In Qaanaaq Greenland, one of the world's northernmost settlements, indigenous hunters are struggling to keep their dogsledding tradition alive, while their world literally melts under their feet. Climate change is responsible for a dramatic shrinking of the Arctic sea ice, which is the hunters main highway to fresh food. Producer Andrew Tkach and Cameraman David Lom accompanied them on a hunting expedition, to document their predicament for NBC and Ann Curry Reports. Their changing world provides a stark warning for the rest of humanity.
To examine the Shiite tradition of martyrdom, producer Andrew Tkach, correspondent Christian Amanpour, and cameraman Mark Phillips travelled to Iran during the holy days of Ashura, when the streets of Tehran are filled with mournful marchers and back rooms resonate with the chants of true believers. This half hour segment was part of the CNN Series God's Warriors, that examined the role of religion in politics. It won a Dupont Silver Baton and a Peabody award.
In an age when disinformation muddles the truth, a newly discovered voice cuts through the historical haze. She is Rhea Clyman, a young Canadian reporter who traversed the starving Soviet heartland when Stalin’s man made famine was just beginning in Ukraine. Clyman’s newly discovered newspaper articles for Toronto and London newspapers in 1932 show her remarkable resourcefulness and courage. After she was banished from the USSR for writing about the Holodomor and the Gulag, this brave woman went on to cover Hitler’s early lethal years in power. The feature length documentary interweaves Clyman’s truth telling trip in the 1930’s with today’s conflict in eastern Ukraine. Three years into Ukraine’s forgotten war, its soldiers are still dying in trenches and held as prisoners of war. In central Ukraine two little girls are growing up without their dad Serhiy Hlondar. He’s a member of Ukraine’s Special Forces who was captured in the battle of Debaltseve, a day after Russian led forces were meant to silence their guns in the Minsk 2 Peace Accord. Hlondar has never seen his youngest daughter, and after 700 days of captivity his family has only a handful of letters to keep their hopes alive.
This is what it must have been like to be on the barricades of the French revolution, if people had portable cameras back then. But this social upheaval happened a year and a half ago in Kyiv, Ukraine. It was also followed by counterrevolution, a foreign invasion, and the fight against internal enemies, while the true believers tried to keep the hopes of the revolution alive. The full 78 minute film produced by Andrew Tkach and Babylon'13 a Ukrainian film collective is now on vimeo on demand: vimeo.com/ondemand/generationmaidan. All proceeds will go to prosthetics for those maimed by this terrible war.
Long before the world heard of Kailash Satyarthi - this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, documentary producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Don Kladstrup profiled his campaign to end modern day slavery in India. The hour long ABC News Turning Point documentary also investigated slavery in Brazil and the United States. The groundbreaking report won a Dupont Silver Baton, a News & Documentary Investigative Emmy and an Overseas Press Club Award.
Kenya recently destroyed 105 tons of ivory and rhino horn in the biggest such burning in history. It's part of the government's strategy to save the African elephant and shame the legal and illicit trade out of existence. The move is widely supported by local conservationists like Kuki Gallmann who witnessed the slaughter of hundreds of elephants at Kenya's largest private conservancy that she runs. Some of the tusks she recovered before poachers managed to cart them off, was burned in the massive stacks of ivory and sandalwood. The United States supported the campaign by banning all commercial trade in ivory. This mini doc was produced and filmed by Andrew Tkach for the Aga Khan U. Graduate School of Media & Communications.
This hour long CNN documentary examines the battle for the hearts and minds of Muslim youth in Afghanistan, following President Obama's speech in Cairo. It was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. The hour is framed by the personal choices made by two brothers, as they struggle to survive in a harsh world of religous extremism and extreme poverty.
What is the future for Africa's lowland gorillas, some of whom have never had contact with humans. In Gobon's Langoue Bai they are protected, as explorer/ecologist Mike Fay, showed our CBS 60 Minute team. But illegal logging and the bush meat trade it encourages threaten their future. This striking report, produced by Andrew Tkach, Alissa Krimsky, and correspondent Christiane Amanpour was filmed by Chris Everson, Ian Robbie and Anton Von der Merwe. It won an Emmy for best feature reporting in a news magazine.
How do followers of a religion preaching non-violence battle against authoritarian regimes and political oppression? That's the question examined by producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour in the hour long documentary - Buddha's Warriors, the last in a series of CNN documentaries that looked at the role religion plays in contemporary politics. Just days before the largest Tibetan uprising in decades, the Dalai Lama tries to answer this question, while confronting young Tibetans who are frustrated with the results of pacifism. The second half of the documentary focuses on the brutally suppressed protest movement of Burma's Buddhist monks, when they challenged the country's military dictatorship. The program includes undercover filming by Andrew Tkach and Mark Phillips inside the previously sealed country.
