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National Building/Political Reform

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.

Jul 12th, 2011 | Comments

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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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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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.

Jul 11th, 2011 | Comments

Gaza E.R.: Introduction

(August 14, 2007) In the summer of 2006, as internal battles fracture the Palestinian Territories, WIDE ANGLE provides a glimpse inside the conflict as it spirals out of control. Gaza E.R. follows doctors, nurses, and staff at Shifa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, as they struggle in the face of turf wars between Hamas, rival faction Fatah, and powerful families with competing agendas.

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Beslan: Seige of School #1: Introduction

(July 12, 2005) Some call it "Russia's 9-11." The siege of School No. 1 in the Russian town of Beslan on September 1, 2004 was the bloodiest act of terrorism in Russia since Chechnya declared independence in 1991. As the trial of the only terrorist who survived the siege begins, this wrenching film examines the three-day ordeal that saw Chechen gunmen hold more than 1,000 hostages, most of them children.

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Democracy in the Rough: Introduction

(September 12, 2006) WIDE ANGLE is on the ground as the Democratic Republic of Congo holds its first elections in 45 years -- an election supported by more than $450 million from the United Nations. "Democracy in the Rough" immerses us in a nation haunted by war, threatened by corruption, and torn over how to move toward a democratic and more promising future.

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The People’s Court: Introduction

(July 3, 2007) Poised to surpass the United States as the largest economy in the world, yet facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of society.

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