Detours [The Documentary]

Episodes

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01Doctor Fake News2019090420190905 (WS)

Fake news pays. Medical student Elena ran out of money, so she joined her friends in Veles, North Macedonia, writing fake stories for cash.

Hosted by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the first episode in a new five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Detours takes us off the main roads of our lives, following people who didn’t end up where they expected.

A BBC World Service and Sundance Institute collaboration.

Producer: David Borenstein

Medical student Elena ran out of money, so she started writing fake news stories for cash

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02Where The Homeless Elephants Go2019091120190912 (WS)

Wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India. And they're hungry. They have been forced off their usual feeding routes, and Damon Smith goes out with the night watch to find out where the homeless elephants go.

Hosted by Academy award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the second episode of a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.

(Image: Elephants walking)

Forced off their usual feeding routes, wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India. And they're hungry. They have been forced off their usual feeding routes, and Damon Smith goes out with the night watch to find out where the homeless elephants go.

Hosted by Academy award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the second episode of a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.

Producer: Damon Smith

(Image: Elephants walking)

Forced off their usual feeding routes, wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India. And they're hungry. They have been forced off their usual feeding routes, and Damon Smith goes out with the night watch to find out where the homeless elephants go.

Hosted by Academy award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the second episode of a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.

Producer: Damon Smith

(Image: Elephants walking)

Forced off their usual feeding routes, wild elephants surround a village in Assam, India

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

03Eighteen Greeks A Week2019091820190919 (WS)

For our second collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, the BBC World Service presents a new radio and podcast documentary series Detours.

Detours take us off main roads onto the indirect routes, and are journeys which often end up at different destinations to the ones we expect. A detour offers the unexpected, an opportunity for reflection, or encounters which make us laugh, or are exciting, or even tragic.

Over five episodes we meet five communities on journeys away from the lives they expected in Greece, India, Macedonia, Latin America and Asia.

Programme Three:
In “Eighteen Greeks A Week” we meet the families taking their dead over the mountain passes of northern Greece to a crematorium in another country.

Over five episodes we meet five communities on journeys away from the lives they expected.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

In Greece, the Orthodox Church bans cremations for believers. There are no crematoriums in the country. So for those who want to be cremated the alternative is a 13-hour journey to neighbouring Bulgaria, where cremations can take place. Portia Crowe follows the trail of the dead bodies – 18 each week – that travel along the mountain passes in northern Greece for cremation in another country. Hosted by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the third episode in a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Detours takes us off the main roads of our lives, following people who didn’t end up where they expected.

Producer: Portia Crowe

Dead bodies travel along mountain passes for cremation in another country

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

In Greece, the Orthodox Church bans cremations for believers. There are no crematoriums in the country. So for those who want to be cremated the alternative is a 13-hour journey to neighbouring Bulgaria, where cremations can take place. Portia Crowe follows the trail of the dead bodies – 18 each week – that travel along the mountain passes in northern Greece for cremation in another country. Hosted by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the third episode in a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Detours takes us off the main roads of our lives, following people who didn’t end up where they expected.

Producer: Portia Crowe

Dead bodies travel along mountain passes for cremation in another country

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

04Imran Is Stateless2019092520190926 (WS)

Imran fled violence in Myanmar – now he is in detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, with no papers and no idea what will happen to him.

Hosted by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the fourth episode in a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Detours takes us off the main roads of our lives, following people who didn’t end up where they expected.

Producer: Elyse Blennerhassett and Michael Green

Imran fled violence in Myanmar \u2013 now he is in detention in Papua New Guinea

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

05The Last Cola In The Desert2019100220191003 (WS)

A small Costa Rican surfing city is the unexpected final home for people leaving Asia and Africa in search of a better life in the US.

Hosted by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is the last episode in a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Detours takes us off the main roads of our lives, following people who didn’t end up where they expected.

Producer: Katy Long

A Costa Rican city is an unexpected home for people in search of a better life in the US

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.