By Leva levitra
Clover Films producer Jamie Doran and Guardian correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travel to the frontline where rebel fighters face the forces of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, witnessing the deadliest period of the fighting so far. read more
Many among Pakistan's 100,000 transgenders scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets of Karachi. Others earn money catering for the sexual needs of men in the city's seedier districts. read more
Imagine an Africa without thousands of foreign aid workers telling Africans what to do; Imagine an Africa without billions in aid going directly into western bank accounts as salary payments to those same foreign workers; Imagine Africans solving Africa’s problems themselves… read more
Barack Obama's half brother, George, has witnessed friends being executed in cold blood by the Kenyan police force. Faced with spiralling violent crime rates, officers say they have no choice but to kill. As many as 8,500 young men may have been murdered in the name of law and order. read more
Guardian reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and Safa Al Ahmad risk their lives to get inside Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to investigate how they were able to capture and control Yemeni towns and cities. read more
An award-winning crew investigates a sexual exploitation ring operated by Afghan warlords. Hundreds of boys as young as 10, taken off the streets on the promise of a new life away from poverty, whose real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex. read more
It was the giant of Africa: A nation which once represented the greatest hope for peaceful coexistence between Arab and African, Muslim & Christian. Now, that hope is all but gone and the country has broken in two and is in constant threat of war. A 3-part series. read more
By 1961, the Cold War and Space Race had picked up momentum as the US and Soviet Union vied for ideological and technological supremacy. On 12th April, the Soviets took the coveted crown by successfully launching the first man into space: young Yuri Gagarin.
When the rocket launched, he was a pilot-in-training from a farming village in Russia. Upon its return, he was the most famous man in the world. Russians cried with pride in the street. World leaders embraced him. Gagarin embodied the ideology the Soviet Union was hoping to spread; he had come from nothing to become a history-maker. He was the success of Communism. He had become more a living treasure than a man.
Behind that world-famous smile, however, was a story hitherto untold. Gagarin struggled with drink and was increasingly uneasy at the cruelties of the Soviet regime. Though eager to fly again, that famous April voyage was to be his only venture into space. Gagarin left the program shortly after fellow cosmonaut Vladimir Kamarov – due to a catalogue of errors Gagarin had warned his superiors about – was killed during a space mission. He was deemed too important to risk his life by going into space again. He instead returned to his first love, flying, and died in an unexplained plane crash at just 34.
This film follows Gagarin’s history with a series of exclusive interviews with his siblings and fellow cosmonauts. We look at the divergence between Gagarin the myth, a world-famous symbol of the space age, and the flawed man whose death remains shrouded in mystery.
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