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. Open your eyes and ears by tuning into Global Voices, and experience what the rest of the world has to say.
Episodes from Season 7
Here Comes Uncle Joe
He is not their uncle, and his name is not Joe. But to the old ladies of An-dong, a rural community in southeastern Korea, Uncle Joe is almost the only contact they have with the modern world. We see how he serves these communities with humor and attention, how love and friendship are infused in life, and how he overcomes his conflicts with friends.
Revealing the stories of three native sons of Zarqa, Jordan’s second largest city: al-Zarqawi; Abu Ammar, an ex-Mujahadin fighter who supports his family by collecting cardboard to recycle; and filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad who, from behind the camera's lens, unravels the knotted threads of poverty, humiliation and strict religious doctrine.
In Morocco, women are being employed as religious leaders for the first time, offering advice and guidance around the country. Follow three women: Karima is witty, mischievous and outgoing; Bouchra is a powerhouse of energy working in the North; and Hannane is a poetic soul who wants to change people's perceptions of the true teachings of Islam.
Oil & Water
The true story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world's worst toxic disasters. Hugo Lucitante fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David Poritz attempts to revolutionize the oil industry. The film follows the twists and turning points in their lives to bring a powerful conclusion to the story.
Last Train Home
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, all at once, as a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. A visually striking film from Chinese Canadian director Lixin Fan, this film draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.
For the few scientific teams who brave the beautiful and silent landscape of Antarctica, it feels like another planet. Discoveries yield secrets about the Earth's past and future, and prompt questions about our place in the world. The film captures the experience of vastness and claustrophobia, and of a life still set to nature's rhythm.
Before the Revolution
During the 60’s and 70’s thousands of Israelis were living in Tehran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah. Living a luxurious lifestyle, they failed to see that the ruling power was collapsing. By the time the Israelis understood their "paradise" was turning into hell, they stood to find themselves in the middle of the Islamist revolution.
Diamond in the Dunes
The story of hope and baseball in China’s Xinjiang Province — a region harshly divided between an indigenous Muslim minority and the ruling Han Chinese. Follow Parhat Ablat, a 20-year-old Uyghur shepherd, on a fraught quest to raise his people out of what he calls their “spirit sickness” through baseball - a vehicle for spiritual transformation.
Past and present collide as filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her great-grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. Time is blurred in this visually arresting portrait of a family and country living under the shadows of the past.
My So-Called Enemy
Follow six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program. The film presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through a human lens – and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other’s stories.
Follow five Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.
The Mosuo Sisters
Two spirited daughters are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known. Left with few options, Jua Ma and La Tsuo leave Beijing for home but home is no longer what it was. Determined to keep their family out of poverty, one sacrifices her dream while the other tries her luck in the city.
The story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was the first to face the military tribunals. Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, The Oath captures the fateful encounter that set them on a journey leading to bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Before The Spring, After The Fall
In 2008, a film crew began documenting young heavy-metal musicians in Egypt. Oppressed by social forces beyond their control, the kids - sons of a jailed political dissident and the leader of the only female metal band in the Middle East - saw music as their outlet, their hopes trapped in the traffic-clogged streets of Cairo like a bull in a pen.
The Fighting Spirit
Meet three young boxers - two men and one woman - from Bukom, Ghana, a unique town with a unique boxing culture. Follow their extraordinary journeys to triumph and defeat, in and out of the glittering prizefighting rings of Europe and America, and what home, culture, love and loyalty mean to modern Africans.
I Will Be Murdered
Portraying the astonishing, real-life story of a lawyer who launched a personal crusade in search of justice, and brought his country to the brink of chaos. A special prosecutor began an investigation, a journey into Rosenberg's soul and Guatemala's hell, that after multiple twists and turns, reached a stunning revelation.
In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. And so began a 40-year deception. Told to keep her true identity secret from her American family, the 8-year-old Korean adoptee quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee?
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Girl Power! An intimate portrait of Nikki, a spirited young Australian band manager, as she tries to empower Myanmar's first all-girl band, the Tiger Girls, to speak out in one of the world's most repressive regimes.