Rwanda’s Amasunzu hairstyles are eye-catching sculptures of dramatic shapes, peaks and shaved partings. These once-famous styles were worn as a form of identity in pre-colonial times, with each hair design communicating information, messages and stories. The tradition died out but is making a comeback.
An Africa Direct documentary. David Ochieng, also known as 'Avido', is a Kenyan designer whose brand is making a noise in the fashion industry. But while his clothes are sold around the world, he stays true to his roots in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
An Africa Direct Documentary, Fresh Farm by Rumbi Katedza explores a farmer's creative commercial response to Zimbabwe’s food insecurity.
How a Kenyan mother is taking on cyberbullies with kindness. Bullying is no longer confined to school playgrounds and workplaces. Concerned about her kids growing up in Kenya’s toxic cyberspace, banker-by-day Marjoline decides to launch an online kindness campaign.
A Witness Documentary from Al Jazeera. Forty-two-year-old street food trader Cristel Ewolo lives in Switzerland, where he was mysteriously abandoned as a child. From an extract of his birth certificate, he knows that his country of origin is the Republic of the Congo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This film explores Raja Casablanca’s history as an outlet for the city’s working-class youth and their displeasure with the country’s politics. It also searches for the revolutionary fans of Casablanca and reveals those who, by sheer weight of numbers, cannot be ignored.
Antoinette Alexis shows us an easy super healthy recipe - Fuel your body with low-cholesterol rice free risotto!
'Perfection Doesn't Exist' features Alice Liveing; Personal Trainer and 3x Bestselling Author of 'The Body Bible'. In this episode Alice candidly discusses her struggles with body image, the concept of perfection and the responsibility that comes with having a large social media following.
Glen Mackay was at a fashion show overseas and was told "the darker the skin, the uglier they're considered". He decided to call upon some of his friends in fashion industry to address this, and prove that beauty is all about feeling comfortable in your skin. 'See Me Now' is a fashion film with a social conscience.
A new government public awareness raising campaign highlights that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available. We interview Liz Kingsley, Operating Director of Safe Arms, researcher and Consultant in Domestic Violence in the Black Christian Community to discuss the campaign, domestic abuse issues and find out what support is available.
This film from Al Jazeera follows the Slemani ultras. They have given a voice to women in a culture where they are often expected to adopt traditional female roles. These women have changed the face of football fans, as well as challenged cultural norms. They are non-violent, loud and proud, and most importantly they love football!