Rulebreakers [The Documentary] [World Service]


01How I Disappear2020081920200823 (WS)The phenomenon of disappearance is rooted in Japanese culture. Meet those who disappear

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

We invite filmmakers more used to telling their stories in pictures to tell them in audio.

Rulebreakers - a five-part series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Sundance Institute where we invite film-makers more used to telling their stories in pictures to tell them in audio.
In this series, hosted by the Iranian Artist and film maker Shirin Neshat we’ll meet the imprisoned victims of more than 70 years of Danish colonial Greenland.
There’s a young man who dreamed of hacking the Pentagon from a laptop in his bedroom - and has had to live with the consequences ever since.
We’ve tracked down a Vietnam Veteran who’s spent 50 years mapping an America you’ve never heard of while riding freight trains.

We join Muhammad, a Palestinian Shepherd and his flock in the South Hebron hills of the West Bank who breaks all the rules of the land he walks through simply by existing.

And in Japan if you want to disappear from your life you can just pick up the phone and a ‘Night Moving Company’ will turn you into one of the country’s ‘Johatsu,’ or literally ‘evaporated people.’ You can cease to exist.

02Veteran On The Tracks2020082620200830 (WS)There is a secret map passed down from hobo to hobo. You can’t buy it in stores or download it online but if you’re lucky enough to get a copy you can travel anywhere in America by freight train. They call it The Crew Change Guide and it is a sacred document for those who still ride in boxcars like the hobos looking for work in the great depression. This state by state guide has grown from one man’s obsession into a network of everything you need to get from Aliceville, Alabama to Wendover, Wyoming - all for “low or no dollars”. Complete with details like which hole to crawl through and the best places to hide from the railroad police, it preserves in its pages the constantly changing terrain of American hobo culture. Fiercely protected by those who depend on the lifestyle, getting a photocopy of the guide is part of a ritual within the community and reserved only for those who have proven their worth.

This programme explores this underground document and the man behind the map, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran known only as Train Doc. His life’s work has never been about leading an underground movement but he is an icon for hobos and his guide has evolved over the years from a train hopping handbook into a historical document, preserving the history of his culture in America.

The handbook for train hopping American hobo culture and the man behind the guide

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

We invite filmmakers more used to telling their stories in pictures to tell them in audio.

03A Beautiful Prison2020090220200906 (WS)Greenland has been detangling its colonised relationship with Denmark since World War Two. Along the way, each state service and law needs to be rewritten. In 1948, three young Danes were sent to research and write Greenland’s first Criminal Law. They hoped they were writing a blueprint for the world’s first modern prison-less society. Instead their social experiment put the nation in a 70-year-long limbo. Now, Greenland has finally opened its first prison. We hear from Greenlanders inside the building, as they build their own, new prison system from the ground up.

Presenters: Shirin Neshat, Katz Laszlo and Lene Bech Sillesen.
Producers: Katz Laszlo and Lene Bech Sillesen, with production support from The Europeans podcast.

(Photo: Nuuk's former open instutition. Credit: Katz Laszlo)

Why Greenland is opening up its first prison, after years as a modern prison-less society

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

04Accused Of Hacking The Pentagon2020090920200913 (WS)Seven years ago in a sleepy English village a doorbell rang. In that moment, Lauri Love’s life changed completely. Lauri was arrested at the door. He was accused of hacking into US government websites and sharing employee data as part of an Anonymous protest. He faced extradition and 99 years in US jail. That extradition request was denied seven years ago, but the allegation against him still stands.

Producer Alice Homewood first met Lauri Love through friends in 2013. She got to know this big-hearted, peace-loving person who liked to wheel his sound system through the streets of Norwich sharing techno music with the world. Three months later his face was splashed across the front pages of the international press and he was labelled a dangerous criminal by the US government. Alice tries to understand how her gentle friend came to be accused of one of the biggest cyber-crimes in history.

Lauri has a vision for a better world. Through the eyes of his friends, family and autism expert professor Simon Baron Cohen, we learn what it’s like to be Lauri, living with a calling that he can’t refuse.

Two years ago Lauri learned he was safe from extradition but he is still not a free man. Today, he is in legal limbo and trying to build a life there. We follow Lauri over six months, as he starts a new job, attempts to move out of his parents’ home and deals with family illness, all with the constant threat of arrest hanging over him.

Producer/presenter: Alice Homewood.
A BBC World Service/Sundance Institute Production

This is what happened to my life when I was accused of hacking the Pentagon

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

05The Shepherd And The Settler2020091620200919 (WS)
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Muhammad is a Bedouin shepherd in a remote corner of the West Bank called Rashash. His family has been herding sheep and goats in Rashash for 30 years and in Palestine for generations. But since Israeli settlers recently moved in nearby it has become difficult for Muhammad to graze his flock undisturbed.

When producer Max Freedman visits Rashash, he sees this conflict in action. One settler tries to scatter the sheep by driving towards them in an all-terrain vehicle. Another chases after the flock on horseback. An Israeli activist tries to use his body as a human shield.

After leaving Rashash, Max sets out to understand what he saw there.

Presenter/reporter: Max Freedman
Producer: Max Freedman, Ilana Levinson, and Emily Bell
Editor: Ilana Levinson

(Photo: Palestinian shepherds and Israeli activists on a hillside. Credit: Max Freedman)

A Palestinian shepherd fights for his livelihood under pressure from Israeli settlers

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.