Doran at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards
|Occupation||Documentary maker, writer|
|Genre||Current affairs, conflict, human rights|
|Subject||Warfare, human rights, sport, science fiction culture, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Chile, Romania|
Worldfest Gold Special Jury Award
Jamie Doran is an Irish/Scottish independent documentary filmmaker and former BBC producer. He founded the multi award-winning company Clover Films, based in Windsor, in 2008. He is also the Club President of Datchet Village FC, which he founded in 1986.
Doran’s films are shown worldwide and on flagship series such as BBC Panorama, Channel 4 Dispatches, Channel 4 True Stories, PBS FRONTLINE, Al Jazeera, ABC Four Corners, Japan's NHK, Germany's ZDF  and NDR/ARD and Denmark's DR to name a few.
Doran’s documentaries are known for shedding light on taboo subjects. The 2017 film, 'The Boy Who Started the Syrian War' exposes viewers to the true origins of the Syrian War; a childish prank of anti-Assad graffiti sprayed on a school wall by a group of young boys. Globally the film has had over 100 million views. In 2016, 'ISIS in Afghanistan' won two Emmy awards in the 'Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine' and the 'Best Report in a News Magazine' categories, a Peabody, and three awards at the New York Film Festival.
In 2014, ‘Pakistan’s Hidden Shame’ exposed the sexual abuse of streets boys in Peshawar. The film won the Grand Jury Award for ‘Best Documentary’ at the United Nations Association Film Festival. It also received high commendation at the AIB (Association for International Broadcasting). The 2012 film 'Opium Brides' exposed the hidden, and unexpected collateral damage of the counter-narcotic effort in Afghanistan. It won an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism, and the duPont Colombia award.
In 2010 the film The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan exposed the widespread and systematic child sex abuse by former Northern Alliance commanders, ISAF's closest allies in Afghanistan.
In 2017 the law was changed in Afghanistan and Bach Baazi is now included in the revised penal code.
- 1 Filmography
- 1.1 ISIL Target Russia (2017)
- 1.2 The Boy Who Started the Syrian War (2017)
- 1.3 ISIS and the Taliban: The Journey (2016)
- 1.4 The Taliban Hunters (2015)
- 1.5 Kenya's Enemy Within (2015)
- 1.6 ISIS in Afghanistan (2015)
- 1.7 Living Beneath the Drones (2015)
- 1.8 Syria's Second Front (2014)
- 1.9 On the Front Lines with the Taliban (2014)
- 1.10 Arming the Rebels (2014)
- 1.11 The Girls of the Taliban (2014)
- 1.12 Pakistan's Hidden Shame (2014)
- 1.13 The Battle for Syria (2012)
- 1.14 Opium Brides (2012)
- 1.15 In the Hands of Al Qaeda (2012)
- 1.16 Pakistan's Open Secret (2011)
- 1.17 The Promoters (2011)
- 1.18 Sudan: The Break Up (2011)
- 1.19 The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan (2010)
- 1.20 Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines (2010)
- 1.21 Africa Rising (2009)
- 1.22 Whiskey in the Jar (2007)
- 1.23 Jimmy Johnstone: Lord of the Wing (2004)
- 1.24 Guinea Pig Kids (2004)
- 1.25 The Need for Speed (2003)
- 1.26 Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death (2002)
- 1.27 The Android Prophecy (2001)
- 1.28 City of Murder and Mayhem (2001)
- 1.29 Starman (1998)
- 1.30 Sexpionage (1997)
- 1.31 The Red Bomb (1994)
- 2 Articles and interviews
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Doran has directed and produced numerous documentaries, including:
ISIL Target Russia (2017)
A film that journeys deep into the impregnable mountains of northern Afghanistan, where thousands of ISIL fighters are training and plotting an attack on Russia.
The Boy Who Started the Syrian War (2017)
ISIS and the Taliban: The Journey (2016)
Doran journeys to Afghanistan to join Zubair Massoud, adviser to the National Security Council. Together they travel through some of the most dangerous territory in the world, to discover just how bad the situation really is after the withdrawal of most NATO forces two years previously.
