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Global Voices

The New Americans (5 of 7) (#215)

The fifth episode introduces an Indian computer programmer planning to work in Silicon Valley. Things progress well for the Dominican baseball players, the Palestinian couple becomes more involved in their community and the Mexican family arrives in Kansas. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: A new international independent documentary series from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), GLOBAL VOICES samples the best of international documentary. In its premiere season, the series features five all-new global docs and 21 notable international documentaries that have previously aired on PBS in other forums.

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  • Circus School (#101)

    This story of competition and survival follows a group of children training to be acrobats in China. [56 minutes]

  • Lost Boys of Sudan (#102)

    The story of two boys who fled Sudan's brutal 20-year-old civil war and resettled in the U.S. [86 minutes]

  • Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America (#103)

    This film follows a handful of Shaolin monks as they visit New York City, Houston and Las Vegas. [56 minutes]

  • Sumo East and West (#104)

    This fascinating look at the past, present & future of sumo illustrates an intersection of cultures. [56 minutes]

  • Anatomy of a Springroll (#105)

    A man searches for an ingredient to blend his traditional culture with his adopted American life. [56 minutes]

  • Bridge Over The Wadi (#106)

    A group of Arab and Jewish parents establish a bi-national, bilingual grade school in Israel. [56 minutes]

  • The Devil Never Sleeps (#107)

    Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo visits Mexico to find the truth about the death of her wealthy uncle. [56 minutes]

  • The Day My God Died (#108)

    Young girls whose lives were shattered by the child sex trade describe the day they were abducted. [56 minutes]

  • Morning Sun (#109)

    Historical and ethical questions raised by China's Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976 are explored. [116 minutes]

  • T-Shirt Travels (#110)

    Traces how secondhand clothing donated as charity in the western world eventually lands in Africa. [56 minutes]

  • For God, Tsar and Fatherland (#111)

    A right-wing movement grows in a castle outside of Moscow where Mikhail Morozov rules autonomously. [56 minutes]

  • Refugee (#112)

    Mike Siv goes to meet his Dad and brother for the first time since he escaped Cambodia as a child. [56 minutes]

  • After The Fall (#113)

    This exquisitely filmed portrait of a city recounts the story and disappearance of the Berlin Wall. [56 minutes]

  • Great Wall Across the Yangtze (#114)

    A river that has helped shape the evolution of Chinese civilization faces its greatest challenge. [10 minutes]

  • Discovering Dominga (#115)

    An Iowa housewife searches for her past when she learns she is a survivor of a Guatemalan massacre. [56 minutes]

  • Love Inventory (#116)

    Dark secrets are uncovered as an Israeli filmmaker and his siblings search for a long-lost sister. [86 minutes]

  • ABC Colombia (#117)

    Children in a small community controlled by paramilitary forces are followed through a school year. [56 minutes]

  • Daughter from Danang/Balikbayan (#118)

    A Vietnamese mother and her American daughter are joyously reunited, but face cultural differences. [86 minutes]

  • Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball and the United States (#119)

    The sport has been used as a political tool by both nations and has served as a bridge and barrier. [56 minutes]

  • A Lion's Trail (#120)

    A song's history is told from its composition in South Africa to its pop chart rise decades later. [56 minutes]

  • The Flute Player/50/Fifty (#121)

    A musician tries to rescue traditional Cambodian music from extinction and recover his identity. [56 minutes]

  • Overbooked (#122)

    Sergio, an Italian, and Yousseff from Morocco experience chaos managing a bus trip agency in Turin. [56 minutes]

  • A Panther In Africa/Kinshasa 2.0 (#123)

    After being arrested in 1969, a young Black Panther fled to Tanzania where he's lived for 30 years. [86 minutes]

  • Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins (#124)

    A daring activist leads a campaign to stop the torture training program at Fort Benning, Georgia. [56 minutes]

  • Mai's America/Someday Flowers Bloom (#125)

    A spunky Vietnamese teenager visits rural Mississippi, giving an outsider's glimpse inside America. [86 minutes]

  • Imelda (#126)

    The excessive personal and public power of Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos is examined. [86 minutes]

  • The Dictator Hunter (#201)

    This is a character study of American lawyer Reed Brody, the son of a Holocaust survivor, who fights against all odds to bring an African ex-dictator to justice and his friendship with one of the victims, Souleymane, and the tension between their ideals and the sacrifices they make in their personal lives. [56 minutes]

  • The Devil's Miner (#202)

    Living in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia, 14-year-old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother, Bernardino, brave deadly conditions while working long shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines to earn enough money to attend school. This program follows the brothers into the underground mining tunnels where they tempt fate to gain a better life. [86 minutes]

  • Afghanistan Unveiled (#203)

    Filmed by the first-ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this film reveals the effects on Afghan women of the Taliban's repressive rule and of the U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. Leaving Kabul for the first time and traveling to rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present footage of women whose lives have been decimated by recent events. [56 minutes]

