With the first free and fair elections in its history looming, The ancient city of Mandalay provided a fascinating glimpse into what was recently the closed world of Burma (or Myanmar) as it comes to terms with change.
This series for BBC World News looks at the professional lives of five people from across the social spectrum. The Panama edition marks the centenary of the Panama Canal and includes an engineer on one of the sets of lock gates, a wealthy farmer, and an indigenous woman who lives in a village only reachable by dugout canoe.
African Masters: Rising Stars seeks out the emerging talent of some the region’s burgeoning art scenes across four countries; Angola, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Each 30 minute episode contains intimate interviews and revealing stories around emerging artists; reflecting on their art, inspiration and methods – blowing away preconceptions. This visually stunning exploration of Africa’s art scene includes its latest success story, Angola’s 2013 triumph at the Venice Biennale where it won the Golden Lion award; the art world’s highest international accolade.
Leo Johnson returns to Mozambique after more than 25 years to find a rapidly developing country. Badly affected by the floods ten years ago, Quelimane is now making national headlines because of its dynamic mayor Manuel de Arajo, a UK-educated former human rights worker who swept to power a year ago with anti-corruption promises.
In Zaruma, southern Ecuador, gold has been exploited for more than 500 years. Some 10,000 people in and around Zaruma still live off “artisanal” mining. For One Square Mile, Robert Goudl filmed in one such mine with presenter Leo Johnson to witness the challenges workers face.
South Africa’s so-called “born-free” generation now accounts for some 40% of the population. Born since the country’s first fully democratic elections in 1994, they have grown up without apartheid and the struggles of South Africa’s older generation. Here, six “born frees” talk about life growing up in the new South Africa.