War Within explores the real ideological battle confronted by the Muslim community in the West; between moderates and a small group of extremists. In the wake of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour take a look at this critical debate in Great Britain. It's the second documentary produced by this team, that was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy.
How did an obscure former KGB agent transform Russia's chaotic post communist democracy into today's autocratic state. That's the question producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour tried to answer in this hour long documentary. Mark Phillips was the cameraman, Lisa Jell the editor.
Two years after the most powerful earthquake in Japan's history and the devastating tsunami, the people of Fukushima are still dealing with the fallout of the triple meltdown at a nearby nuclear power plant. Travel inside the exclusion zone, set up around the crippled plant with factory owners and ranchers who refuse to slaughter their radiated herd. Follow the often futile cleanup in the communities just outside the evacuation zone and learn the price they have paid for Japan's embrace of nuclear power. The complete half hour program called The Fallout was produced for the NBC newsmagazine Rock Center by Andrew Tkach with correspondent Richard Engel. David Lom was the cameraman.
Producer Andrew Tkach and Correspondent Richard Engel document how children are often poisoned and exploited while helping mine gold in the west African country of Mali. The full 2 part version was shown on the NBC prime time news magazine show - Rock Center with Brian Williams. It was nominated for a News and Documentary Investigative Emmy. The production crew included: Chris Everson , Ian Robbie and Anton Van der Merwe and was based on a Human Rights Watch Report.
The Artivist, a 30 minute documentary produced by Andrew Tkach, explores online dissent in China, the world’s largest community of internet citizens. The netizens’ rambunctious godfather, artist/activist Ai Weiwei, spells out his personal philosophy in a freewheeling interview just before his arrest. The documentary, which premiered at Geneva’s Human Rights Film Festival in 2013, is an expanded version of “The Dissident Dissapeared.” first aired on Dan Rather Reports/ HDTV. It also shows ordinary Chinese citizens breaking through the state’s Great Firewall while investigating illegal land seizures, local corruption and the suspicious deaths of local activists. Les Mulkey edited the show. Tres Silencio composed the music.
China Moses is an American Jazz singer in Paris. The piece produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Sheila MacVicar looks at the history of African American expatriate musicians in France since World War I. It aired on Al Jazeera America's show American Tonight.
This half hour show profiles one of the first victims of Ireland's clerical sexual abuse to go public with their story. Produced by Andrew Tkach and editor Scott McGhee, this edition of CNNI's World's Untold Stories also examines how errant priests were protected by the Catholic Church and often transferred to other countries, including the United States.
This 60 Minutes report, produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour, is a reminder of what will be lost if the Taliban return to power and the problems Afghan women still face today.
They are Europe's biggest minority, 12 million Roma, who are often victims of xenophobic or racist attacks. In this edition of CNNI's World's Untold Stories, producer Andrew Tkach follows the painful recovery of a young Czech Roma girl who suffered severe burns on 80% of her body. She and her family were firebombed by Czech neo nazis celebrating Hitler's 120th birthday. Now four of them stand trial for the vicious attack. The half hour show, built with minimal narration, was edited by Scott McGhee.
Considering the recent worries about Syria's chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands, it's worth taking a second look at this 60 Minute report produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour . It investigates the threat posed by the remnants of the Soviet Bio Weapons Empire in Kazakhstan and Russia. The program won an Emmy for Investigative TV magazine reports.
Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour investigate traditional slavery in Ghana where young girls are forced to pay for the sins of their ancestors by becoming the wives of village priests. The program aired on CBS News 60 Minutes.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was a clear warning of the dangers of oil production in the Arctic. It's an issue that is even more urgent now that the Obama administration has given Shell "conditional approval" to drill for oil in the more treacherous Chukchi Sea . This CBS News documentary was produced by Andrew Tkach and more than twenty other members of a CBS 48 Hours team.
How do you seek justice in Rwanda where almost everyone knew a victim or perpetrator of the genocide? Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour try to answer that question by visiting the harrowing scenes of the slaughter and the prisons where those accused of perpetuating the genocide await their day in court. The program aired on CBS News 60 Minutes.
Long before the world heard of the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, Producer Andrew Tkach and Correspondent Christiane Amanpour reported on his campaign of terror and forced recruitment of child soldiers on CBS News 60 Minutes. The segment won a news/doc. emmy.
