Area Studies


New! For Sama 96 min.

Unfolding as a love letter from filmmaker and young mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter, For Sama tells the story of Waad's life through five years of the uprising in rebel-held Aleppo, Syria. Waad falls in love, gets married and gives birth to her daughter Sama—all while filming the cataclysmic conflict raging around them.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! On the President’s Orders 54 min.

This is the story of President Duterte's campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the bloody war--the Manila police and an ordinary family from the slums.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Torn Apart: Separated at the Border 40 min.

Directed and produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent, the intimate 40-minute film follows two mothers who were each separated from their children in the United States for months and are desperate to reunite with them. After fleeing violence that claimed the life of her husband and two uncles in Honduras, María was detained and separated from her 10-year-old son Alex for...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! The Recent U.S. Policy Toward China Is Productive: A Debate 95 min.

The United States is cracking down onChinain an attempt tocreate a more favorable balance of trade. Other concerns include continuing Chinese thefts of intellectual property and the imposition of technology transfer requirements to do business in China. The U.S. seeks to frustrate China’s program to achieve dominance in a range of advanced technologies. And it wants to cripple Huawei, the telecoms...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! The Transatlantic Relationship Has Been Irreparably Damaged: A Debate 74 min.

The transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe has been a hallmark of the liberal international order for decades and has helped ensure global peace and stability. Rising populism and income inequality, however, coupled with a new array of world leaders may signal an end to this historic relationship. Some warn that President Trump's support for Brexit, attacks on the North At...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Unresolved: Shifting Power in the Middle East: A Debate 80 min.

The Middle East remains a powder keg. Saudi Arabia and Iran are vying for regional dominance. Turkey is cozying up to Russia and China. And instability, conflict, and proxy wars have engulfed Syria, Yemen, and other countries. How should the United States respond to the shifting politics and volatile situation in the Middle East? In this debate, five foreign policy experts examine three pressing q...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

How China Got Rich 58 min.

Over 40 years China has been transformed out of all recognition, the scale of its growth and the sheer speed of change has been astonishing. The country has seen the largest lifting of people out of poverty that has ever taken place in human history, and today China is a global force, predicted to become the world’s biggest economy in a couple of decades. So how did an impoverished and backward co...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Amazon 55 min.

The Amazon amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins, and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Mississippi 55 min.

From the frozen north--where coyotes learn to fish in icy water--down through the nation’s agricultural heart and to the mysterious, steamy southern swamps where alligators still rule, the many faces of the Mississippi River unite a nation.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Nile 55 min.

The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019