18 - 21 August 2014
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Monday 18 August 2014: Andrei Konchalovsky – Russian Film Director
In August 1914, 100 years ago, the five great powers of Europe declared war on one another. For countries like Britain, Germany and France the significance of World War One is regularly debated and commemorated. But what of that other great power, Russia? It also fought against Germany, but by the end of the war Tsar Nicholas II and his family had been murdered and the Bolshevik Revolution had brought Lenin to power.How far does what was happening in Russia then, help explain what is going on today? Zeinab Badawi talks to the renowned Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky.
Tuesday 19 August 2014: A Day in the Life of an Immigration Lawyer
Nihal Arthanayake spends time in the busy office of Harjap Bhangal, a UK immigration lawyer with offices in London, Birmingham and the Punjab, who gives advice to migrants seeking visas to work and live in the UK. Through the microcosm of the lawyer’s office, the programme sheds light on the wider human stories behind immigration law in the UK.
Wednesday 20 August 2014: Chasing China's Doomsday Cult
Almighty God vs the Red Dragon: It sounds like a fantasy action film, but it is in fact a real and disturbing struggle in China. The most vivid case involves a group of people who beat a stranger to death in a fast food restaurant. They said they had no choice because the victim was a 'demon'. The killers are fanatical followers of the Church of the Almighty God, a Christian doomsday cult which claims millions of members across China and pledges to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party – which it calls the Great Red Dragon. The BBC's Carie Gracie uses her fluent Chinese to gain access to families of those caught up in the cult, including a man who infiltrated it to save his wife.
Thursday 21 August 2014: Converts Caliphate: Searching for an Islamic State
When the extremist group Isis declared a Caliphate – taking in parts of Iraq and Syria – and proclaimed the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as Caliph and "leader for Muslims everywhere". It re-ignited a debate about the role of an Islamic State. The Ottoman Empire was the last widely recognised Caliphate – or Khilafah in Arabic – and most of those in the Western world have only the faintest, if any, idea of what the word means. Catrin Nye looks at the history of the Islamic State and asks why for some Muslims it is what they are waiting for – whether they back Isis or not. She explores the desire for a state to restore a sense of dignity that many feel has been lost.