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New Documentaries Introduce the 2011 Nobel Laureates

1 December 2011

One hour documentary tells the inspiring stories of the ten men and 3 women awarded the 2011 Nobel Prizes. 30 minute documentary focuses on Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

This unique one hour documentary, Nobel Laureates 2011, takes you to every corner of the globe to meet researchers, professors, a President, rights' activists and more, giving insights about the 2011 Nobel Prizes. From Sweden to France, Israel to Australia, the USA, Liberia and Yemen, this documentary explores the pioneering work and incredible discoveries. Featuring extensive interviews with the Laureates themselves, as well as those who have inspired or have been inspired by them, including Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve and the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, a Nobel Laureate himself.

The documentary captures the fascinatingly diverse range of subjects from the accelerating expansion of the universe awarded to Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess and Saul Permutter, the discovery of quasicrystals by Dan Shechtman, to the work of Jules Hoffmann and Bruce Beutler on innate immunity and Ralph Steinman's work on the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity. The translucent images in poetry by Tomas Tranströmer, the diverse work of Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee for women's rights in peace building and the work of Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent on cause and effect in the macroeconomy are also explored.

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The Nobel Peace Prize Documentary 2011, 'Women of Peace', portrays the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, all women and mothers, united by their non-violent struggle for women's rights. We meet the first Arab woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman, in New York and Africa's first female head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee, in Liberia. This film, through interviews with the Laureates, their friends and families, offers a unique view into the women's lives and their continued work towards peace.

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The documentaries are currently available for distribution. They are commissioned by Nobel Media AB, the company responsible for developing media rights in connection with the Nobel Prize, and produced by the award-winning documentary company, Blakeway Productions.


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Tawakkol Karman Dan Shechtman

2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman adjusting scarf for interview.
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2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Dan Shechtman.
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