SEASON TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN

WITNESS

A MARRAKECH TALE

EPISODE 1

STORYLINE
Master storyteller Ahmed Ezzarghani and apprentice Sara are fighting to keep the Moroccan storytelling tradition alive.


GAZA FIXER: A CHRONICLE OF SURVIVAL

EPISODE 2

STORYLINE
Can news fixer and six-time war survivor Raed Athamneh recover once more after Israel's 2014 war on Gaza?More on our website: http://aljazeera.comFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AJEnglighSubscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Find us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/aljazeera


HIP-HOP HIJABIS

EPISODE 3

STORYLINE
A musical journey of faith that follows Britain's first female Muslim hip-hop duo on tour.This is a universal story about friendship, love and idealism, and two young women finding their place in the world.Muneera and Sukina are Poetic Pilgrimage, Britain's first female Muslim hip-hop duo. And this is their personal, spiritual and physical journey.As a tour of the UK takes the women into diverse communities, they remain undeterred by the fact that some Muslims consider music and public female performances to be forbidden.Instead, their music guides them to new discoveries about their faith, as they learn that they share their journey with other Muslim women around the world, and explore their desire to reconcile their conversion to Islam with their strong feminist sensibilities and Jamaican roots.


SOUND OF TORTURE

EPISODE 4

STORYLINE
Eritrean refugees, trapped and tortured in the Sinai desert, reach out to an activist radio host in Sweden.Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritreans try to flee their repressive country to Israel by crossing the Sinai desert. But there, many are kidnapped by Bedouins and taken to one of the hidden camps where their families are then extorted for ransom.ok: http://facebook.com/aljazeera


UNWASTED POLAND

EPISODE 5

STORYLINE
At the EKON waste disposal and recycling plant on the outskirts of Warsaw, all of the workers are mentally disabled - suffering from varying conditions from mild learning difficulties to developed schizophrenia. The employees collect the rubbish from 60,000 flats and sort recyclable material at the factory.The factory has run successfully as a company for 20 years. Many of its workers would find it hard, if not impossible to find other jobs.The work done here provides a necessary service to the community, but it also helps to restore the self-confidence of employees, giving them a sense of purpose, companionship and allowing them to earn a wage while contributing to society.However, the future of the company and its employees is now in jeopardy as the company battles market forces in tricky economic times.


EAST OF ISTANBUL

EPISODE 6

STORYLINE
Villages across Turkey are seeing their youth disappear as the bright lights of Istanbul lure them in with the prospect of a better life.The tiny village of Ardicalan in Sivas province has seen its population plummet to just 48 people, as its younger residents leave for greater employment opportunities in urban areas.Left behind are their elderly parents, many of whom live a lonely and difficult existence.In East of Istanbul, we meet Naci and Sefika Boztepe who have refused to leave their picturesque village out of a sense of duty and love for their traditional way of life.We join them as tend to their farm, look after their animals and, every so often, bake bread to send to their children who have left for Istanbul.


TRESOR AND THE CAMP MUSICIANS

EPISODE 7

STORYLINE
A Congolese hip-hop artist exiled in a Malawian refugee camp is determined to fight xenophobia with his music.Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website http://www.aljazeera.com


THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND

EPISODE 8

STORYLINE
Seventeen years ago, Hasan left his village in Macedonia fleeing with his family to Turkey.After relinquishing his Macedonian passport in exchange for Turkish citizenship, the 54-year-old never looked back.Until now.For years he lived in self-imposed exile even though his family invited him to return to his land and distant loved ones.Finally he relents and decides it is time to go back to his birthplace. He accepts his niece's invitation to return for a two week visit.We follow Hassan as he discovers long forgotten memories of a place where time has stood eerily still, and peace, once threatened, remained intact.


MEXICO'S FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

EPISODE 9

STORYLINE
For decades, rampant violence and poverty have denied the youth of Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero a stable future.Caught in a vicious cycle of drug trafficking, gang violence, and endemic poverty, there are only a few teachers brave enough to work in the villages in the heart of Guerrero.Maximino Villa Zamora is one of them.To try and break this cycle affecting his community, he teaches the children of poor villagers and farmers while providing guidance to the region's youth, who feel trapped by the lack of opportunities.But when the deaths of 43 students made news headlines in late 2014, it was personal for 'Maxi', as some of them were his students and one a nephew, Bernardo Flores.Maxi also organises for the community, providing support to the youth of Guerrero. He strives to give them hope and a belief that the lives of those missing students will be the final spark to ignite the change for his community and for Mexico's future.


