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Global Voices Previous Broadcasts
Avant (Episode #803)
KQED World: Sun, Jun 26, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
In Uruguay, a forgotten national ballet company performing in a half-finished theater is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, one of the best ballet dancers of all time. Retired and looking for a new place in the world of dance, Bocca accepts the challenge to direct the company and elevate it to international competition quality. To this aim he stakes his reputation as he negotiates the tensions between art and bureaucracy. A group of young dancers from varied backgrounds leave everything behind to audition for the resurrected national dance company. They face tough competition from the dancers who already have years of service to the national ballet. Avant explores a nation, a dance company, and three talented brothers as they evolve and discover their identities through the language of dance.
- KQED World: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
Sepideh (Episode #802)
KQED World: Sun, Jun 19, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations to a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.
- KQED World: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
The Supreme Price (Episode #801)
KQED World: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.
- KQED World: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
Tales of the Waria (Episode #504)
KQED World: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, this documentary intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world's most populated Muslim country, it trains its lens on the warias, biological men who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides. Interweaving the stories of several warias who make extraordinary sacrifices for love, this film creates a moving and unexpected portrait of a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them.
Rent-a-Family, Inc. (Episode #616)
KQED World: Wed, Jun 1, 2016 -- 2:00 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.
- KQED World: Wed, Jun 1, 2016 -- 8:00 AM