Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam will flood 280 km of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River to provide 80% of Ethiopia’s electricity. Eco-explorers Ben Peters and Charlie Head paddle-board this ancient river one last time – before it is lost forever – navigating uncharted territories and dangerous wildlife as they meet some of the 20,000 people who’ll be affected and learn how they feel about this change.
Last Paddle chronicles a life-long commitment to river conservation and restoration around the globe and is clearly a testament to the “power of one”. The film also delves into Mark’s current efforts, including the need to better protect and restore city waterways, understanding the impacts of climate change on rivers, and doing more to conserve the planet’s greatest river environments. In acknowledging Mark’s accomplishments, including the founding of World Rivers Day, Last Paddle makes an eloquent plea to cherish and better care for our life-giving waterways while also offering hopeful insights into how we might attain a more sustainable future.
This inspirational and visually stunning film chronicles the amazing lifetime journey of renowned river advocate Mark Angelo who has paddled more than 1000 rivers in well over 100 countries; perhaps more than any other individual.
Each year, between November and the following February, a group of Aborigines Taiwanese migrant workers set up camp near Lanyang River in Yilan County, on the northeastern coast of Taiwan. They travel from afar to this spot in hopes of catching that season’s eel fry. For those four months, these camp sights are their homes.
But no amount of warmth from within the campsite can shield them from the harsh ocean winds, the volatile squatter environment, harassment from local gangs, or a slew of unpredictability that arise from living on unfriendly grounds.
Singing in the Wilderness takes place in a utopian mountaintop village of Southwest China. Ping and Sheng are two idealist young Miaos that belong to an ethnic minority known for worshipping nature, freedom and spirituality.
In the 1930s, western missionaries brought Christianity. Since then, the beautiful voices of a Christian choir singing classical European hymns prevail the mountains. But then, a Propaganda official accidentally discovers the choir and decides to turn it into a national sensation.
State of Texas vs. Melissa explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. For over ten years she has been awaiting her fate, and now faces her last appeal. No one had ever seen Melissa be violent towards her children, yet she was blamed for the daily abuse and subsequent death of her two year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film takes a look at Melissa’s broken childhood, her adult life plagued by poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa faced, from the court appointed attorney who willingly set aside evidence, to the District attorney who used her case to help his re-election.
State of Melissa vs. Texas is the portrait of a woman’s fight against an entire system.
Facing his future in retirement, “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake”, 65 year-old piano tuner Desmond O’Keeffe decides instead to take on the most challenging and perilous delivery of his four decade long career: transporting a 100 year-old Broadwood and Sons upright piano from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas.
Setting off from his Aladdin’s Cave-like workshop in the quaint Camden Town district, and enlisting the help of two young and eager apprentices, Desmond’s ambitious destination is a primary school in Lingshed, Zanskar. At 14,000 feet above sea level it is one of the most isolated settlements in the world.
Aided by a team of local Sherpas and a motley crew of yaks and ponies, the trio’s various convictions are tested as they cross sheer mountain passes of breath-taking beauty, coming in direct contact with a different way of living – a world on a brink of change, filled with equal measure serenity and hardship. If successful, the expedition will be the highest piano delivery in history, but more importantly, it could become the ultimate gesture of music’s universal power: bridging cultures, inspiring strength and bringing joy.
The turquoise bays of the Andaman Sea, the ubiquitous golden Buddha statues, the Safron yellow robes of monks and the lush greens of the rice fields: Thailand is a festival of colours.
On a three-part journey, discover its large diverse landscapes. And explore the inner workings of a country that dares to leap into the future but wants to preserve its old beauty. How does nature progress and traditions go together in Thailand today?
CONSPIRACY MURDERS is an anthology series following some of the world’s most interesting cold cases and the question marks they leave behind. The series will look deeper into the rumours and get to the heart of the truth by examining the investigations themselves, the victims, suspects and potential motives that may have contributed to the murders.
Though the show highlights conspiracies, the slant is ultimately to fact based opinions. The show features experts on the specific murders, as well as leading experts in criminology, journalism, and behavioural psychology.
James Lavelle played his first DJ set at 14, launched pioneering record label Mo’Wax at 18 and released the genre defining UNKLE album Psyence Fiction at 22. His phenomenally rapid rise seemed limitless, but it’s only when you’re going so fast that the wheels fall off. The Man from Mo’Wax tells the remarkable story of one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in contemporary British culture. Unearthed from over 700 hours of footage including exclusive personal archives spanning three decades, we get the rare opportunity to watch a boy become a man in the world of music.