C4 enlists Raw Cut for “Afghan National Army”

London-based production company Raw Cut is documenting the first women attempting to enter the Afghan National Army, in one of three new docs picked up for UK broadcaster Channel 4's 'True Stories' strand.
April 19, 2012

London-based production company Raw Cut is documenting the first women attempting to enter the Afghan National Army for UK broadcaster Channel 4′s ‘True Stories’ strand.

The one-hour special is one of three new docs for ‘True Stories,’ and follows three aspiring officer recruits, Zeinab, Samiya and Homa, as they learn military skills. Afghan Army Girls, directed by photo journalist Lalange Snow, also contrasts their army life by showing their lives at home.

Raw Cut funded the filming for six months until the documentary was picked up by ‘True Stories.’

Afghan Army Girls provides a dramatic insight into the life of the women who have decided to join the Afghan Army,” said Raw Cut’s company director Bill Rudgard. “With the security situation changing constantly we knew we had to go with the access and sell the film later.”

The film is produced by Hugo Ward and executive produced by Steve Warr and Bill Rudgard.

Ohio Animal Massacre (working title), meanwhile, looks at the events of October 18, 2011, when the owner of a private animal farm released 50 animals into the wild before committing suicide. The town of Zanesville was at the center of a media storm when 48 roaming animals, including Bengal tigers, lions and black bears, were shot.

Produced by Minnow Films and directed by Ben Chanan, the doc uses archive footage of the police hunt and interviews with key people at the centre of the massacre, to re-live the events.

Finally, ‘True Stories’ will also feature The Great Pretender (w/t), which tells the story of a con-man who began life as Christian Gerhartsreiter, a poor country boor from a Bavarian village, and then took on five elaborate identities until he was charged with murder in 2012.

The Blast! Films doc features access to the FBI, former police detectives and key players close the case to tell the story of “the most complex con America has ever known.”

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