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Episode Guide
EPISODE 202
Airdate: May 22, 2003

• Overview
• TV and Web Credits
• Press

>>Transcript

 

OVERVIEW

Lebanon, PARTY OF GOD
A reporter's search for the real Hezbollah
Key U.S. government officials call Hezbollah the "A-team" of worldwide terrorism, but it's also a highly respected political force in Lebanon. FRONTLINE/World correspondent David Lewis reports on this powerful Islamic group, which mixes guerrilla exploits, social service and party politics. Lewis takes us to the border between Lebanon and Israel, behind the scenes of Hezbollah rallies in Beirut, and through the valleys where terrorist operatives have trained. read more

Guatemala/Mexico, COFFEE COUNTRY
Can fair trade save the farm?
As a worldwide glut of coffee beans forces Central American farmers and their families off their land, FRONTLINE/World's Sam Quinones follows a group of gourmet coffee importers who advocate "fair trade" as a partial solution to the crisis. He meets tasters, buyers and indigenous farmers in remote coffee-growing regions. read more

Nepal, DREAMS OF CHOMOLONGMA
Sherpa women scale Mount Everest
Fifty years after the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, five young Sherpa women struggle to make history by summitting the peak whose name in Nepali is Chomolongma, or "Mother Goddess of the Universe." FRONTLINE/World climbs with the team as they confront storms, sickness, fear and the obstacles facing women in traditional Sherpa culture. read more

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TV AND WEB CREDITS

PARTY OF GOD

Reporter/Producer: DAVID LEWIS; Camera: PAUL MAILMAN, THOMAS NYBO; Editors: STEPHANIE MECHURA CHALLBERG, PATRICK FLYNN, MIKE HALEY, DAVID RITSHER, STEVE AUDETTE; Music by: JALEX- ALEXI CHEMALY AND JAD ABOUZEID; Special Thanks: KPSP-TV PALM SPRINGS, MERAV LICHTENSTEIN

COFFEE COUNTRY

Reporter: SAM QUINONES; Producer/Videographer: JOE RUBIN; Editors: KIM ROBERTS, MICHAEL H. AMUNDSON; Music: "LA PETRONA" BY DUETO DE TINITO Y PORFIRIO COURTESY DISCOS CORASON

DREAMS OF CHOMOLONGMA

Producers/Videographers: SAPANA SAKYA, RAMYATA LIMBU; Editor: DAVID RITSHER; Additional Camera: NARAYAN PRASAIN; Additional Materials: NAZIR SABIR

For FRONTLINE/World 202

Associate Producer: SHERAZ SADIQ; Unit Manager: SUZANNE ROMAINE; Web Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Web Editors: DOUG FOSTER, SARA MILES; Web Site Design: SUSAN HARRIS; Additional Web Production: EMILY COVEN; Promotion: ERIN MARTIN KANE, CHRIS KELLY; Community Engagement: BRENT QUAN HALL, ELLEN SCHNEIDER, ACTIVE VOICE; Interns: DAN KRAUSS, BRENT MCDONALD; Legal: ERIC BRASS, DAVID MOYCE; Satellite Photos: SPACE IMAGING; Theme Music: SUPREME BEINGS OF LEISURE; Sound Mix: JIM SULLIVAN; Post Production Supervisor: CHRIS FOURNELLE; Post Production Assistant: CHETIN CHABUK; Online Editors: MICHAEL H. AMUNDSON, JULIE KAHN; Senior Video Editor: STEVE AUDETTE; Series Design: JOHN MACGIBBON; FRONTLINE Coordinating Producer: ROBIN PARMELEE; FRONTLINE Production Manager: TIM MANGINI; FRONTLINE Series Manager: JIM BRACCIALE; Coordinating Producer For KQED: RACHEL RANEY; KQED VP, TV Station Manager: DEANNE HAMILTON; Executive in Charge for KQED: SUE ELLEN MCCANN; Executive in Charge for WGBH/FRONTLINE: SHARON TILLER; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Executive Producer: DAVID FANNING

Web Site (Lebanon, Mexico/Guatemala, Nepal)

Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Design and Production: SUSAN HARRIS FLUENT STUDIOS; Design Intern: JOYCE YU; Additional Web Production: EMILY COVEN; Associate Producer: SHERAZ SADIQ; Writing and Research: RAMYATA LIMBU, DAVID MONTERO, KELLY WHALEN; Additional Research: DAN KRAUSS, BRENT MCDONALD; Copy Editor: JOAN SAUNDERS; Web Editors: DOUG FOSTER, SARA MILES; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Video Encoding: BUYSTREAMING; Special Thanks: SAM BAILEY, JESSIE DEETER, DIANNE GRESSER, AMANDA HIRSCH, KQED INTERACTIVE, BOB MCGIVNEY, PBS INTERACTIVE, WEN STEPHENSON, JOHN TALBOT, COLLEEN WILSON

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PRESS REACTION

Kicking off the sort of mini-series is an hour that features reporter David Lewis' intelligent look into the militant Hezbollah, which one U.S. Official calls "the A team of terrorists."

In keeping with the feel of the program's reports, which owes more to the BBC than to "Dateline NBC," there's also a smart look at the "fair trade" coffee buying movement.

---The Chicago Tribune

... Those expecting made-for-cable outrage won't find any. Correspondent David Lewis duly notes Hezbollah's legacy of bloodshed -- including its role in the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that claimed 241 American lives in Beirut -- then goes on to examine the group's attempts to escape its own terrorist past and gain political legitimacy.

... "Frontline" pulls off the difficult feat of acknowledging the context of Hezbollah's creation without excusing the organization's violent nature, or its counterproductive effect on the same regular people it supposedly represents.

---The Star Ledger [Newark]

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