Born in Siberia, Yana has a degree in English Studies, taught English at a university and written a dissertation in Cultural Studies with her thesis on “Intercultural subtext in Ernest Hemingway’s late prose”. She soon realised that her future did not lie in research and so she turned to television, at first covering international news, then a brief spell as a correspondent before, without a moment’s hesitation, moving to RT’s Documentary Department where she knew she had at last found the right path for her. Yana has made documentary films as author and director since 2011 and likes to film stories about people and animals, and to make documentaries investigating current topics. She values sincerity, personal involvement and a sense of humour in others and her ambitious goal is to make films that encourage people to think, help others and make a difference.
A year ago, flight MH17 was brought down over the territory of conflict-torn Ukraine. This tragedy shocked the world and affected families in many countries. Today, the investigation still hasn’t reached a definitive conclusion. RTD talks to witnesses, experts and families of MH17 passengers to understand whether the truth of what caused the tragedy will ever be established.
Ukrainian veterans of WWII have been caught up in conflict for a second time, 70 years ago they were children, now they watch their childhood nightmares coming back to life as younger generations ignore the bitter lessons learned so long ago.
While the MH17 crash investigation is still underway, the absence of real evidence causes theories to be passed off as truth. In an attempt to separate fact from speculation, RTD covers Ukraine, Europe and Australia and talks to international journalists and experts, victims’ family members and witnesses.
Irina Viner is a legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach. Her athletes have won a myriad of accolades in the biggest international competitions. Take a look behind the scenes of their incredible performances and find out what it takes to train star gymnasts.
It’s 15 years since the 2001 terror attack on New York’s twin towers changed America forever. Thousands lost their lives or loved ones and many others lost their health. On that day though, everyone in the US lost something else; peace of mind. RT Doc asks how 9/11 transformed modern America’s world view.
Sometimes we all feel like keeping a distance from everyone else, retreating to a remote corner of the world and living like a hermit. Few of us ever actually do it though. This young fisherwoman from the icy island of Sakhalin has opted for a life of solitude but was it really a choice?
The Orphan Bear Rescue Centre in Russia saves abandoned bear cubs and later releases them back into the wild. However, for bears to have a chance to resume their life in the forest, they must not become accustomed to people. With that in mind, the bear rescuers have worked out a special method of looking after their fluffy fosterlings.
A writer steps in to save the identity of his people. The Nivkh are Russia’s Northern people, native to the island of Sakhalin. After their territory was discovered first by Russian, then Japanese explorers, their culture and language were put on the brink of extinction. Now, their chief has a plan for how they might be restored.
As a transsexual, Yury Ovodov or "Julia" believes that he is actually a woman, and his decision to act the part has alienated his family and stunted his career prospects. However, he claims that he wouldn't be able to live with himself as a male. RTd follows a person trapped between two identities as he seeks acceptance, both from his community and from himself.
Five years ago South Ossetia was devastated by a Georgian offensive designed to take control of the breakaway territory within its borders. Today South Ossetia is an independent republic, as recognized by Russia. We travel to the region to hear residents recall what happened five years ago and how life is moving on in their homeland.
Artist Sergey has turned his life into one big journey. He travels around the world, paints people and they give him goods in return. He calls it a game and the mission is to survive without money. We join him on his travels and see how his enterprise is getting on.
Autism is a fast-spreading illness. No scientist is certain where it comes from or how to cure it. One thing is clear: people with autism are intelligent individuals who don’t have the mental capability to stand their ground. As such, their well-being depends a great deal on the people around them.
Staying at an orphanage for too long leaves a mark on a child. All children should be raised in families. Especially children from this orphanage: most of them have developmental defects, physical and psycological issues, some have cerebral palsy and some are totally blind. They all need a mum and at Hope orphanage, 98 per cent of them find one.