About This Program
Surviving the killing fields of Cambodia...
Growing up in the controversial madrasahs of Pakistan...
Empowering women through soap operas in the Middle East...
Harnessing wind power to build a stronger Nepal...
These stories dive deep into the heart of an issue, giving viewers a chance to understand the lives and concerns of people beyond U.S. borders.
Doc World is a new, weekly showcase bringing the best international documentaries from around the globe to an American audience. Presented on WORLD Channel and told with authentic voices, these stories will surprise, inform, and delight. The series is a unique and contemporary window into the realities of people and societies from many nations. This is our viewers’ passport into the world’s films that they cannot see anywhere else.
Doc World uncovers what matters most to people from other countries, the histories they remember, and what engages and concerns them most. These films explore social concerns, cultural touchstones, political hot topics, and environmental issues, revealing the commonalities and differences that peoples and cultures experience throughout the globe.
Doc World is produced by WORLD Channel. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by the Center for Asian American Media, The Kendeda Fund, the National Black Programming Consortium and PBS.
Episodes from Season 1
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge forced thousands into labor camps. Dr. Haing S. Ngor escaped after years of torture, recreating his experiences in The Killing Fields. With a blend of animation and archival material, this is the story of a man who became a worldwide ambassador for justice in his homeland, only to be murdered in an L.A. Chinatown alley.
Tocando La Luz
Lis, Margarita and Mily are three blind women trying to survive the rapidly changing country of Cuba. From the music halls of Havana, a cinema club for the blind and a national singing competition, Tocando la Luz weaves together the stories of their lives, revealing both the pain and exhilaration of fighting for independence.
Five Days to Dance
Monday morning, two choreographers appear in a San Sebastián high school in Spain to work with students who have never danced before. They have Five Days to Dance; motivating a classroom full of teenagers outside of their comfort zone to train and perform a complex choreographed work. Can they rise to these challenges and be ready?
Turkish soap operas are incredibly popular -- not just in Turkey but also the Middle East to Asia. Although the stories break social taboos that are meant to restrict women, many Christians and Muslims are fans. Kismet examines the paradox behind these soaps that inspire their female devotees to fight for the freedoms they witness on the screen.
Among the Believers
Set during the bloodiest period in Pakistan’s modern history, Among the Believers is a dramatic and chilling examination of the ideological battles shaping the education of its children. While teachers and a growing activist movement work against the Taliban regime, a charismatic cleric is creating his own version of a strict Islamic utopia.
Waiting For August
Fifteen-year-old Georgiana Halmac is the head of the family. Living in a cramped apartment in Bacau, Romania with her six younger brothers and sisters, they await their single mother's return; she was forced to leave for Italy to earn money. As the younger siblings get by, Georgiana manages the difficult task at hand with both naiveté and grit.
Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt
Namie, a fishing village ravaged by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, was a childhood paradise to filmmaker Kyoko Miyake. While younger generations have relocated, older residents still dream of returning home. A timely film, Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt offers fresh perspectives about our relationship with nuclear energy.
A Goat for a Vote
Follow three students in Kenya competing to become the next school president. Magdalene must prove herself in a male-dominated school, which has never elected a female president. Harry hopes to win so that he will be able to take care of his family in the future but struggles against the popular Said, a natural leader with a disarming smile.
An uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy. Friends Tashi and Jeevan journey to Namdok in the hopes of building a stronger Nepal, one wind turbine at a time. But the elements and landscape bring unforeseen difficulties -- increasing the struggle to realize the community’s vision of power created by wind.
Prize of the Pole
In 1897, Robert E. Peary, the first American to “conquer" the North Pole, brought back six polar Inuit to create an exhibition at a New York museum. The only one who survived was a young boy. Peary’s Inuit great-grandson confronts this unsettling history when he makes an expedition to his ancestral home in order to discover his cultural legacy.
Walking Under Water
For centuries, the Badjao people have lived on and from the sea but the expanding fishing and tourism industries now make it difficult for them to survive. Diver Alexan wants to teach his young nephew, Sari, everything he knows. For Sari, it is a struggle between his dream of being a fisherman and his attraction to the outside world.
Finding Samuel Lowe
Paula Madison knew her mother was half Chinese, half Jamaican. Growing up in Harlem, she wondered about her Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. When did he immigrate and then leave the islands? Madison embarks on a trip of a lifetime, tracing her grandfather back to his ancestral village – and finds she has a whole new family to embrace.
On May 12, 2008, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan, China, killing nearly 90,000 people - many of them children. Under China’s strict family planning policy, every one is their family’s only child. Follow three families from the city of Beichuan as they struggle to understand the disaster and find a way to live with their personal tragedy.
Bemz Benedito is the first transgender woman to run for a seat in the Philippine Congress. Her party, which calls itself the only LGBT political party in the world is on a quest to convince voters that gay and trans people belong in national politics. OUT RUN is the story of their campaign. In this Catholic and conservative country, can they win?