Wide Angle

PBS Premiered Jul 11, 2002 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide

    • Brazil in Black and White
      Brazil in Black and White
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      "Am I black or am I white?" Even before they ever set foot in a college classroom, many Brazilian university applicants must now confront a question with no easy answer. BRAZIL IN BLACK AND WHITE follows the lives of five young college hopefuls from diverse backgrounds as they compete to win a coveted spot at the elite University of Brasilia, where 20 percent of the incoming freshmen must qualify as Afro-Brazilian. Outside the university, WIDE ANGLE reports on the controversial racial debate roiling Brazil through profiles of civil right activists, opponents of affirmative action, and one of the country's few black senators.moreless
    • Soul of India
      Soul of India
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      The bloody conflict between Hindus and Muslims in northwestern India is at the forefront of a struggle for India's identity.
    • Crossing Heaven's Border
      Crossing Heaven's Border
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      In the past decade, up to 100,000 defectors have crossed the waters of the Tumen and Yalu Rivers into northeast China to escape from North Korea, the world's last closed Communist state. In Crossing Heaven's Border, WIDE ANGLE tells the moving and dramatic stories of a few of them.
    • Heart of Jenin
      Heart of Jenin
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      When a Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, his death could have been just one news story. Instead, Ahmed's parent's decision to donate his organs turned tragedy into hope for six Israelis. Heart of Jenin tells the story of Ahmed's tragic death and his father Ismael's journey to visit three of the organ recipients two years latermoreless
    • Media by Milosevic?
      Media by Milosevic?
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      This investigative report will take the viewer inside the realm, and inside the mind, of one of the most effective and brutal tyrants of the past 50 years.
    • Cause for Murder
      Cause for Murder
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      This film examines the hopes that a new dawn has come in Mexico's history, and the fear that graft and corruption are immovable.
    • Bitter Harvest
      Bitter Harvest
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Forces aligned against the Taliban find themselves in an uneasy relationship with the drug lords who cultivate much of the world's heroin.
    • Road to Riches
      Road to Riches
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      This film reveals the stark contrasts among the lives of South Africans almost ten years after the demise of apartheid. The documentary focuses on Uthingo, the consortium of black-empowerment companies that manages the national lottery.
    • Dying to Leave
      Dying to Leave
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      This two-hour Wide Angle Special explores the current worldwide boom in illicit migration.
    • Greetings From Grozny
      Greetings From Grozny
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      This film goes behind the lines on both sides of the conflict in Grozny, Chechnya, and into the hearts of civilians and soldiers alike.
    • The Empty ATM
      The Empty ATM
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      In December 2001, the Argentinian government defaulted on $155 billion in public debt. The Empty ATM chronicles how its citizens coped.
    • The Market Maker
      The Market Maker
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      Eleni Gabre-Madhin is a charismatic Ethiopian economist wants to end hunger in her famine-plagued country. But rather than relying on foreign aid, she has a truly radical plan. She has designed the nation's first commodities exchange, which she hopes will revolutionize an ancient market system whose inefficiencies have been partly responsible for the country's persistent food shortages.moreless
    • Contestant No. 2
      Contestant No. 2
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      An Arab-Israeli teen sets her sights on the Miss Israel pageant.
    • Victory is Your Duty (Update)
      Victory is Your Duty (Update)
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      At the Havana Boxing Academy, boys live and train with a single purpose: to bring home Olympic gold. Victory Is Your Duty follows the young boxers as they build up to the biggest event of their lives: the annual National Boxing Championships. After the film, WIDE ANGLE's Aaron Brown reports from Miami to tell what happens when Academy boxers grow up: and defect to the United States.moreless
    • Time for School 3 (Part 2)
      Time for School 3 (Part 2)
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      WIDE ANGLE's award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, follows seven children from seven countries who are struggling to achieve a basic education.
    • Birth of a Surgeon
      Birth of a Surgeon
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      WIDE ANGLE travels to Mozambique, where a bold grassroots initiative to train midwives in advanced life-saving surgery has significantly reduced the country's maternal death rate.
    • Eyes of the Storm
      Eyes of the Storm
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      "Eyes of the Storm" tells the struggles of several orphaned children left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. A Burmese team shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta's media blackout to provide a rare window into one of the world's most secretive countries.moreless
    • Pilgrimage to Karbala
      Pilgrimage to Karbala
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      In the summer of 2006, Iranian pilgrims left Tehran by bus for the holy city of Karbala, deep inside a shattered Iraq. "Pilgrimage To Karbala" follows this journey into the heart of Shia Islam, revealing how two ancient crimes, the murder of Muhammad's grandson and the disappearance of a six-year-old imam, became the founding legends of Shiism and dominate events in the Middle East today.10moreless
    • Once Upon a Coup
      Once Upon a Coup
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      A failed coup attempt...a British mercenary in a notorious African prison...a dictator suspicious of Western powers...and beneath it all, a spectacular underwater oil reserve. "Once Upon a Coup" is WIDE ANGLE's penetrating look at the mysterious goings-on in Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African nation newly rich with oil and infamous for corruption.moreless
    • Time for School 3 (Part 1)
      Time for School 3 (Part 1)
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      WIDE ANGLE's award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, follows seven children - from Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and Romania - who are struggling to achieve what is not yet a global birthright - a basic education. In part three of the series the students struggle to complete middle school and continue to the next level.moreless
    • Coca and the Congressman
      Coca and the Congressman
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Wide Angle travels with Morales to the stunning highlands of Bolivia as he fights to expand the amount of coca can be legally grown by farmers.
