Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
From the English biologist who heard the call to prayer echo around the mountains of Arabia, to the CEO of the Islam Channel, allegedly tortured and beaten in his own country and still on the Interpol red list, My Name Is Muhammad explores the depth and range of experiences of British Muslims living in the UK.
Through a series of revealing interviews with vastly different people – all called Muhammad – the programme sets out to challenge and subvert many typical stereotypes as it asks: What is in a name? Contributors include a female writer, a former skinhead, a white convert, a pilot whose career was damaged by 9/11 and a Muslim who was a member of the group Islam4UK, which has recently be banned by the British Government for its extreme views.
Early one Sunday morning in 2007, 75-year-old Philip Hendy was fatally stabbed by a man with a long history of serious mental health problems. Normally such cases just get a few lines in the local press. But Hendy’s son, Julian, is an award-winning film-maker who has been making acclaimed documentaries for more than 20 years.
This highly personal film documents Julian’s journey to find out what happened to his dad and his attempt to uncover the true scale and cost of killings by the seriously mentally ill in Britain today.
During the course of the film, Julian interviews mental health experts – including Louis Appleby, National Director for Mental Health for England and Wales, and Tony Maden, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital – as well as investigating similar cases across the country to uncover the scale of the problem.
Talking to other similarly affected families puts a human face to the statistics and reveals serious problems and repeated failures at the heart of Britain’s mental health system.
Why Did You Kill My Dad? is part of BBC Headroom, BBC Learning’s three-year-mental health and well-being campaign. Transmission of Why Did You Kill My Dad? will be supported online at bbc.co.uk/headroom and through the Headroom Advice Line at 08000 933 193.
BBC Four unveils an extraordinary film that looks under the skin of one of the world's most repressive regimes. Shot entirely undercover in one of the most tightly controlled countries in the world, Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children follows the lives of three children as they struggle to survive in a country besieged by the gravest of economic difficulties.
The programme meets African film-maker Xoliswa Sithole. She was raised in Zimbabwe decades ago and takes viewers on a personal journey across the country that made her who she is. Just a generation ago, Zimbabwe had world-class levels of education, healthcare and productivity, but she soon finds that life for the present generation of Forgotten Children is a constant struggle for day-to-day survival.
She tells the frightening story of how quickly a society can fall apart, and shows the children that must fight for a future in a country where the everyday is often untenable.
Made by Bafta-winning documentary-maker Jezza Neumann (China's Stolen Children), Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children takes an extraordinary look at the impossible choices faced by those who live in a country that was once the jewel in Africa's Crown: an emotionally charged documentary that viewers are unlikely to forget.
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