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Amchis: The Forgotten Healers of the Himalayas

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Zanskar is a valley tucked between the steep mountains on the border of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 3,700 meters. In each village in this remote area of the world, there is a traditional Tibetan medicine man named the "Amchi." Since the beginning of time, the Amchi has passed his knowledge down from father to son, or from teacher to student. With the construction of a new road, however, the valley was left vulnerable to the outside world. Since then, the younger generation has rejected the age-old wisdom and practices of the Amchi, embracing more modern, lucrative activities instead. As a result, these forgotten healers of the Himalayas are perhaps the last to practice Tibetan medicine.
Online
2001
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Children of Tibet: The Exile Generation

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Each year hundreds of Tibetan children risk their lives fleeing Tibet in search of a freer life and an education in India. The Tibetan Government has established schools for young refugees throughout India to provide them with a chance to learn about their own culture and religion and to be educated in their own language. Children of Tibet tells the remarkable story of three of these determined children who make the perilous journey across the Himalayas to India. Told in their own words, the children journey in the care of guides who take them by foot in the winter, leaving their families behind. Many others who went before them died in snowstorms in the mountains; others lost toes or feet to frostbite. Upon arriving in India not everything is as easy as the children expected. They d [...]
Online
2006
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Diane Sawyer in China Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

China's global influence has grown enormously since the turn of the new century. Now the second-largest economy in the world, its citizens are buying up consumer goods both domestically and from abroad in record numbers. In this collection of 12 ABC News segments, anchor Diane Sawyer travels from Beijing to Shanghai exploring life in the Asian nation and the part the U.S. has played in shaping its economic initiatives. Clip duration ranges from 2 to 5 minutes.
Online
2010
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A Song for Tibet [electronic resource]

The mythical image of Tibet as the land of snow and mountains and burgundy-clad monks and prayer wheels often hides the tragedy of a forgotten people. Since the 1950 invasion of their territory by China, Tibetans have been struggling for cultural and political survival in a world surprisingly indifferent to their plight. Filmed in the Indian Himalayas and in Canada, A Song for Tibet tells the dramatic story of the efforts by Tibetans in exile, including the Dalai Lama, to save their homeland and preserve their heritage against overwhelming odds. This documentary received the award for the Best Short Documentary at the 13th Genie Awards as well as the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Online
1991
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Detective Shi and the Stolen Brides [electronic resource]: Human Trafficking in China

Due to a traditional preference for male offspring, rural China now suffers from a shortage of women - and, in turn, an increase in kidnapping and human trafficking. This documentary follows a determined Chinese investigator as he attempts to locate and free a young trafficking victim. In the process, viewers learn about the problem of human trafficking and its mechanisms, which feed brothels and massage parlors as well as "customers" in remote villages who cannot find wives through legitimate ways. In some locations, the program illustrates, half of all female residents were purchased from human traffickers and a tacit system of neighborhood monitoring exists to prevent victims from escaping.
Online
2008
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Modern Marvels: China's Great Dam [electronic resource]

The Three Gorges Dam project on China's Yangtze River is the largest ongoing civil engineering project in the world today and is characterized by some as "the eighth wonder of the world". This episode chronicles the extraordinary feats of engineering that made Three Gorges Dam possible.
Online
2000
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Making Mao [electronic resource]

When the Communist Party took over China in 1949, it engineered a massive propaganda campaign to promote a worker's utopia and make Mao Zedong a god. This program examines the creation of the Mao-centered iconography that permeated the visual, performing, and popular arts as China struggled through its brutal metamorphosis into a modern nation. Artists relate the experience of being forced to work in the Soviet-inspired style that fueled the leader's popularity, as the video tracks Mao's image from revolutionary symbol to its appropriation for kitschy pop art.
Online
2009
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Tibet [electronic resource]: A Buddhist Trilogy

