Artyom Vorobey was born on December 13, 1984 ,in the town of Miass, Chelyabinsk Region. He is a graduate of the journalism faculty of the Ural State University in Ekaterinburg. After working as a reporter, editor and presenter for several Ural-based broadcasters (Vesti-Ural, Studio-41 and Channel 4), in August 2008 he joined the RT documentary department as a correspondent. During his time with RTD, he has worked on several dozen projects, most notably ‘Hope and Hate’ (about war criminals and heroes of WW2), ‘The Face of War’ (the story of famous Chechen surgeon Khassan Baiev), and ‘Spring Forever’ (on the consequences of the series of revolutions that rocked the Arab world).
People fear them. They are outcasts, treated with contempt. They are frequently beaten and murdered simply because they are not like other people. Their skin is a different colour. This is not a film about the African-American civil rights movement in the mid-20th century. These twenty six minutes tell the story of those with the misfortune to be born an albino in Africa today.
For 100 years, Jharia town in India has lived on top of a perpetually burning coal field. Once green and beautiful, the region is now scorched and barren, while its people are suffering from respiratory diseases. Despite the danger, most families daren’t relocate because coal provides their only means of income.
The Indian state of Punjab is undergoing a severe water crisis. Once an agricultural leader in India, it’s now turning into a desert. Farmers and other rural dwellers are going bankrupt over the need to pay for water delivered from other regions. In this drastic situation, the number of suicides has skyrocketed.
According to a World Health Organisation report, a 1/3 of the world’s population lives without access to proper toilets. This causes natural water reserves to become contaminated with human waste, which in turn causes disease. India is just one of many countries in which rural populations suffer acutely as a direct result of poor, or no sanitation.
These Afghan girls have to reject their femininity and pretend to be male. They are called Bacha Posh. In Afghanistan’s traditional patriarchal society, many women can’t leave the house without a male accompanying them. For this reason, if a family has no son, a daughter is often appointed to play his role. Having tasted freedom, some of the girls never want to go back.
These ladies put on bright bouffant skirts and arrange their long hair in neat plaits. Then they go into the ring and beat the hell out of each other! Meet the Bolivian fighting cholitas, the female wrestlers of lucha libre, a free fight that marries a choreographed show with a full-on punching match.
North Koreans say they’re the happiest people in the world. Their great leader is like a father who takes care of them and all their needs. They’re told that he’s made their country the most powerful and economically developed on the planet. A quick look at the World Wide Web or any international media might lead to a different conclusion but in North Korea, they’re banned.
In modern day Turkey, hundreds from the Kurdish minority in the South-East are said to be dying at the hands of government forces. The Kurds have long been seeking autonomy for their region. The subject is rarely seen in the Turkish media as journalists who cover the issue have often been detained.
If you want to stay, you have to pay. Non-EU spouses of British citizens have no automatic right to live in the UK. The British spouse must earn £18,600 a year for their other half to receive a working visa. Less than half of Britain’s population earns this much. It means thousands of loving families are forced apart every year.
In Israel, where serving in the army is compulsory, there is a special military unit whose sole task is to inform relatives when a soldier is killed in action. RT Doc meets some of the officers who knock on doors to deliver the most devastating news any parent can hear. They have come to be known as, Angels of Death.
At the end of the earth, there’s a lonely weather station on the shores of the freezing Barents Sea. It is staffed by three people, each working a year-long work shift. They are waiting for a ship – their only connection to the mainland. Until it comes, they must try and stay sane.
An estimated 290,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in 20 years. Small farms used to be the country’s economic backbone but now, owners drown in debt. Many blame GMO cotton for the failing farms, having cornered the market and replaced organic crops; it has failed to live up to expectations.
Hoping to inspire disabled children to aim high, three men with physical disabilities take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At a towering 5895 m above sea level, the Tanzanian peak is the highest mountain in Africa.
Kosovo, with NATO’s help, won independence from Serbia in 1999. In 2014 Serbia opened its borders with the young republic allowing tens of thousands of migrants to leave Kosovo for Europe. Their massed departure has come to be known as “the Exodus”.
A modern young couple is on a mission to explore and understand the life of the breakaway group, the Dukhobors - a community with their own views on orthodox religion, who reject all church rituals and think there's no need for anything - priests, or temples - between a person and God.
When Valery Malkov fell off a train in -40 wearing nothing but slippers and joggers, he could only survive if he ran for miles, as fast as he could, to the nearest station. A minute's delay and he could freeze to death. In this documentary we follow his story and look into how our body adapts to extreme temperatures.
The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Gujarat, India, offers surrogacy services to childless couples desperate for their own baby. While making money from surrogacy remains controversial, doctors such as Nayna Patel stay convinced of the benefits for all concerned.
After the slaughter of the nineties, Kosovo's Serbs and Albanians are separated by far more than physical barriers. The scars of war run deeper than the river Ibar between the two communities. We meet the people trying to build a bridge over these troubled waters.