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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Mar 5, 2020

A new documentary from Pakistani-American director Mohamed Ali Naqvi explores the politics behind Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. The film follows conservative cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi and examines the cases of those accused of disrespecting Islam, including Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent almost 10 years on death row.

This week Agnes and Ben meet with Mohamed to discuss the making of the film and also consider how documentary films can drive political change.   

Watch the BBC Storyville documentary:

The Accused: Damned or Devoted? [available in UK only]


Speaker: Mohamed Ali Naqvi

Hosts: Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

Recorded and produced at Chatham House.