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Foreign Volunteers in the Hell of Raqqa
Pedro Brito Da Fonseca, Paul Moreira
We were with them until Raqqa was freed. And then followed them back home. Changed forever. They are from all nationalities. They dwell in the mythology of the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War. They chose to give up their comfortable lives and go fight ISIS in Syria. It’s where we met them. Every night, between July and October 2017, young men with no previous military experience pushed through the most dangerous streets of the world.
They conquered Raqqa, block after block. They met death and violence. And eventually, along with the Kurdish and Arab forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces, they liberated Raqqa and ended the reign of the most murderous cult of the XXI century. Some of them went back home. We were there when they told their story to their families.
The writer from a Country without bookstores
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is the most translated writer from Equatorial Guinea but he had to flee the country in 2011, after going on a hunger strike against Teodoro Obiang’s dictatorship, the longest lasting in the world. Since then, he lives as a refugee in Spain, the former colonial power, where his work is largely ignored.
He feels he has to travel back to his country despite the risks, as he is one of the most prominent intellectuals against the regime. With him and his books we embark on a journey to one of the most unequal, isolated and repressive countries in Africa. When he feels he has to come back to Guinea, to meet fellow opponents, from rappers to people that have been in prison, we follow him on this trip despite the risks.
The Green Gold of Africa
David Chierchini, Matteo Keffer, Davide Morandini | ARTE – WDR
Most Somali men chew the Khat leaf, a natural amphetamine. And in Britain there is one man 90,000 chewers despise. This is the story of the Somali activist who virtually on his own, brought about the UK banning of the leaf.
The doc charts the billion dollar global Khat industry, travelling to the heartlands of its production, the markets where hundreds of tons are sold daily and back to the campaign on the streets of London.
Hong Kong – Ga Yau
Marco di Noia
Through images of the demonstrations and audio interviews of the participants, Hong Kong, Ga Yau tells the story of a popular protest, the attempt to resist the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party into Hong Kongers’ daily life. The movement, triggered by a proposed law that would have allowed the extraditions to mainland China of Hong Kong citizens, soon morphed into a larger revolt against China’s control over the semi-autonomous city.
The population of the former British colony is struggling with accepting China’s rule of law, which comes with reduced freedoms and civil rights. Into the frameset of the harshest economic and geopolitical confrontation between USA and China, rallies and marches calling for democratic freedoms and independent inquiry into the police behavior, became the expression of a discontent, likely to reverberate for a long time.
Evangelical Churches on the Run for Power
Florence Fernex, Françoise Weilhammer | RTS
Worldwide, there are already more than 600 million evangelicals. In Switzerland, they have gained tens of thousands of worshippers, while other churches are emptying. In the United States, with Donald Trump, they have never been so close to a president.
n Brazil, they succeeded in imposing the right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro as head of state. In this large family of Protestantism, some focus on the quest for political power, in order to impose their moral values on society. So, are they dangerous, intolerant? Should we be afraid of evangelicals?