Hailed for its accurate portrayal of a society whose ancient ways survived intact into the 20th century, this documentary, released in 1979, takes viewers to the heart of an ancient Buddhist culture with an in-depth exploration of Tibetan spirituality and daily life. Segment one, The Dalai Lama, the Monasteries, and the People, begins by observing Tibetan monks engaged in spirited metaphysical debate, revealing the everyday life of the Dalai Lama before he was widely known in the West in his dual role as political leader and spiritual teacher. Segment two, Radiating the Fruit of Truth, moves deeper into the inner world of monastic life, powerfully revealing the essence of tantric Buddhism as it follows the monks of Phulwary Sakya Monastery through their contemplative retreats, the bu [...]
Online
2006
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India: Peregrinos del Ganges

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India: Pilgrims of the Ganges' is a journey through the North of India along the basin of the sacred river for Hindus, the Ganges. From the valleys located on the side of the Himalayas, cradle of Buddhism, to the saint city of Benares, this documentary offers a fascinating journey through National Parks turned into sanctuaries for wildlife, and cities where Islam and Hinduism live together since centuries ago. We will witness the most crowded religious pilgrimage in the planet and get close to the mystic and enigmatic world of the Sadhus, the sacred men of India. Finally we will reach Benares, the sacred city, where Hindus purify their living souls and find eternal rest after death. --
Online
2011
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India: Pilgrims of the Ganges

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India: Pilgrims of the Ganges' is a journey through the North of India along the basin of the sacred river for Hindus, the Ganges. From the valleys located on the side of the Himalayas, cradle of Buddhism, to the saint city of Benares, this documentary offers a fascinating journey through National Parks turned into sanctuaries for wildlife, and cities where Islam and Hinduism live together since centuries ago. We will witness the most crowded religious pilgrimage in the planet and get close to the mystic and enigmatic world of the Sadhus, the sacred men of India. Finally we will reach Benares, the sacred city, where Hindus purify their living souls and find eternal rest after death. --
Online
2011
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Los Reinos del Himalaya

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The Kingdoms of the Himalayas is a journey in search of the roots of Buddhism. A trip through the most mountainous region on the planet, between Nepal, China, and India. It is the Kingdom of Inaccessible Nature, the source of rivers like the Ganges or the Indus, where people still observe the old customs and where it is still possible to find groups of nomads who drive their herds of yaks through fantastic scenery at the base of the ceiling of the world. We will explore the site of a kingdom that has ceased to exist, Tibet. In Lhasa, we will discover the reality of a city which was the capital of Buddhism, the home of the Dalai Lama's palace, and which today is a Chinese city in the midst of change. We will discover the site of a new landless kingdom, a spiritual kingdom: Daramsala, [...]
Online
2010
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The Kingdoms of the Himalayas

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The Kingdoms of the Himalayas is a journey in search of the roots of Buddhism. A trip through the most mountainous region on the planet, between Nepal, China, and India. It is the Kingdom of Inaccessible Nature, the source of rivers like the Ganges or the Indus, where people still observe the old customs and where it is still possible to find groups of nomads who drive their herds of yaks through fantastic scenery at the base of the ceiling of the world. We will explore the site of a kingdom that has ceased to exist, Tibet. In Lhasa, we will discover the reality of a city which was the capital of Buddhism, the home of the Dalai Lama's palace, and which today is a Chinese city in the midst of change. We will discover the site of a new landless kingdom, a spiritual kingdom: Daramsala, [...]
Online
2010
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Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism [electronic resource]

In 1991, Buddhist expert and art historian Benoy K Behl photographed the Ajanta paintings in India, an experience that inspired him to explore the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. In this film, he focuses on Tibetan Buddhist ideas and practices that were developed in the University of Nalanda. Study at medieval monastic universities in Eastern India was based not upon faith but on logic and pursuit of truth and knowledge through intellectual thought, discussion and debate. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other experts speak about the Indian roots of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including developing a Tibetan written language to facilitate the transfer of knowledge in the 7th century. The documentary includes a discussion of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art.
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2015; 2014
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Nepal [electronic resource]: The Road

