Broadcast December 2011 on Channel 4
Jenny travels to the Mosquito Coast of Honduras to reveal how some of the most isolated people on the planet are risking their lives every time they go to work. Miskito men make their living diving for lobsters that will be eaten in American and European restaurants. Over fishing means they have to dive deeper and deeper to land their catch. It’s a job that’s left hundreds dead and thousands more paralysed by the bends. Jenny spends joins them in the Caribbean to see the extraordinary challenges they face to bring us luxury food.
“Exemplary reportage.” (Guardian)
Broadcast October 2011 on Channel 4
Hydrocephalus - also known as ‘water on the brain’ - is a common, treatable and often preventable condition that affects a quarter of a million African babies a year. Without treatment, 90 per cent will die before their second birthday.
Jenny visits the only paediatric neurosurgery unit in Sub Saharan Africa and meets the remarkable mothers in a race against time to save their babies’ lives.
Broadcast April 2011 on Channel 4
Jenny travels from Italy to Africa to investigate how human traffickers are using black magic to trap thousands of Nigerian women into a life of prostitution in Europe. She sees how women are made to swear an oath of loyalty to their traffickers in an elaborate ritual that compels them to pay back extortionate sums. If they ever break free or report their traffickers, they believe they will be cursed.
“Fine journalism and a call for immediate action.” (Observer)
“A wretched story, well told.” (Daily Telegraph)
“Excellent.” (Time Out)
Broadcast October 2010 on Channel 4
Winner of the One World Media Television Award 2011
As the world faces an overpopulation crisis, Jenny goes to Manila, capital of the Philippines, to see how people are surviving in a city that’s already overwhelmed by its population. She finds maternity wards with four mothers and their babies sharing each bed, primary schools with a thousand pupils in each year, and cemeteries with no more room to bury the dead.
“Jenny Kleeman’s superb report ... takes your breath away.” (Radio Times)
“Eye-opening.” (Daily Mail)
Broadcast May 2010 on Channel 4
In Malawi, children as young as three are producing tobacco that will be smoked by British smokers. Jenny meets the children who work twelve hours a day to feed our habit - and every one of them shows symptoms of nicotine poisoning. The poorest and most vulnerable Malawian children are bearing the costs of the tobacco industry’s vast profits.
“Jaw-dropping.” (Sunday Times)
“Unforgettable.” (Mail on Sunday)
“Thank heaven, then, for Kleeman, ferreting about the place, being a proper journalist, exposing the bad guys.” (Guardian)
Broadcast October 2009 on Channel 4
Every day, hundreds of migrants flood into the European Union from the east, illegally crossing the Aegean from Turkey to Greece in flimsy boats. The overwhelming majority are from Afghanistan. Jenny follows the men, women and children who are willing to risk drowning, beatings by the Greek police and detention in squalid conditions for the chance to begin a new life in Europe.
“The reporting is bold, inquisitive and thought-provoking.” (Daily Telegraph)
“Exemplary ... important, committed, responsible journalism.” (Observer)
Broadcast October 2009 on Channel 4
Six years after the end of a brutal civil war, Liberian children are growing up with the constant threat of being raped. Jenny asks why the crisis is so out of control. She visits clinics and safe-houses that are overwhelmed with child victims - a quarter of them under five years old. The authorities seem powerless to protect children and Jenny discovers that UN peacekeepers and NGO workers are among the abusers.
“Worthy of an award.” (Observer)
“Doubly devastating for the calmness of its delivery.” (Times)
Broadcast March 2009 on Channel 4
Property prices are soaring in Cambodia, but if you’re poor and living on valuable land, you’re under threat. In this film, Jenny explores how the Cambodian government is brutally forcing people from their homes. She witnesses a dawn eviction in the capital city, and follows the displaced families to the squalid camps where they are resettled.
“Jenny Kleeman ... has a knack of unearthing the heart of a story.” (Radio Times)
“Characteristically direct and unambiguous, UW regular Jenny Kleeman presides over a tale of breathtaking international awfulness.” (Guardian)
Broadcast October 2008 on Channel 4
Spirituality is big business in Kerala, fueled by the planeloads of tourists who come to India's south western coast in search of enlightenment. In this documentary, Jenny looks into the activities of Kerala's 'godmen' - gurus who claim to be living gods - and asks whether they are exploiting their power over their vulnerable devotees.
“Jenny Kleeman explores the phenomenon with an admirable lack of reverence.” (Guardian)
“Kleeman fearlessly puts tough questions to these shady characters.” (Daily Mail)
Broadcast February 2009 on BBC Two
Jenny joins a team of journalists in a journey of discovery across Turkey.
She investigates how treasures are being looted from Turkey’s archaeological sites, and sees how the country’s ambitious dam projects are threatening ancient Kurdish villages.
