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Walking Under Water (Episode #111)

KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

An intimate view of life for the last compressor divers from the Badjao tribe in Mabul Island. As the Badjao's old way of life quickly heads toward extinction, Alexan-Mabul Island's last compressor diver-tries to pass on their traditions to 10-year-old Sari. He tells his nephew wondrous tales about their ancestors and the secrets of the sea, weaving truth and fantasy. Sari, however, is torn between becoming a fisherman like his uncle and living a more modern life on land. Modern civilization has been driving the Badjao off the seas between Borneo, the Philippines and Indonesia. Without IDs or citizenship, the authorities want them to live on dry land in filthy slums overrun by garbage and rodents. Nearby, tourists stay in luxurious vacation resorts.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Prize of the Pole (Episode #110)

KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Inuit hunter Hivshu, a.k.a. Robert E. Peary II, traces the story of his great grandfather the famous Arctic explorer, and the mystery of his Eskimo ancestors who Peary brought back to New York as part of an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in 1897. Using archival footage, photos and audio recordings the film chronicles Peary's exploration of the Arctic and his still controversial 1909 claim to be the first man to reach the North Pole. The film also explores the activities of Peary and Franz Boas, the "father" of American anthropology, who viewed the Eskimos as barbarians, as "living fossils" for scientific study, focusing on the fate of the six Eskimos who traveled to New York with Peary, including the sole survivor, Minik, a six-year-old boy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Tashi's Turbine (Episode #109)

KQED World: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Tashi Bista dreams of installing a makeshift wind turbine in Namdok, a remote village nestled high amongst the Himalayas of Nepal. Battered by wind and cold, Namdok, has been in darkness for centuries. Wearing Ray Bans to shield his eyes from the dust and just a leather jacket to insulate him from the bitter cold he surveys the village. Tashi Bista, the sturdiest activist in town provides a fresh perspective to alternative energy. He grew up in this region without electrical power. He is determined to bring lights to Namdok in an effort to prove himself to the skeptical village community. Tashi's Turbine is a character driven film that shows the impact of one man's dream for light, in a village waiting for development.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
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