  • Mirror Dance (#204)

    This program is the story of Cuban twin sisters, Margarita and Ramona de Saa. Once inseparable, the former ballerinas have been separated for 40 years, one living in Cuba and one living in the United States. The program follows the twins as they grow up in the turbulent 1950's Havana, excel as ballerinas, fall in love and marry men with conflicting political beliefs and painfully separate in 1964. After wrestling for many years with painful memories of her departure, Margarita finally returns to her homeland. [56 minutes]

  • Witnesses to a Secret War (#205)

    This program tells the stories of three generations of Hmong refugees as they struggle with their personal and political legacies. The Xiong family, who fought on America's side of the "secret" war in Laos, tries to claim their own piece of the American dream while Hmong American Ka Ying Yang tries to understand her own similar family history. [56 minutes]

  • Power Trip (#206)

    Amid pervasive blackouts and corruption, an American energy company purchases a formerly state-run electricity company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Cultures clash, tempers flare and managers and locals tussle as a struggling nation attempts to build itself from beneath the rubble of Soviet collapse. [86 minutes]

  • Rules of the Game (#207)

    Papua New Guinea is one of the most remote places on Earth --fragmented by tribes and clans that collectively speak 800 different languages. This program follows the 2007 elections in which three candidates are vying to be the next governor in a system often plagued with political corruption and violence. [56 minutes]

  • Death of a Shaman (#208)

    Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a young Mien woman from Sacramento strives to come to terms with her father's death and drug addiction and her sister's murder. Reunited with her Mien relatives, she begins to grasp the complexity of her father's past and to experience the nuances of lost identity. [56 minutes]

  • Beyond The Border (#209)

    Four sons leave their family in Mexico and fight cultural, class and language barriers in Kentucky. [56 minutes]

  • Estilo Hip Hop (#210)

    This program chronicles the emergence of hip hop music in Latin America, its impact on youth culture and the regional politics that underscore its existence. Within the breathtaking landscapes of Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Mexico meet Guerrillero Okulto and Eli Efi, two enthusiasts who believe that hip hop culture can change the world. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans (1 of 7) (#211)

    This miniseries follows new immigrants and refugees - from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the West Bank and Mexico - as they travel from their homelands to the United States. Nigerian families, a young Palestinian woman and two Dominican baseball players make plans to travel to the United States. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans - Part 2 (#212)

    This miniseries follows new immigrants and refugees - from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the West Bank and Mexico - as they travel from their homelands to the United States. The Palestinian woman is married, the Dominicans face language and cultural differences at spring training and the Nigerian families struggle with low-wage jobs. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans - Part 3 (#213)

    This miniseries follows new immigrants and refugees - from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the West Bank and Mexico - as they travel from their homelands to the United States. In the third episode, everyone faces discrimination and culture clashes. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans (4 of 7) (#214)

    This miniseries follows new immigrants and refugees - from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the West Bank and Mexico - as they travel from their homelands to the United States. The Dominicans and one of the Nigerian women return home. A Mexican family attempts to immigrate to the U.S. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans (6 of 7) (#216)

    In the sixth episode, one Nigerian family falls behind, while the other finds success. The Mexican family also struggles. The Palestinian and Indian couples are strained by time apart. One of the Dominicans makes his Major League debut. [56 minutes]

  • The New Americans (7 of 7) (#217)

    In the final episode, most characters become more settled in the U.S. - buying homes, raising children, pursuing American educations and mates - but the Indian couple goes home with no plans to return. While the Palestinian woman questions her place in the U.S. after 9/11, a daughter in the impoverished Mexican family states that U.S. citizenship is the only dream she feels she might ever attain. [56 minutes]

  • End of the Rainbow (#218)

    The human dimensions of industrial gold-mining in Indonesia and Guinea, West Africa are explored. [86 minutes]

  • En Route to Baghdad (#219)

    Prior to his death in a Baghdad bombing attack in 2003, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his life to global humanitarian efforts in countries such as Mozambique, Cambodia and East Timor. "En Route to Baghdad" is a portrait of Vieira de Mello and his extraordinary career and a tragic metaphor for the effort to bring stability to Iraq. [56 minutes]

  • Senorita Extraviada/Why Cybraceros?/Fernando's/First Snow (#220)

    SENORITA EXTRAVIADA: Since 1993, hundreds of young women have been raped and murdered in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities ignore pleas for justice from the victims' families, and the crimes go unpunished. Most disturbingly, evidence of government complicity remains uninvestigated as the killings continue to this day. This program is a haunting look at a heinous crime wave amid the corruption of one of the world's biggest border towns. WHY CYBRACEROS?: This short is a satirical look at immigration in the digital age. FERNANDO'S FIRST SNOW: This short is about a boy who finds an unexpected new friend. [86 minutes]

  • Seoul Train/The Chestnut Tree (#221)

