If you’re into documentaries, then Mobeen Azhar is one to follow.
The thirst for knowledge continues…
It seems like every day that we’re drawn to yet another intriguing documentary. They’ve always been important, but in the last year, we’re arguably gone more mad for them than ever before; perhaps there’s just much more going on these days, and we’d say that’s about right.
Thanks to a number of respected documentarians, many have been inspired to go out and explore the truth, and although all of the docs we watch have value in some way, others unmistakeably feel far more important.
If we’re talking favourites, we’d have to spotlight the likes of Louis Theroux. His work with the BBC has drawn attention to so many people, groups and issues which we’ve been keen to navigate with his help. Fans will tell you that he’s one-of-a-kind, and while that’s hard to disagree with, a number of doc-enthusiasts feel that Mobeen Azhar is ripe to become a new favourite.
Who is Mobeen Azhar?
So, who is he?
To be honest, it’s hard to know where to start with the multi-talented journalist. He’s a writer, producer, director and has worked with the likes of Channel 4, ITV, PBS, Discovery, The Independent, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC, Channel News Asia and many more.
According to his website, he boasts extensive undercover experience, hostile environment experience, and of course, he’s a broadcast veteran. Increasingly, we know him as a filmmaker, and he even won a BAFTA for 2016’s Muslims Like Us – Reality And Constructed Factual award – which centred upon ten British Muslims with conflicting views coming together in a house to discuss them.
As a presenter, he’s becoming increasingly well known and was front and centre on 2019’s Hometown: A Killing, The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On (also in 2019) and The Taliban Hunters for Frontline back in 2015.
With over a decade of valued work under his belt, we’re eager to see what he has in store with his latest effort.
A Black And White Killing: The Case That Shook America
In his latest two-part documentary series, Mobeen travels to Oregon to explore the aftermath of the tragic death of Larnell Bruce in 2016. He was run over by a white-supremacist gang member – Russel Courtier – and the CCTV footage went on to shock the nation.
However, the debate then surfaced of whether the killing was racially motivated. He was guilty, but why did he do it? Mobeen’s aims are to explore the potential reasons, as he delves deep into the United States’ far-right population. This study of racial tensions is certainly essential viewing and sees the presenter come face to face with neo-Nazis and more, refusing to dance around difficult questions.
It deals with the court case as well as his findings, hopefully painting a complete portrait and shedding light on what happened and why. Expect a complex and thought-provoking piece of work when episode one airs on Sunday, 25th August 2019 at 9 pm on BBC Two.
Follow him on Instagram!
If you’re impressed, why not give him a follow on Instagram over at @mobeen_azhar. He currently has over three thousand followers and posts a lot about his work, so if you’re looking for a way to stay connected and discover what’s coming up next, it’s the best bet.
If you were hooked by the first episode, be sure to catch the second the day after, same time and same channel; we see him interview members of racist prison gangs. We look forward to seeing what he’ll do in the future!
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