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Match Made

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Marriage customs reveal much about the economic and social structure of a country. This documentary, filmed in Ho Chi Minh City, chronicles the search of an awkward 38-year-od Singaporean for a young, beautiful Vietnamese bride, with the help of a marriage broker. Ricky, the bachelor, sits in a modest hotel room, self consciously assessing the shy young women who present themselves as candidates for marriage. Communication is accomplished with the help of a translator since Ricky, speaks only Chinese, and the girls speak Vietnamese. The young women still in the running are subjected to medical examinations, to insure they are disease free and virgins. The marriage brokers are well versed in arranging introductions, quick picture perfect weddings, travel documents ... and payments to [...]
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2006
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Asian/Asian-American Perspectives on Modern Dance [electronic resource]

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Choreographers Kumiko Kimoto, Sun Ock Lee, Mel Wong and moderator Peggy Choy discuss how Asian and Asian-American issues and identity shape their work. Discussion is intercut with excerpts from work performed by each choreographer.
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1995
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Asian/Asian-American Perspectives on Modern Dance

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Choreographers Kumiko Kimoto, Sun Ock Lee, Mel Wong and moderator Peggy Choy discuss how Asian and Asian-American issues and identity shape their work. Discussion is intercut with excerpts from work performed by each choreographer.
Online
1995
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Endgame Europe [electronic resource]

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Low-skilled as well as high-technology jobs have recently migrated from Europe to Asia, where labor cost is much lower, causing mass unemployment in some Western countries. For instance, a large Swiss Bank and some European airline companies have their data processing system developed and operated by Indian engineers based in India. Is Europe losing out to Asian competition? What will the consequences be on the Welfare state?
Online
1996
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Luang Prabang, Laos: Old Royal City on the Mekong

This town reflects the exceptional fusion of traditional architecture and urban structures built by 19th- and 20th-century European colonial rulers. Its unique township is remarkably well preserved, illustrating a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
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2017; 2001
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Yemen: Land of the Queen of Sheba

Is the Queen of Sheba, ruler of Saba, a figure of legend or of history? This program delves deeply into Yemen’s past on a journey of discovery, visiting important stops on the caravan route that once carried frankincense—the principal source of wealth and power in ancient Yemen’s three kingdoms—to market in Palestine, the Levant, and even Rome. Archaeological artifacts from the collection housed in Sana’a and footage from Wendell Phillips’ 1950 expedition offer a tantalizing glimpse of a civilization long gone and a queen who lives on in the cultural memory of her country. (54 minutes)
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2017; 1998
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The Last Eagle Hunters

A spectacular journey into the wilds of Mongolia in search of an ancient, imperilled tradition – the Kazakh golden eagle hunters.
Online
2017
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Bamboo Schools

In a Nepal still exhausted after a revolution, Uttam Sanjel, a young artist honed by the rigors of Bollywood, had a dream: providing education for all of Nepal’s poor children. The film combines a slice of his unrelenting activity with the self-portraits of three young pupils who have taken up the camera to film their own lives. We discover an extraordinary creation very different from the tourist clichés, a remarkable success story in the midst of the anarchy of today’s Nepal. This multifaceted account takes us to the heart of the struggle to provide an education to Nepal's children desperate for knowledge by a man with unflagging determination. But how long can our hero withstand the obstacles facing the bamboo schools?
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2018; 2011
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Godmen

For thousands of years the Gurus of India have sat between men and the gods to make the divine familiar to the masses. In this episode, Anjan Sundaram explores the world of spiritual gurus in India to see the way these men are changing the way Indians practice their faith.
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2017; 2016
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Incense Route, Israel: Desert Cities in the Negev

The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, along with associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes in the Negev Desert, are spread along routes linking them to the Mediterranean end of the Incense Route. Together they reflect the hugely profitable trade in frankincense and myrrh from south Arabia to the Mediterranean, which flourished from the 3rd century B.C. until the 2nd century A.D. With the vestiges of their sophisticated irrigation systems, urban constructions, forts, and caravanserai, they bear witness to the way in which the harsh desert was settled for trade and agriculture.
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2017; 2006
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Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands: Expulsion From Paradise

