Paul Sapin Producer/Director

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    • A Very Sicilian Justice

      Al Jazeera English (2015/16)
      1 X 50'
      Director - Xray Spex Ltd
      Exceptional access film narrated by Helen Mirren documenting the professional and personal trials of Italy’s most threatened man Judge Nino Di Matteo as he prosecutes the Italian State for conspiring with the Mafia in acts of murder and terror.
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    • Justice

      Al Jazeera International (2015)
      1 X 50'
      Director - Insight TWI
      The story of how fearless investigative reporter Anas Aramayew Anas pulled off Africa’s biggest undercover sting that nearly brought down Ghana’s justice system.
      • Finalist - ‘Corruption Reporting’ One World Media Award, 2016
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    • Crude Harvest

      Al Jazeera International (2014/15)
      1 X 50'
      Producer & Director - Xray Spex Ltd
      For 75 years the oil of Mexico has belonged to its people. But the government has just decided to privatize it. 'Crude Harvest' explores the likely outcome: the rich becoming richer while Mexico’s poor lose everything.
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    • New Museum of Qatar

      Qatar Museums (2014)
      1 X 60'
      Producer & Director - Doha Film Institute
      A long-term film project documenting the internationally acclaimed museum that will house exhibits, films and artefacts telling the story of Qatar’s past, present and future.
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    • FAULT LINES

      Al Jazeera English (2013)
      6 X 30' series
      SERIES SENIOR PRODUCER
      Senior producer across a range of films for this award-winning documentary series over the year of 2013 for the launch of the first new channel to appear on the American broadcasting landscape in the last twenty years: Al Jazeera America.
      • Finalist - Emmy Award for Outstanding Journalism, 'Made in Bangladesh', 2014
      • Winner - Peabody Award for 'Made in Bangladesh', 2014
      • Winner - National Headliner Award for 'America's Infant Mortality Crisis', 2014
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    • SO CLOSE SO FAR AWAY

      Al Jazeera English (2012)
      1 x 60' for 'Correspondent' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      At the end of the Vietnam War, America airlifted 3000 orphans out of Vietnam and dispersed them around the world. Cath Turner was one of those orphans.
      • Winner - International Academy of Visual Arts - Gold Award for Excellence in Documentary, 2013
      • Winner - CINE Golden Eagle - Best Documentary (People and Arts Category), 2013
      • Winner - Communicator Awards – ‘Award of Excellence’, 2013
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    • TOWNSHIP CINDERELLAS

      Al Jazeera English (2012)
      1 x 30' for 'Witness' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - XRAY SPEX LTD
      Follows 2 of'Mandela's babies'(the first generation of free born South Africans) in the lead up to the most important night in their lives, the Matric Ball. This is their - and South Africas - coming of age story.
      • Submitted to Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2012
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    • HAITI: AFTER THE QUAKE

      Al Jazeera English (2011)
      1 x 60' for 'Correspondent' series
      DIRECTOR & PRODUCER - XRAY SPEX LTD
      For 12 months, reporter Sebastian Walker documented Haiti's struggle to recover from the 2010 earthquake. This film exposes how the international community – who promised to "build Haiti back, better" - have actually exacerbated the country's misery.
      • Submitted for nomination - 'Best TV Documentary', One World Media Awards, 2012
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    • THE SPICE TRAIL

      BBC2 (2010/11)
      3 x 60’
      SERIES PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - LION TV, GLASGOW
      Kate Humble explores four continents, six countries to trace the origin of spices: the food stuffs that launched the most exciting age of discovery in the history of the Western world.
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    • SOMEWHERE AT SEA

      BBC4 (2009/10)
      6 x 30’
      SERIES PRODUCER - STEADFAST TV
      Episodic journey by actor Timothy Spall around the coast of Britain.
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    • THE BIBLE: A HISTORY

      Channel 4 (2009/10)
      7 x 60’
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - PIONEER PRODUCTIONS
      Rageh Omaar’s profile of the prophet Abraham - one of seven essays by famous writers, journalists and public figures about the most influential book ever written.
      • Finalist - 'Best Documentary Series', The Broadcast Awards, 2010
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    • ORCHESTRA UNITED

      Channel 4 (2009/10)
      4 x 60’
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - DIVERSE PRODUCTIONS
      Long form observational series following Britain’s oldest orchestra the Halle as it creates a youth orchestra with a difference
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    • ISLAMIC STARS AND STRIPES

