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America's only program exclusively devoted to international current affairs documentaries.

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    Crossing Heaven’s Border: Introduction

    Crossing Heaven’s Border: Introduction

    “Recounts the harrowing, heartbreaking stories of North Korean refugees who escape – or try to – across the border into China” –Miami Herald “The kind of suspense Hollywood cannot manufacture” – Wall Street Journal About the Film In the past decade, up to 100,000 defectors have crossed the waters of the Tumen and Yalu Rivers […]

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    Heart of Jenin: Introduction

    Heart of Jenin: Introduction

    “Heart-rending” –Denver Post “ A moving…documentary” –Globe and Mail When a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, it could have been just one more blip on the news: one more war, one more child, one more human […]

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    Birth of a Surgeon: Introduction

    Birth of a Surgeon: Introduction

    “Tells an admirable story…. It is too early to gauge the long-term effects of Mozambique’s program, but in the glimpse provided by this film, it seems full of possibilities.” –The New York Times “Feel-good programming that makes you think, too” –Canwest News Service ABOUT THE ISSUE Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s deadliest place to give […]

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    The Market Maker: Introduction

    The Market Maker: Introduction

    “A true story that should have Hollywood calling” – USA Today “An amazing documentary” –baristaexchange.com Eleni Gabre-Madhin is a woman with a dream. The charismatic Ethiopian economist wants to end hunger in her famine-plagued country. But rather than relying on foreign aid or new agricultural technology, she has a truly radical plan. She has designed […]

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    Contestant No. 2: Introduction

    Contestant No. 2: Introduction

    “An unexpectedly poignant documentary…. Suspenseful and thought-provoking” –Jerusalem Post “A heartbreaking doc…. What we see is a profoundly bitter confrontation between the individual and the community.” –Globe and Mail How far can one young woman push a conservative culture? Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze minority, a religious sect living […]

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    Victory Is Your Duty: Introduction

    Victory Is Your Duty: Introduction

    About the Issue In the past seven Olympic Games, Cuba, an island nation with a population of 11 million people, has dominated the sport of boxing: 63 medals, 32 of them gold. Boxing has held a special place of honor in Cuban society since the revolution, not least because Castro has deployed the nation’s athletes […]

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