    • Red Lines and Deadlines
      Red Lines and Deadlines
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      With rare access, Wide Angle films behind the scenes with the young reporters of one of Iran's leading reformist newspapers.
    • Heart of Darfur
      Heart of Darfur
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      The film Heart of Darfur captures the desperation of daily life in remote villages, crowded refugee camps and in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur that is now home to 100,000 refugees and 10,000 U.N. personnel. Heart of Darfur takes a look at the people and places affected by what has been called "the world's largest humanitarian crisis."moreless
    • Japan's About Face
      Japan's About Face
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      Japan's About-Face is a remarkable window into the shifting role of the military in post-war Japanese society. WIDE ANGLE has acquired unprecedented access to the National Defense Academy, Japan's "West Point." We follow Defense Academy cadets preparing for a future that may involve overseas deployment, and meet with a group of peace activists - some of them atom bomb survivors - on a grueling two month, 750-mile protest march from Hiroshima to Tokyo.moreless
    • Birth of a Surgeon
      Birth of a Surgeon
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      With more than half a million women dying in pregnancy or childbirth worldwide, Mozambique's surgical training programs are being hailed as a model solution in confronting the maternal health crisis facing developing countries. The film captures one woman's story on the frontlines of improving maternal mortality but it also demonstrates how low-cost, community-based health initiatives are changing the face of public health in Africa. The film Birth of a Surgeon follows Emilia Cumbane, one of the first midwives-in-training. She performs Cesareans and hysterectomies in makeshift operating rooms in rural Mozambique. We follow Cumbane from her home in the Mozambican capital Maputo, into intensive medical classes, through night shifts in the delivery wards, and watch as she fights for recognition of her surgical competence.moreless
    • The People's Court
      The People's Court
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      WIDE ANGLE gained exclusive access to film in Chinese courts - a first for a Western documentary. Profiling itinerant judges, law students, a human rights lawyer, and ordinary citizens, The People's Court examines China in flux, revealing the lengths to which Chinese people must go to obtain justice and raising crucial questions about their emerging system of law.moreless
    • Victory is Your Duty
      Victory is Your Duty
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      WIDE ANGLE gains intimate access to the Havana Boxing Academy on the outskirts of Cuba's capital. There, from the tender age of nine, boys hand-picked as future Olympians are molded into soldiers of the ring. They live and train at the academy with a single purpose: to bring home Olympic Gold. Victory is Your Duty follows the boys' dramatic path over eight months of training, schooling and boarding as they build up to the biggest event of their lives -- the annual National Boxing Championships.moreless
    • The Sand Castle
      The Sand Castle
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      WIDE ANGLE travels to the royal headquarters of the United Arab Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah as HH Sheikh Saud solicits top European architects to carry out his grandiose dream of a new capital city in the middle of his desert kingdom. The documentary follows a Norwegian architectural firm as it makes its bid to design the capital's master plan, immersing viewers inside an unfolding drama in which agents of East and West struggle to arrive at an architectural vision both worlds can embrace -- and one that will ultimately fulfill a Sheikh's bold dreams.moreless
    • A Woman Among Warlords
      A Woman Among Warlords
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      WIDE ANGLE provides a unique insight into the politics and culture of a nation ruined by war, still ruled by fear, but desperate for a change for the better. A Woman Among Warlords follows the campaign of a woman running in Afghanistan's first democratic parliament election in more than 30 years. WIDE ANGLE profiles 27 year-old Malalai Joya, one of the country's most famous (and controversial) women since 2003 when she challenged the power of warlords in national politics.moreless
    • The Dying Fields
      The Dying Fields
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      At a moment when India is enjoying record economic growth, THE DYING FIELDS turns to Vidarbha's four million cotton farmers who have been left behind, struggling to survive on less than two dollars a day. WIDE ANGLE cameras follow Kishor Tiwari, former businessman turned farmer advocate, whose tiny office in the heart of this cotton-growing region functions as the archive and watchdog for the suicide epidemic; traveling salesmen hawking genetically modified - and costly - cotton seeds that require irrigation that few Vidarbha farmers have; the last rites of a farmer who couldn't pay his debts; a tour of the poison ward at the local hospital, where beds are always filled; and a visit by then-president of India, A.J.P. Abdul Kalam, whom the farming widows beseech for help in convincing the government to forgive their debts.moreless
    • Gold Futures
      Gold Futures
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      Gold Futures is a David-and-Goliath story set in a scenic Romanian village in the heart of Transylvania. At stake: a massive deposit of gold ore - and a 2000-year-old village community that has existed since the ancient Romans founded a mining town on the edge of their empire. Now, as a Canadian company plans the largest open-pit gold mine in Europe, mineral wealth and badly-needed jobs compete with time-honored rural traditions and concerns about poisoning the environment. Set against the backdrop of Rosia Montana's misty forests, Gold Futures captures the unfolding conflict between villagers who welcome the company's buy-out offers and their neighbors who remain fiercely defensive of their way of life and anxious to maintain the stunning landscape of their homeland.moreless
