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the actions of shia militia. —— winning the trust. iraq is so difficult to report from, so much suspicion of the media, the amount of time it takes to infiltrate a extremely hostile group who may be guilty of war crimes was incredibly difficult. patrick researches and directs and produces briley, the judges said, his film was incredibly impressive —— brilliantly. judges said, his film was incredibly impressive -- brilliantly. it has got quite chaotic they are accusing him of being an isis fight and we don't know where they have taken him. -- don't know where they have taken him. —— fighter. don't know where they have taken him. -- fighter. patrick found evidence of shia militia infiltrating the iraqi government, and torturing innocent people. the most galling scene was when we found the women sitting in this town. 615
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men and boys vanished from the town. the women were in a refugee camp which was very inaccessible, all of these women came to us, and all of them crying. it was the first time the story became about these women, and i thought, how has this not been a story, this huge crime had happened and had received so little coverage. people with disabilities are some of
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the most marginalised in bolivia. but now they are fighting for their rights. darren forshaw and violeta tracked the group of disability rights campaigners on a 300 kilometre trek where they staged a protest in the capital. the scene is set for confrontation. this is a very dangerous moment and
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i thing we have to protect our freedom of expression in bolivia —— i think. dan and violetta was singled out for police attention. my colleague, daniel forshaw, andrea, they have all been assaulted by police, dan was beaten by police. thejudges said the police, dan was beaten by police. the judges said the story felt so fresh and not highlighting an issue none of us even knew existed —— so fresh, highlighting an issue. compelling documentary film—making at its best. the protest lasted six months but ultimately ended when two campaigners were run over by a car and the leaders threatened with long prison sentences. aleppo, 2016. 0pposition fighters
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holding the east of the city are losing their grip as syrian forces and their allies close in. four young journalists record their final daysin young journalists record their final days in the city and a remarkable story that has won the impact award for current affairs. together they dodge snipers, suffered daily bombardment, and the terror of living under siege. now, scattered around the middle east, they explain the origins of the film. the group also demonstrated
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ingenuity and resilience and dignity, in the face of extraordinary challenges. as the end neared, the group
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documented the painful transfer of civilians and fighters from rebel areas. thejudges said this the judges said this is the most intimate, gripping and moving work of these last days in aleppo. it's like a love story to their city. but by aleppo, winner of the impact award. —— goodbye aleppo. next, the news feature category, for more in—depth films. news feature category, for more in-depth films. every president in american history has disliked the press coverage that he got, but what
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is unusual is none before this has declared war in the first week. he needs an enemy. ollie lambert's film follows a week in washington at the beginning of donald trump's presidency. we always have an adversarial relationship and sometimes that is healthy and natural, but this is beyond adversarial. ollie paints a portrait of the press corps which covers the us president and how they respond to donald trump tearing up the rule book. it was perfectly clear walking into that briefing, that the whole battle was being waged in this tiny little bit of real estate in one corner of the white house and i set up corner of the white house and i set up campfor us corner of the white house and i set up camp for us long as i could and tried to get under the skin of the journalists who were on the front line of that war for the truth, really. the judges said ollie gives a totally different vantage point on
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the story that everyone else is telling. we are going to get a call soon. telling. we are going to get a call soon. wow. the russia crisis is threatening to engulf the white house, that the last minute, sean spicer‘s daily briefing is cancelled and donald trump announces his first solo press conference as president of the united states. to actually see it play out, where very professional, thoughtful truth telling journalists were being mercilessly attacked for trying to do theirjob and try to tell the truth, that felt like a very serious issue and i wanted people to really feel, not just understand, issue and i wanted people to really feel, notjust understand, but really feel how serious that was. quite, quite. idon't really feel how serious that was. quite, quite. i don't have to do that, i don't have to tell you what i'm going to do in north korea —— quiet, quiet. eventually you will get tired of asking that question. we keep doing ourjob. no one became
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a reporter to be loved. if you wants to go after us, that's his decision. i'm not sure that's a smart long—term decision for building support in the country. the next finalist is a shocking expose say of the torture of innocent iraqis, award—winning photojournalist ali arkady was embedded with an elite iraqi army unit, he was planning on making a film celebrating their exploits on the battlefield, but he discovered a much darker side to their story. they ignore a crying mother and her children. you are scaring the children, she says, they take the
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husband outside and begin to beat him. claiming he and his wife once helped isis. and it gets worse. the very next day, the camera was present when the unit prepared to torture this man, a sheep murderer whose teenager on was suspected of working for isis. as a senior officer gives the directions, when i tell you ticket, he says, you let him go —— when i tell you to kick. they closed the curtains and would not allow ali arkady to continue filming the ugly scene. at first ali arkady felt conflicted and he admits he bade commands by the unit's officers to strike detainees —— p 0beid. but the more he saw, he realised he had to tell a different story. i did not have any option, to