The Taliban Hunters (2015)
This film follows the 'Taliban Hunters,' Karachi's elite police unit who are fighting back against Taliban militants in attempt to regain control of the dangerous city.
Kenya's Enemy Within (2015)
An investigation into whether the wall promised by Kenya on the border of Somalia, in response to al-Shabab attacks, is already too late.
ISIS in Afghanistan (2015)
Living Beneath the Drones (2015)
A film that investigates the devastating impact that war and living under the constant threat of drones has on the mental health of the people of Afghanistan.
Syria's Second Front (2014)
A film which looks at the co.plexities of Syria's civil war. It is no longer the regime fighting President al-Assad, but they are also facing ISIS, who are quickly gaining ground and imposing their own barbaric rule.
On the Front Lines with the Taliban (2014)
With unprecedented access, this film follows Taliban fighters, as they launch an attack against the Afghan National Army from the Taliban stronghold on Charkh district, just an hour outside the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Arming the Rebels (2014)
This film offers a rare glimpse into a covert programme by US intelligence forces who have been training and arming select groups of Syrian revels out of a previously reported location, in Qatar.
The Girls of the Taliban (2014)
A film which explores the new way of privately run madrasahs that are opening across Afghanistan. As well as meeting the girls who study there, their families and the men behind the schools, the feeling among women's rights groups is also captured - they fear their already limited freedoms are again under threat.
Pakistan's Hidden Shame (2014)
The Battle for Syria (2012)
Doran and Guardian correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travel to the frontline where rebel fighters face the forces of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, witnessing the deadliest period of the fighting so far.
Opium Brides (2012)
Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal how ISAF poppy eradication programmes are forcing Afghan peasant farmers into debt with drug mafias. When they cannot pay, the traffickers take their daughters.
In the Hands of Al Qaeda (2012)
Ghaith Abdul Ahad investigates how Al Qaeda was able to capture Yemeni towns and cities from right under the noses of the United States and the Sana’a administration.
Pakistan's Open Secret (2011)
The Promoters (2011)
An investigation into Extra Judicial Killings in Kenya, where Human Rights workers accuse police of killing more than 8500 young men in the last ten years alone.
Sudan: The Break Up (2011)
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan (2010)
This highly controversial and widely acclaimed film shows how former Northern Alliance warlords and powerful businessmen are preying on impoverished young boys in Afghanistan. The ancient tradition of Bachi Bazi (translation: boy-play) was banned under the Taliban, but has resurfaced since they were routed by ISAF in late 2001; boys as young as 11 are bought and sold like slaves, dressed up like women and made to dance before audiences of men. The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan exposes how these boys are systematically sexually abused, and frequently murdered by jealous rival owners. Despite these practices being illegal under Afghan law, the film shows that the men committing the abuse do so with impunity. This film premiered at the Royal Society of Arts on 29 March 2010. It was aired on PBS Frontline in the United States, and True Stories in the UK on 20 April 2010.
Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines (2010)
Broadcast in February, 2010, as an episode of Dispatches on the British television network, Channel 4, this film shows how fighters from the proscribed extremist Islamic group, Hezb-e-Islami, are opening a new battlefront in Northern Afghanistan. Filmed by the Rory Peck Award winning British-Afghan journalist, Najibullah Quraishi, who spent 2 weeks with these fighters, Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines includes footage of the fighters constructing, planting and detonating roadside bombs (or IEDs). Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor of the Guardian newspaper, described the film as "An extraordinary and intimate documentary depicting the lives of fighters within the Taliban's insurgency in Afghanistan". This film was broadcast on PBS Frontline as Behind Taliban Lines in February 2010. This film was nominated for a British Film and Television Academy Award in the Best Current Affairs programme category. In June 2010 it won the One World Media Award for best TV documentary.
Africa Rising (2009)
This film documents the failure of Western development policy in Africa, and shows how a community of impoverished Ethiopian farmers are working themselves out of poverty through collectivization and micro-finance initiatives. It won the 2010 One World Media MDGs Award, being described by judges as "superbly shot and uplifting ... a compelling piece of work that drew the viewer into the heart of a community as it struggled to shake off a dependency culture".
