What would it have been like for a young first-time mother to give birth far from home? For this Christmas edition of Things Unseen, Rae Duke talks to two modern-day midwives, Ruth and Suyai, to hear their thoughts on what it might have been like for a young woman like Mary to give birth without pain relief, monitors, birthing pools or at least an antiseptic environment. Stand by for some hair-raising stories!
How medical teams look after the emotional well-being of Covid patients and families.
The BFI Documentary Residential Academy is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet award winning filmmakers, network, learn practical filmmaking skills and produce a documentary that will be screened in front of friends and family. If you love documentary film then this is the course for you!
Dr Ignacio Ponseti revolutionised the treatment of children with 'club foot' replacing invasive surgery with physiotherapy. We hear from one of the beneficiaries.
Understanding Addiction is a powerful 9 film series intended for educational use. It includes 7 interviews with a variety of people who have experienced dependency and its negative effects. But all of these dark testimonies end with with a message of hope and recovery: there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
We are looking for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part our HULL or LONDON BFI Film Academy 2021. No formal qualifications are needed – just a passion for film!
Danish visual artist Eske Kath joins British-Mexican artist Emma in Copenhagen as she oversees the Danish leg of an ambitious collaborative artwork: a tapestry of large-scale images of endangered species. Highlighted as Pick of the Day in the Guardian guide.
10 short documentaries about 10 brilliant black individuals who have contributed to our economy, culture and history.
As Ramadan gets underway, Uyghur exiles tell the story of their people; their distinctive cultural and Islamic traditions and the oppression they face from the Chinese government.
Moving between the present day and the 1st century, Patient 13 fills in the gaps of the Gospels in an intriguing look at the events of Holy Week, when Jesus, hailed as the ‘Christ’, was cheered into Jerusalem, executed by the Romans, and then apparently came back to life.
The man who survived Morocco’s notorious desert jail following a complete surrender to God.
The Christian couple who were expecting a baby with Down’s syndrome – and had hard choices to make.
The story of Rais Bhuiyan, who tried to save the man who shot him from execution.
What is commitment? What does commitment look like for different families? Produced in partnership with FASTN, four families discuss their relationships.
Six animated Bible Stories with a twist - each is told in a pop culture format, such as: Samson as a Marvel movie; Moses and the Ten Commandments as if he were an influencer on a Youtube channel; The Feeding of the 5000 as if it's a TV cooking show competition. Entertaining and educational in equal measure, watch them all now...
Nearly one in five women in the UK now reach their 40s without having children. Among them was the writer and teacher Blanche Girouard, and she desperately wanted a baby. So she decided to freeze her eggs and find an anonymous donor. The journey was fraught, but then a Christmas miracle occurred.
In 1978 over 900 US citizens died at Jonestown, a remote settlement in Guyana. The vast majority were members of a community run by the charismatic Rev Jim Jones, taking their own lives under armed guard on his orders. But how does a church known for racial integration and practical help for the poor, come to such a destructive end?
Learn first aid skills by following the characters and their stories in eight different scenarios.
Children's cookery show with Omari McQueen, an award winning, pint sized vegan chef.
Four short films each focused on an aspect of finance impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Women in Prison - a charity - commissioned us to make 'A Different Door', a part live action/part animated film highlighting the importance of women's centres in changing lives.
In one picturesque village in Sussex, life is very different. There’s no crime, debt or homelessness. Everyone has a job, but no one earns a salary, and none of the children watch television, use social media, play video games or even have a mobile phone.
Sarah Niyazi was pleased to get her husband, Arif, home from hospital in February 2020 following treatment for a severe autoimmune condition. Within days they were both ill. Struggling to breathe, Arif went back into hospital, one of the earliest UK cases of Covid-19.
Just before VE Day in 2020, this interview with Doreen recounting her memories of WW2 was recorded during lockdown conditions due to the coronavirus. Doreen compares how the nation felt then to how it feels during the pandemic.
Joshua Wong has been the poster boy of the Hong Kong democracy movement for over five years - Mike Wooldridge hears from him and some of his fellow protestors, but also those in the Hong Kong church put off by the movement's actions.
As the population ages, care workers are providing an ever more vital service, yet their voices are rarely heard. Blanche Girouard accompanies some of them on their rounds to hear their stories.
Mike Wooldridge hears from Ibrahima Ndiaye, a devout Sufi Muslim who had to face an impossible dilemma – whether his daughters should be separated.
The sacred Islamic month of fasting, spiritual devotion and charity looks very different this year. For the very first time, many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims are spending a month normally marked by communal activities in lockdown because of Covid-19.
