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The award-winning strand that showcases the very best in international documentaries on BBC Four and iPlayer today announced five news films, which will air in early 2024.

Revenge: Our Dad the Nazi Killer

In this real-life murder mystery, three Australian brothers investigate whether their father and uncle, both Holocaust survivors, may have been involved in the deaths of former Nazis after the war.

Hundreds of Nazi war criminals fled to Australia in the wake of World War Two, hoping to start again and avoid prosecution. Not all of them found the refuge they had sought, quite a few died prematurely in freak accidents or by taking their own lives, or at least that was how their deaths were reported.

Beyond Utopia: Escape from North Korea

A suspenseful, immersive look at the lengths people will go to gain freedom, Beyond Utopia: Escape from North Korea follows various individuals as they attempt to flee North Korea, one of the most oppressive places on Earth, a land they grew up believing was paradise.

At the film’s core are a mother desperate to reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind; a family of five including small children and an elderly grandmother who embark on a treacherous journey across the Yalu River and into the hostile mountains of China; and a South Korean Christian Pastor on a mission to help them.

Another Body

Aged 22, American engineering student Taylor receives a Facebook message from a friend with a link. She clicks. What she sees is her face looking back at her, in hardcore pornography. Taylor has been deepfaked; her face has been pulled from her social media and digitally altered to appear in six porn videos without her consent.

The creator has put these videos on a porn hub profile impersonating her, listing her real name, college and hometown, and soliciting men to ‘hit her up’. Taylor doesn't know who to trust or what to do and calls the police. They respond with victim-blaming and incompetence and tell Taylor that what this person did isn’t a crime.

Eternal Memory

Augusto Góngora and Paulina Urrutia have been a couple for 23 years. Augusto is one of Chile's most prominent cultural journalists and television presenters, whose work was dedicated to publicising and ensuring that the atrocities of the Pinochet dictatorship were never forgotten. His wife, Pauli, is an actress who also served as the Minister of Culture and Arts.

Eight years ago, Augusto was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and since then, Pauli has been caring for him. As Augusto’s memory slowly deteriorates, Pauli’s unwavering support is tested as they both try to maintain his identity despite the challenges of his illness.

Total Trust

State surveillance and digital social control in China are explored in intimate detail following two families and a journalist. Zijuan Chen is fighting for the release of her imprisoned husband, human rights lawyer Weiping Chang, whilst trying to keep his memory alive for their son.

Wenzu Li and her newly freed husband Quanzhang Wang are struggling against surveillance that is not only stopping him from him being able to work but even ordinary tasks like taking their son to school. Journalist Sophie Xueqin Huang, a pivotal figure in bringing the Me too movement to China is at constant risk of arrest.


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