Al Jazeera English has announced plans for five documentary series premiering between this month and October, designed to delve deeper into the subject matter of some of the network’s top news stories.
The 9/11 Decade, premiering August 30, will illuminate issues surrounding both sides of the al-Qaeda conflict that has shaped today’s world via three documentaries: The Intelligence War, The Image War and The Clash of Civilizations?
“The series uncovers that al-Qaeda lost the intelligence war, rather than the CIA winning it; that al-Qaeda had a remarkably efficient propaganda machine but threw it all away; and that far from a war of civilizations between the West and Muslim extremists, we now have democratic uprisings across the Arab world,” said Paul Eedle, director of programs for Al Jazeera English.
“Al Jazeera became part of the story, so we’ll be exploring the significant role we played, which resulted in accusations being slung at us by both sides of the conflict.”
Al Jazeera English will also soon be premiering Al Jazeera Correspondent, a series of eight human interest documentaries launching on August 18, alongside Chile Miners: Still Trapped, which explores the cycle of poverty and exploitation behind the accident that trapped 33 Chilean miners last year.
Sold Into Slavery: A 21st Century Evil will premiere October 10. The eight-episode series will be presented by Somali-born British journalist Rageh Omaar.
All three series are exec produced by Oscar-winning documentarian Jon Blair (Anne Frank Remembered, Dancing with the Devil).
Also on tap for the channel are two other doc series, launching in September. Activate spotlights activists around the globe with eight 30-minute episodes, beginning on September 20, while the 12 x 30-minute series Earthrise, premiering September 23, showcases individuals working to “save the planet one step at a time.”
Last week, Al Jazeera English was made available to cable TV viewers in New York via Time Warner Cable and Verizon FIOS. The channel broadcasts live from Doha, Qatar, to more than 220 million households in more than 100 countries.