About This Collection
Rebound. Recover. Return. Resiliency. Since the very beginning, humans and the planet Earth have, and continue to, experience catastrophic events, both large and small. Individuals lose loved ones; families, forced to flee from their homes, remain separated for years; communities divide and shatter when faced with violence on their doorsteps; and social structures quickly break down when a disaster, natural or man-made, strikes. Yet with all that adversity brings comes the ability to adapt, overcome and become stronger than when you first started.
Through the month of April, WORLD Channel explores the resiliency of people and the planet with two series, Life on the Line and Survival: Lives in the Balance, as well as the premiere of an all-new America Reframed. The channel will also be featuring Earth Day-focused programs starting Monday, April 21st.
Episodes In This Collection
Independent Lens: Medora
A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.
Seeds of Resiliency
From filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, Seeds of Resiliency helps us to understand that our darkest moments can contain a shining light. The documentary introduces us to twelve diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having great hope and helping others.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: The Struggle to Breathe
In the forgotten slums of Manila, thousands of children are struggling to breathe. Pneumonia kills more than ten thousand children under five in the Philippines every year. Now throughout the country, every day people are armed with training to help parents recognize pneumonia in time to provide life-saving treatment.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: Distant Places, Forgotten Lives
The people of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffer from a host of forgotten, parasitic diseases. The drugs which can cure these and other neglected diseases are cheap and safe to use. Now, thousands of ordinary people are being recruited to distribute these drugs to millions of their fellow citizens.
Life on the Line: Heart to Heart
For the Escarcega family, their worst nightmare becomes a harrowing reality; their newborn baby is slowly dying from congenital heart disease. Doctors tell them it's the beginning of the end...unless a heart becomes available for transplant surgery.
Life on the Line: Out of the Rubble
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti brought utter destruction to the country. Trapped under the rubble for three days, 8-year-old Sebastian Lamothe is faced with the reality of losing his parents, his home, and his leg. Yet his courage prevails in the face of death.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: The Plant That Cures Malaria
Malaria kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds. The disease is both the cause and effect of Africa’s poverty. But in Uganda, a pioneering farmer, Clovis Kabaseke, believes he has an answer to both problems. Artemisia, a Chinese herb, produces chemicals in its leaves that can cure Malaria in just three days.
Survival: Lives in the Balance: Fit for Life
Women in Bangladesh are fifty times more likely to die in childbirth than women in the developed world. A pioneering project in Bangladesh is trying to change this by training local educated women to conduct classes, challenge beliefs and provide trained midwives. This improves chances of survival if women can be persuaded to abandon tradition.
Life on the Line: End It Now
Child abuse is much more common than we think. The statistics are staggering, with one in four girls and one in six boys molested by the age of 18. Three individuals uncover their childhood secrets of abuse while clinicians share the dramatic the dramatic effect it has one a person's life.
Life on the Line: Baby Blue
Each year in Egypt, 20,000 children are diagnosed with congenital heart disease. 2-year-old Roukaia received her death sentence the day she was born. Watch as doctors from opposite sides of the globe work together to save thousands of cyanotic children who are waiting in a line that is ultimately longer than their lifetimes.
Revealing an unprecedented experiment in government-mandated reconciliation following the genocide in Rwanda. From the people who committed murder and those who survived, Coexist features inspirational stories of forgiveness and the challenges former enemies encounter in the face of unimaginable pain.
Life on the Line: Armed for the Challenge
"One Arm Willie" Stewart is set to defy his physical limits while training for the physically challenged triathlon USA championships. Determined to help others with disabilities, this world-class athlete demonstrates that disability doesn't mean inability.
Life on the Line: Anchoring Hope
Access to healthcare is a challenge for many people living in the Amazon jungle. Antenor, who supports his family by producing agriculture, has been sick and is unable to bring enough food home. In a different village, 4-year-old Felipe has a heart problem that is getting worse. Watch what happens next as a mission boat leaves a wake of hope.
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
Narrated by actor Liev Schrieber, a chronicle of a real-life Casablanca, in which a high-profile group of poker buddies — including Colonel Dwight Eisenhower — hatched an intricate international plan of rescue and re-settlement, saving 1,300 Jews from certain death in Nazi concentration camps.
Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered
The Emmy-winning Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Illinois, a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II.
Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
The journey of citizen-turned-activist, Derrick Evans, begins when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for sprawling Gulfport, MS. Derrick and his neighbors decide to stand up to corporate interests and politicians. Later, they face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in order to protect the community and fight for environmental justice.