2022 TV Documentary Shortlist

10 settembre 2022 ore 18:31

Denmark    DR

Chokoladekrigen (The Chocolate War)

Twenty years ago, the world's biggest chocolate giants signed an agreement to work toward abolishing child slavery. However, frequent reports show that the issue remains to this day. U.S. Attorney Terry Collingsworth has dedicated his life to the abolition of slavery and human trafficking and has been working for more than a decade to take the chocolate giants in court for violating the U.S. Constitution. Collingsworth succeeds in having his case tried by the US Supreme Court. His case is trying to get Nestlé and Cargill convicted of systematically producing their well-known brands by exploiting children in Ivory Coast's cocoa production, but up against the food giants and their army of lawyers Collingsworth and his colleague are facing a difficult task.




Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. recounted mostly through animation to Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.


France    FRANCE 5

Wagner, l'armée de l'ombre de Poutine
(Wagner: Putin's Shadow Army)

Wagner, Putin's Shadow Army is a geopolitical investigation into the private Russian military company the Wagner Group. This secret militia belongs to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a billionaire businessman who has been slapped with a multitude of international sanctions and is a close ally of Vladimir Putin. Wagner doesn't have an official mandate, yet it is spearheading the new Cold War ignited by the strongman in the Kremlin: extending Russia's influence zones (in particular in Africa and the Middle East), conducting campaigns to destabilize Western powers, launching disinformation operations, and committing targeted assassinations and war crimes.


Germany    ARD

F@ck this Job

Natasha, 35, is a newly rich, successful woman looking for fame, reputation, and the realization of her dreams. She decides to launch an independent TV station in Putin's Russia. Natasha hires oppositional reporters and minorities and her "baby" quickly becomes the lone island of political and sexual freedom. Dozhd TV (also known as TV Rain) is the only independent news TV station that has survived Putin's rule. Back then, this woman couldn't have known she would fight on the frontlines of the war between Truth and Propaganda and lose all her money. She did not think she would become a "foreign agent" in her own country.


Germany    ZDF

Der Kreislauf des Lebens – Die Gaia-Hypothese
(Going Circular)

Going Circular unlocks the secrets to an innovative concept called circularity – an economic system based on the idea that nothing should go to waste. It's a deceptively simple idea – and one that is at the heart of nature and the natural world, but it is far from the way most of us live our lives today, in the twenty-first century. The film tells the story of 4 visionaries from around the world, whose thinking shapes the concept of circularity – 102-year-old Inventor Dr. James Lovelock, Biomimicry Biologist Janine Benyus, Engineer and Designer Arthur Huang, and Financier John Fullerton. Based on nature's universal principles that everything is reused, and nothing goes to waste, the film takes a global journey to reveal what can be done to chart a new exciting and truly sustainable course for the future of humans on Earth.


Sweden    SVT


Guarded by Kurdish forces, 73,000 Daesh (ISIS) supporters are locked up in the Al-Hol Camp in northeastern Syria, considered the most dangerous camp in the Middle East. Five years ago, Daesh killed thousands of Yazidis in the Sinjar province of Iraq and abducted thousands of Yazidi women and girls to be held and sold as sex slaves – called Sabaya. In this film, Mahmud, Ziyad and other volunteers from the Yazidi Home Center rescue the Sabaya, who are still being held by Daesh in the camp. Often accompanied by female infiltrators – some of them former Sabaya – and armed with nothing but an old mobile phone and a small gun, they travel to the camp in an inconspicuous van. Once there, mostly by night, they must act extremely quickly to avoid potential violence.


Switzerland    SRG SSR

Das Neue Evangelium (The New Gospel)

What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his apostles be? The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play for an entire population. Together with Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and activist from Cameroon, Milo Rau creates a new gospel for the 21st century: A manifesto of solidarity for the poorest, a cinematic uprising for a fairer, more humane world.


United Kingdom    ITV

The Missing Children

The Missing Children is the definitive film revealing the incredible scandal of Ireland's disappeared children. With survivors who have never spoken before, this elegant and beautiful film uncovers the truth of a shocking story that continues to affect the lives of many in Ireland, the US and UK. The remains of some have been found in a sewage tank. And the nuns were involved. Were hundreds of children neglected and discarded, or were some illegally adopted, never to know where they came from? Three years in the making, beginning with meticulous, determined research by a local amateur historian who unlocked one of the biggest scandals in modern Irish history, the film uncovers falsified documents and exposes a trans-Atlantic network that trafficked thousands of children.


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