Real Stories: Cambodia – The Virginity Trade

Many Asian men believe that having sex with a virgin will bring them health and luck. From a more practical point of view, they will not contract HIV from a virgin. The men know that virginity can be faked; there is therefore a huge demand for younger and younger girls, …

Real Stories: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

In towns and cities across Pakistan, tens of thousands of vulnerable young boys have become the victims of paedophile predators who seem to have nothing to fear from the law. It’s an open secret that few acknowledge publicly and even fewer want to do anything about. In a society where …

The Cost of Sushi: Emptying The Seas

As American real-life tv shows about tuna fishers are rising in popularity, the fishing industry in the Mediterranean Sea has been under exposed. Yet, these South European waters are filled with danger for the Atlantic bluefin tuna; overfishing and illegal fishing activities have had serious consequences for the bluefin tuna …

Real Stories: The Exhumer

The Exhumer is an observational documentary following the work of exhumation specialist, Peter Mitchell, whose profession has already seen him exhume 30,000 bodies – sometimes individuals, sometimes whole cemeteries and rebury them in new graves. We follow Peter over several months as he supervises the controversial exhumation of a Christian …

Real Stories: The Mind Explorers

The Mind Explorers: a psychedelic weekend follows ordinary people on an extraordinary trip. The documentary centres around a 4-day psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands, where psilocybin-containing ‘magic truffles’ are legal. With new research suggesting that psychedelics can effectively treat depression, accessible retreats abroad are appealing to a new wave of …

Real Stories: The Boy Who Tried To Kill Trump

In June 2016, 20-year-old British man Michael Sandford was arrested at a Donald Trump rally, after trying to take a police officer’s gun to shoot the then republican presidential nominee. Michael immediately found himself at the centre of a media storm and at the mercy of America’s notoriously harsh justice …

Real Stories: Black Star – A Story of Self-Repatriation To Africa

After being hassled by the police in Oakland, California, African-American musician Sunru Carter decided to ‘repatriate’ himself to Ghana. He retraced the journey of his great-grandfather who had been enslaved in Ghana; sold in Charlottesville, Virginia; and taken to work on the plantation of James Monroe, 5th President of the …

Real Stories: Murder In Pacific Paradise

A morally complex post-colonial tragedy, the story of a murder and of Fiji, a small country divided along ethnic and class lines, told through the eyes of two very different families. Director of the Fiji Red Cross John Scott and his partner of 20 years, Greg Scrivener were brutally murdered …