Area Studies


New! Torn Apart: Separated at the Border 40 min.

Directed and produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent, the intimate 40-minute film follows two mothers who were each separated from their children in the United States for months and are desperate to reunite with them. After fleeing violence that claimed the life of her husband and two uncles in Honduras, María was detained and separated from her 10-year-old son Alex for...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! How China Got Rich 58 min.

Over 40 years China has been transformed out of all recognition, the scale of its growth and the sheer speed of change has been astonishing. The country has seen the largest lifting of people out of poverty that has ever taken place in human history, and today China is a global force, predicted to become the world’s biggest economy in a couple of decades. So how did an impoverished and backward co...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Amazon 55 min.

The Amazon amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins, and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Mississippi 55 min.

From the frozen north--where coyotes learn to fish in icy water--down through the nation’s agricultural heart and to the mysterious, steamy southern swamps where alligators still rule, the many faces of the Mississippi River unite a nation.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Nile 55 min.

The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

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