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China's 3 Dreams - The Missing History of China
"In the 1970s, we had three dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle". What are the dreams of the Chinese people today? Filmed over an 11-year period, Nick Torrens' third essay film about China in the modern world is an exploration of the missing years - the years of…
Made in China - Migrants in Rural China
This documentary tells one of the millions of stories of migrants from rural China who comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle. It provides a human face behind the ubiquitous label "Made in China." This massive dislocation of people may well represent the largest, most rapid migration in human…
Sons of Shiva
Sons of Shiva is a sustained attempt to film a four-day ceremony concerned with the worship of Shiva. Devotees of the God Shiva are shown from the initial taking of the Sacred Thread through gradually intensifying action to a culmination in a variety of ascetic and self denying practices. Devotees…
The Last Clan
They are a model of socialism. Living as a collective and as equals in a family-based commune. They are the Hakka from the mountainous region of South East China. Their home is a fortress-like structure called the Tulou, where as many as five hundred family members share an ancient way…
Discovering Paris
Paris, the "City of Light" is widely considered as the world's most beautiful city. Find out why as you follow two visitors discovering Paris on a five day stay. They visit many major attractions and districts by walking and using the Metro. Highlights include the views from the Eiffel Tower…
London - A world city
This is a new look at London, one of three dominant world cities and a command centre of the global economy. The importance of business and tourism is a focus of the program as well as the way of life of the people who live here. London is a major…
Autumn Gem - Modern China's First Feminist
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (Qiu Jin ) (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead…
Kolkata: City of Joy - The Past and Present of an Indian City
BBC
Comedian Sue Perkins explores the story of India through the life of its most beguiling and exuberant city - Kolkata. From its grand history as the seat of British Imperial power to its modern reincarnation as a centre of commerce, the past, present and future of India co-exist here like…
Emperor's Ghost Army
Part of the Series: NOVA
In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2,200 years, this clay army, 8,000-strong, stands poised to…
The Zen Mind
A travelogue across the breadth of Japan to explore the practice of modern day zen. We will take you from the bustle of rush-hour Tokyo to the tranquil mountains of Kyoto. From zen centers hidden among skyscrpaers to the zendo in a remote monastery. With unrestricted access, we will take…
Hello Photo
In her startling, exquisitely shot Hello Photo, documentarist Nina Davenport turns the conventions of the travelogue inside out. She takes us to India and abandons us there, leaving us to believe what we see through her eyes. Her movie replicates the experience of being a traveller and thus a voyeur,…
Television under the Swastika
Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 1950s but in reality its origins hark back much further. Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world's first television broadcaster, began Greater German Television in March 1935.…