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Waiting For August

  • Equal opportunities
  • International
  • Youth
  • Human Rights
  • Education

Georgiana Halmac, eldest daughter of her family, turns fifteen this winter. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau (Romania). Their mother Liliana, an economic migrant in Torino, will not be back before Summer.

The dark side of a sun-drenched land

  • Art
  • International
  • Politics

ITALY - Italy: it is not a neighbouring country and yet it often feels like it is. But how well do we know that country and its people? Couldn't our knowledge of Italy and the Italians, almost seventy years after they emigrated en masse to our country, reach a little further? 

Samuel in the clouds

  • Ecology
  • International

On the roof of the world, a man looks out of the window, hoping for snow. Until recently, Samuel operated the ski lift of the only ski slope in Bolivia, just like his father before him. Samuel still loves to ski but the snow is disappearing. Lost in the clouds, he is now the only remaining employee and takes care of the dilapidated buildings. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the Chacaltaya for the breathtaking view. Samuel serves them tea.

God is a Russian

  • International

RUSSIA - Western man's fascination with the Russian Orthodox faith has grown steadily over the past hundred years. Revolutions, totalitarianism, wars, oligarchy, Putinism and mafia could not change that. Johan de Boose looked behind the scenes of the church. 

How safe is our food?

  • Health

THE NETHERLANDS - More than 60,000 people in the Netherlands are infected with salmonella every year. The resistant ESBL bacterium has been found on three-quarters of the chicken meat there. Is our food as safe as manufacturers and ministers claim?

Backup Butembo

  • Conflict
  • Equal opportunities
  • International
  • Media
  • Human Rights

DR CONGO - This special documentary tells the story of exceptionally strong women in eastern Congo. The region has been the scene of a bloody conflict for over 15 years. Positive resistance is growing in the city of Butembo. The population is trying to regain control over its fate and life. When the violence in and around Butembo increases, the inhabitants are not watching from the sidelines. Sometimes they literally run into danger.

Sand Wars

  • International

One of the biggest threats to the environment in the Philippines is the excavation of sand by big dredging companies. Belgian journalist Peter Dupont wrote about the global war for sand in EOS Science Magazine. "Sand is the new gold. The worldwide excavation of sand on beaches and in rivers and oceans is signalling an ecological and human catastrophe." The article is part of Dupont's bigger project 'Philippine Forests: Tombs for Biocultural Diversity', for which he received a Pascal Decroos Fund working grant.

In Between

  • International
  • Art

In Egypt the aftermath of a bloody summer is still palpable. In the southern city of Minya, the blackened church spires contrast a group of demonstrators holding yellow balloons: Morsi supporters are demanding that their president rule once again.

Born Free? South-Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation

  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Conflict
  • Youth
  • International
  • Equal opportunities

The Cape Flats near Cape Town in South Africa are renowned for their large-scale violence. It is very difficult for young people to escape the violence, drugs and criminality.

Cooperatives. How to reclaim the economy?

  • Innovation
  • Work

SWITZERLAND - What makes Switzerland surprisingly different, that organic, regional products, fair trade and eco-labels score the highest here? Who really knows how to put the Swiss on the track of a sustainable economy?