RTD Documentary Films and Stories

By RTD Documentary channel | When we look at the world we see humans, when we look at the humans, we see stories.

Baikal Babushka. Songs of Life. Lyubov Morekhodova, the ice-skating Siberian Granny who went viral!

Those living by Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and oldest lake treat it as a living creature with a character and often refer to it as a sea. It …

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The Yangshan city port is the busiest container port in the world. It’s also at the heart of China’s Belt and Road initiative, an essential piece of …

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Siberian pensioner, Lyubov Morekhodova, lives alone by Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake. Living on the shore requires a lot of hard …

Ivan and the Wolf. A pet wolf in a city flat: cruelty or wild obsession?

When Ivan visited a friend in the country, some hunters offered him a wolf cub. He agreed without hesitation because otherwise, the tiny animal would …

Apples of Discord

In August 2014, Spanish peach growers dumped their produce in the street and offered free fruit handouts. That was the first in a series of …

Going with the Floe. As ice caps melt, Russian scientists aim to keep Arctic research afloat

There's not much life on the 80th parallel north, close to the northernmost point in the world. It's a vast icy dessert with the occasional polar …

RT extends deadline for entries to Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards 2019

MOSCOW, JUNE 5 — RT has extended the submission period for the Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards through June 24. The event is an annual international …

RTD takes silver at US Int’l Film & Video Festival with film featuring children in war-torn Syria

RT Documentary's, 'Where Childhood Died', clinches a Silver Screen award at the US International Film & Video Festival. The heart-wrenching …

Reaping Divine Justice

Colonialism and apartheid are long gone in South Africa, but racial disparities in income, jobs and, most importantly, land ownership remain a …

The Telly Awards: RTD on the winners' podium

RTD's documentary, Where Childhood Died, has bagged silver at the 40th annual Telly Awards. It celebrates video, television content as well as …

Deadly Waters

A garbage collector named Alo and his son paddle their canoe through piles of plastic garbage and animal carcasses drifting on the sludgy surface of …

Game over the Border . Will migrants from Bosnia's refugee camps reach the EU?

At the peak of the migrant crisis in Europe, Bosnia was largely spared streams of migrants fleeing their troubled homelands but after the more …

Parlez-vous Yellow Vest?

The Yellow Vest protesters in France broke new ground as a grassroots movement that spread through Social Media, bypassing trade union organisations. …

Iraq. The Story of My Family. An Iraqi family under pressure from sectarianism, ISIS and emigration

Iraq. The Story of My Family, RTD’s documentary about Iraqi families, follows Russian-Iraqi Omar back to his father’s war-torn homeland. It examines …

Sri Lanka: History of violence and sectarian tensions

A string of coordinated explosions ripped through Christian churches and luxury hotels in cities around Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing over 200 …

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: Elite force and terrorists according to the US

Created in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, the elite branch of the country’s military has recently been put on the US list of terrorist …

Yellow Vest Fever. The movement’s unofficial leaders explain what they really want and why the protests are just the beginning

They put yellow vests on their dashboards to make themselves highly visible and unwittingly set off a spontaneous protest movement that has swept …

Robbed of childhood: the cost of war paid for by the children of Afghanistan

UNICEF once labelled Afghanistan “without a doubt the most dangerous place to be born.” The country has been mired in an endless armed conflict, with …

Train Surfing: Russian thrill seekers risk life and limb for the sensation of flight

Warning! The activities described in this article are illegal and can result in death. Do not attempt them under any circumstances! Some would say …

Becoming a Russian cosmonaut: a step-by-step guide

If you’ve always dreamed of flying in a spaceship to distant worlds, floating high above the Earth or stepping out onto the Moon, but never knew …

To Be a Cosmonaut. Russian cosmonaut candidates show what it takes to shoot for the stars

Kids all over the world say they want to become cosmonauts when they grow up. For most, dreams of space-bound heroics are sacrificed to reality or …

RTD Documentaries honoured at prestigious New York Festivals

RTD Documentaries has won a Finalist Certificate at 2019 New York Festivals TV & Films Awards for Iraqi Safe House, a film about an orphanage for …

Ivory: Elephant slaughter, luxury symbol and illegal trade

Who doesn't love elephants? Famous for their intelligence, the ability to express emotion and complex social behaviour and habits that closely …

When an Elephant Smiles. Saving orphaned baby elephants amid massive scale ivory poaching in Africa

Roxy Danckwerts founded a wildlife sanctuary on her family farm in the heart of Zimbabwe more than 20 years ago. Called 'Wild is Life', she's made it …

Cirque de Kabul . Afghan children find hope & the joy of childhood in a circus school

This would look like a very ordinary industrial yard except that the repurposed shipping containers are brightly coloured in red, yellow, green and …

‘Puddles of excretion and fat’: Inside Japan's ‘lonely death’ clean-up industry

When Masatomi Yakoo walks into an apartment he's been hired to clean, the scene and odour are often gruesome. A brown imprint of dried blood stains …

Dying Alone . Kodokushi, Japan's epidemic of isolation through the eyes of a 'lonely death' cleaner

Over the past few decades, the number of Japan seniors living alone has risen sharply. Many of them are dying in their apartments, only to be …

Smoldering conflict: Indo-Pakistani confrontation explained amid fresh flare-up

The decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan has recently erupted again, with the nuclear-armed rivals exchanging airstrikes and downing enemy …

Kuluna: Congo plagued by lawless Youth Gangs

A social epidemic known as Kuluna is gripping the Democratic Republic of Congo with groups of violent young men and teenagers sowing fear on the …