Clover News

'Africa Rising' UK premiere on Community Channel, Thursday 8 July, 10pm

from the Media Trust web site:

Africa Rising, which will have its UK premiere on Community Channel on Thursday 8 July at 10pm, won a prestigious prize at the recent One World Media Awards in London. The ceremony is one of the leading events in the UK awards calendar, celebrating outstanding media coverage from the developing world, as well as the role of journalists and filmmakers in raising the profile of development issues.

At the 22nd annual awards ceremony on 22 June, Clover Films' Africa Rising took the MDGs Award (Millennium Development Goals), a category judged by Mike Thomson (Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Today Programme), Richard Klein (Controller, BBC 4), Hetan Shah (Chief Executive, DEA) and Sarah Lambert (Head of Representation in the UK, European Commission).

Colourful, controversial, uplifting and epic in its scale, Africa Rising highlights the failure of Western policies towards Africa and asking whether it's time to reconsider the role of Western aid workers on the continent. Don't miss the 8 July UK premiere on Community Channel, 10pm.

Clover One World Double Success

Following a BAFTA nomination, Clover Films picked up two awards at the One World Media ceremony in London on June 22nd for 'Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines' and 'Africa Rising'.

Speaking from the podium, producer Jamie Doran described reporter Najibullah Quraishi as "the bravest man I have ever met" for the immense risks he took to capture such extraordinary footage of life with the insurgents in Afghanistan. He also dedicated his award for Africa Rising to the people of Sodo Region in Ethiopia who had proved that, "given the opportunity,  Africans will take themselves out of poverty." The award ceremony will be broadcast globally on BBC World.

The judges comments:

'Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines'

One World - Afghanistan - Behind Enemy Lines"A fundamentally brave piece of film-making which deserves enormous praise for all involved, above all Najibullah Quraishi who spent two weeks with the insurgents in northern Afghanistan. In this difficult and dangerous environment, we were allowed to see the protagonists as three-dimensional humans: funny, murderous, fallible, scared. This was a powerful portrait of a radicalised enemy and was considered, perhaps because of the strength of its actuality, to have been the most gripping of all the films."

'Africa Rising'

One World Africa Rising"A superbly shot and uplifting film about poor people in a rural region of Ethiopia who get together to help themselves. The jury found this a compelling piece of work that drew the viewer into the heart of this community as it struggled to shake off a dependency culture. From an endearing woman dismissed as mad for starting a cafe in her bush village, to the candid money lender lamenting the loss of his profits from the poor, this rich and inspiring production had it all."


Clover Films up for 3 Awards, including BAFTA

'Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines' and 'Africa Rising' have both made it into the awards nominations this week. The Afghan film has been nominated for a Current Affairs BAFTA and the TV Documentary category of the One World Media Awards and 'Africa Rising' for the Millennium Development Goals section of the One Worlds.,1095,BA.html#jump12

UK and USA launch of 'Dancing Boys'

April 2010

On Tuesday 20th April, Clover Films' new TV documentary, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan , was broadcast in both the UK, on More4/ True Stories, and the USA, on PBS/ Frontline.

Dancing Boys is Clover's third film from Afghanistan, and it has been bought by numerous broadcasters worldwide. It debuted in Australia on 22nd February 2010, on ABC's Four Corners, under the title The Warlord's Tune: Afghanistan's war on children.

Clover at 'MIPTV 2010' in Cannes

April 2010

Clover's Jamie Doran and Tracey Doran-Carter attended the MIPTV 2010 Film Festival in Cannes, France, 12th-16th April, to promote Clover Films' documentary film stock, and discuss some of our upcoming film projects, with commissioning editors/acquisition executives who flew in from all over the world for the event.

After a final meeting with NHK for Japan, the Icelandic 'ash fog' had already closed UK airports, so Tracey got the penultimate available seat in the last flight from Nice to Paris. She then legged it across Paris, occasionally on public transport but never actually stepping on anyone in the many queues francaises (but she's a rough netballer, so who'd really believe that she'd change her ways in a crisis?!) and managed to get a seat on EuroStar out of Paris. She returned to Windsor just in time to watch and weep as her friend walked up the aisle.

Jamie took three days to make his own return journey from Nice to Windsor, overland and over the Manche, via the quickest and most far-reaching pub-crawl in France's recorded history, allegedly.

Clover première at 'The RSA'

March 2010

 On 29th March, in London, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) hosted the UK première of Clover Films' new documentary, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. The audience of several hundred people was drawn from RSA members, TV critics, academics, the business community, charities and NGO representatives. The film was presented by Channel4's Tabitha Jackson, and the panel discussion that followed was chaired by Ishbel Matheson of Save the Children, with Clover Films panelists Jamie Doran and Andy McEntee. The discussion was also filmed by Channel4's channel More4, and extracts may be seen on the More4 web site, from Wednesday 21st April.


UK and USA launch of 'Behind Enemy Lines'

February 2010

Clover Films' new documentary, Behind Enemy Lines, was first broadcast on 1st February, in the UK on Channel's Dispatches, and then in the USA on PBS' Frontline, on 23rd February.

Clover Films' other new documentary, The Warlord's Tune: Afghanistan's war on children, debuted in Australia on 22nd February 2010, on ABC's Four Corners. The Warlord's Tune was to be released later in the UK and USA, as The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.

US Senate investigates Clover film

January 2010

 In January 2010, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator John F. Kerry (Democrats), set up an investigation into the 'Convoy of Death' and the resulting mass graves site at Dasht-e-Leili, near Sheberghan / Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. Clover Films' documentary, Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death (2002, dir. Jamie Doran), and related archive material, is one of the principal sources of evidence available to the investigation.

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US Judge supports Clover investigation

December 2009

 On 30th December 2009, in a hearing related to the Dasht-e-Leili 'Convoy of Death', documented in Clover Films' Afghan Massacre: Convoy of Death (2002, dir. Jamie Doran), a US federal judge criticised the Department of Defense (DoD) for its weak response to a Freedom of Information request by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). The judge ruled that DoD agencies should have searched for, and handed over, relevant documents existing between 1st November 2001 and now, rather than merely documents existing in November and December 2001.

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Obama report into Clover investigation

July 2009

James Risen's 11 July 2009 article in the New York Times put President Obama under pressure to give an official account of what had occurred at Sheberghan Prison and at the mass-grave site of Dasht-e-Leile. The convoy and grave were investigated in Clover Films' Afghan Massacre: Convoy of Death (2002, dir. Jamie Doran). In the face of allegations of a cover-up by the Bush administration, President Obama  instructed his aides to prepare a report for him: "So what I've asked my national security team to do is to collect the facts for me that are known, and we'll probably make a decision in terms of how to approach it once we have all of the facts gathered up".

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