Al Jazeera February 2015 highlights


A Marrakech Tale 3Al Jazeera February 2015 highlights

After the Uprising

Al Jazeera returns to Wukan, the village responsible for an uprising in southern China, to examine the struggle for democracy two years after its first election.

Starts on Thursday 26th February at 2000GMT

In late 2011, Wukan, a village in southern China, captured international attention when it rose up against decades of corrupt rule, overturning the village committee and announcing democratic elections.  Filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong have followed the developments from the uprising to the 2012 and 2014 elections.  The latest installment in their fascinating documentary gives a valuable insight into the recent situation, and the characters involved in the village’s attempt to implement a democracy.

WUKAN AFTER THE UPRISING: THE 2012 ELECTION  Thursday 26th February 2000GMT

Following the uprising, the elections get underway in Wukan and China’s extraordinary experiment in grassroots democracy begins. Villagers grapple with the challenges of a new political system. Former activists must now run the village, listen to the people, and deal with provincial and county authorities. Can they deliver on the promises that were made during the elections?

27 February and 3 March 1200GMT | 28 February and 4 March 0100GMT | 1 March and 5 March 0600GMT  |  2 March 2000GMT  |


Two years after the Wukan Uprising, the village is preparing for fresh elections against a backdrop of politics, intrigue and a corruption scandal. The optimism that accompanied the previous poll has subsided and those democratically elected are no longer united. Members of the ousted Village Committee have been re-appointed in key positions causing deep unease.  There are fears of a crackdown on the activists who led the uprising. Did Wukan rise up in vain? Filmed under increasingly difficult conditions, this episode follows Wukan’s democratic exercise to its shocking conclusion.

6 and 10 March 1200GMT | 7 and 11 March 0100GMT | 8 and 12  March 0600GMT  |  9 March 2000GMT

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Al Jazeera World is a documentary series showcasing films from across the Al Jazeera Network

AL JAZEERA WORLD: ULTRAS Tuesday 3rd February at 2000GMT
The film goes inside the world of the Egyptian football fans whose protests have had a deep and lasting impact on the country.  After the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, two violent incidents involved groups of football fans, known as the Ultras.  The Ultras were made up of supporters of different clubs – ‘Ultras Ahlawy’, ‘The White Knights’ and ‘The Devils’, but they were united in a shared passion, which transferred football stadium to the street.

November 2011 saw police attack protesters with tear gas and shotguns in Cairo, near the Interior Ministry, resulting in over forty deaths. This was followed by a riot at a league football match three months later, in February 2012.  During the ‘Port Said Massacre’ seventy died and more than five hundred were injured. To mark the third anniversary of these tragic events, Al Jazeera World hears from the families of many of the young men who lost their lives.

4 and 8 February 1200GMT | 5 and 9 February 0100GMT | 6 March and 10 February 0600GMT  |  7 March 2000GMT  |

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Al Jazeera’s weekly flagship documentary strand 
Every week, Al Jazeera airs Witness documentaries that bring world issues into view with courageous and inspiring human stories.

Each week Witness broadcasts one 60 minute and one 30 minute documentary:

60 minute documentaries air every Wednesday at 2000; Thursday at 1200; Friday at 0100; Saturday at 0600GMT.

The strand’s 30 minute documentaries air every Sunday at 2230; Monday at 0930; Tuesday at 0330; Wednesday at 1630 and Thursday at 0530GMT.

Sunday 1st February at 2230GMT

Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani has been telling stories for over five decades. Now in his 70s, the master storyteller has retired from the chaos of Marrakech’s famous square, Jemaa El Fna.   He finds new purpose in teaching young apprentices the skills of the ancient art form. Novice storyteller, Sara Mouhyeddine, dreams of eventually performing in Jemaa El Fna but soon realises it might be easier said than done in a space traditionally dominated by male performers.

To stand a chance of being able to publicly showcase her skills, Sara must win the approval of Hajj. As one of a handful of storytellers left in Morocco, Hajj sees how important it is that the next generation become custodians of these precious stories, and save a tradition that has been passed down through generations, before it’s too late.

2 February 0930GMT | 3 February 0330GMT  | 4 February 1630GMT | 5 February 0530GMT

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101 EAST

Weekly in-depth investigative documentaries and reports, looking at the issues that unify and divide Asia
Thursdays at 2230GMT
101 East weekly  reports and investigative films uncover the dynamic region of Asia, its diverse cultures and conflicting politics.  Providing balanced coverage and stories from the people in the region – whether they’re on the streets or in power – these cutting edge and in-depth documentaries continue to win international critical acclaim.

Truth or Lies – Somaly Mam 5 February at 2230GMT
Cambodia’s anti-sex trafficking icon, Somaly Mam, has been accused of being a fraud. Named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People, Somaly generated millions of dollars and celebrity backing for her work against sexual slavery.  But following reports that she lied about her past, the foundation bearing her name closed. Now, she’s fighting to rebuild her reputation and to look after the girls and women in her care.

On 101 East, Somaly talks on camera for the first time about what she says are false claims. With sex trafficking rife in Cambodia, we ask, did Somaly Mam lie to save girls from the trade?

6 February 0930GMT 7 February 0330GMT  8 February 1630GMT | 9 February 0530GMT

The Last Reef on Earth 12 February at 2230GMT

Millions of years ago, one reef survived a major coral extinction.  Today Raja Ampat, in Indonesia, is still the most biodiverse region in the world, which is why the world’s leading marine scientists are deploying the latest in 3-D mapping technology to uncover its secrets of survival.  However, it’s a race against time as 75% of reefs globally are now under threat due to climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices.