We filmed five films with five passionate young people doing jobs that could literally save the world.
Two bereaved mothers discuss how the Easter story of death and resurrection can help at a time of traumatic loss.
At this time of spiritual and emotional intensity, we invited three of our best presenters to reflect on an angle of the coronvavirus story that had given them pause.
A funny yet intimate portrait of the cloak-and-dagger world of pigeon flying in Greenock, central Scotland.
We are happy to partner with Million Minutes and Father Christopher Jamison OSB on this unique project at this unique time: giving guidance to those struggling through self-isolation and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.
With over 1,000 kilometres to cover, how will the pilgrims cope with the physical challenge and will this journey change how they feel about themselves and their beliefs?
BBC Bitesize commissioned us to make 22 films about the 6 major faiths and Humanism for KS3.
The writer and journalist Madeleine Bunting presents a five-part series looking at some of the physical, social and emotional dimensions of what we call home.
We explored the new phenomena of tech addiction across four films with young people who have learnt to manage their online obsessions.
As Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary (meaning they don’t identify as male or female), sparking a conversation that will change them both forever.
Meet the long-eared character from the Christmas story and its modern-day relatives.
Ex-Priest Tim Stead welcomes Things Unseen into his Meditation Barn.
Rosie Dawson examines why Christians are joining the Extinction Rebellion – and how they are answering their critics.
Unapologetically Me is a series of films where young people simply sit and discuss issues that don't get discussed enough regarding identity and mental health. Released on World Mental Health Day 2019.
Could the Catholic church soon allow married men to become priests?
Theodor Wonja Michael was 8 when Hitler came to power. A mixed-race child, he survived the Nazi terror by appearing as an extra in propaganda films.
Passionate, brave and inspirational - we made 11 films with a variety of activists battling for a variety of important causes.
Is it morally better to eat seafood than meat? Mark Dowd and three guests discuss.
The Pakistani artist meets his friend, French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, in Paris.
Vivienne Parry and resilience expert Dr Sandra Bell find out if we can keep the lights, and everything else, on in the face of a series of surprising but credible future shocks.
Magid Magid, former Lord Mayor of Shefflied and current Green MEP, explores Ramadan with a panel of fasting experts - answering your questions on the Islamic fasting month.
Three young Muslim women called Ambar, Ilhan and Athena give their personal (and very different!) opinions on what it means to wear hijab, and the status of women in Islam.
In the midst of a ferocious thunderstorm, Joe and Nick, two no-nonsense Irishmen, become trapped in a cave while burying a body for reasons unknown... An Easter drama.
For this Holy Week series, BBC Radio 3 invited five people to choose a painting of Christ’s passion or resurrection at the National Gallery in London and make it the starting point for their Essay of reflection about what it means to them. With one exception - all of our Essayists are non-Christians, so be prepared for some surprising perspectives...
Eight celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs strap on backpacks and have 15 days to tackle the ancient 2000km Via Francigena pilgrimage, from the Swiss Alps to Rome.
Students from Key Stages 4 and 5 in schools all around the country give us the view from the classroom on five big topics, from abortion to gender.
It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it. You are not weak. You are strong. A short documentary about sexual harassment in schools.
The story of Daryl Davis, African-American musician and friend to white supremacists.
For years Mary Johnson couldn’t forgive her son’s killer. Now he is her ‘spiritual son'.
Over 100 films and an additional 100 photo case studies covering young people in the workplace across all industries, helping steer the next generation towards fufilling careers.
John is falling behind at school, ignoring his mates and neglecting his girlfriend - all because he's become obsessed with maintaining his online persona. He spends so much time on his phone, he eventually becomes trapped inside it. Literally.
The family of a young student who died of leukaemia after Christmas last year tell her story and reflect on finding new hope as another festive season approaches.
At the end of WW2 much of Germany's capital had been destroyed. A million Berliners were homeless. Women played a huge part in clearing the rubble to make the city habitable.
A 90-year-old remembers the night that marked the beginning of the Holocaust.
When someone takes their own life, how does it affect those left behind?
Writer Patricia Raybon's Christian faith defines her. Then her daughter converted to Islam.
An epic telling of a ghastly war between gods and demons.
Real stories of how Religious Studies benefits students and young professionals.
Are people in Britain making up new beliefs as they abandon organised religion?
Shaunaka Rishi Das, an Irish-born Hindu and Director of the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, tells us how he has dealt with his wife's suicide by finding comfort in the Hindu idea that she was ‘on loan’ to him from God and eventually had to be returned.
