Area Studies


New! 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: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! 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: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! 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: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! 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: DVDStreaming 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: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Frontline: Yemen/Iraq 54 min.

This program examines how Iranian-backed Shia militias are terrorizing Iraq and investigates allegations that militias are threatening and killing critics with impunity and targeting US interests. Also: in Yemen, explore how COVID is worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

For the Last Four Years, America Got the Middle East Right 76 min.

President Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East will likely be far different from that of former president Donald Trump. But should it be? For some, the Trump legacy was the right approach: a transactional style that resulted in a host of political and diplomatic victories, including normalizing relations between Israel and several Arab nations. It was also selectively aggressive when it came to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Coronavirus Will Reshape the World Order in China's Favor: A Debate 80 min.

How might the coronavirus pandemic reshape the world order? For some, the answer is clear: China is on the rise. While the United States embraces an "America First" position and abdicates its global leadership role, they argue, China is stepping in to fill the vacuum. By providing financial assistance to struggling nations, organizing world leaders, and trumpeting its own handling of the pandemic,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Is Working: A Debate 90 min.

The targeted killing of General Qassim Suleimani, one of Iran's most prominent military leaders, in January 2020 sent shockwaves around the world. The strike came more than a year after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the multilateral agreement often known as the Iran Nuclear Deal—and launched a series of punishing economic sanctions that drastic...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Nationalism Is a Force for Good: A Debate 86 min.

From Brexit and "America First" to the rise of authoritarian leaders in Brazil, Hungary, India, the Philippines, Turkey, and other countries around the globe, nationalism—or strong allegiance to a nation-state over other group affiliations—has been spreading in the 21st century. The onset of the coronavirus pandemic and move by many countries to close their borders in early 2020 has sparked fierce...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020