Don't Tell My Mother
Don't Tell My Mother
Russia, is the land of Vodka, spies, Kalishnikovs, and bitter winters, or so the the stereotype goes. But this massive country spanning nine time zones can not be defined so easily. Since the end of the cold war, this country, the biggest in the world has gone through some really big changes. Bread lines and gulags have given way to traffic jams of luxury cars and shopping malls... the struggle to survive has been replaced by the desire to thrive. And in this new era, Russians have found some very unique and at times bizarre ways to make their way in the Motherland. In "Don't Tell My Mother I am In Russia," Diego will fly through ferocious forest...
Boasting Bali's white sand beaches, Java's lush rainforest, and a rich cultural history throughout the islands, Indonesia has become a coveted destination for tourists from around the world. But behind the picture perfect postcard, Indonesia is a fascinating country of extremes. Is it a moderate democracy or a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism? A natural paradise or a man-made environmental disaster? In his show "Don't tell my mother I am in Indonesia," Diego Bunuel travels across the world's biggest archipelagic nation to find answers and along the way feels the heat from an angry and active volcano, helps save some furry friends and tastes the...
Piracy, lawlessness, Islamic extremism.... all reasons that Somalia has made the front pages of newspapers around the world. The African country now has fairly won the title of the "World's Most Failed State." There has been no central government since 1991. This power vacuum has allowed Islamic Militias to take over the streets and pirates to take over the seas. In "Don't Tell My Mother I Am In Somalia" Diego returns to his roots as a war reporter to take on a region that very few journalists have the opportunity or the desire to explore. Strapped tightly into his flak jacket, Diego comes under some heavy fire and learns about the impossible...
As the ninth largest country in the world, rich in oil and uranium, but most people don't know much about Kazakhstan and the crucial strategic role it quietly plays on the world's stage. Since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there has been a race among the world's superpowers to clean up its nuclear capabilities, utilize its massive oil resources, and limit the possibilities for Islamic extremism within its borders. In "Don't Tell My Mother I am In Kazakhstan" Diego visits a landscape recovering from the ravages of Soviet rule. The people he meets are filled with hope and a city with its eyes firmly on the future.
Wild Wild West+
The United States is the world's last remaining superpower and a country of more than 300 million people. Diego focuses his visit on the region west of the Mississippi River and it is here that he encounters the resilient human spirit Americans are famous for, as he investigates the new challenges America faces. It's been battling two wars for 10 years now, the economy has not been immune from the worldwide recession, and deep political and moral divides have emerged across the country. In "Don't Tell My Mother I Am In The Wild Wild West" Diego travels across the western US and meets the people living, thriving and struggling there.
Johannesburg, South Africa, is infamous for its violent crime, AIDS, and its history of apartheid. Any one of these challenges might strangle the life of a city, but not Joburg. The largest city in South Africa has risen above its problems to become the thriving economic hub of the continent. In this episode of "Dont Tell My Mother" Diego Bunuel travels deep below the earths surface, shoots his way out of a home invasion, and even does some pirouettes to find out what makes this city of extremes tick. Get ready to see a surprising side of Johannesburg that you never imagined.
Home to some 18 million people, Lagos, Nigeria is known for epic traffic jams, poverty, and pollution. Yet thousands of newcomers arrive there every day in hopes of finding a better life. In this episode of "Dont Tell My Mother" Diego Bunuel crisscrosses Lagos to find out why. With a turn in a Nollywood film production and some daring transportation methods, Diego discovers the creative and inventive spirit of the Lagosians who survive and thrive in this overwhelming megacity.
In Delhi, ancient history collides with an explosive modern economy - it has attracted a massive migration, almost doubling the population in the last twenty years. Change is coming so fast that a city that took centuries to build is struggling to keep up. In this episode of "Dont Tell My Mother," Diego Bunuel travels to the capital of India to experience firsthand this megalopolis of 16 million.
Dhaka, Bangladesh, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and is densely populated. But amidst the frenzied streets energetic creativity bubbles up in the most unlikely places… In this episode of "Dont Tell My Mother" Diego Bunuel peddles and paddles through the chaotic capital and finds cross-dressing detectives, pop-star construction workers, and schools on boats. Diego begins his adventure in an area of Dhaka where the term urban jungle is given new meaning. In this area of the old city Macaque monkeys have taken control. The human residents complain that the sneaky primates jump on their tin roofs at dawn and steal everything from...
Founded by an Aztec warrior king over 6 centuries ago, Mexico City is one of the oldest metropolises in the Americas and now it is the second largest on the world. Home to 20 million people, it is the political and economic hub of Latin America, but this capital is threatened daily by daunting challenges. Trapped by surrounding mountains, a thick cloud of pollution chokes everyday life, a violent drug war rages, and organized crime and corruption are at an all time high. Yet amid all this madness a vibrant culture continues to flourish. In "Dont Tell My Mother I Am In Mexico City," Diego Bunuel dives into the sewers, runs from canine immigration...
