This international independent series samples the best of international documentary.
Family Portrait In Black and White (#520) Duration: 53:38 STEREO
lga Nenya, from a small Ukrainian town, is raising 16 black orphans in a country of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. The reality of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe - a rare and truly visible minority - is not for the faint of heart. These children always have to be on guard against the world that surrounds them.
The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (#413) Duration: 54:07 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A small town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember. An island holding terrifying secrets. Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom on the city just like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens.
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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.
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The Siege (#414) Duration: 1:20:30 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A powerful documentary on the infamous 1996 siege in Lima. The Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), lead by Nestor Cerpa, storms a party at the Japanese Ambassador's residence, taking hundreds of hostages and demanding the release of MRTA members from prison, including Cerpa's wife. President Alberto Fujimori's response is uncompromising and fatal. With unprecedented access to archival footage, police recordings, and key interviews, the film documents 4 extraordinary months as the siege builds to an astonishing conclusion.
Last Days of the Arctic (#505) Duration: 53:35 STEREO
An elegy for a disappearing landscape and the people who inhabit it.
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A Village Called Versailles (#613) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Town of Runners (#506) Duration: 1:26:40 STEREO
Putin's Kiss (#507) Duration: 1:26:40 STEREO
Nashi is an increasingly popular political youth organization in Russia with direct ties to the Kremlin. Officially, its goal is to support the current political system by creating a future elite among the brightest and most loyal Russian teenagers. But the organization also works to prevent the political opposition from spreading their views among young people.
16-year-old Masha Drokova, a Nashi commissar and spokesperson, is an ambitious middle-class student from the outskirts of Moscow. After joining Nashi at the age of 15, she moves to the very top of the organization, and is rewarded for her dedication with a university scholarship, an apartment, and even a pro-Putin talk show.
Everything changes when Drokova becomes acquainted with a group of liberal journalists, including popular anti-Putin reporter Oleg Kashin. At first, she remains devoted to Nashi while pursuing tentative friendships with its left-wing critics - but when Kashin is brutally beaten by "unknown perpetrators," she has a genuine change of heart and decides to take a stand.
Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors (#508) Duration: 1:52:52 STEREO
On Friday, October 13, in 1972, charter flight 571 took off from Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city, carrying a boisterous team of wealthy college athletes to a rugby match in Chile. But what was supposed to be a first taste of freedom away from home turned out to be a much scarier and life-altering journey.
This program is the tale of flight 571, which never made it to Chile. Instead, the plane crash-landed in a desolate glacial valley, high in the Andean cordillera - a chain of rugged, snow-covered peaks stretching from Bogata, Colombia to Punta Arenas, Chile. Fifteen people died, including the pilot. 5 were badly wounded. But - miracle of miracles - 29 lived.
3 decades after the crash, the 16 survivors, interviewed in the film, revive long-buried emotions and intimate memories. They take viewers, moment by agonizing moment, through their suffering, as hope turns into despair and as hours stretch into days and weeks. And finally, just before disbelief hardens into bitterness and fear turns to madness, the unexpected happens.
With death by starvation drawing ever nearer, the survivors arrive at a universal conclusion - that in order to live, they must break a taboo: They must find their nourishment in the flesh of their teammates who have died alongside them in the snowy wilderness. The group closes ranks around the terrible, life-saving decision: a decision that sustains them over the 72-day odyssey and helps them fuse into a single organism dedicated to one purpose - survival.