About This Program
Global Voices strives to bring a wide array of issues, stories, and cultures from around the world into the American living room. Through the medium of independent documentary films, Global Voices explores the earth by featuring international documentaries that will make you think beyond our nation's borders. So open your eyes and ears by tuning in to Global Voices, and experience what the rest of the world has to say.
Episodes from Season 6
A coming-of-age story, Girl, Adopted is an intimate look at the impact of adoption across race and culture. From an orphanage in Ethiopia, 13 year-old Weynsht is adopted by an American family but struggles to create an identity and understand the love of strangers. "What is it like to get everything you need but to lose everything you know?"
The service industry of renting family, friends and bosses for business and social engagements is emerging in Japan. Rent-A-Family, Inc. follows 44-year-old Japanese family man Ryuichi, who runs one such company, without the knowledge of his own family. But is the professional stand-in just a job or a means to escape his own life?
A modern-day Oskar Schindler story about Kirk Johnson, a 26-year-old American aid worker, fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq.
Journals of a Wily School
Director Sudeshna Bose follows a young pickpocket through the streets of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), where he piles his trade, and plays a real life game of cops and robbers.
A Village Called Versailles
Versailles, a tight-knit neighborhood on the edge of New Orleans, is home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes — only to have them threatened by a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global campaign.
In the Shadow of the Sun
Told over the course of four years, before, during and after an outbreak of brutal ritual killings that sweep across the country, In The Shadow Of The Sun tells the intimate and compelling story of two very different members of an albino community in Tanzania.
Blessed is the Match
The first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, a World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Looking at the life of the talented and complex person, Blessed is the Match retraces Hannah's mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary as well as her imprisonment and death.
The Lost Dream
After aiding the U.S. military in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraqis Nazar and Salam were forced to flee their own country. As they begin new lives in the United States, they and their families wonder if the sacrifice was worth the cost.
Behind the Rainbow
As South Africa struggles with the aftermath of apartheid, bitter rivals Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma fight for their nation's future. Can the deal between South Africa's old apartheid regime and its new government withstand the test of time or will power consume the dream?
Bounded by social roles, religious expectations, and the restrictions of traditional political beliefs, Muslim women from a small town in South India deliver justice in their own courts. Invoking Justice chronicles their movement, which poses a radical challenge to their traditional Muslim community and clergy, in a brave step forward for women's rights.
In 1988, a group of Vietnamese boat people attempted to flee their country in search of freedom. Once at sea, the boat's engine died, leaving over 100 people stranded in the ocean. What happens next is an unbelievable story of perseverance that changed the lives of the survivors forever.
Niños de la Memoria
Niños de la Memoría is the story of the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran civil war but survived massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran Army. Weaving together the journeys of Margarita, Jamie and Salvador in the search for family, identity and justice, the film also asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?
When one of Tibet's greatest monks passes away, his shy, gifted disciple must complete a monumental task assigned by the Dalai Lama: to find the child who is the reincarnation of his master. Shot with stunning cinematography, follow his four year journey through breathtaking settings as he struggles to accomplish his task.
When Hari Got Married
Hari, a 30-year-old taxi driver in the Indian Himalayas, is getting married to a girl he has never met but has fallen in love with over communicating by mobile phone.
The world's largest garbage village is just outside of Cairo. The "Zabaleen" (Arabic for "garbage people") recycle 80% of what they collect, but now multinational waste management corporations are threatening their way of life. Following three teenage boys born into the trash trade, Garbage Dreams shows their plight as their traditions confront the business of globalization.
Where Heaven Meets Hell
Nearly 500 sulfur miners work in Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia. Where Heaven Meets Hell follows four miners searching for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs. This film is a study of endurance and the sustaining power of faith, love and family through desperate times; a portrait of endemic poverty and the costs of modernity on unprotected laborers.