Four decades after the Vietnam war ended the U.S. government has finally agreed to clean up the highly toxic residue of dioxin left behind at the former US airfield in Danang. It was the main air base where the defoliant Agent Orange was loaded onto planes and sprayed on jungles to deny cover to Vietcong fighters. In this 60 Minute report producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour examine the terrible toll dioxin may have had on U.S. servicemen and Vietnamese civilians.
Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour take a look at the AIDS orphan crisis faced by Kenya and all of sub Saharan Africa. Despite the bleakness of the subject matter, the film finds hope in the heroic response of grandmothers, caregivers and orphans surviving at the very margins of their societies . The CNNI documentary was the first in a series of Emmy nominated programs produced by this team. Mark Phillips was the cameraman, Lisa Jell was the editor.
Can you remove the physical and mental scars from children who were forced to be soldiers and commit horrible atrocities. In Sierra Leone some of them were even branded with the initials of the rebel armies that conscripted them, to stop the child soldiers from escaping. Now that the guns are silenced a surgical team will remove the letters that were etched on their chests or foreheads. It's a critical first step to allow the children to come home. This moving 60 Minutes report was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour and videotaped by Chris Everson.
Should the right to name a newly discovered primate species be auctioned off to the highest bidder, to pay for conservation? That's what wildlife biologist Robert Wallace did after discovering the charismatic creature deep in the Bolivian Amazon. Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christian Amanpour report from one of the most bio-diverse national parks on earth - Madidi. The accompanying half hour show in Spanish documents the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society with indigenous communities in Bolivia.
How will the crash construction of big infrastructure projects in Kenya impact its wildlife? Are high speed trains and elephants on a collision course here, or will local conservationists insure Tsavo's tuskers will have a passageway to the future? This mini doc explores how the impact development has on widlife. It was produced by Andrew Tkach for the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications with Sheila Sendeyo and Robert Gichiru from Kenya's NationTV.
It is the biggest mass poisoning in history and it happened inadvertently in Bangladesh when aid organisations dug millions of ground water wells for villagers who needed clean drinking water. Unfortunately they never tested the water for arsenic. Since then 5 million wells have been tested, and 21,000 safe water sources have been installed, but millions of villagers continue to use arsenic tainted wells.This 60 Minute story was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
How did a Los Angeles street gang become the most dangerous criminal enterprise in the Americas. That's the story of MS - 13 or Mara Salvatrucha which began with a group of young Salvadorian immigrants, but morphed into an international criminal syndicate when its members were deported back to El Salvador . This is the producer's cut of the hour long documentary first seen on National Geographic Chanel's show Explorer. Andrew Tkach is the producer. Lisa Ling is the correspondent.
Ukraine's revolutionaries took on a powerful autocrat and triumphed on Maidan by putting their lives on the line in the main square in Kyiv, Ukraine. From the first days of the protest a team of local filmmakers called Babylon13 volunteered to capture history in the making. In dangerous daily sorties, they filmed the first hopeful days of the movement and later the bloody street battles on their hand held DSLRs. The day after the massacre of 100 protestors when emotions were still smoldering, Director Andrew Tkach selected the main characters to interview and profile. This 10 minute excerpt is part of a feature length documentary called "Generation Maidan: A Year of Revolution & War."
Imelda and Me looks at impunity for political crimes in the Philippines, both when Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos ran the country and more recently, when 32 members of the press were murdered. It was the world's single biggest attack ever on journalists. The risks for media workers are now even greater after newly elected president Duterte said "just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch," referring to those who may be corrupt. It's dangerous rhetoric that endangers all journalists say the Union of Philippine journalists and Amnesty International. This is part of an hour long documentary Andrew Tkach produced for the Al Jazeera English show Correspondent, with Veronica Pedrosa.
Now that the governments are finally talking, hopefully more Americans will get to appreciate the abundant talents of the Cuban people, like the great dancer - Carlos Acosta. This 60 Minutes story, produced by Andrew Tkach with Christiane Amanpour, follows his remarkable journey, from the streets of Havana to the gilded stage of London's Royal Ballet.
The gritty neglected suburbs of Paris are now infamous as the home of alienated youth, who sometimes turn to Islamic fundamentalism. What is less known is the fate of young women there, like Samira Bellil, who started a movement to stop the violence of which she herself was a victim. Tragically, Samira died of cancer after this 60 Minutes report, but her movement lives on.
After the vicious bus attack on a woman in India, and the national outcry it precipitated, it's worth taking another look at this 60 Minute report produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondet Christian Amanpour. It looks at an equally onerous problem faced by Indian women - ruinous doweries that spawn violence, greed and even the alarming dissaperance of millions of Indian girls.