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try to stop this violence, but i thought, in another way, try to stop this violence, but i thought, in anotherway, i try to stop this violence, but i thought, in another way, i can, try to stop this violence, but i thought, in anotherway, ican, i try in the future to stop what these forces are doing for the civilians. and if i can get more evidence, approval, that i can show, maybe we can stop what they did. now in hiding following death threats to his family, he says his film has already produced results. three months after the publishing, the office of the iraqi prime ministers said the perpetrators should face rosicky vision. —— should face prosecution. the judges described it as ground—breaking journalism. they said ali arkady could not challenge what he saw, but all he could do was should the material and get it back. —— shoot the material. the winner of the news features
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award was 0livier sarbil‘s film. these are 12 children of saddam's iraq, now in the battle to save iraq. he lived alongside a unit of the iraqi special forces for five weeks as they pushed into isis territory. the judges weeks as they pushed into isis territory. thejudges praised its raw emotion and authentic life, bringing us incredible footage and intimate insights into the real life in the city. to get the footage, he first had to win the trust of the soldiers he was with. for two weeks ijust sit, sleep, with those guys, and tried to get their trust, tried to get some understanding, to a
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point where i would be invisible and the camera would be invisible. asa as a former french soldier, 0livier sarbil had combat experience but as a freelance journalist who was on his own with no support network. a freelance journalist who was on his own with no support networklj was his own with no support network.” was on my won't, i did not have a fix or a translator, and the commander of the unit spoke a bit of english but most of the men spoke arabic ——i english but most of the men spoke arabic —— i was on my own. but day after day they got to know me and we build trust between us and they wa nted build trust between us and they wanted me to stay with them. he also had to trust them with his own life. i knew they were well trained. i knew those guys were good and well equipped and i trusted them. he was
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keen to show another side to life on the front line. i wanted to be intermittent with those guys, to have a chance to know them better —— to be intimate. i was very surprised to be intimate. i was very surprised to see how much they were confident with me and how much they would let me film them in any kind of circumstances. but danger and death are never far away. the battle for mosul, winner of the news feature award, and finally, the news feature award, and finally, the news category, awarded for films that capture the immediacy of a story. the attack happened shortly after
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dawn. the conflict in syria has set new standards in the horrors of war. the makers of this film recorded scenes that are deeply disturbing, be warned, this footage of a chemical weapon attack is upsetting. adam was one of the first to arrive, but he was himself knocked unconscious by the gas. 0ne one of the survivors describes the moment the gas hit him. translation: i fell down and could moment the gas hit him. translation: ifell down and could not moment the gas hit him. translation: i fell down and could not feel a thing, i was lying on the ground and my hands were hitting the ground and
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then i fainted, it was as if i was hitting myself, i had no control and i could not see anything with my eyes. the victims are moved to a nearby hospital where he continues to film, as danger still lurks what suddenly there is panic as news comes in of more fighterjets heading that way. localjournalist is in the middle of delivering a report. the scenes were so the scenes were so shocking that at first 0livier sarbil phrase. —— the scenes were so —— the scenes were so shocking that at first he froze. thejudges said this the judges said this work is
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chronicling a war crime, to be on plunging and keep your head in a situation like that is so impressive —— to be on flinching. situation like that is so impressive -- to be on flinching. most were treated peacefully on the floor. as distraught relatives look on powerless to help. news award finalist chernov was another freelancer who spent time in mosul with the iraqi special forces will stop this was an urban warfare fought one street at a time. a former aid worker and award—winning photographer, the he has covered other conflicts, and working alone without the local language, he is
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aware of the risks this kind of journalism involves. try to understand how far you can go, and how far you need to go to show what is really going on, it is a constant search and balance between the safety a nd search and balance between the safety and what you need to do. everyone who goes to war, they realise that danger is imminent, there is an away you can escape danger, when showing the reality of war. the judges praised his camerawork, and all of his images are captured so clearly and cleanly, sharp as a pen, he has a real photographer's eye, they said. every sequence photographer's eye, they said. every sequence is ebbing yet and shot after shot gives the complete story without narration —— every sequence isa without narration —— every sequence is a vignette. every cameraman tries to make their shots as beautiful as possible, but to show the reality of
