-muscled competition.
the-cave-puppeteer
The Cave, by filmmaker El Kheyer Zidani, tells a story of creativity, community, puppets and a son’s love for his father.
On-the-white-nile
On the White Nile, by filmmaker Akuol de Mabior, takes us into the world of Rebecca Lith Chol. From the stern of her long wooden boat, Rebecca steers her crew down the White Nile, running her small fishing business.
Throttle-Queens
This short film from filmmaker Joan Kabugu celebrates Ciku Mbithi and the women of the Throttle Queens biking club.
al-jazeera-25-years
On November 1, 2021, our partners Al Jazeera celebrated their 25th anniversary, their Silver Jubilee.
rebel-radio-ships
The Voice of Peace and Radio Caroline were pirate radio stations that launched in the 1960s and 1970s, broadcasting from ships anchored outside national territorial waters, in an attempt to challenge the societies around them. This documentary from Al Jazeera World intercuts the stories of these two stations, through a mix of archive, presenter anecdotes, journalistic analysis and historical context.
chad-football
In one of the poorest countries in the world, can the Chad football squad find success at last?
misfits-film
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.

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