The award-winning documentarian Adam Curtis joins Jarvis to talk about his brand new iPlayer film HyperNormalisation.
HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story of how we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion - where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed - and have no idea what to do.
Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the former diplomat, traveller and writer, Rory Stewart. His life has been part establishment convention, part wild adventure. He went to Eton, Oxford and then joined the Foreign Office, but along the way spent part of his childhood running wild in the jungles of Malaysia. He was based in Kosovo during the Nato campaign and, at the age of 29, turned up in Iraq and volunteered to help in the rebuilding work. He ended up running one of the provinces. He remains fiercely critical of the war and has written a well-received book about his experiences there.
The event that has changed his outlook on life was the decision he made to walk 6,000 miles across Asia. It took the best part of two years and throughout the journey he relied on the hospitality of villagers to give him food and shelter. Now he spends most of his time in Kabul where he has set up a charity to support traditional Afghan crafts, but he says his next move is to return to Britain where he wants to understand more about how our society works and attempt, he says, to 'normalise' himself.
How does a peace campaigner end up advising one of the top military generals in Iraq? Emma Sky is a British civilian who had 10 years of experience of conflict mediation between Israel and the Palestinians, and volunteered to go to Iraq in 2003 just after Saddam Hussein was deposed. She quickly found herself in charge of governing a whole province of the country. She shared her story with Matthew Bannister on Outlook... Photo: Curt Cashour.
A series of photographs of some of the most desolate places on the planet.
When photographer Guy Meachin set about documenting some of the more isolated transport routes of the world, what happened was unexpected, as he found himself in increasingly desolate landscapes miles from anywhere or anyone.
The Russian Arctic, Siberia, Mongolia, China and Tibet formed an epic 12,000-mile route on the map which brought about an increasing sense of total isolation for Meachin, something which is reflected in his stunning images of the joureny.
A documentary maker with a distinctive visual style, Adam Curtis’ films reflect arguments he has developed through meticulous research and rigorous planning. In various BBC series, Curtis has made extensive and imaginative use of their archive footage.
BBC interview from 2011
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Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, offers viewers a personal view of the country where he has lived for more than a decade.
'The Salt of the Earth' focuses on the legendary photojournalist's career as a chronicler of suffering and rebirth.