Geography Video Collection


Covering both physical and human geography, this vast collection covers the natural and social processes that pattern and change the earth’s surface. Students will find documentaries, presentations, and instructional titles that bridge social and natural sciences to address the major issues in geography: environmental change, transformation of economy and culture, urbanization, regional or global inequality, natural hazards, and more.


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Collection by the Numbers

867 Hours

Collection Highlights

Great Cities: Rise of the Megalopolis – surveys the emergence and development of the megacity—both as an intellectual concept and as a physical phenomenon that is altering the face of the planet—and its association to poverty, unemployment, rampant crime, poor or nonexistent health care, and air and water pollution.


Guns, Germs, and Steel – based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, this classic three-hour National Geographic production follows humankind’s bumpy journey from the Ice Age to the information age to reveal the root cause of global inequality: geography.

The Explorers: Five Europeans Who Redrew the Map of the World – reconstructs European voyages of discovery that took place in the 15th through 18th centuries, and profiles the visionaries who led them, using sophisticated animation and expertise from modern scholars and archivists.


Mapping the World – a three-part series that tells the dramatic story of mapmaking—its origins, development, myriad uses, and ongoing potential, from prehistoric rock art to the globe-spanning visions of Google Earth.

Slum Cities – explores the tragedy of illegal slums filled with some of the poorest people in the world, lacking water, sanitation, and other resources needed to support exploding populations. Slum residents, as well as those who have broken out of the cycle of poverty, are interviewed in Mumbai, India, and Rio de Janeiro.


Journalist Simon Reeve investigates some of the most exotic and enticing locations on Earth in the series Australia; Caribbean; Greece; Indian Ocean; Ireland; Sacred Rivers; and Tropic of Cancer.

Wild Canada – a four-part series that captures the vast Canadian landscape in stunning, high-definition visuals.

The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century – a 26-part Annenberg Learner series teaching the geographic skills and concepts that are necessary to understand the world.

Strange Days on Planet Earth – an award-winning six-hour series hosted by Edward Norton that uses remarkable imagery to explore new discoveries about the health of planet Earth and how seemingly distant events are connected to human health and society.


Fighting the Tide: Developing Nations and Globalization – a 14-part series that documents how the consumption and spending habits of Western civilization affect people thousands of miles away, with each episode focusing on a different country


Rivers and Life: How Waterways Cradle and Confound Human Society – a six-hour series that guides viewers through cultures and countries shaped by rivers, including the Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi, Nile, Rhine, and Yangtze.


Making North America – this spectacular PBS series sets out to answer three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has its spectacular landscape shaped human lives and destinies?

Terra Report: A World of Trouble – a series in five parts revealing the dangers threatening the natural world as well as specific socioeconomic factors intertwined with them—showcases the realities of environmental devastation, species extinction, famine, starvation, and political instability in Africa, Asia, and South America.


All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for classroom use. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across 20 distinct, browsable subject categories (e.g., Urban Geography; Environmental Geography; Tools and Techniques; Population, Cultural & Social Geography), enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

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