For today's Remembrance edition of the programme, Outlook is re-visiting this remarkable story of love and family in a war-zone.
Hamza and Waad al-Khateab lived in Aleppo through some of the most intense moments of the Syrian war. Hamza was a doctor and Waad a citizen journalist. Through the siege and bombardments they fell in love. So, how do you start a family in a warzone? Waad has made a documentary about their life in Aleppo called For Sama. The film is produced by Channel 4 News and ITN Productions.
This interview was first broadcast in May 2019.
Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Andrea Kennedy
Image: Hamza and Waad al-Khateab with daughter Sama
Credit: Courtesy of Hamza and Waad al-Khateab
A mother's battle for her son's education
Education has always been important to Virginia Walden Ford. As a child she was part of the process of desegregating schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. Years later, as a parent, she watched as her son's grades dropped and his behaviour changed. She believed his school was failing him and began a long campaign for change in the US education system.
Virginia is the subject of a new feature film called Miss Virginia.
Presenter: Asya Fouks
Producer: Tom Harding Assinder
Picture: Virginia Walden Ford speaking at a news conference of the Black Republican Congressional Staff Association
Credit: Tom Williams / Getty Images
Life as the UK's first black TV reporter
Sir Trevor McDonald grew up in Trinidad, but when he got a job with the BBC World Service, he moved to the UK. He went on to become the first black television reporter and one of the country's most prominent presenters. Over the course of his career, he's interviewed Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi and even danced on screen with Desmond Tutu. He’s written a book about his life called An Improbable Life: The Autobiography. He spoke to Outlook’s Emily Webb.
Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Troy Holmes
Picture: Trevor McDonald in 1973
Credit: Getty Images
Finding the whale that nearly killed me
Filmmaker Tom Mustill and his friend Charlotte Kinloch were on holiday in California when they were nearly killed by a whale out at sea. Tom couldn’t stop thinking about the incident, and decided to embark on an epic odyssey to find that same whale again. He made a documentary about his experience called Humpback Whales: A Detective Story. Tom and Charlotte spoke to Outlook’s Emily Webb.
Picture: The humpback whale that nearly killed Tom Mustill and Charlotte Kinloch
Credit: Kate Spencer Fast Rafts
Production credit: The whale song is courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it was mixed by Danelle Cline
The inside story of a Muslim drag queen
Amrou Al-Kadhi—who goes by the pronoun ‘they’—was raised Muslim, but even as a kid Amrou was different. They wanted nothing to do with other boys and loved dressing up with their mother. Amrou grappled with issues of gender identity and sexuality for years. It wasn’t until they picked up drag as a student at Cambridge University that they were able to find solace and belonging. Amrou has written a book called Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen. Amrou spoke to Outlook’s Jo Fidgen.
Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Laura Thomas
Picture: Amrou Al-Kadhi as Glamrou
Credit: Holly Falconer