    SEOUL TRAIN: A growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis is threatening East Asian peace: the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. This program exposes the complex geopolitics and bureaucracy entangling the lives of thousands of North Korean refugees as well as the story of activists who put themselves in harm's way to save them via a clandestine underground railroad. THE CHESTNUT TREE: This short animated film is a tribute to the filmmaker's lost mother. [56 minutes]

  • Pickles (#222)

    In the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, in Galilee, eight widows challenge social conventions and establish the Azka Pickle Cooperative, seeking financial independence for themselves and their children. With little formal education and no work experience outside of the home, the women face endless hurdles in expanding their business start-up -- while their personal lives reflect the joys and sadness of family weddings, bereavement and loneliness. [56 minutes]

  • End of Waiting Time (#223)

    In 1936, General Francisco Franco led a coup d'etat against the Spanish Republic that gave rise to a brutal civil war. During his long dictatorship, hundreds of people were arrested or executed or disappeared. Today, family members of those who vanished have begun to look for their relatives' remains; they reflect on that dark period and its ongoing effect on their lives. [56 minutes]

  • Hell of a Nation/Omelette (#224)

    HELL OF A NATION: In Afghanistan in 2003, the road to becoming a delegate was almost as difficult as the terrain itself; only a fraction of Afghans would be elected to attend the country's constitutional convention, the Loya Jirga. This program offers an intimate look at two candidates struggling to participate in this landmark event. OMELETTE: While a woman in Sofia tries makes an omelette, we learn how difficult it is to make ends meet. [56 minutes]

  • Archeology of Memory (#225)

    This musical journey follows exiled Chilean musician, Quique Cruz, from the Bay Area to Chile and back, as he creates his masterwork --a multimedia installation to heal his wounds inflicted by state-sponsored torture of the Pinochet regime. [56 minutes]

  • Revolucion (#226)

    This program tells the story of five Cuban photographers whose lives and work span more than four decades and whose perspectives on photography are as varied as their opinions about the Cuban Revolution. From photographers whose lenses portrayed the heroic masses to more contemporary photographers who seek to portray individual truths, their stories discover the power of art to liberate. [56 minutes]

  • Teacher (#301)

    For the past 15 years, Nguyen Van Hung, once a homeless drug addict, has dedicated his life to helping street children survive AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. TEACHER is the story of one man's fight against an epidemic that claims its victims by the millions and the innocent children and teenagers struck by the reality of a global nightmare. [56 minutes]

  • Sentenced Home (#302)

    Raised as Americans in inner city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian refugees each made a rash decision as a teenager that irrevocably shaped their destiny. Years later, facing deportation back to Cambodia, they find themselves caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn't offer any second chances. [56 minutes]

  • China Blue (#303)

    Jasmine left her village in a remote part of China to get a job and help her family. Now she and her teenage friends at the blue jean factory are trying to survive in a brutal work environment. [56 minutes]

  • Vietnam: The Next Generation (#304)

    Meet eight young Vietnamese, some born in the final days of the Vietnam War, others in its aftermath. They are entrepreneurs and street kids, farmers and students, artists and engineers. Together they embody the hopes, dreams and challenges of a new Vietnam. Through their stories, this film takes an in-depth look at modern-day Vietnam, where a marriage of communism and capitalism is providing opportunity unimagined in their parents' time. [56 minutes]

  • Caviar Connection (#305)

    The Rat brothers are on quest to find the big fish--the one that will bring easy money and allow them to leave their small village in Serbia. In this dramatic and often humorous tale, THE CAVIAR CONNECTION follows the brothers as they unsuccessfully gamble with the rules of nature and economics and in the process, become deeper without even noticing it. [56 minutes]

  • Return to the Border/Take A Look (#306)

    RETURN TO THE BORDER: In the past half-century, millions of people around the globe have sacrificed themselves for communism and socialism. In this program, a Chinese-born filmmaker reflects on the personal ramifications of these political ideals, from his memories of a childhood in the border town of Dandong to his experiences in North Korea. TAKE A LOOK: Blind children invite us for a journey to their world of sensibility and imagination. [56 minutes]

  • Rain in a Dry Land (#307)

    RAIN IN A DRY LAND chronicles a year in the lives of two Somali Bantu families as they leave behind a legacy of slavery in Africa to face new challenges in a new land. This film about time and culture shock also reveals the experiences of recent Muslim immigrants in post-9/11 America. [86 minutes]

  • Promises (#308)

    PROMISES is a look at the Middle East conflict through the eyes of seven children growing up in Jerusalem, living only 20 minutes apart but locked in separate worlds. PROMISES explores the boundaries that lie between Palestinian and Israeli children, and a few who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. [86 minutes]

  • The Beetle (#309)

    Director Yishai Orian, the owner of an old Volkswagen Beetle, is about to become a father. His mechanic says that the car will not last long, while his wife complains that the car is unsuitable for a baby. Attempting to keep his beloved car, Yishai goes on a journey that begins with the previous owners of the Beetle, continues to Jordan to renovate the old car and ends with the birth of his first child. The exciting, funny, sad and intimate memories of the Beetle's previous owners blend with the director's personal story. [56 minutes]