      Al Jazeera English (2008)
      2 x 60'International Special
      SERIES PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - CTVC
      Rageh Omaar's personal journey across America to discover what it's like to be Muslim in the USA.
      • Submitted for nomination - 'Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue', Grierson, 2009
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    • LOST BOYS & DIVIDED HOUSE

      Al Jazeera English (2007)
      2 x 30' for 'Witness' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - CTVC
      Somali gang violence in London and how a mosque came to an English Market Town in Lancashire.
      • World Premiere - Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2007
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    • WELCOME TO TEHRAN

      BBC4 (2006/7)
      1 x 90', 2 x 50' for BBC World
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      Rageh Omaar's travels in Iran - the most talked about yet least understood country in the world.
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    • TOUCHED

      Independent (2006)
      Short drama 10'
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - XRAY SPEX LTD
      A hot day. The cool, empty interior of a church. A stranger takes a seat and tells the priest he’s merely seeking refuge from the summer heat. But his visit turns out to have a far more disturbing purpose.
      • Winner - 'Best Short Film', Salford Independent Film and Theatre Awards, 2006
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    • Ross Kemp on Gangs

      Sky One (2005)
      3 x 60'
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - IWC
      UK actor 'hardman' explores the world's most violent gangs.
      • Winner - 'Best Multi-Channel Programme', Broadcasting Press Guild, 2006
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    • Rageh Omaar's Islamic Journey

      BBC4 and BBC World (2004/5)
      1 x 90', 2 x 50', 3 x 30'
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      The award-winning presenter tells the surprising story of how Islamic scholarship swept Europe out of the Middle Ages into the Renaissance.
      • Finalist - 'Iris Award for Best Multicultural Documentary', Prix Europa, 2005
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    • Judges in the Dock

      Channel 4 UK (2003)
      1 x 60' for 'Dispatches' series
      DIRECTOR - Steve Boulton Productions
      The first programme to put judges under scrutiny and ask, 'who judges the judges'?
      • Winner - 'Legal Programme of the Year', UK Bar Council, 2004
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    • Leonardo's Dream Machines

      Channel 4 & More 4 UK (2002/3)
      2 x 60'
      SERIES PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - ITN Factual
      The story of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci - his life and the rich legacy of his work as artist and inventor.
      • Selected for Nomination - 'Outstanding Visual Effects', BAFTA Craft, 2003
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    • Born Freak

      Channel 4 UK (2001)
      1 x 60'
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - Planet Wild
      Disabled actor Mat Fraser journeys through the history of 'freak' performers.
      • Finalist - 'Best Factual Documentary', Royal Television Society North, 2002
        Winner - 'Best of Festival', Picture This Film Festival, Canada, 2002
        Winner - 'Best of Festival', SuperFest XXIII, San Francisco, 2003
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    • The Telford hangings

      Channel 4 UK (2000)
      1 x 60' for 'Dispatches' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - Steve Boulton Productions
      The mysterious hanging of two young Afro-Caribbean men from the same family and the failure of the police to investigate.
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    • Plane Crazy

      Channel 4 UK (1999)
      1 x 60' for 'Cutting Edge' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - RDF Media
      Sex, death and fear in the air: a wry look at our relationship with flying.
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    • A Love Less Ordinary

      Channel 4 UK (1999)
      1 x 60' for 'Hidden Love' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - RDF Media
      Three extraordinary women who are disabled each reveal their unique take on sexuality.
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    • Big G

      Channel 4 UK & Discovery USA (1998)
      1 x 60' for 'Equinox' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR - RDF Media
      Exploration and celebration of the oldest but least known force in the universe: Gravity!
      • Finalist - 'Best Popular Science Documentary' Banff Rockie Awards, Canada, 1999
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    • Rivals for Paradise

      BBC1, ORF TV Austria & WGBH USA (1997)
      1 x 90'
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      Feature-length special on the secret war between the Vatican and the Kremlin.
      • Winner - 'Outstanding Achievement in Production', Royal Television Society, 1998
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    • Science Friction

      BBC1 (1996)
      3 x 60'
      SERIES PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      The struggle between two great belief systems of human history: science and religion.
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    • Unforgiven: Legacy of a Lynching

      BBC 1 & Learning Channel USA (1995)
      1 x 60' for 'Everyman' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      The story of the sole survivor of a US race lynching.
      • Finalist - 'Best International Documentary', CableACE Awards, USA, 1996
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    • Welcome to Happy Valley

      BBC1 & WGBH USA (1994)
      1 x 60 for 'Everyman' series
      PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
      Profile of an American town on Prozac and the doctor who prescribes the drug.