Great documentaries for you this week on DStv

Settle in for a night of incredible rescues – from gruelling wildfires to saving endangered animals, there’s so much to see on DStv

Extreme conservationist Giles Clark has tackled rescues of tigers and other big cats. Now he decides to take on the rescue of bears in Laos. Travel throughout Asia on a crusade to save these gentle giants.

Like the show “Wild Things” on Discovery? Cal Fire is the West Coast version. We cover wild fires in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington that saw thousands homeless, animals displaced and some dead.

Murder has an impact on the family members, friends and community from which it springs. Evil Lives Here explores the emotional connection to a homicide victim often draws a large audience of viewers around the world. The question for many of us is, why?

In 2011, Lisa Ling made a documentary called, Inside North Korea. The documentary follows Ling and her camera crew who travel to North Korea to investigate the country’s struggle for food and medicine in the wake of a famine that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

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Bears About The House S1

Giles Clark is a conservationist who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to animal rescue. Having previously spent time raising endangered big cats in his home, Giles decides to move his family to Laos to help a rescue centre for sun and moon bears. While tackling the heavy task of raising three curious and precocious bear cubs, he also takes viewers across South East Asia to rescue bears and help them live a life of freedom and peace.

Monday, 18 January on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00

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Cal Fire

From October 2010 to October 2011, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) experienced its worst year on record for wildfires. These fires burned over 1,300,000 acres and resulted in direct costs exceeding $1.7 billion, making it the costliest fire season ever recorded. This documentary also captures many interviews with fire department personnel on the scene: testimony and evidence from citizens, and commentary on local news outlets.

Saturday, 16 January on Discovery Earth (DStv 121) at 20:55

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Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death

This is a true crime documentary that explores the emotional and personal impact of a homicide on family and friends. The film thoroughly investigates how justice is served or denied for both victims and perpetrators in order to portray a rarely seen side of crime, the one we ignore to our peril.

Tuesday, 19 January on ID (DStv 171) at 21:00

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Inside North Korea: The Criminal State

In Inside North Korea, a documentary by National Geographic, Lisa Ling travels to North Korea to document the reclusive regime. The film crews go inside the country posing as a medical team with the permission of the government. They are given shocking access inside a country whose existence is typically not documented. In this article we examine how the film crew manages to gain such access, the filming techniques they use and how accurate they believe that their final edit is.

Tuesday, 19 January on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 20:50

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Icy Coast (Wildlife Wednesday)

When we think of coasts, we think of warm weather, ocean sunsets, and sandy beaches. But coasts can be a harsh environment for life. Some are found in cold places and some are in hotter environments but engulfed by freezing ocean currents. However, both can reveal surprising riches for wildlife.

Wednesday, 20 January on Curiosity (DStv 185) at 20:00

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