A BBC team has been filming in Lahore for a documentary on the life of the famous poet, novelist and journalist Rudyard Kipling. Kipling spent five years in Lahore as assistant editor of the Civil and Military Gazette. Kipling became the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
BBC Birmingham is to produce three 60-minute documentaries for BBC2 marking the 60th anniversary of the British Raj. Britain's colonial rule over its Indian Empire ended with independence for India in 1947 and partition into separate countries of India and East and West Pakistan.
Reuters News Agency is now reporting that Chinese police have detained Chinese-born film maker Hao Wu,a permanent U.S. resident, a family member said on Monday, weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the United States and one week after Netribution broke the news.
Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Hu Jintao today asking him to intervene on behalf of documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, who was arrested in Beijing on 22 February after attending a meeting of members of a protestant church not recognised by the government as part of the preparation of his next documentary.
Two actors who appear in the award-winning British documentary The Road to Guantanamo were detained and interrogated at Luton Airport by Special Branch when returning from Berlin, along with two former Guantanamo prisoners. One of the actors says his treatment by security authorities was "intimidating" and "humiliating."
A call for submissions from emerging documentary makers has gone out from DFG Films in partnership with Film London and ITV London. Reel London offers filmmakers an opportunity to produce diverse and distinctive films using the documentary medium in new and innovative ways, and have them broadcast on terrestrial television, mid week, in a pre-watershed slot.
Ali Fadhil is perhaps best known for his documentary film on the aftermath of the US siege on Falluja in November, 2004. In the assault, American and Iraqi forces surrounded Fallujah, expelling the city’s residents, bombing hospitals and shelling buildings. The documentary, "Fallujah - The Real Story" was produced last year by Guardian Films for Channel Four News.