By 1939, almost 4.5 million young women had enrolled in Hitler’s League of German Girls. Among them was Eva Sternheim-Peters. She tells Caroline Wyatt what the attraction of the League was – and why she and so many others fell for it.
James has been outed at school before he could come out on his own terms, and he's afraid of what his parents will say when they discover he's got a boyfriend.
After years of mental illness Guy Stagg embarked on a walk from Canterbury to Jerusalem, spending ten months on a 5,500 km medieval pilgrim route, a journey to the centre of the three Abrahamic faiths.
Emily talks frankly about her bi-polar, encouraging us all to be more open about our mental health.
In 1999, when war was raging in Kosovo, Ravinder Singh Sidhu decided that he wanted to carry the Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love beyond his own community.
Syrian police arrest a number of dead people in a cemetery. Laugh out loud, sharp intake of breath, or both? This is the sort of uncomfortable material produced by young Arab satirists.
An all-star cast of Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Heather Small, Ed Byrne, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe and JJ Chalmers make a spiritual journey of a lifetime, travelling the famous medieval pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago.
David Suchet asks a seemingly simple question: can Jews, Christians and Muslims live together in peace? The search takes him to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, New York, and Belfast.
CTVC scores 5 nominations - with 4 of 6 in the Children's Category.
Writer and journalist Madeleine Bunting begins a week-long exploration of why attention has become a major social concern. Attention, she finds, is now big business...
Carol Cooke Eid grew up a Christian in Lebanon. Yet when she began to follow a religious path and later became a nun, she found herself making an extraordinary vow: to dedicate her life to her Muslim brothers and sisters.
Daniel Deng Abot was one of Southern Sudan’s ‘Lost Boys’. Eventually he moved to Australia. But he soon developed a strong sense that God was calling him to return to newly independent South Sudan.
Jemmar tells the story of how she went from hating how she looked, to a realisation of the injustices that made her feel that way, to proud acceptance of herself as a beautiful, working class, black young woman.
Sasha Chanoff is a humanitarian worker who was inspired by the story of his courageous and resourceful great-grandmother to work with refugees. And in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he faced a life-or-death choice.
Will genetic modification change us for the better or not? Watch short doc FUTURE HUMANS and join the discussion. Film narrated by the incredible Bonnie Wright.
At the heart of Bethlehem's old city sits a school that teaches local Palestinian Christians to become icon painters. Mark Dowd meets its founder, British iconographer Ian Knowles, and some of his Palestinian students to find out what it takes to paint an icon.
A young mum, disillusioned by the commercialisation of Christmas, writes an angry letter to Santa – but her world is turned upside down when the angel Gabriel arrives and asks for her help in assassinating the corrupt Mr Claus.
How do we get from Jesus to the great big church - all the great big churches - we have today in just ten minutes? Watch to find out.
How much is our sense of who we are based on what we look like, and how can that be disrupted? Sally Phillips hears from Vicky Balch, a young woman who lost a limb in the Alton Towers rollercoaster accident, and ended up campaigning on disability through a nude photoshoot.
Sixteen year old Lewis is a young man on a big mission to create a mega prom for teenagers who – like him – have missed out on their own school prom due to illness. Will he succeed?
During the Cold War it was difficult to know friend from foe; treacherous spies pervaded every corner of MI5 and MI6. The very best of them hid in plain sight, and none were more blatant than Guy Burgess.
How much do the circumstances of your birth affect the person you become?
Tanwen talks openly about coping with the loss of her father.
A comedy drama about Ryan and Natalie - two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other's expectations, a shiny trumpet and way too many cats.
Babar Ahmad spent 8 years in UK prisons fighting extradition to the US on terrorism charges.
Gay Irish Catholic Simon wants to marry his boyfriend Matthew, who is Jewish. This is his quest to find out if Judaism is more tolerant of homosexuality.
Starring Broadchurch actor Joe Sims, this modern day take on the Easter story has all the traditional twists and turns, emotion and intrigue. One year on, what's the truth behind the fictional West Trent tragedy? And who was responsible?
A short comedy drama about love, muscles and a lot of eating.
A British military chaplain and a young former conscript from Argentina revisit their memories of the Falklands War – and come face to face for the first time to try to make sense of the questions the war poses for each man’s faith. Kati Whitaker reports.
Scottish teenager Iona is facing the biggest international competition of her life: the World Junior Surf Championship. Determined to not let herself or her country down, will Iona master the treacherous waters and come home a champion?