    • Dishing Democracy
      Dishing Democracy
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      WIDE ANGLE goes behind the scenes at Arab television channel MBC in Cairo for an inside look at the hit all-female talk show, KALAM NAWAEM. The film provides a nuanced portrait of four Arab women harnessing the power of transnational satellite TV to boldly and effectively push social reform. With exclusive access to both the private and the professional lives of the hosts and producers, the cameras capture censorship discussions, tension and camaraderie in the dressing room, and viewer reactions on the Arab street.moreless
    • Burning Season
      Burning Season
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      Every hour in Indonesian rainforests, an area the size of 300 soccer fields is mowed down and burned. Often this clearing is done to make way for oil palm plantations. The resulting palm oil is used for cooking, cleaning and even as a biofuel. But the fires farmers set to clear their land have helped to make Indonesia the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide - exceeded only by the U.S. and China.moreless
    • Lord's Children
      Lord's Children
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      The region of Northern Uganda was ravaged by one of Africa's longest civil wars until 2006. For over 20 years, more than 65,000 children, some as young as five years old, have been kidnapped by Uganda's anti-government rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and forced to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves.moreless
    • China Prep
      China Prep
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      China Prep follows five Chinese students through their final high-pressure year at an elite high school in Sichuan Province. Eighteen hundred students vie for spots in Beijing's top two universities. Last year only 59 made it. Studying seven days a week, the students' lives are regimented almost every minute of the day as they prepare for the end-of-year exam that can determine their fate. For many students from poor or rural backgrounds, a strong performance on the test is the only way to climb the social ladder and excel without connections. Competition is fierce and the majority of high school seniors will be relegated to vocational schools.moreless
    • Ladies First
      Ladies First
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000, Rwanda's women are playing a remarkable role in politics and in the business sector.
    • The Rock Star and the Mullahs
      The Rock Star and the Mullahs
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Wide Angle follows Salman Ahmed as he journeys to tolerant Lahore and fundamentalist Peshawar to reveal the internal conflicts of Pakistan.
    • To Have and Have Not
      To Have and Have Not
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      "To Have and Have Not" examines the dramatic upheaval China is undergoing, profiling people on the extremes of poverty and great wealth.
    • Young, Muslim, and French
      Young, Muslim, and French
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      This film covers a racially diverse, working-class community on the outskirts of Paris, where Muslim women face a choice to obey a headscarf ban - or flout it.
    • Future for Lebanon
      Future for Lebanon
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      "Future for Lebanon" takes viewers to the oldest democracy in the Middle East as voters go to the polls in a new era.
    • H5N1 - Killer Flu
      H5N1 - Killer Flu
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Wide Angle travels to Vietnam to investigate the threat of a global pandemic.
    • Democracy in the Rough
      Democracy in the Rough
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      Wide Angle is on the ground as the Democratic Republic of Congo holds its first elections in 45 years.
    • Iraqi Exodus
      Iraqi Exodus
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      WIDE ANGLE reports from the frontlines of the staggering refugee crisis that is unfolding in the Middle East as Iraqis flee their war-torn country at the rate of up to 50,000 people per month. Our story takes us to the heart of the crisis – to Syria and Jordan, which harbor the vast majority of uprooted Iraqis. WIDE ANGLE explores the displaced Iraqi community – from the middle class suburbs of Damascus where Iraqis have sent housing prices soaring more than 50 percent to the cafés, schools and food distribution sites of Amman.moreless
    • Mixed Blessings
      Mixed Blessings
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      "Mixed Blessings" looks at Ireland's dramatic transformation from a poor nation to an urbanized and secularized society.
    • Class of 2006
      Class of 2006
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      An imam academy in Morocco graduates 50 women, some of the first women to be officially trained as religious leaders in the Arab world.
    • Turkey's Tigers
      Turkey's Tigers
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      For years, Turkey's pious Muslims have been pushed to the fringes of the stridently secular country. Now Muslims are embracing capitalism and commerce.
    • Gaza E.R.
      Gaza E.R.
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      In the summer of 2006, as internal battles fractured the Palestinian Territories, WIDE ANGLE visited Shifa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, following doctors, nurses, and staff as they struggle in the face of turf wars between Hamas, rival faction Fatah, and powerful families with competing agendas.