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1 - 4 September 2014

Monday 1 September 2014

Election Debate

Tuesday 2 September 2014: Writer and film-maker - Xiaolu Guo

It's 25 years since the Tianamen Square Massacre in Beijing that saw hundreds killed and many more detained. One award-winning British-Chinese writer and film-maker Xiaolu Guo was a teenager at the time. Decades earlier during the Cultural Revolution her fisherman father had spent more than ten years in correctional labour camps for painting a picture that had angered the authorities. She talks about her thoughts on the role of the artist or writer be in China today.

Wednesday 3 September 2014: Native American News

Peter Bowes tells the story of television in the USA, made by Native Americans for people from across their tribal communities. News bulletins regarding Native Americans were endlessly negative – often alcohol-related, or concerning ‘trouble on the reservations’, and traditional tribal communication had been abolished. It seemed that the minority tribal population could vanish from the mainstream media altogether. North West Indian News (NWIN) was launched to allow Native Americans to make their own news – using their own camera operators, editors and presenters – and air it on the national networks.

Thursday 4 September 2014: Guatemala’s Addicts Behind Bars

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in cocaine trafficking through Guatemala en route north, to the United States. Part of the fallout locally, has been a rise in addiction. As a result, more than 200 drug rehabilitation centres have been set up in the capital alone. Many of these are run by Pentecostal churches, with little oversight or regulation. Often addicts are swept up from the streets by 'hunting parties', and forced to attend such a centre. Linda Pressly travels to Guatemala City to investigate compulsory drug rehabilitation events.