Half of Her
Life on a fourth floor tenement building in New York City’s Chinatown is invasively communal. Chinese immigrants live in a loft that has been divided into blocks of cubicles barely wider than a mattress. Here a very pregnant Mei struggles alone to safely give birth to her child and deal with the consequences of her husband's demands.
Not Another Word
Inside a Middle Eastern home, three generations of women in a family conflict over their plans for the future of granddaughter Lama, who refuses to get married.
Good Country People
Spanish Town, Jamaica, is one of the island’s oldest and poorest rural communities - it is also a war zone, where ordinary residents are caught between politicians and gangsters. Amidst this backdrop, Blossom Edwards is forced to take over for her Uncle as the family's primary breadwinner by driving his taxi cab, exposing her to the dangerous circumstances brought on by the impending election.
Extras + Features
Coming to Global Voices: Last Train Home
S7 E18 - 29s
Every spring, millions of migrant factory workers in China attempt to return to their rural home villages by train. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance. Last Train Home draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.
Coming to Global Voices: Oil & Water
S7 E17 - 30s
Shot over six years, Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David attempts to revolutionize the oil industry. Will David clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries?
Coming to Global Voices: Casablanca Calling
S7 E16 - 30s
In Morocco, women are being employed as religious leaders — called Morchidat — for the first time, offering advice and guidance in mosques, schools, prisons, and orphanages around the country. Casablanca Calling follows three of these exceptional women as they teach an Islam based on tolerance, compassion, and equality, and try to change people’s perceptions of its true teachings.
Coming to Global Voices: Recycle
S7 E15 - 30s
Zarqa, Jordan, is a rundown, industrial metropolis and birthplace of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, mastermind of al Qaeda operations in Iraq who was killed by American forces. Recycle reveals distinct yet intertwined stories of three native sons of Zarqa, mainly Abu Ammar, who has to choose between collecting recycling to support his family, being a jihadist, or going abroad to make money.
Coming to Global Voices: Here Comes Uncle Joe
S7 E14 - 30s
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. With younger generations leaving for school or higher paying jobs in the cities, the elderly are left behind. Wooyoung Choi’s film shows how Joe serves these communities with humor and attention.
Coming to Global Voices: Ice People
S7 E13 - 30s
No one gets to Antarctica by accident. For the few scientific teams who brave this beautiful and silent landscape, it feels like another planet. Their discoveries yield secrets about the Earth’s past and future, and prompt questions about our place in the world. Ice People captures the experience of vastness and claustrophobia, of excitement and waiting, and of a life set to nature’s rhythm.
Coming to Global Voices: Before the Revolution
S7 E12 - 30s
Using exclusive 8mm footage and rare television archival clips, an Israeli filmmaker explores his family’s dramatic experiences in Iran in the late ‘70s. Before the Revolution tracks one of the first great modern first popular uprisings in the Middle East through the people who experienced it firsthand without realizing its historic import or its ongoing consequences.
Before the Revolution: Behind the Footage
S7 E12 - 3m 17s
This video extra from the documentary Before the Revolution explores the story of the rare archival footage that was gathered for the film. Director Dan Shadur found visual inspiration for the documentary from both precious photo albums of his family and startling home movies shot by both his parents and other Israelis living in Iran before the revolution in 1979.
Coming to Global Voices: Diamond in the Dunes
S7 E11 - 30s
China’s Xinjiang Province is a region harshly divided between an indigenous Muslim minority and the ruling Han Chinese. Diamond in the Dunes follows Parhat Ablat, a 20-year-old Uyghur shepherd, as he attends the region’s racially segregated Xinjiang University and forms an integrated baseball team. For Parhat, baseball is more than a game; it’s a vehicle for spiritual transformation.
Behind the Scenes of <i>Diamond in the Dunes</i>
S7 E11 - 3m 17s
This video extra from the documentary <i>Diamond in the Dunes</i> goes behind the scenes of this film shot in China’s Xinjiang Province. Filmmaker Christopher Rufo and producer Keith Ochwat talk about the tense ethnic relations in this unique region and what drew them to the story of how baseball brought together two typically segregated groups.
Coming to Global Voices: El General
S7 E10 - 30s
Past and present collide as award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her controversial great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico’s president in 1924. Once called “El Jefe Maximo” (the foremost chief), he is more recently remembered as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until exiled in 1936.
Coming to Global Voices: My So-Called Enemy
S7 E9 - 30s
My So-Called Enemy follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program. Emmy Award-winning director Lisa Gossels documents how the young women’s transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings while in the USA meets with the realities of their lives back in the Middle East.
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