  • Motherland Afghanistan (#310)

    One in seven Afghan women currently dies in childbirth. MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN introduces the women behind these devastating statistics. Afghan American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father's works as an OB/GYN as he struggles to make a difference, first at Kabul's recently renamed Laura Bush Maternity Ward and then in an isolated provincial hospital, where patients often travel for several days to get treatment. [56 minutes]

  • Black Gold/Calicot (#311)

    BLACK GOLD: Multinational companies have made coffee the second most traded commodity in the world. But as westerners revel in designer lattes, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. Tracing one man's fight for a fair price, this program is an expose of the 80 billion dollar coffee industry. CALICOT: This wry, wordless French short follows cotton from its picking on a plantation in Africa to a final use in the United States. [86 minutes]

  • Shadya (#312)

    Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. Despite her father's support, she faces the challenge of balancing her dreams with her religious commitments and other's expectations. SHADYA takes an intimate look at the evolution of a young Israeli Arab woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture. [56 minutes]

  • Team Qatar (#313)

    This film follows the journey of five Middle Eastern teens from the world's richest country as they are initiated into the cutthroat subculture of competitive high-school debating. Guided by the 22 year-old former president of the Oxford Union, they direct their immense curiosity and ambition towards mastering the arcane strategies of British parliamentary debate. They are determined to show they are not closed-minded extremists -- and even more determined to win. TEAM QATAR offers a window onto the rapidly growing global culture of the Arab world and its relation to the West. [56 minutes]

  • Thunder in Guyana/50/Fifty/Fernando's First Snow (#314)

    THUNDER IN GUYANA: When the filmmaker's cousin was elected Guyana's president seven years ago, Janet Rosenberg Jagan -- considered oneofthe founders of Guyana along with her husband, Cheddi Jagan --becamethe first American-born woman to lead a nation. Thisprograminterweaves family history and Guyanese history withtheextraordinary life story of one unconventional woman. 50/FIFTY: This short is a soulful requiem for a family's past. Usingold home movies and hand-processed film, Jane Kim pays homage tothememory of her father, who passed away when she was young. FERNANDO'S FIRST SNOW: A young boy's first snowy day is marked by afight with his sister and the help of a new friend. [56 minutes]

  • Visiones (#315)

    This groundbreaking six-part series captures the rich cultural and artistic expressions of Latinos in the United States. By visiting some of the most influential and dynamic artists working today, VISIONES weaves a tapestry of paintings, songs, dances and spoken-word performances to reflect on how Latinos have impacted arts and culture. [56 minutes]

  • Visiones (#316)

    This groundbreaking six-part series captures the rich cultural and artistic expressions of Latinos in the United States. By visiting some of the most influential and dynamic artists working today, VISIONES weaves a tapestry of paintings, songs, dances and spoken-word performances to reflect on how Latinos have impacted arts and culture. [56 minutes]

  • Visiones (#317)

    This groundbreaking six-part series captures the rich cultural and artistic expressions of Latinos in the United States. By visiting some of the most influential and dynamic artists working today, VISIONES weaves a tapestry of paintings, songs, dances and spoken-word performances to reflect on how Latinos have impacted arts and culture. [56 minutes]

  • Carmen Meets Borat (#318)

    A 17-year-old Romanian gypsy's plan to emigrate falls to pieces when an American film crew arrives. [56 minutes]

  • Maid In America (#319)

    Hispanic Heritage Month Programming (check local listings) Housekeeper. Nanny. Maid. Surrogate mother. Such are the many roles of las domesticas - undocumented workers who came to America in search of a better life and found themselves scrubbing toilets and setting tables, working long hours for little pay in private homes. [56 minutes]

  • Maquilapolis (#320)

    Women workers in Tijuana's assembly factories tell their stories as they work to carve out lives of agency in a new and complicated century, revealing the transformation of a city and its people by globalization. [56 minutes]

  • Made In L.A./The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico (#321)

    Made in L.A." is the story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. It will be paired with the short "The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico." [86 minutes]

  • Paper Words/Point of Entry (#322)

    A bright and happy child, five-year-old Mai is newly arrived from China and placed in a kindergarten classroom in a small, Midwestern town. "Paper Words," an animdated film, follows Mai as she engages her imagination to keep her company in a strange new world. It is paired with the short "Point of Entry." [56 minutes]

  • My Country, My Country (#323)

    Telling the the behind-the-scenes story of the January 2005 national elections in Iraq from the perspective of the people who planned, participated in and boycotted them, this documentary is a sobering look at Iraq two years after the U.S.-led invasion and a testament to the courage of people willing to put their lives on the line for the promise of democracy. [86 minutes]

  • The Last Tightrope Dancer In Armenia (#324)

