This international independent series samples the best of international documentary.
Imelda (#126) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-V
This film is about former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and the intersection of personal and public power, myth and illusion. It addresses how excessive power is amassed and sustained by popular support, and how one woman rationalizes her seemingly unconscionable abuse of such power.
- KQED World: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 2:00pm
Return to the Border/Take A Look (#306) Duration: 54:08 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In the past half-century, millions of people around the globe have sacrificed themselves for communism and socialism. In RETURN TO THE BORDER, a Chinese-born filmmaker reflects on the personal ramifications of these political ideals, from his memories of a childhood in the border town of Dandong to his experiences in North Korea.
- KQED World: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 5:00pm
Daughter from Danang/Balikbayan (#118) Duration: 1:24:45 STEREO TVPG
This highly honored, critically acclaimed film tells the story of a Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter who are joyously reunited after 22 years - but whose illusions are quickly shattered as the reality of cultural differences and years of separation sets in.
- KQED World: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 5:00am
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Poor Us: The Animated History of Poverty (#525) Duration: 53:34 STEREO
Do we know what poverty is? The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis's film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality?
Mai's America/Someday Flowers Bloom (#125) Duration: 1:23:28 STEREO TVPG-S
A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime -- to study in the United States. She lands in rural Mississippi, a crazy quilt of self-proclaimed rednecks, cliquish teenagers, South Vietnamese exiles and transvestite soulmates. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai's unforgettable journey offers an outsider's glimpse inside America.
Someday Flowers Bloom - explores Chiyoko Lewis' life as she copes with the challenges she faces in Japan and in the United States. After meeting a country musician in Kumamoto, Japan, she learns that love can overcome cultural and physical obstacles.
Where Heaven Meets Hell (#601) Duration: 56:46 STEREO
Four sulfur miners working at an active volcano in Indonesia search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs. This intimate portrait chronicles their attempts to escape the social ills that haunt their community.
Garbage Dreams (#602) Duration: 56:46 STEREO
The world's largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The "Zabaleen" (Arabic for "garbage people") recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.
When Hari Got Married (#603) Duration: 56:46 STEREO
Hari, a 30-year-old taxi driver in the Indian Himalayas, is getting married to a girl he has never met but has fallen in love with over the mobile phone.
Lakshmi and Me (#503) Duration: 55:04 STEREO
Have you ever dreamed of being waited on hand and foot? For the past six years, Lakshmi has been working for Nishtha as a part-time maid in Mumbai. Against the backdrop of a culture where "servants" are often treated as social inferiors, Nishtha begins making a film with Lakshmi. In a deeply personal portrait, the film takes a hard look at the caste system and how Lakshmi manages to flourish despite such social boundaries.
Unmistaken Child (#604) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO
When one of Tibet's greatest monks passes away, his shy, gifted disciple must complete a monumental task assigned by the Dalai Lama: to find the child who is the reincarnation of his master.
Ninos De La Memoria (#605) Duration: 56:46 STEREO
Hundreds - possibly thousands - of children disappeared from El Salvador in the midst of that country's civil war in the 1980s. Ninos de la Memoria follows three of those children as they return to their native country in search of identity and answers.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 -- 11:00pm email reminder
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