In the wake of World War II, in a move closely related to the beginnings of the Cold War, the United States of America decided to resume nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall archipelago. After the displacement of the local inhabitants, 67 nuclear tests were carried out from 1946 to 1958, including the explosion of the first H-bomb (1952). Bikini Atoll has conserved direct tangible evidence that is highly significant in conveying the power of the nuclear tests, such as the sunken ships sent to the bottom of the lagoon by the tests in 1946 and the gigantic Bravo crater. Equivalent to 7,000 times the force of the Hiroshima bomb, the tests had major consequences on the geology and natural environment of Bikini Atoll and on the health of those who were exp [...]
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2017; 2011
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Wild Extremes

The most extreme and wild parts of New Zealand are in the South Island, which lies towards Antarctica, in the path of the tempestuous "roaring forties." This is home to some of the most rapidly rising mountains in the world, the Southern Alps. From hyper-intelligent parrots to sinister snails with teeth and magical constellations of glow-worms, this is the story of New Zealand's wildest places and its most resilient pioneers, all of whom must embrace radical solutions to survive.
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2017; 2016
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China, One Million Artists

China has been the biggest art seller in the entire world since 2012. Yet they remain relatively unknown compared to these numbers. Who are these artists? What drives them and how do they circumvent censorship? Contemporary Chinese art took off spectacularly after Mao’s death. Artists have revisited Western art and some have hijacked communist propaganda, supplementing it with a vitriolic critic of western consumerism currently sweeping the country. Art is well placed to observe the excesses of Chinese society and it has become the flag bearer for aspirations to freedom. These contemporary works symbolize people’s wounds and hardships, as well as state violence. Although two artists—Basquiat and Koons—account for 50% of the American market, China has placed 47 artists in the top 100— [...]
Online
2017
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Background to China's Communist Revolution

This program traces the rise of nationalism in China under the Kuomintang leadership of Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, and the emergence of the Communist Chinese Party under Mao Zedong. The causes of China's political stability are explored from the declining years of the Qing dynasty through to the Wuchang Uprising, the White Terror and the infamous Long March.
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2017; 2015
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Taj Mahal, India: A Monument to Undying Love

The Taj Mahal—an immense funerary mosque of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife—is the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India and is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
Online
2017; 1996
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Inside China 5: China - Rich and Poor

A big principle of socialism is equality, but China’s new society has glaring inequalities. This program looks at these inequalities and China's growing middle class and considers conditions in rural China.
Online
2017; 2014
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Mudras: Hand Gestures of Sanskrit Drama

Three Indian actor-dancers demonstrate the stylized gestures of classical Sanskrit drama using examples from the play Vision of Vasavadatta.
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2017; 1980
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The Great Wall, China

In about 220 B.C., under Qin Shin Huang, sections of fortifications which had been built earlier were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural value.
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2017; 1996
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Yasawi Mausoleum, Kazakhstan

The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, in the town of Yasi (now Turkestan), was built at the time of Timur (Tamerlane), from 1389 to 1405. In this partly unfinished building, Persian master builders experimented with architectural and structural solutions later used in the construction of Samarkand, the capital of the Timurid Empire. Today, it is one of the largest and best-preserved constructions of the Timurid period.
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2017; 2004
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The Chinese World Order

For some time now, the establishment of the World Bank and IMF has had a Chinese counterpart: AIIB, which China intends to use to finance a huge infrastructure project to connect Asia and Europa, a New Silk Route. This new international financial institution forces Europe to take a side. The UK decided, against the urgent advice from the United States, to become a member, and also the Netherlands has joined the Chinese initiative. According to China watcher Martin Jacques, this is the beginning of a new Chinese world order. VPRO Backlight investigated what the Chinese modernity of the 21st century looks like. Because we might as well get used to it. As the football club ADO in The Hague knows only too well.
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2017; 2016