    Zhora (76 years old) and Knyaz (77 years old) were once the most celebrated masters of tightrope dancing in Armenia. Today, they are the only surviving performers who can keep this ancient art alive against the current of contemporary society. Having been bitter rivals throughout their lives, a common objective has finally brought them together: to train the only student of tightrope dancing left in the country. Hovsep, a 16-year-old orphan boy, has to decide whether or not to accept the role of the last tightrope dancer in Armenia, in a society that has abandoned both him and the art of tightrope dancing. [56 minutes]

  • A Story of People In War and Peace (#325)

    Historians consider the Karabagh War (1989-1994) one of the first signs of the Soviet Union's collapse. Journalist and former POW, Vardan Hovhannisyan lived alongside the soldiers, doctors and villagers caught in the conflict and captured their immediate thoughts and last words to their families. Twelve years later, Vardan returns to Karabagh to try and find answers to the war and lessons for peace. [56 minutes]

  • Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela/Twins of Mankala (#326)

    TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA: In the wake of his stepfather's death, Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call "father." As part of the first wave of black South African exiles, Harris's stepfather, B. Pule Leinaeng, and his 11 comrades left their home in Bloemfontein in 1960. They told the world about the brutality of the apartheid system and raised support for the fledgling African National Congress and its leader, Nelson Mandela. Drawing upon the memories of the surviving disciples and their families, along with the talent of young South African actors who portray their harrowing experiences, this program an intimate story of family and home against the backdrop of a global movement for freedom. TWINS OF MANKALA: This program is an examination of culture and place through the eyes of two eight-year-old Kenyan girls, one living in Kenya and the other born and raised in America. It compares a routine day of each of them and looks at the environments that will shape the two children as they grow up. [86 minutes]

  • Cowboys In India (#401)

    In a remote and impoverished region of India, a London filmmaker is unaware of the trouble he will cause his two endearing, bumbling local guides as they investigate the Corporate Social Responsibility program of a high-profile, London-based mining company. The company plans to mine a local tribe?s sacred mountain, and promises to bring all the benefits of modernity to the area. But many of the tribal people vow to fight, preferring a simple life in nature. As allegations accumulate, the filmmaker's ethical stance is put to the test as he tries to get his film "in the can." [86 minutes]

  • Please Vote for Me (#402)

    In the city of Wuhan in central China, three eight-year-old elementary school students campaign for the coveted position of class monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in China. The candidates hold debates, campaign tirelessly and show their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner. [56 minutes]

  • 4 (#403)

    Four violinists in four different corners of the globe perform one of the world's most beloved pieces: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." This musical journey travels from springtime in Tokyo and summer in Australia to winter in Finland and autumn in New York, combining stunning visuals and cultural experiences with performances by an international array of musicians. [56 minutes]

  • Young Yakuza (#404)

    Meet the Japanese Mafia's latest son: a 20 year old named Naoki, part of a surging, decade-long wave of juvenile delinquency in Japan. As Naoki rejects school, jobs and family, his desperate mother decides to take one last chance to save him--by handing him over to the Mafia for one year and letting him choose his own path. [86 minutes]

  • New Year Baby (#405)

    Born in a Thai refugee camp on Cambodian New Year, filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In NEW YEAR BABY, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth and why her family's history had been buried in secrecy for so long. [56 minutes]

  • Shayfeen.Com (#406)

    Get an intimate look at the recent multi-party elections in Egypt through the eyes of three women working to assure the election's legitimacy. The women provide unprecedented access to activists operating in and around the highest levels of both government and opposition groups. [54 minutes]

  • Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale (#407)

    In Iran, there is a thriving trade in kidneys, which poor people line up to sell at less than $3,000. With an official kidney referral agency as the backdrop, Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale follows young Iranians through the organ trade process: from their first encounter to surgery and kidney removal. Iran is the only country in the world where kidney trading is legal. Every 10 minutes, a young person wishing to sell their kidney reports to the reception of one of the official kidney referral agencies. [56 minutes]

  • Working Mom (#408)

    A woman returns home to her children in Bolivia after 15 years to find they've become strangers. A divorced mother of two returns to her home and children in Bolivia after 15 years of struggling for a better life in Israel, only to find her family members have become strangers. A Working Mom is a story that demonstrates the extremes that individuals will go to in order to save their families -sometimes saving and losing them in the same act. [76 minutes]

  • Belarusian Waltz (#409)

    Belarus has been called "Europe's last dictatorship." Since 1994, Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the ex-Soviet republic with a despotic hand, jailing the opposition, shutting down the press, and refusing to investigate the assassinations of dissidents. He has virtually silenced his critics - but not one lone performance artist who stages public stunts mocking the dictator's pretensions. Belarusian Waltz is the story of Alexander Pushkin, whose audacious, comical exploits find him facing the hostility of the police and the consternation of his family. An offbeat tale of post-modern street theater meeting 1930s-style authoritarianism, the film offers a surprising window into the soul of the Belarusian people. [56 minutes]

  • Storm of Emotions (#410)

