Area Studies


New! Chad Climate Change: Creation of Refugees 9 min.

The climate crisis is now a reality worldwide, but it's nowhere more apparent than the parched landscapes of northern Africa. Thousands are on the move looking for water to grow crops and graze livestock. Special correspondent Willem Marx looks at just how dire this crisis has become in this NewsHour clip.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Chad Security: Violence and Instability 6 min.

Government forces in the capital of Chad killed dozens of opposition protesters Thursday. Rights groups say the unarmed civilians were massacred as they protested having to wait two years for elections. Because of the violence and instability, people are suffering from a food crisis made by both man and the climate crisis. Special correspondent Willem Marx reports in this NewsHour clip.

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New! Should We Isolate Russia?: A Debate 49 min.

At the time Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, it was supplying the European Union with about 25 percent of its oil, 40 percent of its natural gas, and nearly 50 percent of its coal. Western nations immediately condemned the invasion and sought to punish and isolate Russia. They quickly imposed sweeping sanctions on Russian banks, businesses, and oligarchs and announced they would ban most o...

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America Is Retreating from Global Leadership: A Debate 68 min.

After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States emerged from the Cold War as both powerful and ascendant. As the world’s only surviving superpower, America boasted a level of military and economic supremacy seldom seen before and a strong desire to lead what President George H. W. Bush (R, 1989–93) called "a new world order." But things have changed eno...

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Simple as Water 99 min.

Simple As Water is a love story celebrating the bonds of family. Oscar®-winning director Megan Mylan documents Syrian families filmed over five years in five countries to reveal the impact of war, separation, and displacement. The film follows: Yasmin, a mother of four living in a tent in the port of Athens; Samra, a widow on the Turkey-Syria border grappling with the decision to leave her chil...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Taliban Takeover 54 min.

The Taliban take over Afghanistan, and the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda intensifies. On the ground, Najibullah Quraishi investigates uncertainty and fear among the Afghan people and revisits the lead-up to the US defeat and Taliban’s return.

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Leaving Afghanistan & India's Rape Scandal 54 min.

This program investigates the consequences of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. With exclusive access to a militant wing of the Taliban, and the story of Iran’s growing influence across the country. Also: a report on politics and rape in India.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Taiwan Is Indefensible 57 min.

The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. Since nationalist forces fled communist revolutionaries in mainland China and set up their own government on the nearby island of Taiwan in 1949, China has thirsted to regain it. With 24 million people and a robust economy, however, Taiwan has long claimed its sovereignty as an independent nation. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s government...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 1 60 min.

In the series premiere, “The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance", filmmaker Raoul Peck sets out to illuminate the intertwined currents of hate and bigotry running through history. Focusing on the United States’ legacy as a colonial power, Peck explores how race first became institutionalized, the Nazi program of “elimination” and its antecedents in the West, and the looting of the African continen...

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Exterminate All the Brutes: Part 2 60 min.

In the second episode, “Who the F*** is Columbus”, filmmaker Raoul Peck revisits the stories of Christopher Columbus, the Alamo, and the Trail of Tears from an indigenous perspective, showing how “official” history is shaped by those in power and solidified by myth and popular culture. Next, he examines the “doctrine of discovery” used to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans and questio...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021