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Triage [electronic resource]: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Some call humanitarianism a waste of hope. But as a medical responder to the Rwanda Genocide and the 1992 Somali famine, Dr. James Orbinski has come to a different conclusion. In this program the former head of Doctors Without Borders returns to Africa to reunite with people he saved 15 years earlier, and to reflect on the challenges of his work. The video features powerful footage from Orbinski's aid missions and disturbing, ultimately inspiring stories of the brutality he witnessed while risking his own life to help others. Grappling with the questions of blame and futility at the core of any humanitarian crisis, Orbinski concludes that relief efforts should not be thought of as a panacea, but as a response to one other human being in need.

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.
2009; 2008

Disengagement [electronic resource]: Israel's Unilateral Withdrawal

Israel's national unity was severely tested with the 2005 evacuation of settlers from the Gaza Strip and West Bank. This program tells the story of that watershed event through multiple perspectives and opinions. Opening with a historical overview of Israel's settlement policy, the program features compelling scenes from anti-disengagement demonstrations, the Gush Katif evacuation, Hamas rallies, Knesset sessions, and Palestinian Authority meetings. Interviews with key political players-including Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and a number of Palestinian leaders-highlight the impact of Israel's unilateral move on the power structures that have dominated the conflict.
2008; 2007

Slaves of the Sword [electronic resource]: Moshe Dayan

From his childhood on a kibbutz through his contentious military career, this program presents a biographical sketch of Moshe Dayan. Complex and charismatic, Dayan became a hero and international icon with his aggressive approach to the issue of Palestine - but fell from grace after the Yom Kippur War. Archival footage gives viewers a vivid look at the Middle Eastern conflict in the early 20th century, while statesmen, historians, and family members provide commentary on the man who once symbolized the might of the new Israel.

Slaves of the Sword [electronic resource]: Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin called himself "a solider in the army of peace," distancing himself from the uncompromising policies of David ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan. As prime minister he opposed the illegal Israeli settlement of land occupied by Palestinians - but he also underestimated the frustration of the Arabs who had been living as refugees for so long. This program chronicles Rabin's political career, his efforts to negotiate peace, and his assassination following the Oslo Accords. Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres, and others who were close to Rabin share historical insights.

The President [electronic resource]: Seeking the European Union's First Head of State

In 2001, with ten more member states about to join the European Union, the E.U. was looking for symbolic unity and a stronger presence on the world stage. The E.U. had been led by a series of officers each serving for a scant six months, and many felt the time was right for a long-term chief-thus launching a massive power play as heads of state jockeyed to shoehorn national interest in with political compromise. This program goes behind the scenes of the historic eight-year struggle to choose a first-ever E.U. president, an effort that fell somewhat short of the mark. On-location footage captures Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder, and other key figures during tense negotiations in meeting rooms, corridors, and private conversations.

Golda [electronic resource]

Golda Meir had already retired from public life when she was elected to serve as prime minister of Israel. Thrust into the role at a critical time in her nation's history, she strove to balance many conflicting issues: Arab-Israeli hostilities, U.S. support, and the desire to maintain the upper hand in the Middle East. This program presents a multifaceted portrait of Golda Meir drawn by those who were close to her personally and politically. Her private secretary, former cabinet members, Henry Kissinger, friends and those critical of her decisions-especially concerning the Yom Kippur War-reflect on Meir as an individual and as a world leader.

Slaves of the Sword [electronic resource]: Ariel Sharon

Called "remarkably balanced" by Jewish Week, this program examines the controversial military and political career of Ariel Sharon. Supporters and critics comment on the events that made Sharon a polarizing figure even in his own country: the Qibya Massacre, the bulldozing of refugees' homes, the planting of Israeli settlements in densely populated Palestinian areas, the unpopular 1982 Lebanon War, the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, and hostilities surrounding the Second Intifada in 2001. The video was filmed three years before Sharon's stroke and ends with commenters' thoughts on how he might lead his country into the future.