When I was in 8th grade, our Russian language and literature teacher gave us an assignment to write an essay, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I didn’t have to think twice: a journalist. I only had a vague notion of what a journalist was, but I liked the word. After that, firstly, there were publications in a factory’s in-house newspaper “Meat Giant”, studies at the Journalism Faculty at the Moscow State University, my first job on a magazine called “Student Meridian”. The word ‘journalist’ grew on me. At the end of the 90s, it was one of the most popular professions. In 1997, I walked past the Ostankino TV centre in Moscow and thought, maybe I should go in? That’s how I began working for the NTV channel. After that, I worked for TV 6, TVS, The First Channel and REN TV. Creating documentaries for RT is a different kind of journalism. Thankfully, I accumulated a considerable store of knowledge, it came in handy. Documentaries should be made by experienced people, so that a documentary can be like a document that historians could rely on in the future. Otherwise, the audience will believe neither the journalist nor their film. It’s a good thing that my teacher gave us that assignment so long ago. I would still write my essay about journalism today.
Vyacheslav Guz has written several documentary programmes for RT, including: Renaissance, We Teach Life, Sir. Music amid Destruction in Gaza Strip, We Love Gaza, 119 Lives Unlived, Last Wishes and others.
As Russia approaches the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Fascism in Europe, this film reveals disturbing examples of a revival in far-right nationalism in Europe and Ukraine. Among other countries, the Baltic States have once again witnessed nationalists on the march, shouting slogans that sound painfully familiar. Never again?
After the Gaza strip was heavily bombed in 2014, all that remained in many areas were ruins, which became a training ground for young free runners. The sport, also known as parkour, is particularly dangerous in debris strewn Gaza, but the young men say that, as Palestinians, they’ve become accustomed to danger.
As war rages on in Syria, many soldiers are badly wounded and have to face adjusting back to civilian life while overcoming disability. They’re forced to relearn simple tasks and have to work to provide for their families. Living a normal life is a daily struggle but they are determined to make it a happy one.
Unmanned drones are the modern weapons of choice in the fight against terrorism. The tribal areas of Pakistan where various militant groups seek a hideout have been hit by numerous CIA drone strikes. The attacks are far from precise and it’s claimed they have often killed or maimed civilians, including children.
They call it “The Grey Zone” – the village of Zaitsevo found itself caught between two warring sides: Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Residents are hostages to the ongoing conflict; they sleep to the sound of artillery fire, never knowing if they’ll survive the night.
Every working day they risk being wounded, abducted for ransom or killed. They experience war first-hand while being armed with nothing more than mics and cameras. These are the stories of Syrian war journalists who survived deadly encounters and yet still returned to work. This devotion to their vocation is their way of helping the Motherland.
RTD visits the Teykovo Missile Division to see Russia’s mobile nuclear missile systems “Yars” and “Topol-M” in action. Correspondent Vyacheslav Guz is guided through this previously highly classified strategic site and sees first-hand how soldiers in the missile regiments are trained.
In one of the most poverty-stricken slums in Kenya’s capital, elderly women are increasingly preyed upon by young men who believe that raping them can cure HIV. Things are starting to change, however. With the launch of self-defence courses, women are learning physical and psychological techniques to thwart predators, empowering victims to venture outside again.
This is a game in which the stake is human life. These people play with death. While the grim reaper stands at the head of the dying person’s bed, waiting for their final breath, volunteers from the Dutch “Ambulance Wish Foundation” arrive. They are prepared to fulfil any last wish of the patient. Completely free of charge!
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.
While violence in Gaza continues unabated, local children and teenagers still pursue their everyday interests. RTD follows students of a Gaza City music school who have lived through three major military conflicts since 2008. Despite their experiences, they remain hopeful that peace will eventually come. Until then, they seek comfort in music.