    STORM OF EMOTIONS chronicles the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy amidst great social and political turmoil. Told from the perspective of the Israeli police force, this film explores how these individuals try to balance their emotions, beliefs and conscience while attempting to maintain civil order. [86 minutes]

  • Cuba: An African Odyssey (1 of 2) (#411)

    From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY is the previously untold story of Cuba's support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War's most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. [56 minutes]

  • Cuba: An African Odyssey (2 of 2) (#412)

    From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba, an African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba's support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War's most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. [56 minutes]

  • The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (#413)

    THE MOSQUITO PROBLEM AND OTHER STORIES is the tale of a of a village, turned concentration camp, turned city, turned nuclear power plant. In a world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes and dreams of economic prosperity, characters' lives intersect in a sinister past and nuclear future. [56 minutes]

  • The Siege (#414)

    In December 1996, Nestor Cerpa, leader of the Peruvian Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, and his squad of commandos seized the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, holding dozens of foreign diplomats and businessmen hostage for 126 days. Cerpa demanded the immediate release of his guerrilla comrades, but staked his life on the freedom of just one--his wife. [80 minutes]

  • Sons of Cuba (#415)

    For the past quarter-century, Cuba has dominated the field of Olympic boxing and helped propel this tiny nation onto the world stage. SONS OF CUBA reveals how the legendary Havana Boxing Academy--where physical training and revolutionary indoctrination go hand in hand--grooms young boys to fight for the honor of the revolution. [86 minutes]

  • Be Like Others (#416)

    An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran through the eyes of young men choosing to undergo sex change surgery, BE LIKE OTHERS explores the implications and sacrifices of those living on the fringes of Islamic society, the irrevocable nature of their decisions and the relegation to second class women's status. [76 minutes]

  • On Wheels Brazil (#417)

    Following the lives of people that push, pull or pedal some kind of vehicle to earn their living on Brazil's city streets, ON WHEELS BRAZIL establishes a relationship between the wheel's movement and the inconstancy of life itself, primarily for those without stable jobs and who have to create and improvise daily just to survive. [56 minutes]

  • Children of the Sun (#418)

    In the 1920s and 1930s, tens of thousands of children were born on an Israeli kibbutz and raised as part of a social experiment to create a new and improved human. The film traces these "Children of the Sun" from their birth through their growth as members of the Zionist elite, and to the crisis that weakened the kibbutz movement. [70 minutes]

  • The Team (#419)

    In the wake of Kenya's 2007 election violence, Kenyans scramble to produce a dramatic TV soap opera series about a fictional soccer team, hoping taboo storylines can bridge deep ethnic divisions. THE TEAM explores whether the lowliest of art forms can achieve the loftiest of ideals: transformative social change. [56 minutes]

  • A Dream in Doubt (#420)

    One of America?s first post 9/11 hate crime murders punctuated a growing wave of violence in retaliation for the terror attacks. Told from the perspective of the victim?s brother, A DREAM IN DOUBT travels to Mesa, Arizona to reveal a story of national tragedy, murder, community and the American dream. [56 minutes]

  • The Judge and the General (#421)

    THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL reveals the transformation of Judge Juan [84 minutes]

  • A Son's Sacrifice (#422)

    Imran, a young Muslim American, struggles to take over his father's neighborhood halal slaughterhouse in New York City. The son of an immigrant, Imran must confront his mixed heritage and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community. On one of Islam's holiest days, Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as a Muslim, as an American and as a son. An INDEPENDENT LENS selection. [26 minutes]

  • The Last White Man Standing (#423)

    Tom Cholmondeley, heir to the largest white-owned estate in Kenya, stands accused of murdering a black poacher on his land. This episode follows the ongoing case and examines its socio-political context. [54 minutes]

  • Sisters in Law (#424)

    In a small courthouse in the African nation of Cameroon, tough-minded state prosecuter Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. [106 minutes]

  • Companeras (#425)

    Founded in 1994, the 12 members of Reyna, America's first all-female mariachi band, shatter age-old stereotypes while expanding the popularity of mariachi music. [55 minutes]

  • Iron Ladies of Liberia (#426)

    Go behind the scenes with Africa's first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia. [56 minutes]

  • Peace vs. Justice (#501)

    When the International Criminal Court was established, it was championed by human-rights crusaders as a long-overdue end to impunity. But what if the victims of heinous crimes don't want the court's version of justice? PEACE VERSUS JUSTICE takes a critical look at the problems of applying Western conceptions of justice to other countries and continents. [52 minutes]

  • Comrade Duch (#502)

    Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch) is a Jekyll-and-Hyde character who began as a mathematics teacher, and then became the commandant of Tuol Sleng prison in Cambodia, ultimately responsible for the torture and murder of 14,000 people. Comrade Duch recounts his flight, conversion to evangelical Christianity, and how he was finally brought to justice before an international tribunal. [83 minutes]

  • Lakshmi and Me (#503)