In India, discrimination again Dalits or Untouchables is illegal, widespread and shameful. Now video volunteers are documenting the daily bouts of humiliation they encounter in a campaign to finally "end this age old oppression." Producers Andrew Tkach and Scott Bronstein document untouchability with Christiane Amanpour in this 60 Minutes report.
Before the Iranian attorney Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize she talked to Producer Andrew Tkach and Christiane Amanpour for this 60 Minutes story on the fight for women's rights. During the brief period of openness of President Khatami's administration the team was granted rare access to an Iranian court hearing a precedent setting case of a father's murderous neglect of his child.
Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour talk to Iran's filmmakers during Iran's last thaw sparked by the election of a reformer - President Khatami. The hardliners are forever present in Iran, including the director of a film focusing on america's failed hostage rescue mission. The program aired on CBS News 60 Minutes.
There is another side of Iran besides the country's Islamic fundamentalists. It's a world of underground rock musicians and snowboarders ripping up the slopes outside Tehran. In this feature for CNNI, producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour take you there..
This is the story of a young woman from Moldova who was trafficked and forced into prostitution in Italy, but who escaped and testified against whose who enslaved her. It was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Chritiane Amanpour for CBS 60 Minutes.
Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christian Amanpour report on the hushed up eviction of the indigenous people of Diego Garcia. They were banished from their tropical paradise to make way for one of America's most strategic air and navy bases. The full story aired on CBS News 60 Minutes.
Before it became impossible to report freely from Fallujah, producer Andrew Tkach and corresponent Christiane Amanpour talked to the American soldiers and Iraqi civilians fated to share this urban battlefield. This 60 minute report examines both the deaths of innocent civilians and the terrible price paid by American servicemen.
Last year more American soldiers commited suicide than were killed in action. In this 60 Minute segment called Brain Rangers producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour profile the US army unit that tried to help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress while they were still at war. And it's not the fear of death or injury that's caused the most psychological harm. Battlefield doctors say it's the "moral injury" soldiers suffered when they couldn't save their wounded buddies or when they witnessed the deaths of women and children,that has been the most damaging:
In this segment of the NBC program Rock Center, producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Richard Engel look at the damage done to Egyptian antiquities during the country's recent political turmoil. The cameramen who shot the segment, Bredun Edwards & Mohamed Muslemany, were nominated for an Emmy.
On the eve of the election of Pope Francis, producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Richard Engel talk to the Italian journalist who first broke the Vatileaks scandal. By moving to reform the Vatican Bank and the Curia the new pope indirectly confirmed the journalist's research. The segment aired on NBC News Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Coastline Crisis is an hour long documentary looking at the condition of the nation's coastlines and how it impacts fishermen making a living from the sea. Producer Andrew Tkach and fisherman/environmentalist Gary Burris were sent on a year long mission by CNN's founder, Ted Turner, to gauge the health of the American coast. This is what they found 25 years ago, including many prophetic warnings from scientists and fishermen, on the dangers of over fishing, offshore oil development in the Gulf, toxic wastes and the destruction of Louisiana's marshlands.
In just one decade, the Inuit town of Barrow, Alaska was transformed by the oil boom from America's northernmost outpost of subsistence hunters to one of the richest municipalities in the United States Producer Andrew Tkach and cameraman Mike Phelan documented the profound changes the people experienced for CNN's Special Assignments Unit. They also trekked on the sea ice with an Inuit hunter who warned of the consequences of a major oil spill in the Arctic. His warning are more urgent than ever, now that the Obama administration has given Shell "conditional approval" to drill for oil in the treacherous waters of the Chukchi Sea.
This CBS News documentary produced by Andrew Tkach and the rest of the 48 Hours team looks at the Mexican American border and the controversies surrounding immigration more than 20 years ago. The more things change the more they stay the same.
Travel inside the secret kingdom of Burmese warlord Khun Sa, once the world's top producer of opium and heroin with producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Phil Jones for the CBS News program 48 Hours. Then follow the Heroin connection from Bangkok to Philadelphia.This episode of 48 Hours won a News & Documentary Emmy.
In one of Russia's biggest maritime tragedies, over sixty people died in April when the factory ship the Dalniy Vostok sank quickly in the frigid waters off Kamchatka Peninsula. Investigators blamed "greed and corruption" after the ship was pulled down by 80 tons of fish. By sheer coincidence, Andrew Tkach and a crew from National Geographic visited the original ship when it flew the flag of the USSR to document what was then the only big American Soviet joint venture. The film captures how ordinary Americans and Russians managed to overcome the hostility of their governments and work together on the high seas.
