Area Studies


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

New! 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

New! 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

A U.S.-China Space Race Is Good for Humanity: A Debate 49 min.

The United States has long been the world's leader in space exploration, but in recent years, China has ramped up its national space program, investing massive sums in new technologies. Would a U.S.-China "space race" be good for humanity? Could it drive innovation, rally public support for science and discovery, and launch humans into the next generation? Or could this competition spark an expens...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

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