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war, the brutality of everything thatis war, the brutality of everything that is going on, it contradicts our wish to make the shot beautiful, so thatis wish to make the shot beautiful, so that is a struggle and that is where the cameraman stuck, how to show the reality of war, but also make the shot appealing, and when you make the shot of leading the viewers sta rts the shot of leading the viewers starts accepting the war and that is the contrary of what we are trying to do. —— when you make the shot appealing. tender words for a child that can't find its own. the winner of the
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serious news award is about life in the last functioning hospital in aleppo, and it was shot by waad al kateab. this woman is the only adult left of three families whose apartment was obliterated by russian 01’ apartment was obliterated by russian or syrian bombs. she comes across a neighbour, this teenage boy used to live upstairs. the baby boy he is holding is his little brother, one—month—old. his face is the only restful thing in this bedlam. but this is the sleep of the dead. he was suffocated in the ruins. we are unable to show pictures of waad al katea b unable to show pictures of waad al kateab because he is in hiding. the
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most interesting thing for me was the hospital, and when i turned the camera on i wasjust focusing on showing the ward, the suffering and what is happening inside aleppo, and maybe the ward will show the crimes of the regime against the civilians there. it is all still in my mind. i couldn't forget anything happened from the first moment until the end. a nurse leads in a brother and sister and they go from room to room. we don't know their names and they don't know yet if they are orphans. the judges said you are in
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the midst of the event, and that 0livier sarbil uses techniques which reach out and move people, and not one shot is fired —— and that waad al kateab uses techniques. brother and sister are still waiting for news of their mother. exhausted beyond words, by a life beyond description. inside aleppo, the last hospital, winner of the news award. that is it for this year's edition of the firing line, year in which the human cost of the war in syria and the bitter battle against is #__ and the bitter battle against is # —— this —— against islamic state militants defined the rory peck awards. goodbye. the clocks go back this weekend, and
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we are moving into november, and maybe we will start to see some more typical late autumn weather. 0ctober was not typical, looking at the minimum temperatures, significantly milder than we would expect at this time of yearand milder than we would expect at this time of year and a lack of frosts throughout the month, as there was in september, and looking at the sunshine, a lack of sunshine, especially western parts of the uk. both of those maps are because of a dominance of south to westerly winds coming in from the atlantic, we had some sunshine on friday and that has left us with a chilly start on saturday, but there is more cloud coming in, and maybe some gales in scotland. rain and drizzle over the hills where it could be misty and murky, but sunshine in the east
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wales and north—eastern parts of scotla nd wales and north—eastern parts of scotland and temperatures could reach 16, so turning mild but only briefly. the weather front is bringing the rain and drizzle which will go south on saturday night as the clocks change, and that will change the wind direction, clearer skies, dry airand change the wind direction, clearer skies, dry air and lower temperatures in the lower half of the uk. the second half of the weekend has got a coming from the arctic. it will feel specially cold in northern and eastern scotland and the eastern side of england where we have the strongest of the winds, and maybe a few showers around, as well. it won't feel as cold. we start off cold, but we could reach 14—15, but struggling to make double figures in scotland. monday morning could stop prostate, —— good start. —— could
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start frosty. temperatures won't rise much through the day, and we will see rain coming to scotland and northern ireland. fairly weak weather system moving into the north sea, and that has pushed the area i —— high—pressure. tuesday is halloween and we will have a mild and cloudy and breezy conditions, largely dry in the south—east, and still some rain from time to time in the north—west of the uk. wednesday, we are looking at stronger winds, south—westerly ‘s for a while but we have this ragged rain which will be pushing its way across the uk from north to south. we have high—pressure out into the atlantic, and again we are starting to draw down airfrom the and again we are starting to draw down air from the north, and again we are starting to draw down airfrom the north, from iceland, and that means as we move into later next week we will have a burst of colder air once again, but
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it may not last long. 0ut into the atlantic, milder air it may not last long. 0ut into the atlantic, milderair coming it may not last long. 0ut into the atlantic, milder air coming in, it may not last long. 0ut into the atlantic, milderair coming in, the wind direction changes again and we have something more westerly. for while we are going to flip—flop between colder and bright and sunny, but potentially frosty weather across the uk, and then when we get this atlantic wind coming in again, we pick up the wind and we will blow ina more we pick up the wind and we will blow in a more cloud and the threat of rain, especially in the north west. a roller—coaster ride, typicalfor this time of year. tonight at ten — spain's prime minister imposes direct rule on catalonia hours after its politicians vote for independence. the catalan parliament had opted to secede, but now the region's leader has been sacked, along with his government. the prime minister mariano rajoy said imposing direct rule on catalonia was essential to "recover normality" there.
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translation: this independence is very sad. it causes anguish. that is what all catalans who are not for independence felt today. the scene in barcelona tonight where pro—independence crowds have gathered to show their support. with spain now facing a huge political challenge, we'll be asking where this crisis goes next.
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