Whiskey in the Jar (2007)
Jimmy Johnstone: Lord of the Wing (2004)
Guinea Pig Kids (2004)
Shown on BBC2, this programme exposed how anti-HIV drugs were tested on "vulnerable and poor children at a New York care home ... who had no choice in whether or not to take part in trials and no proper advocates to speak on their behalf". Describing HIV medicines given to the children as "futile" and "dangerous", the programme also demonstrated how children had been taken from their families to enable the "experimental" drug treatment to continue. Despite critics' charges that the programme was "lurid, untrue" and contained "dangerous lies" a BBC investigation did not uphold these complaints.
The Need for Speed (2003)
Follows the investigation of two U.S. pilots in relation to a friendly-fire incident in the war in Afghanistan in which four Canadian soldiers died. The pilots' defence stated that they were flying under the influence of amphetamines given to them by the U.S. Air Force. Interviewees include former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Merrill McPeak. The pilots' amphetamine usage was also covered by the BBC and the New York Times.
Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death (2002)
Interviewees presented as eyewitnesses state that several thousand Taliban prisoners of war were transported to Sheberghan prison in sealed containers and that hundreds or thousands of prisoners died. Afghans interviewed in the film claim that U.S. personnel were present and involved in mass killings.
A short preliminary version of the documentary was shown to the European Parliament and the German Parliament in June 2002, under the title Massacre at Mazar, prompting calls for investigations from human rights bodies. The Pentagon denied allegations of U.S. involvement and released a statement, saying "U.S. Central Command looked into it a few months ago, when allegations first surfaced when there were graves discovered in the area of Sherberghan prison. They looked into it and did not substantiate any knowledge, presence or participation of US service members." An August 2002 report in Newsweek, based on a UN memo, described a mass grave site in the Dasht-i-Leili desert, but said there was no evidence that U.S. personnel had been involved.
The story resurfaced in July 2009, when U.S. President Barack Obama asked his national security team to look into allegations that the Bush administration had resisted calls to have the matter investigated.
The Android Prophecy (2001)
City of Murder and Mayhem (2001)
Life in post-Soviet era Moscow: The film documents a month in the life of one of Russia's new breed of oligarch bankers, and shadows an elite police unit tasked with tackling organised crime.
The story of the young women who were forced by the KGB to seduce foreign military personnel, businessmen and diplomats in order to elicit secrets from them. Includes first-hand testimony from former KGB agents, some of the women involved, as well as American intelligence analysts.
The Red Bomb (1994)
A three-part series on the Soviet Union's first nuclear bomb, built in 1949, years before the West thought the Soviet Union had the capability to build such a bomb. Features interviews with former Soviet spies and scientists.
Articles and interviews
- Amy Goodman (2014-09-30). Interview with 'Afghan Massacre' director Jamie Doran about Afghanistan’s new vice president, notorious warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, Democracy Now!
- Christiane Amanpour (2014-09-01). Interview with Jamie Doran about the sexual abuse of boys in Pakistan, CNN International
- Shihab-Eldin, Ahmed (2014-05-28). 'Syria: Arming The Rebels' producer Jamie Doran tells #WorldBrief about the covert U.S. training and arming program of Syrian rebels, HuffPost Live
- Steinberg, Stefan (2002-06-17). Interview with Jamie Doran, director of Massacre at Mazar, World Socialist Web Site
- "Did U.S. Forces Allow a Massacre of 3,000 Taliban Prisoners to Occur?" BuzzFlash asks Jamie Doran, Producer-Director of "Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death", BuzzFlash Interview, 2003-09-23
- Doran, Jamie (2002-09-02). AFGHANISTAN’S SECRET GRAVES: A drive to death in the desert, Le Monde Diplomatique
- "Glasgow film-maker's double Emmy success". Evening Times. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- (2015) http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/isis-in-afghanistan
- "Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism". dupontawards.org.
