A documentary series for Al Jazeera English, centering on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the world's largest hospital, has raised much awareness of the dedicated

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people working in South Africa's health sector. Saving Soweto, which had its worldwide premiere on the 9th January, is an eight-part documentary series produced by Left Hand Films and Fort Greene Filmworks for Al Jazeera English (DSTV406 in South Africa).

This character-driven series 'walks in the shoes' of various hospital staff as they go about their jobs, sometimes under difficult circumstances.

While Saving Soweto highlights many of the major health and social issues
South Africa is grappling with today, it also draws attention to the tireless work performed by its staff, whose dedication and compassion for their patients shines
through, throughout the episodes.

Left Hand Films and Fort Greene Filmworks have stated they were privileged to be granted access to the hospital and believe the stories that they have told are an honest and fair reflection of what goes on at the hospital.

Filmmakers Shareen Anderson and Lisa Henry came into the project with a desire to show the daily lives of the staff and patients at the hospital and with no hidden agendas or ulterior motives. Indeed, they say the experience was an extraordinarily humbling one for all the crew and post production staff who worked on the project, and have expressed their gratitude to both staff and patients at Bara who trusted them to tell their stories.

They have also thanked the commissioning editor at Al Jazeera English, Head of Current Affairs, Mike Dillon, for backing a project such as this one.

For further information and a broadcast schedule, log onto
www.lefthandfilms.co.za or www.fortgreenefilmworks.com.

To see where you can watch Al Jazeera English in your region go to:  http://english.aljazeera.net/aboutus/2008/07/2008717114526698333.html

You can also watch Al Jazeera English online at www.livestation.com/aje <http://www.livestation.com/aje>