“Intelligent travel ... fascinating insights.” (Daily Telegraph)
Broadcast April 2008 on Channel 4 and autumn 2008 on CNN/World’s Untold Stories
Jenny travels to the heart of the Amazon rainforest to reveal how the world financial crisis is affecting some of the most isolated people on earth. As the price of gold reaches record levels, thousands of miners are illegally prospecting for gold in remote territory set aside for the indigenous Yanomami tribe. They bring disease, alcoholism, prostitution and ecological devastation in their wake. Jenny asks whether this gold rush could mean the Yanomami die out completely.
“First-rate current affairs storytelling.” (Daily Telegraph)
“A fascinating account.” (Time Out)
“Not an easy story to get, which is why this is such a treasure.” (Guardian)
Every year, hundreds of children are found murdered on the streets of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Jenny meets some of the most vulnerable street children in the world, and discovers that the national police force may be behind the majority of these executions. She tracks down the Chief of Police and confronts him with her findings on camera.
“Fronted by ballsy reporter Jenny Kleeman ... this is brutality on a massive scale, and suitably powerful viewing.” (Observer)
Broadcast May 2005 on Channel 4
In the run-up to the 2005 general election, Jenny spent four months working undercover in the Labour Party Press office. In this documentary, she uses video diaries and secret filming to tell the inside story of how the election was won.
“Editors must insist their journalists hold a magnifying glass up to every scrap of propaganda No 10 produces from now on.” (Guardian)
Photo: Andrew Carter www.convergepictures.com
Broadcast April 2012 on Channel 4
What does it take to survive in the world's toughest film industry? Jenny travels to Kabul to meet Afghanistan's biggest film stars, who risk their lives to make movies. Films were banned under the Taliban, but a decade after they fell, death threats remain a fact of life for Afghan filmmakers. Jenny joins them on their film sets, and interviews a Taliban commander who says they deserve to be killed - simply for trying to bring their fellow Afghans some home-grown entertainment.
“Superb, understated documentary.” (Daily Telegraph).
“Well researched, responsible journalism.” (Observer)
Broadcast November 2012 on Channel 4
In Mumbai, a zealous police chief has declared war on nightlife. Armed with a hockey stick, Assistant Commissioner Vasant Dhoble has become notorious for his raids on clubs and bars. Innocent people have been arrested, assaulted and publically branded as prostitutes. Jenny investigates why the police are suddenly using long-forgotten laws to persecute Mumbai's young clubbers - and how being caught up in the raids can change women's lives forever. The film exposes the fault line where East meets West, and where generations clash, as India changes.
Pick of the day: Times, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Observer, Radio Times
Revenge Porn - The Search For Justice
Released June 2015 on theguardian.com
Chrissy Chambers and her girlfriend Bria Kam are YouTube's most popular lesbian content creators. The two channels they run have almost half a million subscribers. But before Chrissy came out, she had a boyfriend. He also has videos of her. And she says he's using them to destroy her.
In this film, Chrissy gave Jenny exclusive access to follow her on her journey to make legal history in the UK, exposing the obstacles revenge porn victims face at every turn. If Chrissy - with her supportive partner, thousands of fans and powerful legal team, can't get justice - what hope is there for other victims?
The Native Americans who get $200,000 for graduating
Released July 2015 on theguardian.com
The Ho-Chunk Nation are a Native American tribe that owns a string of casinos across Wisconsin. Ho Chunk children get a share of casino profits once they've graduated and turned 18. It's called their 18 Money. When they finish high school, they get given $200,000 (£130,000). Journalist and film-maker Jenny Kleeman meets the Ho Chunk kids of Black River Falls high school and their families as they graduate, along with tribal representatives and residents of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, to understand 18 Money and its impact
Released August 2016 on theguardian.com
Every asylum seeker in Norway must attend classes on female rights and respect for women. The lessons were made compulsory after a string of sex attacks by immigrants in the western city of Stavanger. With exclusive access to a class in action in the town of Moi, 65 miles south-east of Stavanger, Jenny Kleeman meets the students and asks whether western values can really be taught in a classroom.
Advances in computer science and engineering mean that sex robots are no longer just science fiction. The first sex robots, with animatronic movement and artificial intelligence, are due to go on sale by the end of the year.
Jenny Kleeman crosses continents to meet the men who are making sex robots, the customers who want to buy them, and the critics who say they are dangerous.
For the last 20 years Barbara Harris has driven across the country in a branded RV, advertising her non-profit to drug addicts and alcoholics. Her organization, Project Prevention, pays substance-abusers $300 to get sterilized or put on long-term birth control like the implant, or an IUD. To date, she has paid over 7,000 people, mostly women, to give up their fertility.
Our children are exhausted. Britain's kids are going to bed later and sleeping less, and hospital visits triggered by poor sleep have tripled in ten years. This is jeopardising children's health and education, causing obesity, problems for parents and teachers, and even family breakdowns.
In this film, Jenny Kleeman finds that from toddlers to teenagers, children's rocketing use of technology coupled with more gentle parenting styles is creating an epidemic of poor sleep. She reports that a growing number of children are reliant on prescription drugs to go to sleep.