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Professions 22 September 2014 8 307
For Edgard and Askold Zapashny the circus is much more than a workplace, it's a second home. It’s where they grew up with a big extended family. The two brothers were quite literally born to the circus, both their parents performed in the ring. A sense of duty compelled them to continue their father's dangerous legacy and become animal trainers rather than any other circus act. Circus life is both demanding and even dangerous; it takes a special kind of courage to stand up to wild and unpredictable animals. Watch the film in Russian.
In Israel, where serving in the army is compulsory, there is a special military unit whose sole task is to inform relatives when a soldier is killed in action. RT Doc meets some of the officers who knock on doors to deliver the most devastating news any parent can hear. They have come to be known as, Angels of Death.
Meet China’s 'makers': inventors, engineers and visionaries whose innovations have the potential to shape the future of their country and the whole world. They let their imaginations fly and have fun with their creativity, making the process of building a business seem easy.
At the end of the earth, there’s a lonely weather station on the shores of the freezing Barents Sea. It is staffed by three people, each working a year-long work shift. They are waiting for a ship – their only connection to the mainland. Until it comes, they must try and stay sane.
This is not a battlefield and they are not at war. But these are boys that wish to become men. To achieve this, they have to go through difficult challenges that will put their abilities and determination to the test. Their goal is to earn the right to wear the symbol of the Russian Special Forces – the crimson beret.
The reindeer herders of the Yamal tundra live in rawhide tents like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago and have hardly any contact with the outside world. However, when they urgently need medical treatment, they must rely on air rescue helicopters for their very survival.