Tibet is out of reach for refugees, who can only dream of return. Musician Tenzin Choegyal has the very vaguest recollections of Tibet, as he was spirited out by his mother and father as a young boy. But he's determined to see it once again, across the Nepal-China border. He must pass through remote, difficult terrain, including the remote Upper Mustang, where Tibetan culture is still preserved. Along an ancient trade route a major, transformative road is being built up to the Tibetan border. Some hope for modernization and an end to isolation. We consider the tension between modernity and preserving ancient culture.
Online
2014
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The Chinese Revolution [electronic resource]

On October 1, 1949, the People's Republic of China came into being following the victory of Mao Tse-tung's forces over the Kuomintang, which fled to the island of Taiwan. Thus the Communists completed a revolution begun by the idealistic Sun Yat-sen in the early 1920s. This program documents how Sun's idealism came under Bolshevik guidance; the roles of the young Chiang Kai-shek and Mao; the Long March and the conflict between Chiang and Mao; the Japanese invasion of China; and Mao's victory and installation as Chairman of the People's Republic. The program shows how Mao's administration began to organize 700 million people into one united China within the framework of communism; China's intervention in the Korean War; the growing warmth and subsequent ideological split between Beiji [...]
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2006; 1990
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1945-1959 [electronic resource]: Sorcerer's Apprentice-Founding Republic

Part two of the series China: Through Mao's Eyes explores the formation of the People's Republic of China, its complicated relationship with the Soviet Union, and events that prefaced the Cultural Revolution. Footage documenting the turmoil of the Anti-Rightist movement, China's role in the Korean War, and the misnamed Great Leap Forward reveals Mao's uneven leadership as the young nation struggled to define itself. Interviews with close associates illuminate the Chairman's personal side, including his unusual eating habits, attire, and leisure activities. Based on Philip Short's definitive biography Mao: A Life.
Online
2006; 2005
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The Unwinking Gaze [electronic resource]: Inside Story of Dalai Lama's Struggle for Tibet

Filmed over the course of three years, this documentary offers viewers unprecedented access to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his inner circle as they work together to convince the Chinese government of the need for a negotiated settlement on the future of Tibet. The result is a truly unique portrait of a widely revered world leader as he struggles to strike a balance between his spiritual beliefs and the realpolitik required to draw an extremely reluctant China into discussion. The Unwinking Gaze is not three years in the life of the Dalai Lama; it is his life's work condensed into three years.
Online
2009; 2008
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Voices of Dissent [electronic resource]: Freedom of Speech and Human Rights in China

Although China's government has pledged to revise its policies toward political dissidents, that promise remains largely unfulfilled. This program reveals egregious cases of political oppression occurring in recent years, countering the picture China painted of itself as it promoted the Beijing Olympics. Pushing back against bureaucracy and official stonewalling, the program examines the work of activist Hu Jia, his arrest and jail sentence, and the constant police harassment faced by his wife and lawyers. Numerous other cases are profiled while government apologists also appear - including China's Olympics Media Director and the head of Beijing's Deng Xiaoping Thought Research Center.
Online
2009; 2008
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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama [electronic resource]

Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? How does one reconcile a commitment to nonviolence when faced with violence? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader.
Online
2006
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Beijing [electronic resource]: Biography of an Imperial Capital-Center of the Cosmos

When Kublai Khan came into power in the 13th century he dreamed of building a capital city to rival the splendors of Xanadu. With a Chinese monk and a Muslim engineer as advisors, the foundations of what soon became a bustling cosmopolitan center were laid. This program tells the story of the origins and growth of Beijing, starting with prehistoric settlers and ending with the rise of the Manchus in 1644. Using marvelous reenactments and CGI recreations, the video looks at the significance of the Khitans before exploring the lasting impact of the Mongol invasion. Covers the modification of the Grand Canal and the building of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace.
Online
2008