Area Studies


New! Unresolved: Face-Off with China 100 min.

As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, many are looking to China to help restrain its nettlesome neighbor. But this raises the larger issue of growing Chinese power in Asia. In three "mini-debates," four of the world's most prominent foreign policy experts examine the following questions: Is President Trump "making China great again"? Is China destined for regional dominan...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Masters of Rhythm 28 min.

This half-hour documentary, shot in Peru, stars three of the world's finest percussionists: Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito and Huevito. As they play the cajón drum, sing, dance, and talk, we learn about the rich culture of Afro-Peruvians.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate 99 min.

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middl...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Venezuela: Descent Into Chaos 17 min.

The country's severe economic crisis has created widespread corruption and goods shortages, leaving many families without basic essentials. Those who want to expose the dire health care situation are afraid to speak and the government sees the press reporting on it as the enemy.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Defusing War's Perfect Soldiers 10 min.

In 1997, Princess Diana brought public attention to landmine victims. But, almost two decades after her death, how much progress has been made in the worldwide fight against leftover munitions?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

What in the World—Algeria and Western Africa: Going Home 26 min.

For forty years now the Sahrawi people have lived in exile. Their home: five refugee camps in one of the hottest parts of the desert where summer temperatures reach over 50 degrees centigrade. Having fled the Moroccan invasion of their homeland, Western Sahara, over 100,000 people now live in what is in effect an open prison where they are completely dependent on the World Food Programme for their...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

What In the World—El Salvador: Yo Cambio 26 min.

El Salvador's prisons are bloody, brutal, and overcrowded. With 700 arrests a day, that level of overcrowding shows no signs of abating. And they have one of the highest homicides rates in the world. But rather than give up on prisons and prisoners, the people who are running the prison service have decided to change tack and reform the system. Their response is Yo Cambio. First change: the langua...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

The Chinese World Order 47 min.

For some time now, the establishment of the World Bank and IMF has had a Chinese counterpart: AIIB, which China intends to use to finance a huge infrastructure project to connect Asia and Europa, a New Silk Route. This new international financial institution forces Europe to take a side. The UK decided, against the urgent advice from the United States, to become a member, and also the Netherlands...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Justice for All 47 min.

Access to justice: for four billion out of the just over seven billion people on earth this is too expensive, too complicated, blocked by corruption, or simply not available. Lawyers working for the Dutch government devote themselves to the digital innovation of the legal industry. Surprisingly enough, Kenya is a trendsetter in this respect. Under the inspiring guidance of Supreme Court Judge Will...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Next Stop Istanbul: The Refugee Crisis 48 min.

With neighboring Syria in ruins and stricken by a civil war, Turkey keeps its borders closed in exchange for billions of euros from the European Union. Many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans have managed to cross the porous borders and are now in Istanbul, the gateway to Europe. Will they stay there or is crossing to Europe too irresistible? Last year, thousands drowned during the sea crossing to Europe...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016