Area Studies


New! 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

Beijing: Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century (Season 10) 56 min.

Amid Beijing’s dizzying economic, urban and cultural transformation, four artists respond to the region's relentless evolution with urgency and ambition, all the while contending with many centuries of Chinese cultural traditions. Featuring artists Guan Xiao, Liu Xiaodong, Song Dong, Xu Bing, and Yin Xiuzhen.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Coronavirus 47 min.

This program charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Tourist Mecca 32 min.

The 'hidden kingdom' of Saudi Arabia has been mostly closed to journalists and travellers ... until now. In a glitzy PR push, the country wants to promote itself as a tourist destination. But will the notoriously repressive regime deliver on its promise of reform?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Innovate Africa: Part 3 23 min.

Julia Chatterley meets many of the continents‘ top thinkers on youth and innovation in Davos, and reports on smart beehives in Mauritius and educational apps in Paris.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Innovate Africa: Part 4 24 min.

Female innovators on the African continent find solutions to global problems like drought, access to clean water and affordable housing and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World 53 min.

The Man Who Tried to Feed the Worldrecounts the story ofNormanBorlaug,a manwhonot only solvedIndia’s famine problem but would go on to lead a “Green Revolution” of worldwide agriculture programs estimated to have saved one billion lives. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for hiswork butspent the rest of his life watching his methods and achievements come under increasing fire.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Taliban Country/The Luanda Leaks 54 min.

FRONTLINE presents two special reports from around the world. First, an on-the-ground story about the U.S. peace effort in Afghanistan that includesan unprecedented interview with the Taliban’s lead negotiator. Then an investigation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists examining how Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos became Africa’s richest woman.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Battle for Hong Kong 54 min.

With unique access inside the battle for Hong Kong, FRONTLINE follows five protesters through the most intense clashes over several months of pro-democracy protests. The film examines their struggle against growing influence from the communist government of China.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Anti-Zionism Is the New Anti-Semitism: A Debate 83 min.

Anti-Semitism, or hostility to Jews, has pervaded many parts of the world to varying degrees for centuries. When attacks on Jews turned violent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some Jews formed a movement, known as Zionism, to create a separate homeland for the Jewish people. After the Holocaust resulted in the murder of 6 million Jews during World War II (1939–45), Zionists founded the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020