Natalia Karachkova is a journalist, film director and scriptwriter.
She is graduate of Kuban State University's Faculty of Journalism (2001) and Moscow's Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (2014). As a filmmaker, she has written and directed two live action short films "Bez Kresta" (Without A Cross) and "Lozhny Avtostop" (Hiking Game).
In 1999, she began her television career working in news. Since then she has made her own programmes, documentaries and reality shows for Russian national television and RT, as well as written scripts for cinema. She has made a number of live action Russian television series (for media organisations such as Amedia, RTV and Russkoe), and worked as an assistant director on the feature film "Put'" (The Way). She joined RT as a documentary filmmaker in December 2015.
In 2016, Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines. He’s promised to crack down on crime and infamously urged citizens to kill drug addicts. Since his term began, it’s alleged that numerous extrajudicial executions of supposed drug dealers have been carried out.
Paracale in the Philippines’ is also known as “Goldtown”. RTD visits its illegal goldmines where child labour is rife and health and safety virtually non-existent. To extract gold, miners dive into a mud-filled shaft, sometimes never to come back.
Scott Neeson was a president at 20th Century Fox International and was bent on continuing his career with Sony Pictures. But a trip to Cambodia and what he saw on the Steung Meanchey garbage dump turned his life upside down. Scott returned to Phnom Penh and set up the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Now he supports over 2,000 families by sending kids to school, providing parents with employment, paying hospital bills, and feeding those unable to earn money.
The city of Flint in Michigan, US, has a water crisis. It’s been going on since 2014 when residents were switched to a cheaper supply but it took a year before the authorities admitted there was a problem. As a result, thousands were exposed to lead poisoning, carcinogenic chemicals and legionella bacteria.
Cambodia, with its cheap labour, is an attractive place for many international fashion brands to manufacture their clothes. However, low production prices are often only achieved by violating workers’ rights. Most women working in clothes factories are fired as soon as they get pregnant.
Egypt is a land where the concept of gender equality has barely taken root. When Sisa’s husband died, leaving her alone to bring up a young daughter, she came up with a novel solution; she became a man! For the next 43 years she pretended to be male. She says it was a far better choice than taking another husband.
In Vietnam, Phuc Tong made a cemetery for unborn babies. His country, where poverty and social stigma push women to terminate unplanned pregnancies, has the highest abortion rate in Asia. He has dedicated his life to helping young mothers and their babies. He offers shelter and tries to convince women to keep their children, even if that means raising them himself.
All waste has consequences and the more conscientious we are, the more we want to reduce the amount we throw out. In this 2 week experiment RT’s James Brown tries to live without generating any waste at all. It’s not as easy as it sounds!