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Doc World

DOC WORLD brings international documentaries from around the globe to a US audience. The films explore social concerns, cultural touchstones, political hot topics and environmental issues, revealing the commonalities and differences that peoples and cultures experience. Told with authentic voices, the series offers a unique and contemporary window into stories that surprise, inform and delight.

WHY SLAVERY? Selling Children

58m 51s

In India, millions of vulnerable children are bought and sold. Far removed from the issue of child slavery until a family maid suffers a devastating loss, filmmaker Pankaj Johar travels the country to understand and expose the ways in which poverty, illiteracy and corruption conspire to provide a breeding ground for child trafficking in the world's largest democracy.

Episodes

  • WHY SLAVERY? Maid in Hell: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WHY SLAVERY? Maid in Hell

    S4 E13 - 58m 57s

    In 2016, Mary Kibwana, who worked as maid in Jordan, returned to Kenya with 70% of her body burned. Kibwana is one of many women in Africa and Asia trapped in the Middle East's Kafala System, a set of law governing migrant labor that binds them to their employers. The film gives unprecedented access to the inner workings the system, and the horrific reality faced by thousands of women each day.

  • WHY SLAVERY? North Korea's Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WHY SLAVERY? North Korea's Secret Slaves: Dollar Heroes

    S4 E12 - 58m 42s

    With the promise of payment and honor, thousands of North Koreans are sent abroad, only to find themselves under constant surveillance and working in harsh conditions - with wages transferred to the government. The film shows how the country and globalization have made a pact: underpaid workers toil for the dictator's nuclear program while the United Nations and the European Union look away.

  • WHY SLAVERY? Selling Children: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WHY SLAVERY? Selling Children

    S4 E11 - 58m 51s

    In India, millions of vulnerable children are bought and sold. Far removed from the issue of child slavery until a family maid suffers a devastating loss, filmmaker Pankaj Johar travels the country to understand and expose the ways in which poverty, illiteracy and corruption conspire to provide a breeding ground for child trafficking in the world's largest democracy.

  • WHY SLAVERY? A Woman Captured: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WHY SLAVERY? A Woman Captured

    S4 E10 - 58m 56s

    For 10 years, Marish has been kept as a housekeeper by Eta, a Hungarian woman. She toils unpaid 7 days a week in exchange for meals, cigarettes and a couch to sleep on. Even money earned from an extra job must be handed over. Over two and a half years, filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter witnesses first-hand the relentless torrent of abuse - her presence also inspires Marish to live as a free person.

  • WHY SLAVERY? I Was A Yazidi Slave: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WHY SLAVERY? I Was A Yazidi Slave

    S4 E9 - 58m 56s

    In 2014, Islamic State fighters invaded Yazidi settlements in Iraq. Men were massacred while young women were kidnapped to be enslaved, tortured, and systematically raped. Two Yazidi women tell their story of escape to Germany with the assistance of a renowned trauma expert. Their journeys to recovery ask how a survivor of unthinkable sexual violence can find justice and a path to rehabilitation.

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    Road Runners

    S4 E8 - 1h 21m

    In Montego Bay, Jamaica, three athletes from Spot Valley High School prepare to compete in the island’s greatest sporting event: Champs. ROAD RUNNERS follows the students over a year while highlighting the historic and contemporary issues of the island. See what it means to grow up in Jamaica, and learn why these young athletes are striving for success that could determine the rest of their lives.

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    Border South

    S4 E6 - 1h 21m

    Over the course of five years, Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana filmed the migrant routes from southern Mexico to the U.S. Mexico Border, assembling a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. The film reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

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    Cocaine Prison

    S4 E5 - 1h 15m

    Follow the lives of three indigenous Bolivians who work at the lowest levels of the cocaine trade: two inmates of an overcrowded prison film their daily experiences, while one’s sister decides whether to traffic cocaine or pursue a college education. COCAINE PRISON bridges the ever-widening gap between the North and South, and brings a new perspective to the War on Drugs being waged in the Andes.

  • Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage

    S4 E4 - 54m 57s

    A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking leads reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended, and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of a sex-trafficking survivor, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection, and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

  • Siqueiros: Walls of Passion: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Siqueiros: Walls of Passion

    S4 E3 - 54m 56s

    The story of Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century. As one of the primary advocates of modern public art, he was one of the first muralists to paint on the exterior of buildings to bring art closer to the people. SIQUEIROS: WALLS OF PASSION tells of this controversy-stirring revolutionary and activist who painted on an epic scale.

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    Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

    S4 E1 - 1h 20m

    In their home countries, four LGBTQ+ people were targets of death threats, harassment and discrimination because of who they are, who they love. They are among the many LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled persecution to resettle in the U.S. But as leadership continues to restrict the flow of refugees, UNSETTLED humanizes a group of people desperate to find a safe place to call home.

Extras + Features

  • Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 4: Trap | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 4: Trap | Trailer

    S5 E4 - 4m 18s

    On September 9, 2001, commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in Afghanistan. 9/11 occurred two days later. This was the first in attacks that Al Qaeda carried out in NY and DC, and the U.S. reacted by bombing and invading Afghanistan. When American troops arrived to secure stability and reconstruction, many Afghans hoped for peace and democracy - their expectations would soon be shattered.

  • Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 3: Taliban | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 3: Taliban | Trailer

    S5 E3 - 3m 58s

    Although the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan was over, ethnic groups and Mujahideen factions kept fighting. And so, the country entered into a ruthless Civil War. With Pakistan's support and the blessing of the clergy, the Taliban emerged and triumphed, turning Afghanistan into a lab for a new type of Islamic state and the training ground for Osama Bin Laden's terrorist network.

  • Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 2: Jihad | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 2: Jihad | Trailer

    S5 E2 - 3m 58s

    In 1979, the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan; Afghans called for Jihad. The country turned into the epicenter of a struggle between Islam and Communism. The U.S. and the Arab world sent weapons and money to the Afghan resistance and foreign fighters, including a young Osama Bin Laden, joined in. A decade later, the Mujahideen pushed back the occupation, contributing to the Soviet Union's collapse.

  • Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 1: Kingdom | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 1: Kingdom | Trailer

    S5 E1 - 3m 58s

    In the 1960s, King Mohammed Zahir Shah opened up Afghanistan to the world. The city of Kabul looked like a European capital and the country was a destination for hippies in search of drugs and adventures. But Afghanistan was divided between the westernized elite and the majority population that was both traditional and poor. When communists seized power in 1978, a never-ending war began.

  • Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 1: Kingdom | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 1: Kingdom | Preview

    S5 E1 - 30s

    In the 1960s, King Mohammed Zahir Shah opened up Afghanistan to the world. The city of Kabul looked like a European capital and the country was a destination for hippies in search of drugs and adventures. But Afghanistan was divided between the westernized elite and the majority population that was both traditional and poor. When communists seized power in 1978, a never-ending war began.

Schedule

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    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land -- Part 1: Kingdom

    Sunday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    In the 1960s, Afghanistan is divided between the westernized elite and the traditional poor majority; a never-ending war begins when communists seize power in 1978.
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    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land -- Part 1: Kingdom

    Monday
    Jul 11

    1 Hour

    In the 1960s, Afghanistan is divided between the westernized elite and the traditional poor majority; a never-ending war begins when communists seize power in 1978.
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    Doc World

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land -- Part 1: Kingdom

    Monday
    Jul 11

    1 Hour

    In the 1960s, Afghanistan is divided between the westernized elite and the traditional poor majority; a never-ending war begins when communists seize power in 1978.
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    Doc World: TVSS: Iconic

    Doc World

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land -- Part 1: Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Jul 13

    1 Hour

    In the 1960s, Afghanistan is divided between the westernized elite and the traditional poor majority; a never-ending war begins when communists seize power in 1978.
  • Image
    Doc World: TVSS: Iconic

    Doc World

    Afghanistan: The Wounded Land -- Part 1: Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Jul 13

    1 Hour

    In the 1960s, Afghanistan is divided between the westernized elite and the traditional poor majority; a never-ending war begins when communists seize power in 1978.

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