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Modernization/Economic Development

Sahara Marathon: Introduction

WIDE ANGLE presents the story of a unique marathon that is staged annually in the hope of drawing attention to the plight of the Sahrawi people.

Aug 19th, 2004 | Comments

The Damned: Introduction

(September 18, 2003) "The Dammed" raises important questions about the costs and consequences of modernization and development, as the global community re-evaluates the social and environmental impacts of large dam projects.

Sep 18th, 2003 | Comments

A State of Mind: Introduction

(September 11, 2003) This documentary tells the story of two teenage girls and their families as the girls prepare to participate in North Korea's Mass Games, an intricately choreographed display celebrating North Korea's statehood and revolutionary zeal in one of the last surviving Communist showcase pageants.

Sep 11th, 2003 | Comments

AIDS Warriors: Introduction

(July 24, 2003) WIDE ANGLE explores the role of the Angolan military, the only functioning arm of the state, in its bold attempt to combat the AIDS pandemic. The challenges it faces offer an arresting portrait of a nation at a crucial moment in history.

Jul 24th, 2003 | Comments

Growing Up Global: Introduction

Ten years ago, filmmaker Bruno Sorrentino began recording the lives of eight newborn babies from around the world. In 1992, world leaders met in Brazil for the Earth Summit on sustainable development. There they made plans and promises to conquer the global problems of overpopulation, over-consumption and poverty. In the ten years since, Sorrentino has revisited the children repeatedly and recorded how their lives have been affected by the issues discussed at Rio.

Aug 29th, 2002 | Comments

The Empty ATM: Introduction

(August 8, 2002) In December 2001, the Argentinian government defaulted on $155 billion in public debt. Since then, this once-wealthy country has gone through five presidents and watched its currency fall by more than 70 percent. How do people survive in a broken economy?

Aug 8th, 2002 | Comments

Land of Wandering Souls: Introduction

"Land of Wandering Souls" follows a group of workers who are laying a high-tech fiber optic cable that will link Cambodia to the rest of Asia and Europe. This film provides a haunting glimpse into the lives of these indigent workers as they encounter the painful remnants of the past and labor to bring Cambodia into the modern age.

Aug 1st, 2002 | Comments

To Have and Have Not: Introduction

(July 18, 2002) Once the home of the "iron ricebowl" and social equality for all, today China has joined the ranks of the World Trade Organization. This extraordinarily candid film introduces viewers to the unemployed, the working poor and the nouveaux riches alike.

Jul 18th, 2002 | Comments
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