    Have you ever dreamed of being waited on hand and foot? For the past six years, Lakshmi has been doing just that for her employers--virtually unnoticed. That is, until one of Lakshmi's employers begins to film her daily life on the job in Mumbai, India. In a deeply personal portrait, the film takes a hard look at the Indian caste system, gender and class relations. [55 minutes]

  • Tales of the Waria (#504)

    While many in the West view Islam as socially repressive, in Indonesia there exists a transgender community known as the warias; men who live openly as women. This film uncovers a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love; whatever the consequences. [57 minutes]

  • Last Days of the Arctic (#505)

    Ragnar Alexsson, a.k.a. RAX, is among the most celebrated photographers in the world. His series "Faces of the North" ? three decades in the making ? is a living document of the dying cultures of the far northern reaches of the planet. On his final shoot for the series, RAX tracks hunters on the Arctic ice as they cope with the devastating effects of climate change. [56 minutes]

  • Town of Runners (#506)

    Town of Runners follows three children keen to follow in their heroes' footsteps, as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Set against the background of the seasonal rhythms of this farming region, and the impact of increased urbanization and globalization on agriculture, the film shows rural young Africans striving to make their own future. [86 minutes]

  • Putin's Kiss (#507)

    Nashi is an increasingly popular political youth organization with direct ties to The Kremlin. Officially, its goal is to support the current political system by creating a future elite among the brightest and most loyal Russian teenagers. But their agenda is also to keep the political opposition from spreading their views among the Russians. [86 minutes]

  • Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors (#508)

    How far would you go to stay alive? The survivors of the well-known 1972 Andes plane crash recall what it took to live in the mountains for over 60 days with no food, water, or supplies. What they reveal is a story about one of humanity's greatest taboos and one that asks the question, what would you do? [112 minutes]

  • Acrobat (#509)

    Fabrice Champion, a young internationally renowned trapeze artist, hit another acrobat in mid-air during a show and was paralyzed. Following years of rehabilitation therapy, hopes lost and found, he returns to the circus as director and teacher. [53 minutes]

  • Arusi Persian Wedding (#510)

    Set against the turbulent relationship between the United States and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani captures the struggle and excitement of her brother Alex and his bride Heather as they plan a Persian Islamic wedding in Iran. But when Alex's Iranian-born parents and Heather's conservative American father meet for the first time, cultures clash and test the couple to their limits. [55 minutes]

  • The Collaborator and His Family (#511)

    Ibrahim, who worked as a collaborator for Israel, is forced to leave Palestine and take his wife and five children to live in Tel-Aviv. Although he expects Israeli protection for his service, the family is denied permission to reside in the country legally. Regarded as traitors by Palestine and abandoned by Israel, they are a family without a country, their unremittingly precarious existence buffeted by politics and circumstance. [56 minutes]

  • Waiting for the Revolution (#512)

    For more than 500 years, the indigenous people of the Andes have had to endure racism and discrimination. Now, with democracy on their side, the time has come for a change. [56 minutes]

  • 74 Square Meters (#513)

    Iselsa, Kathy, tribal leader Ivan, and 150 other marginalized families from Valparaiso, Chile, are chosen to participate in a social experiment that moves them into a middle-class neighborhood. But their new neighbors consider them delinquents who would endanger the neighborhood. Filmed over four years, 74 Square Meters explores what happens when two worlds collide and looks at the struggles of attaining one's dreams. [56 minutes]

  • I Was Worth 50 Sheep (#514)

    Following a long practiced tradition in Afghanistan, 10-year-old Sabere was sold to a man in his fifties. For the next six years she was both slave and wife, miscarrying four times. Now at sixteen, she is fighting for her freedom. [56 minutes]

  • Milking The Rhino (#515)

    Everyone has seen a nature documentary with a ferocious kill on the Serengeti Plain. Well, here's a different story about villagers navigating the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. After a century of "white man's conservation," the Maasai of Kenya and Namibia's Himba people are vying to share a piece of the eco-tourism pie. But can they fulfill the expectations of Westerners without abandoning their native culture? [56 minutes]

  • The English Surgeon (#516)

    In the early 1990s, British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh traveled to Kiev, Ukraine and was horrified by its medieval brain surgical procedures. Since then, Marsh has attempted to improve the system by performing procedures for free and sending used equipment to Igor Kurilets, a controversial Ukrainian neurosurgeon. The English Surgeon looks at the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship and the moral choices of modern medicine. [86 minutes]

  • Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos (#517)

    They dreamed of a revolution that would transform Argentina. But what exactly happened to this hopeful generation who suddenly "disappeared"? Thirty years after leaving his native country of Argentina, Director Juan Mandelbaum discovers that a former college girlfriend was among the thousands abducted, tortured and "disappeared" during the country's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. His personal journey, along with others who lost loved ones, tells the story behind the brutal events that still haunts Argentina today. [86 minutes]

  • Chahinaz: What Rights for Women? (#518)

