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Crossing Heaven’s Border: Introduction

(July 1, 2009) North Korean defectors take a life-threatening journey, traveling thousands of miles through China, Laos and Thailand, in the hope of settling as free citizens in South Korea. Intrepid South Korean journalists risk their own lives to capture the action and emotion.

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Heart of Jenin: Introduction

(July 8, 2009) When 12-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Khatib was accidentally shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Jenin, the boy’s parents turned their sorrow into a gift of hope for six Israeli children by consenting to donate Ahmed's organs.

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Birth of a Surgeon: Introduction

(July 15, 2009) Birth of a Surgeon travels to Mozambique where, for the first time, midwives are being trained in advanced life-saving surgery. Suffering from an acute shortage of doctors, Mozambique's bold grassroots initiatives have cut the maternal death rate in half.

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The Market Maker: Introduction

(July 22, 2009) WIDE ANGLE travels to East Africa to tell the dramatic story of an Ethiopian economist on a mission. Seeking a market-based solution to ending hunger in her famine-plagued country, she creates Ethiopia's first commodities exchange. What she didn't count on was a world financial crisis getting in the way.

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Contestant No. 2: Introduction

(July 29, 2009) Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze religion. When she sets her sights on the Miss Israel pageant, her tight-knit religious community balks. The pageant requires contestants to wear a bathing suit, an act that could disgrace her family and even put her in danger.

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Victory Is Your Duty: Introduction

(August 12, 2009) 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.

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Eyes of the Storm: Introduction

(August 19, 2009) Eyes of the Storm tells the struggles of several orphaned children left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. A Burmese team shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta's media blackout to provide a rare window into one of the world's most secretive countries.

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Once Upon a Coup: Introduction

(August 26, 2009) A failed coup attempt...a dictator suspicious of Western powers...and beneath it all, a spectacular underwater oil reserve. Once Upon a Coup is WIDE ANGLE’s penetrating look at the mysterious goings-on in Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African nation newly rich with oil and infamous for corruption.

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From Jihad to Rehab: Introduction

From Jihad to Rehab takes us inside a rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia, where art therapy and religious re-education are being used to reform militant jihadists.

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Field Trip to the DMZ: Introduction

As North Korea’s relations with its neighbors grow ever more strained, FOCAL POINT visits the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

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Pakistan at the Polls: Introduction

In the half a century since the country’s founding, changes in Pakistan’s leadership have been marked by assignations, plane crashes, military coups -- and the occasional democratic election.

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Lord’s Children: Introduction

(July 29, 2008) "Lord’s Children" follows three former child soldiers in Uganda who escape from the bush and try to put their lives back together.

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China Prep: Introduction

(August 12, 2008) "China Prep" follows five Chinese students through their final high-pressure year at an elite high school in Sichuan Province, where a class of 1,800 teenagers are competing for 59 spots in China’s top two universities.

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Ladies First: Introduction

(July 22, 2004) Ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in just 100 days, Rwanda’s women are leading their country’s healing process and taking their society forward into a different future. They are playing a remarkable role in politics and are also emerging as prominent figures in the business sector.

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