CNN International has teamed up with London based-documentary maker Journeyman Pictures to launch a new weekly 30-minute documentary strand titled ‘World’s Untold Stories’. Premiering on February 17, the series will be broadcast each weekend to more than 200 million households worldwide.
CNN International has purchased an initial run of 25 documentaries from Journeyman Pictures for 2007 with the first four films looking at police recruitment in Iraq, the sex trade in India, Afghanistan’s first female governor and combating terrorism in the Philippines.
Rena Golden, Senior Vice-President, CNN International, said, “These are remarkable documentaries and I’m proud to have secured the rights to show them. The films are compelling and fresh, covering controversial issues and datelines that are not currently getting a lot of media attention. The series features superbly crafted journalism in which the commitment and courage of the reporters shines through.”
Mark Stuke, Director, Journeyman Pictures, said, “We’re delighted to have agreed with CNN International to provide programme selections from the Journeyman throughput on an ongoing basis. There can be no more qualified platform on which to see the international niche of programming we dedicate ourselves to. And I know our suppliers are going to be as pleased as us.”
The series debuts on February 17 with ‘The Very Thin Blue Line’, which takes the viewers inside a police training camp in Jordan where the instructors focus on one skill in particular – survival. Then there is another series on ‘Land of Missing Children’, which exposes the international sex trade in North-Eastern India. Many young girls end up in Kolkata and nearby towns. Reporter Sam Kiley accompanies reluctant police on a raid where girls are rescued from a dank attic only to disappear again into the night.
Another series titled ‘Road to Terrorism’ provides extraordinary access to the fight against terrorism at the ground level.