    Chahinaz, a 20-year-old student in Algeria, has mixed feelings about the Western world and its values, but she admires the freedom of Western women. Through her curiosity and voyage of self-discovery, Chahinaz begins to wonder what life is like for women in other Muslim countries and around the world and why things are slow to change in Algeria. [54 minutes]

  • The Boy Mir (#519)

    What of the generation of Afghans who have grown up since 9/11 and the resulting war in their country? From the director of the international hit The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, this film tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir from a na?ve 8-year-old to a fully grown adult. [86 minutes]

  • Family Portrait in Black and White (#520)

    Olga Nenya, from a small Ukrainian town, is raising 16 black orphans in a country of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. The reality of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe - a rare and truly visible minority - is not for the faint of heart. These children always have to be on guard against the world that surrounds them. [56 minutes]

  • Street Ballad: A Jakarta Story (#521)

    Titi Juwariyah, 27, is a street singer in Jakarta. She leads a conflicted life, from her migration from the country to the city, to her heartfelt quest for identity and acceptance in her adopted home. She dreams of a music career, but is overwhelmed by the pressures of supporting her family. By chasing her dreams, she could lose what is closest to her heart. [56 minutes]

  • Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey (#522)

    Dictator or liberator? General or president? Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar sits down with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, prior to his resignation, to find answers. In an intimate and hard-hitting interview, the former president discusses his vision for the future of Pakistan and its people, and reveals childhood stories that have shaped his life. [56 minutes]

  • Give Us the Money (#523)

    How do you change the world? From Live Aid to Make Poverty History, celebrities have become activists against poverty. Bob Geldof and Bono have been the most prominent voices advocating on behalf of the poor. But have their concerts and campaigns really lifted millions out of poverty? Geldof, Bono and Bill Gates speak candidly about how to lobby effectively and how to play to politicians' weaknesses for glitz and popularity. [56 minutes]

  • Stealing Africa (#524)

    How much profit is fair? Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa. [53 minutes]

  • Poor Us: The Animated History of Poverty (#525)

    Do we know what poverty is? The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis's film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality? [53 minutes]

  • Land Rush (#526)

    How do you feed the world? 75% of Mali's population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali's land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off ? but can Mali's farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms? [56 minutes]

  • Education Education (#527)

    What does an education get you? In ancient times in China, education was the only way out of poverty, in recent times it has been the best way. China's economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty. But these days China's higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair. [56 minutes]

  • Welcome to the World (#528)

    Is it worse to be born poor than to die poor? 130 million babies are born each year, and not one of them decides where they'll be born or how they'll live. In Cambodia, you're likely to be born to a family living on less than $1/day. In Sierra Leone chances of surviving the first year are half those of the worldwide average. Brian Hill takes a worldwide trip to meet the newest generation - In the US Starr's new baby could well be one more of 1.6 million homeless children now living in the streets. [56 minutes]

  • Where Heaven Meets Hell (#601)

    [56 minutes]

  • Garbage Dreams (#602)

    [56 minutes]

  • When Hari Got Married (#603)

    [56 minutes]

  • Unmistaken Child (#604)

    [86 minutes]

  • Ninos de la Memoria (#605)

    [57 minutes]

  • Bolinao 52 (#606)

    [57 minutes]

  • Invoking Justice (#607)

    [56 minutes]

  • Behind the Rainbow (#608)

    [85 minutes]

  • The Lost Dream (#609)

    [56 minutes]

  • Blessed Is the Match (#610)

    [86 minutes]

  • In the Shadow of the Sun (#611)

    [86 minutes]

  • Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (#612)

    [56 minutes]

  • A Village Called Versailles (#613)

    [56 minutes]

  • Journals of a Wily School (#614)

    [56 minutes]

  • The List (#615)

    [56 minutes]

  • Rent-A-Family, Inc. (#616)

    [56 minutes]

  • Girl, Adopted (#617)

    [79 minutes]

  • Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (#701)

    [56 minutes]

  • In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee (#702)

    [56 minutes]

  • I Will Be Murdered (#703)

    [56 minutes]

  • The Fighting Spirit (#704)

    [56 minutes]

  • Before The Spring, After The Fall (#705)

    [56 minutes]

  • The Oath (#706)

    [86 minutes]

  • The Mosuo Sisters (#707)

    [56 minutes]

  • My Perestroika (#708)

    [86 minutes]

  • My So-Called Enemy (#709)

    [86 minutes]

  • El General (#710)

    [81 minutes]

  • Diamond in the Dunes (#711)

    [53 minutes]

  • Before The Revolution (#712)

    [56 minutes]

  • Ice People (#713)

    [86 minutes]

  • Here Comes Uncle Joe (#714)

    [56 minutes]

  • Recycle (#715)

    [86 minutes]

  • Casablanca Calling (#716)

    [56 minutes]

  • Oil & Water (#717)

    [56 minutes]

  • Last Train Home (#718)

    [86 minutes]

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