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AWARD-win­ning doc­u­men­tary maker Todd Samp­son has been an ex­plorer since his child­hood in Canada.

“I was moun­taineer­ing when I was re­ally young and al­ways trav­el­ling to see other parts of the world,” Syd­neysider Samp­son said.

“As some­one who loves ex­plo­ration and try­ing to un­der­stand other peo­ple, Body Hack makes to­tal sense as a series for me and in many ways it opens up a door to worlds peo­ple may never see.”

Leav­ing be­hind his ad­ver­tis­ing ca­reer six years ago, Samp­son was work­ing on TV show Redesign My Brain when he had the idea to ex­plore re­mote cul­tures of the world to see what could be learnt from them.

This turned into Ten’s Body Hack, which be­gins air­ing sea­son three on June 25 with Samp­son trav­el­ling to Gaza.

“Out of every­thing I’ve shot over the past six years, Gaza is my favourite and it was the hard­est,” he said.

“It was the hard­est be­cause of the phys­i­cal risk and the men­tal toll it takes on you be­ing in Gaza, but I felt it was an im­por­tant story and a re­ward­ing one to tell.

“While I was in Iraq for the last series, I thought there was an en­tire episode we could ded­i­cate to front­line emer­gency re­spon­ders and Gaza has a front­line with th­ese protests.

“I’ve had threats since the promo has gone out.

“There is a strange irony in threat­en­ing me be­cause a ma­jor theme in the series is how hate is formed and how hate is learned. The base of hate is often the un­known, ig­no­rance, and the peo­ple who are get­ting of­fended by the episode haven’t seen it yet.”

With tear­gas and bul­lets shoot­ing by him, Samp­son said he was gen­uinely fear­ful at the Gaza protests.

“When you be­lieve the story you have to tell is im­por­tant, it does change the way you look at your risk level,” he said.

“Part of my in­sur­ance is to see a psy­chol­o­gist ev­ery month, some­times ev­ery two weeks.”

Al­though he de­scribed the show as “the best job in the world”, Samp­son said he some­times re­gret­ted putting him­self in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing his trip this sea­son to Mex­ico City.

“I frac­tured two ribs while do­ing Lucha Li­bre wrestling,” he said.

“It was on the first day of film­ing and then I had to go through two weeks of pain where ev­ery day was more painful than the last but like every­thing else, you just adapt to it.”

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