Area Studies


New! It Will Be Chaos 93 min.

An epic, yet intimate and heartbreaking portrait of lives in transit from all sides, It Will Be Chaos unfolds between Italy and the Balkan corridor, focusing on two unforgettable refugee stories of human strength and resilience in search for a better and safer future. Aregai, an Eritrean man fleeing repression and deprivation, embarks on a risky Mediterranean crossing from Libya. The overloaded bo...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Globalization Has Undermined America's Working Class: A Debate 79 min.

In recent decades, globalization has ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. The reduction of barriers among states and their economies, advocates argue, has enriched nations and expanded opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing, opponents charge, and from construction zones to clerical off...

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New! Negotiations Can Denuclearize North Korea: A Debate 106 min.

How should the United States respond to North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear capabilities? Some argue that direct diplomacy between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un—the two nations' respective leaders—might provide the best opportunity to persuade the rogue country to give up its weapons of mass destruction. But others argue that Kim can't be trusted and that North Korea has repeatedly broken its p...

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New! Unresolved: U.S. National Security: A Debate 86 min.

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons of mass destruction, while faith in global institutions and international alliances is deteriorating. What does this all mean for U.S. national security and the maintenance of world peace? In this debate, five foreign policy experts examine three critic...

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The Asian Century, Series 2 192 min.

How did North Korea build its nuclear bomb? What was behind Japanese Emperor Hirohilo’s militarism? How did Indira Gandhi become India’s ‘Iron Lady’? And what is the lasting impact of the Bangladesh Liberation war? This landmark series returns, deconstructing the key issues and pivotal events which have shaped the current Asian Century.

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How Did North Korea Build the Nuclear Bomb? Episode 1 43 min.

Despite being one of the most isolated nations on earth, North Korea has secretly developed its nuclear arsenal. In this documentary, we investigate why North Korea wanted to build a nuclear bomb and how they did it.

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India's Iron Lady, Episode 2 49 min.

In a gripping one-hour documentary, we explore the personal and political fate of the leader of the world’s largest democracy. Indira Gandhi presided over the huge, complex, religiously riven, and male-dominated country of India to play a dominant role in the history of the twentieth century.

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Japan's Militarist Emperor, Episode 3 47 min.

Emperor Hirohito left behind a legacy of death and destruction, the repercussions of which are still being felt across Asia today. Yet he was never held accountable for the two wars he supported. Episode 3 of The Asian Century investigates whether he was the puppet or the puppeteer.

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The Rise and Fall of Mujib, Episode 4 49 min.

We follow the footsteps of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as East Pakistan moves from Jinnah’s Islamist nationalism of 1947 towards the Bengali linguistic and cultural nationalism that led to the creation of Bangladesh. The Pakistan Army responded to East Pakistani civil disobedience with war crimes, leading to the displacement of 3 million Bengalis. The Rise and Fall of Mujib investigates the reasons for...

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China on Film 96 min.

Renowned filmmaker Christopher Doyle narrates this uniquely vivid picture of Chinese history through film, compiled with exclusive access to the British Film Institute China collection. These never-seen-before films provide new insights into China’s momentous changes, from the first ever Chinese film in the Qing dynasty through to the Communist era.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018