Instead of making you read my boring biography, I offer you some tips on how to check whether you’re doing the right thing in your life:
1. You can work anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances.
2. You're plunged immediately into your work process. Concentrating on tasks becomes a form of meditation. Time and everything surrounding you ceases to matter.
3. You feel a constant need to grow professionally and gain new knowledge. You're always discussing your future career.
4. You share your knowledge without expecting anything in return. You're able to pick up new skills quickly and easily – making it easy for you to share with others. You aren't troubled by the thought that someone might surpass you, having benefited from your knowledge.
5. You're open to everything new. Your job fills you with positive energy and makes you want to throw yourself into exciting tasks. You're open to new journeys, meeting new people and experimenting.
6. Money's not a limiting factor. If you're totally involved in your passion, then you're willing to spend a great deal of money on it. With time, it will easily become a source of income.
7. You notice that things you want to happen start to occur by themselves – all you have to do is watch. New people and creative ideas seem to appear in your life of their own accord.
This is how I live my life and I consider myself a completely happy person.
RT Doc visits Angeles City in the Philippines, an infamous and popular sex tourism destination. The city is home to many children conceived by foreign holiday makers who took what they wanted and left offspring in their wake.
They call it Sleepy Hollow. A small village in Kazakhstan which has succumbed to a mysterious ailment – its dwellers keep falling asleep for no apparent reason. Anyone can be affected without warning. Some blame ghosts, others – closed uranium mines located nearby. RT Doc investigates.
Many young girls dream of becoming ballerinas, but only very few are prepared to apply the all-out effort and make the sacrifices that this dream demands. The Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg welcomes the most talented and determined young dancers, but it makes them no promises.
Extended version. The famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg welcomes the most talented and determined young dancers, who are willing to dedicate their lives to ballet. Director's cut.
The Egyptian village of Al-Ur is now known as “The Village of Martyrs” because in a day, 20 of its residents died. They had all gone to Libya to find work but were kidnapped by ISIS and on February 15, 2015, beheaded for their Christian faith. They are now mourned by family and friends but also honoured as saints.
The Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, are slums made up of self-built houses. Life here is largely controlled by criminal gangs. It’s the poorest members of society who live in the Favelas; they simply try to survive amid violent gunfights between drug lords and law enforcement.
14 women on a sail boat, but this is no pleasure cruise. The Sea Dragon is taking them on a scientific expedition to the Caribbean. On a mission to explore the extent of plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, their main focus is the proliferation of micro-plastic that poisons fish and can harm humans. They also hope to educate children about how to reduce the use of plastic.
Café Sheroes, in the Indian city of Agra, is more than just a tea shop: it’s a place that brings acid attack victims together, helping young women start new lives after their faces have been ruined maliciously, often by unsuccessful suitors.
Becoming a professional ballerina is a journey that begins at a young age and is extremely competitive. We meet young girls devoting their lives to the profession, as well as the women, who end up on the very top, performing on stage at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
Six months ago RTD first visited the village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan, where people are affected by a mysterious “sleeping sickness”. Have the scientists come any closer to identifying the cause of the curious affliction? RTD returns to the “sleepy hollow” to find out.
Music is their life. It’s their best friend that cheers them up in difficult times. And it's their gift to others. They perform in the streets and on the trains. They sing in bars, often for free, and dream of a big break. Meet the happy-go-lucky street musicians of Moscow.
Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
Pastor and pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko visits Kenya to see his foster son as well as to help local communities to get clean water, access to medicine and education. He travels to the most remote and inaccessible parts of the country to talk to local people and volunteers who help them.
An homage to “women of a certain age”! Their beauty is much more than skin deep, enhanced by wisdom, life experience and achievements. A beauty pageant for women over 50 inspires RTD writer and director, Alyona Simikina, to document her own mother’s life.
Pastor and pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko - a foster father of 32 former street boys, travels to Africa to sponsor a 33rd son, a boy from the streets of Kenya. He brings along three of his foster sons and a team of volunteers. They work in orphanages and hospitals, bring money to provide medications, food and clothes in their mission to help Kenyan street kids and orphans.
These women are not ashamed of their appearance – on the contrary, they live happy lives and are proud of what they have achieved. They are called little ladies, but the life they lead is full of big accomplishments and great events. We meet two little ladies to hear their stories.