Area Studies


Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party 112 min.

Uncover the true story of the demonstration that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, the world’s most famous pro-democracy movement ended in brutal violence, leaving thousands dead, and laying the foundation for China’s future.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War With China: A Debate 84 min.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has made it clear: When it comes to big data, advanced weaponry, and other innovations in technology and economic planning, China aims to surpass the United States as the world’s next techonomic superpower. But between its trade war with the United States, its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, and an array of domestic challenges, are China’s goals outpacing its capac...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Gandhi and Decolonization 26 min.

In May 1893, a man is thrown out of a train, on the platforms of the train station of Pietermaritzburg, a little city of South Africa, for daring to sit in a first-class compartment. This young Indian lawyer by the name of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has disembarked on the continent just a few days before and is having there his first experiences of racism and violence. Of this South-African life,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Lawrence of Arabia and the Redefining of the Middle East 26 min.

1916, the Great War is raging in Europe. Far away from the trenches, in the sand of the Middle East, war has a very different face. All the grounds of the “land of Damascus”, but also the holy places of Islam, are then in the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The archaeologist Thomas Edward Lawrence, a resourceful adventurer, is an English agent present on site. With a handful of intrepid men, he leads...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Idi Amin 54 min.

This episode of The Dictator's Playbookexplores how Idi Amin used military force to seize power and build his 1970s dictatorship in Uganda.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Kim Il-Sung 54 min.

This episode of The Dictator's Playbook examines the rise and reign of North Korea's Kim Il-Sung. See howhe created an unshakeable cult of personality and a dictatorship that has spanned three generations.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Manuel Noriega 54 min.

This episode of The Dictator's Playbook examines the rise and fall of Panama's Manuel Noriega, from his early military days to his dictatorship’s sudden end.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Saddam Hussein 54 min.

This episode of "The Dictator's Playbook" examines the regime of Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Learn how the tyrant seized power and maintained it for almost 30 years.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia 172 min.

In a special two-part series, FRONTLINE investigates how a dangerous rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia (Part 1) 114 min.

FRONTLINE traces how a 40-year rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has fueled sectarian extremism across the Middle East for political gain. Correspondent Martin Smith travels to seven countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen to examine how the power struggle has rippled across the region.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018