40 years after the fall of Saigon, it's time to take a look at the human saga of that historic event, especially the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of Indo-Chinese refugees in the United States. In their very first film, Geoffery O'Connor, Quang Nguyen, and Andrew Tkach documented the Pennsylvania Indo-Chinese community's often difficult early years.
In the heady freewheeling days of glasnost, producer Andrew Tkach and a team from CBS News 48 Hours captured the underbelly of the Soviet capital, after gaining extraordinary access to Moscow's cops and criminals.
Urban Nomads, produced by Andrew Tkach in 1987, is an hour long WCBS documentary about homeless teenagers surviving on the streets of NYC. Today, according to the largest victims' services agency in the United States, nationwide 1.7 million young people call the streets home. 5000 die every year because of "assault, illness or suicide." Almost half escaped physical abuse at home. This is the often brutal story of how they survive on the streets.
Cocaine War looks at America's often futile war on drugs. The hour long program was produced by one of the original teams from CBS 48 Hours, including Bob Lange, Brett Alexander, Lance Heflin and Andrew Tkach, who traveled to the primitive jungle labs of Bolivia and the private ranch of Roberto Suarez, a wealthy cattleman dubbed "the king of cocaine" before his arrest and subsequent death.
When the Ukrainian army liberated Slovyansk and other Donbas towns held by pro-Russian separatists they freed dozens of detainees who survived a harrowing nightmare. 34 year old Pavel Yurov is one of them. In this expanded report originally broadcast on Al Jazeera America, producer Andrew Tkach, correspondent Sheila MacVicar and a crew from Babylon'13 return to the prison cells where Pavel says he reaffirmed his love for life.
Many of the thirty somethings who led the Maidan Revolution are not starry eyed idealists expecting an easy victory over Ukraine’s corrupted elite. They've seen their hopes dashed before after the Orange Revolution. Activist now parliamentarian Hanna Hopko says this fight is as tough as the one they waged against the riot police. “Now we are fighting for the future of the country, “ she said. Dmytry Shymkiv who heads President Poroshenko's reform efforts, launched several successful startups before he became president of Microsoft Ukraine. "This whole country is a startup, " he said, before rolling his head at the Soviet style super secure phones crowding his desk. " We have to kill half of the bureaucracy we inherited from the Soviet past ." This report produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Sheila MacVicar from Al Jazeera America, was filmed by Babylon'13.
This 60 Minute report produced by Andrew Tkach and Christiane Amanpour includes the first interview with President Viktor Yushchenko, after the Orange Revolution and his dioxin poisoning. It's an unfinished revolution, that continues today after Maidan activists overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych and began challenging the oligarchy strangling Ukraine.
This version of Czar Putin includes an update on the Russian invasion of Georgia and episodes of ethnic cleansing after the war. It's the third in a series of emmy nominated documentaries produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Mark Phillips was the cameraman, Lisa Jell the editor.
The Daily Nation's online team and AKU's journalism lecturer Andrew Tkach capture the excitement of Pope Francis' visit to Kenya.
With the US forces now drawing down in Afghanistan, it's worth taking a look at the promises and hopes of the heady days when the Taliban fled Kabul and a flood of refugees returned to their shattered homeland.
This NBC News story produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman looks at a new way to deliver self sustaining medical care in the developing world using the Avon model. The organization profiled is Living Goods in Uganda founded by the American businessman Chuck Slaughter. The story also looks at how women in South African townships have been empowered by the same approach.
This 60 Minute segment produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour looks at the problem of neglected tropical diseases. In the poorest parts of Central Africa sleeping sickness was once a bigger threat to than AIDS, but the medicne that could cure it, was taken off the market by the pharmaceutical companies that produced it. There just wasn't any profit in selling medicine to people making $1 a day. But after this segment aired, the companies involved were shamed into donating a multi-year supply of the medicine. The program won a Robert F. Kennedy International TV Award for highlighting the issue.
The piece produced by the online team of the Daily Nation and AKU's visiting journalism lecturer Andrew Tkach profiles the Kenyan slum community visited by Pope Francis and the people who made his vestments.
This story shows that President Putin's comparison of events in Kosovo and Crimea to justify military intervention are without any merit. Hopefully it also serves as a warning to those committing atrocities in Eastern Ukraine that their crimes may one day be punished. The 60 Minutes story was produced by Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christiane Amanpour as the ethnic cleansing was happening.