Thousands of indigenous Brazilians live in remote villages scattered along the Amazon River with no access to modern medical care. Government support is scarce. But now, one of the country’s top neurosurgeons, Erik Jennings, has taken it upon himself to fill this gap. His family has lived on the Amazon for generations, and he pays ‘house calls’ to these isolated tribes out of a sense of affinity with the native peoples that live in the rainforests along the river.
Oscar and Glen say NO to rabbit food and eat the rabbit instead. With the help of an experienced chef, the friends make rabbit stew, a traditional hunters’ dish. But first, to honour the spirit of its origins, they practice archery and learn to hunt with falcons and hounds. When the stew is ready, Glen renders his verdict.
Glen learns to make one of Russia’s most ancient dishes, a fish soup called ukha. It’s essential to use freshly caught fish, but it’s winter, so Oscar and Glen must go ice fishing. As the broth simmers over a fire, Oscar takes Glen for his first taste of a real Russian bathhouse. Relaxed and refreshed, they put the final touches to the soup. But does the taste justify three hours’ preparation?
According to a Russian proverb, war is no excuse for missing lunch. Oscar and Glen travel back in time to learn how Soviet troops cooked and ate during WWII. They join a group of military reenactors in a snowy forest to get close up and personal with a military field kitchen.
In October 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power under the banner of socialism and set out to build the world’s most equitable society. Today, capitalism prevails everywhere and crushing inequality and poverty is rampant around the globe. So, was the October Revolution really as significant as it seemed 100 years ago? We spoke to unrepentant Leninists from different backgrounds and parts of the world to find out.
Glen, an American foodie, wants to open an authentic Russian restaurant in Florida, but knows nothing about Russian cuisine. He asks his Russian friend Oscar to help unlock its secrets. They begin in the Russian capital, Moscow, by exploring the origins of Russia’s most popular salad, Olivier, and where its French name came from.
Peking opera is a specific type of Chinese theatre that relies heavily on gestures, movements, and even acrobatics. Its music is not story-specific and can fit most productions. The theatrical art form evolved from street performances retelling landmark events from Chinese history. Peking opera has changed little since its origins in the 18-19 centuries, as contemporary actors and directors take great care to preserve the genre in its original state.
The art of engraving is an essential part of Chinese culture. Masters of this craft carve intricate works depicting China’s flora and fauna, its architecture, and the life of its people on a variety of materials, including bamboo, wood, and brick. Each requires special techniques and a unique style. It takes years to master the craft, which is often passed down within families. The best craftsmen and their masterpieces gain international fame.
For over 25 years, six friends pushed the limits, making the most challenging BASE jumps imaginable. No building was too tall, no jump too risky, no environment too extreme. Zooming through canyons in wingsuits like birds in flight, the daredevils felt unbridled joy and freedom. Over four years, half would pay the ultimate price for their addiction to flight.
Bright outfits, accessories, and evening make-up... On an Indian street of red lanterns, girls as young as 14 dance for male patrons. But behind the ‘dancing’ lurks prostitution. The girls’ stories are varied: some need the money; others were sold into sex slavery, or coerced into ‘dancing’ by beatings. Every evening, they wait for customers to come choose which girl will entertain them that night.
The Great Silk Road once connected China with the Mediterranean, joining East and West. The Chinese government is now reviving the trade route with its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. Join us as we see how ancient trading centres, including X’ian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, and QorGhas, are evolving into high-tech metropolises.
Members of Japan’s feared Yakuza crime syndicate are often portrayed as grim-faced professional killers in sharp black suits and dark glasses, but the reality is somewhat different. Meet Mr. Makoto, a tubby tattooed Yakuza mobster and ‘old-fashioned guy’ who shows how the life of a gangster in modern-day Japan ain’t what it used to be.
In late 1966, Ernesto Che Guevara came to Bolivia to incite a guerrilla war, but he was largely unsuccessful in winning peasants over to his revolutionary cause. After 11 months, he was captured and executed. This film features the memories of people who met or had contact with this enigmatic, yet iconic figure during his final days. Their stories give insight into the reasons for his demise and his legacy in Bolivia.
In the shadow of an active volcano, crushing poverty, and sporadic wars, Charlie Makongo founded a cycling club in the Congolese city of Goma to give its youth a beacon of hope. Concentrating on training distracts the boys from their harsh everyday lives and keeps them from joining armed groups. But a menacing cloud hangs over the project: Nyiragono is due for another eruption.
Europe’s super-trawlers have fished their own waters clean. Now, they have appeared to the south off the coast of Africa. One West African nation is ready to fight for its fish stocks. The government of Gabon has teamed up with a militant conservation group called the Sea Shepherd, whose members are notorious for employing extreme tactics to thwart marine poaching.
After 5 years of war, Islamic State’s de-facto capital, Raqqa, has been surrounded. On the east side of the city, the road to Raqqa passes the base of the Kurdish women’s protection units and a base for foreign volunteers, as well as a field hospital. Our film crew came here to obtain exclusive frontline footage and talk to the people fighting ISIS militants.