Wide Angle - Season 6

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PBS Premiered Jul 11, 2002 Between Seasons

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  • Pilgrimage to Karbala
    3/25/07
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    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
  • A Woman Among Warlords
    9/17/07
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    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
  • Brazil in Black and White
    9/4/07
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    "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
  • The Dying Fields
    The Dying Fields
    Episode 7
    8/28/07
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    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
    Episode 6
    8/21/07
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    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
  • Gaza E.R.
    Gaza E.R.
    Episode 5
    1/6/09
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    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.
  • Dishing Democracy
    Dishing Democracy
    Episode 4
    7/31/07
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    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
  • The Sand Castle
    The Sand Castle
    Episode 3
    7/24/07
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    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
  • Victory is Your Duty
    7/10/07
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    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 People's Court
    The People's Court
    Episode 1
    7/3/07
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    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
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