SABRA: LIVES ON HOLD

EPISODE 10

STORYLINE
Bassima lives in the Sabra refugee camp in Lebanon.A Palestinian refugee, she has struggled for the past 22 years to support her family.But having found work at a Women's Centre and sent her children to college - she is now determined to aid those less fortunate than her.Along with her best friend Nabila, they assist Syrian refugees arriving at the camp.But with a new wave of refugees, the camp is changing, funding is being redirected and the already limited resources are being stretched more than ever.


AFGHANISTAN'S OWN BATTLE

EPISODE 11

STORYLINE
When NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army took over control of Helmand Province, an extremely dangerous region where attacks by Taliban fighters are the order of the day. Security, much less peace, seems to be unattainable; it is even difficult to find a common language in a country where everyone mistrusts each other. The directors of this film accompanied an Afghan army company during a year of frontline duty in Helmand. The soldiers are paid irregularly, there are not enough supplies, and their equipment is substandard. They cannot fight a war with the equipment left behind by the ISAF. In Afghanistan's Own Battle, fresh Afghan recruits talk about their doubts, their hopes and their dreams. Dramatic dramatic images show that there is an epic dimension to the soldiers' daily lives, and the private moments and bloody battles feel like a metaphor for the fate of this war-torn country. At the same time the film reveals the absurd side of the conflict from the point of view of these Afghan soldiers, in a country whose government is at the mercy of an enemy that even NATO troops did not succeed in defeating in almost 13 years of confrontation and conflict.


DAGESTAN'S PEACEFUL WARRIORS

EPISODE 12

STORYLINE
Hidden in the mountainous republic of Dagestan, Gusein Magomaev runs a famed martial arts school that has produced several European champions, Olympians and the only non-Chinese king of Kung Fu.Nurturing an array of talent, some 200 children train at the site that provides an escape for the region's disenfranchised youth.But in a republic with a high concentration of Muslims, outside the school's thick walls a fierce battle for control of the Northern Caucasus is raging between Muslim separatists and the minority Moscow-backed nationalists.Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stressed the importance of Dagestan for Russia - and if war breaks out there, it could have a domino-like effect on the whole region.In Dagestan's Peaceful Warriors , we follow Gusein who has faced arson attacks and threats from politicians while trying to keep his students focused on the next Russian karate championship.


KISILU: THE CLIMATE DIARIES

EPISODE 13

STORYLINE
Climate change is affecting all regions of the globe, but some places are more vulnerable than others.Parts of East Africa are already seeing the effects of climate instability, with those dependent on farming for their livelihood among some of the hardest hit.Refusing to fall victim to the weather, Kisilu, a Kenyan smallholder farmer, uses a camera to capture the human impact of climate change.Filmed over four years, he documents floods, droughts and storms that menace his and his community's farms, forcing some to stop tending the fields and seek work in towns and cities.In Kisilu: The Climate Diaries, we witness a groundbreaking portrait of a Kenyan family on the front line of climate change.Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/


AFRICAN BUSINESS IN CHINA

EPISODE 14

STORYLINE
Many African entrepreneurs today consider China as the new land of opportunities. One of them is Nathalie Fodderie from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On a reconnaissance trip to Guangzhou, in Southern China, she has three weeks to find equipment for her Kinshasa restaurant that needs complete refurbishment.Fodderie works with an established network of African and Chinese middlemen and traders and haggles with some of the toughest businessmen in the world.Through her journey, we see how African and Chinese traders grapple with geographic and cultural hurdles to make a profit.- Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish- Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera- Check out our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/


UM SULTAN: JORDAN'S MATCHMAKER

EPISODE 15

STORYLINE
Aida Hilali, also known as Um Sultan, is a professional matchmaker and as such a pillar in Jordan's marriage industry.With growing uncertainty and war in the region, the family is one of the last vestiges of stability in the Arab World. Um Sultan helps couples get together so that successful families can be formed.Twice a year, before and after the holy fasting month of Ramadan, she oversees the marriages of dozens of Jordanian couples.Um Sultan has been instrumental in 2,000 weddings over 18 years. She considers her work part of a larger effort to maintain a strong social and family fabric that allows Arab families to weather the storms of war and uncertainty.- Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish- Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera- Check out our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/


Season Two Thousand Fifteen