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Rent-a-Family, Inc. (Episode #616)

KQED World: Mon, May 30, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

On the surface, Ryuichi looks like an ordinary, 44-year-old Japanese family man. He has a wife and two sons, and a good job in the customer service department at a toy factory. Yet unbeknownst to most - including his own family - he moonlights running his own business providing family members, friends, and even spouses for hire. Ryuichi and his employees are professional stand-ins, part of a growing service industry in Japan that rents out fake spouses, best men, relatives, friends, colleagues, boyfriends and girlfriends, all to spare their clients embarrassment at social functions such as weddings, funerals, or other family gatherings.

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  • KQED World: Mon, May 30, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

The Mosuo Sisters (Episode #707)

KQED World: Mon, May 23, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Two spirited daughters from China's last remaining matrilineal ethnic minority are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known. Left with few options, Jua Ma and La Tsuo leave Beijing for home, a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas. But home is no longer what it was, as growing exposure to the modern world irreparably changes the provocative traditions the Mosuo have built around their belief that marriage is an attack on the family.
Determined to keep their mother and siblings out of poverty, one sister sacrifices her dream of an education and stays home to farm, while the other leaves to try her luck in the city. From Lijiang to Chengdu, Jua Ma's interactions with rich Chinese businessmen, lecherous gangsters, Tibetan monks, and fledgling pop stars lead her on a precarious path that pits her hopes and dreams against bitter realities.

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  • KQED World: Mon, May 23, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (Episode #701)

KQED World: Mon, May 16, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

This film mirrors the remarkable change that has taken place in Myanmar (Burma) since shooting began over two years ago. Through its exploration of 5 young women breaking free of tradition in their search for an original voice, it provides a powerful metaphor for a country suddenly thrust onto the world stage.

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  • KQED World: Mon, May 16, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Bolinao 52 (Episode #606)

KQED World: Thu, May 12, 2016 -- 2:00 AM

A group of Vietnamese survivors of a tragic boat accident struggle to find peace years after the incident took place.

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  • KQED World: Thu, May 12, 2016 -- 8:00 AM

Here Comes Uncle Joe (Episode #714)

KQED World: Wed, May 11, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

He is not their uncle, and his name is not Joe. But to the old ladies of An-dong, a rural community in southeastern Korea, Uncle Joe is almost the only contact they have with the modern world. As the young leave these rural areas to acquire higher education and to find high salary jobs in the cities, there are no services or people to support old people. In this situation, Uncle Joe becomes the only man for the old.
However, his road taken isn't always happy. Because of their advanced years, Joe often encounters his old customer-friends' misery and death. Moreover, as he reflects on his life, he faces his inner conflict and shame. In this film, we see how Uncle Joe serves these communities with humor and attention, how love and friendship are infused in life, and how he overcomes his conflicts with his friends.

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  • KQED World: Wed, May 11, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Bolinao 52 (Episode #606)

KQED World: Mon, May 9, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

A group of Vietnamese survivors of a tragic boat accident struggle to find peace years after the incident took place.

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  • KQED World: Thu, May 12, 2016 -- 8:00 AM

A Village Called Versailles (Episode #613)

KQED World: Mon, May 9, 2016 -- 8:00 AM

The incredible story of this little-known, tight-knit community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When the storm devastated New Orleans in August 2005, Versailles residents rebuilt their neighborhood faster than any other damaged neighborhood in the city, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill slated to open just two miles away. Forced out of Vietnam by the war 30 years ago, many residents felt their homes were being taken away from them once again.

Bolinao 52 (Episode #606)

KQED World: Mon, May 9, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

A group of Vietnamese survivors of a tragic boat accident struggle to find peace years after the incident took place.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, May 12, 2016 -- 8:00 AM

A Village Called Versailles (Episode #613)

KQED World: Mon, May 9, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

The incredible story of this little-known, tight-knit community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When the storm devastated New Orleans in August 2005, Versailles residents rebuilt their neighborhood faster than any other damaged neighborhood in the city, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill slated to open just two miles away. Forced out of Vietnam by the war 30 years ago, many residents felt their homes were being taken away from them once again.

In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee (Episode #702)

KQED World: Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, the 8-year-old girl quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural, POV 2000) returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.

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  • KQED World: Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
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