With close to 20 million people, Sao Paulo, Brazil is the biggest city in the entire Southern Hemisphere and is characterized by contradiction. In this, the richest city in Latin America, the wealthy fly to work in helicopters and their teenagers drive armored cars to the mall. However, two-thirds of the population live in make-shift shanty towns called favelas, rife with corruption and violence. In "Dont Tell My Mother I am in Sao Paulo," Diego Buñuel mingles with graffiti artists, dodges bullets, and even takes a jab in the name of Jesus while searching for a common thread that unites the extremes of rich and poor.
In the mid 1970's Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East, but decades of war and violence made the capital of Lebanon synonymous with destruction and devastation. But a tenuous tranquility can be observed these days and Beirut is rising from the ashes to become of the most dynamic and fascinating cities in the Middle East. Join Diego in "Dont Tell My Mother I Am In Beirut," as he travels from the sun kissed seaside to the snow capped mountains, meeting some surprising black market dealers, some baby beauties, and some fun loving cultural pioneers as he explores the citys many cultural extremes. Diego also visits the largest Palestinian...
Under the glow of the golden sun Cairo stretches as far as the eye can see. In "Dont Tell My Mother I Am in Cairo," Diego Bunuel explores ancient and modern elements of the Arab world's largest city. He survives the stench of a real Garbage City to learn about the Coptic way of life; meets a Muslim sexologist who says that the Koran is her guide to sexual satisfaction; and learns how to pull punches from Cairos elite team of lady guards. Join Diego as he explores the ingenious ways that Cairenes are surviving and thriving in this megalopolis.
With some 35 million people, Tokyo is by far the biggest city on the planet. The capital of Japan, it is a mega mixture of tradition and trendiness. Ancient Shinto temples sit next to high tech labs and funky school girl uniforms are on sale next to classic silk kimonos. But there could be trouble ahead - Japan is aging faster than any other nation. More people are dying every year than are being born and if something isn't done to change this demographic trend, the Japanese population could disappear by the year 3000. In "Don't Tell My Mother I Am In Tokyo," Diego plays a serious game of pretend, takes a peak into the future, goes green and rides...
Manila is the capital of the Philippines, an unusual archipelago nation consisting of more then 7000 islands. It faces some of the world's worst urban problems; over population, underdeveloped infrastructure and extreme poverty, but as Diego quickly finds out there is a energetic and quirky side to city (and its people) like nothing he has ever seen before. Join Diego as he witnesses divine devotion that is not for the faint of heart, takes a tour of a neighborhood among tombs, meets some birds treated as athletes, and visits a somewhat civilized prison - as he tours a little known, but megacity in "Don't Tell My Mother I Am in Manila."
Oil and socialism are big exports in Venezuela, and Diego Buñuel steps into the heart of both in the capital city of Caracas. Diego stumbles across a socialist protest where tense relations with the U.S. over politics and oil are top of mind for participants. But while government-enforced low costs have made gas unbelievably cheap for Venezuelans - just a few cents per litre - regulations have caused massive food shortages. Diego sneaks over the Colombian border to investigate illegal gas smuggling. In the countryside of San Felipe, agrarian reform is putting land back into the hands of the people with former sugar cane workers kicking out their...
Considered by the Economist as "the world's most dangerous place" in 2008, host Diego Buñuel ventures to Pakistan to uncover the truth about a country that has the rest of the world on edge. Diego catches the nightly showdown between Indian soldiers and Pakistani border guards to lower their flags - the vibrant show attracts a crowd whose enthusiasm could rival the most intense football fans. In Karachi, Diego stops by a religious school called a madrasa - where students' every move is monitored - before visiting a factory responsible for sewing the latest styles of dominatrix wear and hitting the Karachi party scene where the liquor flows and...
While one may not necessarily associate Iran with hip-hop, host Diego Buñuel checks out an underground rap show in Tehran, featuring a performance by a local mullah's son. With a huge following and representatives from more than 30 countries, Diego attends the Olympics of Koran reading where participants memorise and recite entire chapters of the Koran from heart. Meeting with a Jewish antiques dealer in Tehran, Diego shares alcohol made from grapes before visiting one of the city's synagogues and heading over to the Iranian parliament with one of its Jewish members. In Esfahan, Diego takes in a local basketball game and hits the town afterwards...
Years after serving as a French soldier in Bosnia, host Diego Buñuel returns to the Balkans, where tensions still sizzle just below the surface and the slightest misstep can re-open old wounds. Diego's 3,200-kilometre road trip across Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo unearths an area recovering from the ravages of war. In Srebrenica, Diego meets a Bosnian Muslim woman in charge of the uncovering mass graves of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys massacred days after declaring independence from Serbia. Diego visits a farm in Tuzla where black gold bubbles out of the ground. In Serbia, Diego takes a guided tour of hangouts where alleged war criminal...
Flanked by bodyguards, host Diego Buñuel must alter his interview routine after entering an occupied country at war where multiple searches and evening curfews are routine. In Baghdad's Christian quarter, Diego visits the booming Iraqi stock market where white boards follow the U.S. $5 million in traded stocks. Diego finds the stock market is not the only business in Iraq that is thriving - gyms are seeing a significant increase in memberships as men flock to gain muscle in hopes of getting a well-paying job in security. At a heavy metal concert, Diego meets some rebellious Iraqi men whose love for death metal, long hair and shaggy beards can...