- Hali, S. M. (2006-03-28). "Afghan Blues!", The Nation
- "The need for upfront funding has never been greater". Broadcast. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "The taboo topic our mission in Afghanistan ignores". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2012-09-06.
- http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/02/boy-started-syrian-war-170208093451538.html. Missing or empty
- http://pbsinternational.org/programs/isis-and-the-taliban-the-journey/. Missing or empty
- https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/isis-in-afghanistan/. Missing or empty
- "Opium Brides". FRONTLINE.
- "Ghaith Abdul-Ahad's Journey "Into Al Qaeda Heartland"". FRONTLINE.
- "Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret". Channel 4.
- "Journeyman Pictures : documentary films archive : The Promoters". journeyman.tv. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09.
- Special series. "Sudan: History of a broken land". aljazeera.net.
- "Sudan: History of a Broken Land". internationalpeaceandconflict.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22.
- "The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan: A deceptively titled depiction of disturbing reality". Metro.
- "The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan - FRONTLINE - PBS". pbs.org.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- Banks-Smith, Nancy (2010-02-02). "Behind Enemy Lines and Tower Block of Commons". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Hale, Mike (2010-02-23). "The Afghan Side of War". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "Dispatches". Channel 4.
- Beaumont, Peter (2009-11-01). "TV team's glimpse behind enemy lines shows confident Taliban is ready to go on fighting". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "Behind Taliban Lines - FRONTLINE - PBS". pbs.org.
- "ARTE Doku Tory Island 13.08.2009". irlandforum.de.
- 'Serious concern' at BBC over flawed HIV film, published in The Guardian. Accessed October 31, 2007.
- Staff (2003-10-20). "The Need for Speed: Going to War on Drugs". CBC.ca. CBC. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Staff (2003-06-24). "Statt Friedman-Show ein Drogenfilm". Handelsblatt (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Moos, Ariane (2005-05-09). "US-Militär: Mehr Speed für Kampfpiloten". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- "Friendly fire' pilots took 'go pills". BBC News. 2003-01-15. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Shanker, Thom; Duenwald, Mary (2003-01-19). "Threats and Responses: Military Bombing Error Puts a Spotlight On Pilots' Pills". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Connolly, Kate; McCarthy, Rory (2002-06-13). "New film accuses US of war crimes". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- Monbiot, George (2003-03-25). "One rule for them". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Kellner, Douglas (2003). From 9/11 to Terror War. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7425-2638-9.
- Finnegan, Lisa (2006). No Questions Asked: News Coverage Since 9/11. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 116–118. ISBN 978-0-275-99335-1.
- Dehghanpisheh, Babak; Barry, John; Gutman, Roy (2002-08-26). "The Death Convoy Of Afghanistan: Witness Reports And The Probing Of A Mass Grave Point To War Crimes. Does The United States Have Any Responsibility For The Atrocities Of Its Allies? A Newsweek Investigation". Newsweek. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
- Teather, David (2002-08-19). "UN evidence of Taliban massacre". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Oppel, Rich (2009-07-18). "Afghan Warlord Denies Links to '01 Killings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
Anderson Cooper (2009-07-12). "Obama orders review of alleged slayings of Taliban in Bush era". CNN. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
President Obama has ordered national security officials to look into allegations that the Bush administration resisted efforts to investigate a CIA-backed Afghan warlord over the killings of hundreds of Taliban prisoners in 2001.
- Staff (2009-07-13). Obama Calls for Probe into 2001 Massacre of at Least 2,000 Suspected Taliban POWs by US-Backed Afghan Warlord Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine., Democracy Now!
- "Programmes - Error - Channel 4". channel4.com.
- "Better Red Than Dread". Daily Mail. London.
- Benjamin, Marina (1998-03-18). "Wednesday's book; Starman: the truth behind the legend of Yuri Gagarin by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony (JBloomsbury, pounds 17.99)". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "Obscure orbits of Soviet stars". Times Higher Education.
- Staff. "Sexpionage". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Staff. "Sexpionage credits". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Staff. "Red Bomb". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Staff. "Red Bomb Credits". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.