Ten years after the Beslan tragedy, some of the victims’ families write letters to the only terrorist alive today who participated. He is serving a life sentence for the horrific crime he committed in a prison in the Arctic Circle. They have a lot to tell him. In Beslan, young former hostages talk about their lives.
Television behind bars? It’s no joke. It’s a channel created by inmates, for inmates. These jailbirds have dedicated themselves to building their own TV channel to broadcast news and stories of daily life in prison. It’s a unique project that helps them pass the time and deal with the tribulations of prison life.
Sinaloa isn’t just a state in Mexico; the word has become synonymous with a vicious gang, the CIA says it’s the most powerful drug cartel in the world. Life here is largely dependent on what the gangsters do, and so is death. Superficially the area appears quiet and steeped in quaint Latin charm, but it proved to be one of the most dangerous places an RTD crew has ever filmed.
The Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, are slums made up of self-built houses. Life here is largely controlled by criminal gangs. It’s the poorest members of society who live in the Favelas; they simply try to survive amid violent gunfights between drug lords and law enforcement.
For three decades, the picturesque and fertile land in the foothills of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius has been contaminated by toxic waste, illegally buried and burnt here by mafia gangs. The resulting pollution caused a dramatic increase in cancer among the local population, including children.
In peaceful Nepal a sinister black market is flourishing. Kavre province has become infamous for the shocking numbers of people who have sold a kidney. Poverty and lack of education about the potential impact on health mean villagers are easy prey for unscrupulous dealers. Tricked into undergoing risky surgery and paid a pittance, donors are often left with debilitating consequences.
This is more than just a theatre group. The Free Debut Theatre lends a helpful hand to former prisoners by introducing them to the world of performing arts and giving them a chance to leave their past behind. The members of the theatre can re-invent themselves and their lives through acting.
Almost 500 children were robbed of their lives after their parents were murdered by a vile regime and their identities erased. Years later, a determined group of grandmothers, who refused to give up, finally found the children of the “disappeared”, and re-introduced them to their true selves.
According to official statistics, two people are killed by Police in the USA, every day. With the proliferation of mobile devices with cameras, cases against law enforcement have become easier to prove but that hasn’t stopped them happening. Miguel Francis-Santiago meets people who have been personally affected by abuses of authority.