About This Series
A weekly showcase bringing the best international documentaries to an American audience, the premiere season of Doc World opens a unique and contemporary window into stories that dive deep into the heart of the issues. From the killing fields in Cambodia and Los Angeles to the ideological battles of Pakistan's modern holy war and the vanishing life in the waters around Borneo, these films explore social concerns, cultural touchstones, political hot topics, and environmental issues. Be surprised, informed, and delighted by the commonalities and differences that you, and peoples and cultures experience around the globe.
Funding for season one of Doc World provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by PBS, the Center for Asian American Media and The Kendeda Fund.
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: From Harlem to China
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?