Discovery Networks International has commissioned a fast turnaround hour-long doc special covering April’s Nepal earthquake and this month’s aftershock, set to air on May 24.
Titled Aftershock: Disaster in Nepal (pictured), the ITN Productions-made doc is to explore the 7.8-magnitude quake that hit western Nepal on April 25, as well as the 7.3-magnitude aftershock that struck the eastern part of the country on May 12. The special is to air on Discovery’s factual channels in more than 220 countries and territories beginning May 24.
In order to explain the science behind the earthquakes, the doc is to feature expert interviews and “seismic simulations,” and will also include footage of the rescue operations in Kathmandu, international news reports and the technology and research being developed to better predict and manage such natural disasters. In addition, Aftershock will feature first-hand accounts from survivors, such as a mother whose baby was buried for 22 hours and a student who was crushed under a multi-story building in the city’s Durbar Square.
Elizabeth McIntyre commissioned Aftershock, while Tom Gorham is serving as executive producer for DNI. Meanwhile, ITN Productions’ Ian Russell is exec producing while Marc Tiley is the producer/director.
“Aftershock: Disaster in Nepal transports viewers into the heart of an earthquake, one of the most terrifying experiences known to humankind,” said Elizabeth McIntyre, VP of production and development for factual at DNI and incoming Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO, in a statement. “This absorbing documentary covers everything from the science behind the events to highly personal stories of people who experienced them.”
Earlier this week, UK pay-TV net Sky 1 and National Geographic Channels International also ordered an hour-long doc special on the Nepal earthquake from Sky Vision Productions.