Area Studies


New! Leaving Afghanistan 54 min.

This program investigates the consequences of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. With exclusive access to a militant wing of the Taliban, and the story of Iran’s growing influence across the country. Also: a report on politics and rape in India.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Taiwan Is Indefensible 57 min.

The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. Since nationalist forces fled communist revolutionaries in mainland China and set up their own government on the nearby island of Taiwan in 1949, China has thirsted to regain it. With 24 million people and a robust economy, however, Taiwan has long claimed its sovereignty as an independent nation. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s government...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

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

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

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

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: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Escaping Eritrea 54 min.

An unprecedented undercover investigation into one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Exclusive secret footage and testimony shed new light on shocking allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and indefinite forced conscription.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

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: Streaming 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