Area Studies


America Is Retreating from Global Leadership: A Debate 68 min.

After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States emerged from the Cold War as both powerful and ascendant. As the world’s only surviving superpower, America boasted a level of military and economic supremacy seldom seen before and a strong desire to lead what President George H. W. Bush (R, 1989–93) called "a new world order." But things have changed eno...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Taliban Takeover 54 min.

The Taliban take over Afghanistan, and the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda intensifies. On the ground, Najibullah Quraishi investigates uncertainty and fear among the Afghan people and revisits the lead-up to the US defeat and Taliban’s return.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Leaving Afghanistan & India's Rape Scandal 54 min.

This program investigates the consequences of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. With exclusive access to a militant wing of the Taliban, and the story of Iran’s growing influence across the country. Also: a report on politics and rape in India.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Taiwan Is Indefensible 57 min.

The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. Since nationalist forces fled communist revolutionaries in mainland China and set up their own government on the nearby island of Taiwan in 1949, China has thirsted to regain it. With 24 million people and a robust economy, however, Taiwan has long claimed its sovereignty as an independent nation. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s government...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 1 60 min.

In the series premiere, “The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance", filmmaker Raoul Peck sets out to illuminate the intertwined currents of hate and bigotry running through history. Focusing on the United States’ legacy as a colonial power, Peck explores how race first became institutionalized, the Nazi program of “elimination” and its antecedents in the West, and the looting of the African continen...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 2 60 min.

In the second episode, “Who the F*** is Columbus”, filmmaker Raoul Peck revisits the stories of Christopher Columbus, the Alamo, and the Trail of Tears from an indigenous perspective, showing how “official” history is shaped by those in power and solidified by myth and popular culture. Next, he examines the “doctrine of discovery” used to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans and questio...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 3 60 min.

In the third installment of the series, “Killing at a Distance or … How I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Outing”, filmmaker Raoul Peck looks back at human migration, trade, and weaponry, and shows how Europeans used industrialized steel to conduct warfare from ever-greater distances. Then, he explores the endless cycle of militarization throughout the centuries – from George Washington’s efforts to jumpst...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 4 60 min.

In the series finale, “The Bright Colors of Fascism”, filmmaker Raoul Peck explores the challenge of reconciling America’s true history with its ideals of freedom and democracy, pointing to the struggle for native representation and the legacy of slavery in institutionalized racism today. Reflecting on his time in Berlin, Peck links the modern resurgence of white nationalism with fascism, slavery,...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

A Thousand Cuts 100 min.

Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Rodrigo Duterte. With press freedom under threat in the Philippines, A Thousand Cuts goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who has become a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on the news med...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

New to Our Collection! Land and Water: 60 Years in the Teotihuacán Valley of Mexico 87 min.

Filmed almost 60 years apart, Land and Water and Land and Water Revisited offer a compelling ethnography of the Teotihuacán Valley in Mexico. The first film focuses on land use practices in the area just before the explosive growth and urbanization of Mexico City, while the second film revisits the communities to explore the environmental changes that have resulted from this massive urban developm...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020