Sundance-worthy true stories on DStv

We find out what life was like for the legendary David Bowie and learn about the hidden kingdoms of China.

The New Year is well underway and DStv has the best in factual viewing to kick this new decade straight into overdrive.

Midnight Family

Arguably one of the most exciting documentaries to come out of the Sundance Film Festival last year, this intense and critically acclaimed film follows the plight of the enterprising Ochoa family in Mexico City, a father and his two teenage sons who operate a privately-owned ambulance in a city where only 45 public ambulances are available for over 9 million citizens. From haggling for payment with apologetic but poor patients, to navigating the political quagmire of a health system in crisis, they ultimately hope to make a difference in the world.

Sunday 5 January on SundanceTV (108) at 21:00

David Bowie – Finding Fame

He might have been considered one of the most eccentric and talented giants of the music industry, but success (or inspiration) didn’t come easy at first for the boy from Bromley. This documentary takes a look at Bowie's early career, from the late 1960s through to the on-stage death of Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and features never-before-seen archive interviews with some of his earliest bandmates and contemporaries.

Wednesday 8 January on M-Net (101) at 20:00


Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin S1

As a former federal prosecutor and investigative reporter, co-host of ABC's The View, Sunny Hostin is known for speaking her mind. But her desire to speak truth to power started with a violent crime close to home at a young age when her uncle was stabbed in front of her very eyes. In this brand-new true crime series, Sunny helps tell the stories of murder victims and their survivors in the hope of bringing closure and an honouring their loved ones’ memories.

Thursday 9 January on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00


The Hidden Kingdom of China

This week’s episode of the revealing Middle Kingdom wildlife series takes viewers to the Empire of the Giants. China's vast bamboo forest is home to a host of mesmerising animals, including the legendary giant panda, mysterious smaller red panda and magnificent golden pheasants.

Sunday 5 January on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

True stories to start your year on the right note, only on DStv.

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