101 East visits the coral reef that scientists believe could hold the key to saving the world’s oceans.

13 February 0930GMT 14 February 0330GMT  15 February 1630GMT | 16 February 0530GMT

Cambodia’s News Blackmailers 19 February at 2230GMT
Many journalists working in Cambodia have taken to combing the countryside to find news stories and then agreeing not to publish, in return for receiving bribes.  A clear violation of journalistic ethics, this practice appears to be widespread, despite the fact that extortion comes with its own danger.

101 East investigates how Cambodian journalists are burying stories for money.

20 February 0930GMT 21 February 0330GMT  22 February 1630GMT | 23 February 0530GMT

Laos: Saviours of the Street 26 February at 2230GMT
The roads in Vientiane, the capital of Laos have earned themselves a dangerous reputation.  Nightly accidents are caused by a combination of bad behaviour behind the wheel  – unlicensed drivers, speeding –  and a poor infrastructure of road calming measures.  A volunteer ambulance service is the only hope for car crash victims as Laos has the worst road toll per capita in Asia.

101 East looks at the reasons behind the shocking number of road deaths in Laos.

27 February 0930GMT | 28 February 0330GMT  | 1 March 1630GMT | 2 March 0530GMT

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A series exploring the Lebanese community in Australia, and issues of integration, racism and multiculturalism 

Starts on Friday 27th February at 2000GMT

Once upon a time in Punchbowl looks at the history of the Lebanese community in Australia, tracing its search for an identity and struggle to be accepted as Australian citizens. Following the cafe hostage siege of 15th December 2014, negative media attention in Australia has once again focussed  onArab communities raising questions about integration and religious extremism.  This series is the inside story of Lebanese Australians living in an area of Sydney called ‘Punchbowl’, and the challenges they face, but it is also about a wider story of Arab immigration to the West.

EPISODE 1 1975-1996 Friday 27th February at 2000GMT
The Lebanese Civil War forced around 30,000 Muslims and Christians to flee their homeland and join an exodus to Australia.  Through the eyes of many of those first and second generation immigrants the episode sets the scene, showing how growing up in Sydney went hand in hand with experiencing violent racism.  When the first Gulf War whipped up anti-Arab sentiment many Lebanese felt they were not respected.  A disenfranchised section of the community turn to drugs and guns inviting further criticism from police and politicians.

28 February 1200GMT | 1 March 0100GMT | 2 March 0600GMT  |  

EPISODE 2 1997-2000 Friday 6th March at 2000GMT
With the growing drug racket comes extreme violence and the youngsters on the street turn to the gangs.   Police raids and arrests are on the increase and by the time of the Olympics in 2000, there are accusations of gang rapes which inflame media portrayals of the community.  When the  terrorist events of 9/11 unfold, the Arab Australians begin to feel that they are being branded as the enemy within.

7 March 1200GMT | 8 March 0100GMT | 9 March 0600GMT  | 

EPISODE 3 2001-2005 Friday 13th March at 2000GMT
Zaky Mallah is an orphan in Punchbowl who becomes the first Australian in history to be charged with planning acts of terrorism.  A growing heightening sense of fear and government anti-terror laws become the backdrop for some appalling racially motivated violence.  In 2005 fighting on Cronulla Beach between off duty lifeguards and a group of Lebanese Australian men leaves many, spurred on by the bigotry of tabloid commentators, feeling that Arabs are attacking the Aussie way of life.

14 March 1200GMT | 15 March 0100GMT | 16 March 0600GMT  |

EPISODE 4 2005-Present Friday 20th March at 2000GMT
Following the Cronulla Riots many Lebanese Australians are outraged by what they feel is an attack on their identity, culture and religion.  Fear of reprisals results in thousands gathering to protect the Lakemba Mosque, and the community leaders work with the government and police to try to end the violence.  In 2012 tensions are reignited when protests against an anti-Islamic film turn violent.   The Lebanese community in Australia has endured a turbulent time, but as this fascinating series shows, they play a key role in building a diverse and multicultural country.

21 March 1200GMT | 22 March 0100GMT | 23 March 0600GMT  |


Too Black to Coach?
Brand new to Al Jazeera, this in-depth international sports programme mixes documentary film with insightful discussion, to dissect the important issues behind the sports headlines. The first programme Sport Matters: Too Black to Coach? asks why there are so few black football coaches

Al Jazeera’s new show Sport Matters launches in February – broadcast date and time to be confirmed.

This in-depth international sports programme mixes documentary film with insightful discussion, to dissect the important issues behind the sports headlines. The first programme Too Black to Coach? asks why there are so few black coaches in world football. Al Jazeera’s sports reporter, Lee Wellings, seeks out the opinions of ex-international footballers: Clarence Seedorf, former manager of AC Milan; Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, current manager of Burton Albion in the UK; and Sol Campbell former England international who claimed that being black denied him the chance to captain his country.

These men, who reached the top of their profession as sportsmen playing for club and country, now see their progress as coaches not nearly as straightforward.  As the 30th African Cup of Nations tournament gets underway there’s a shocking statistic showing that of the sixteen teams competing in the competition only three have black head coaches.  Sport Matters asks if some people in football are simply, Too Black to Coach?