Storyville, the BBC’s award-winning strand showcasing the very best in international documentaries, announces a new slate of eight films to be shown in early 2022.
Philippa Kowarsky, Commissioning Editor of Storyville, says: “We’re excited to offer UK audiences this eclectic range of documentaries from around the globe. These stories deal with the issues of our times, from mistrust of political systems to the challenges of educational attainment, and from class and racial discrimination to the fight for women’s rights. They shine a light on some truly inspirational, and some controversial, characters, as well as some appealing canines!”
To coincide with International Holocaust Memorial Day, Storyville brings viewers the acclaimed film, Final Account, filmed, directed and produced over 10 years by the late Luke Holland. The documentary is a portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in the Third Reich.
Misha And The Wolves
Misha And The Wolves is the dramatic tale of a woman whose Holocaust memoir took the world by storm, but a fallout with her publisher - who turned detective - revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth.
When Dictator Robert Mugabe was ousted by his own party, Zimbabwe’s new leaders promised a democratic Presidential election - the first since the start of Mugabe’s rule almost 40 years earlier. Against a backdrop of economic crisis, food shortages, and political violence, the stakes could not be higher.
The super smart, mostly Asian-American students at San Francisco’s Lowell High School are stressed out. They are in the midst of applying to college, and under pressure to get a prized spot at one of the country’s most elite institutions. It’s an emotionally draining process.
Writing With Fire
In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of journalists break with tradition to work on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues.
Tango With Putin
In 2008, Natasha Sindeeva, marries a wealthy banker. The former music radio producer dreams of becoming famous and decides to build her own independent TV station, Dozhd (Rain) in Putin’s Russia. The plan was to be light and have fun with a focus on pop culture, but it soon turned into something different.
In this intimate portrait of the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev reflects on his life, and how he changed the world. Gorbachev’s time in power was marked by the collapse of the Soviet Union - labelled ‘the Evil Empire’ by the then US President, Ronald Reagan. Gorbachev was the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika and tore down the Berlin Wall, giving the Soviet Union a chance to be free.
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, 70 or 80 years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle - which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're part of an eccentric world never seen, guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations.