HBO is prepping a series of four groundbreaking documentaries about conflict zones, which it will air in November.
The series, titled Witness, will comprise four films, one each from Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil, focusing on drug trafficking, poverty, gang violence, corruption and ethnic warfare.
The films are executive produced by writer and director Michael Mann (who previously worked on movie Ali and HBO series Luck) and documentary director David Frankham. Each film will follow a war photographer into the heart of the action to discover what compels them to carry out their work while everybody else seeks cover.
The series will begin on Monday, November 5 at 21.00 ET with Witness: Juarez, which delves deep into the Mexican city described as the murder capital of the western hemisphere.
Witness: Libya takes photographer Michael Christopher back to the place where he was wounded and two others killed in a 2011 mortar attack. Witness: South Sudan embeds with the local militia as they hunt notorious warlord Joseph Kony, while Witness: Rio probes the gang violence and social cleansing taking place in the city that will soon host the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.
Blue Light Media and Little Puppet Productions are coproducing the films.