DVD Database

The Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) maintains a collection of DVDs & VHS tapes in Wehner 230 that may be borrowed for use in the classroom. We prefer that no more than five (5) items be checked out at a time for a maximum of two (2) weeks. Some of the videos have discussion guides available.

See the list of available DVDs below and click on the title for a description. Please contact the CIBS office for additional information.

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  • 1930’s, The (5 episodes) (Preview)

A

  • Africans, The (Volumes 1-4, 9 episodes)
  • Ascent of Money, The (2009, 2 hours) (Preview)

B

  • Battle Ground: 21 Days on the Empire’s Edge (2004, 82 minutes)
  • Bhutto: Democracy Was Her Greatest Revenge (2011, 111 minutes) (Preview)
  • Black Money (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • Breaking the Bank (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (2006, 112 minutes)
  • Business is Blooming: The International Floral Industry (2007, 53 minutes)

C

  • Card Game, The (2009, 60 minutes) (Watch)
  • China: From the Inside (2006, 4 episodes, 1 hour each ) (Preview)
  • China Inside Out: New World Power, Old World Politics (2008, 42 minutes)
  • China’s Prosperity: Behind the Scenes of Progress (2005, 31 minutes)
  • Cliffhanger: Politics, Personalities, and the Fiscal Cliff (2013, 60 minutes) (Watch)
  • Conquistadors (2009, 60 minutes)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: From Principles to Profit (2004, 51 minutes)
  • Cotton Wars, The (2007, 53 minutes)
  • Crash of 1929, The (1990, 60 minutes) (Watch)

E

  • Economies in Transition (2000)
  • Empires – Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: Holy Warriors (2005, 110 minutes)
  • European Union (2005, 25 minutes)
  • Ethics: The Curse of Inca Gold/Ukraine (2005, 60 minutes)
  • First Red Multinational, The (2007, 50 minutes)

F

  • Foreign Exchange (2001, 20 minutes)
  • Foreign Exchange (2002, 12 minutes)

G

  • Get 1.1 Billion’s Attention: India’s Vast Car Market (2007, 60 minutes)
  • Ghosts of Rwanda (2004, 120 minutes) (Preview)
  • Global Contrasts: Human Energy at Work (DVD and Guide)
  • Global Warming: The Signs and the Science (2005, 60 minutes)
  • Globalization: Winners & Losers (2000, 40 minutes)
  • Globalization in Practice
  • Globalization in Theory
  • Going International: Part One (30 minutes)
  • Going International: Part Two (50 minutes)
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005, 3 episodes, 165 minutes total) (Preview)

H

  • History of the European Monetary Union (2004, 60 minutes)
  • Holy Warriors (2005, 120 minutes)
  • Human Energy at Work (DVD and Book)

I

  • Inside Job (2010, 109 minutes) (Preview)
  • Inside the Meltdown: What Happened to the Economy? (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF): Partner For Progress (2006, 17 minutes)
  • I.O.U.S.A. (2009, 85 minutes)
  • Is Wal-Mart Good for America? (2005, 60 minutes) (Preview)

J

  • Journey of Man: The Story of the Human Species (2002, 120 minutes)

L

  • Last Frontier?, The Airbus Industrie of North America
  • Legacy of Excellence, A (12 minutes)
  • Legacy: The Origins of Civilization (2002, 6 episodes)
  • Life of Muhammad, The (2011, 180 minutes) (Preview)

M

  • Madoff Affair by Frontline, The (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • Making Globalization Succeed 
  • Mexico en Breve (2003)
  • MicroCredit for Women: The Story of Grameen Bank – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh (2006, 47 minutes)
  • MicroCredit for Women: Small Change, Big Business – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh 10 Years Later (2006, 55 minutes)
  • Millennium: The IMF in the New Century (2000, 54 minutes)
  • Money Never Sleeps: Global Financial Markets (2004, 53 minutes)
  • Money, Power, and Wall Street by Frontline (2012, 240 minutes) (Preview)
  • Multinational Enterprises and the End of Global Strategy (40 minutes)

N

  • Noam Chomsky, Rebel Without a Pause (post 9/11, 75 minutes)
  • “Arguably the most important intellectual alive.” The New York Times
  • NOW: Behind the Bailout (Hosted by David Brancaccio, 2008, 30 minutes) (Preview)
  • NOW: Mortgage Mess (Hosted by David Brancaccio, 2008, 30 minutes) (Preview)
  • NOW: Stock Alert (Hosted by David Brancaccio, 2008, 30 minutes) (Preview)

O

  • One Night in Bhopal (2005, 60 minutes)
  • Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus (2005, 51 minutes)
  • Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis (2010, 47 minutes)

P

  • Pathway To Growth (1996, 46 minutes)

R

  • Religions of the World (2003, 6 episodes, 50 minutes each)
    The Road to 9/11: A Brief History of Conflict in the Middle East (2003, 60 minutes)

S

  • Shock Doctrine, The (2010, 83 minutes)
  • Sick Around the World (2008, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • Silk Road: The Ancient World of Adventure, The (2000, 3 DVDs)
  • Slavery: The Making of America (2005, 4 episodes, 60 minutes each – narrated by Morgan Freeman)
  • Story of India, The (2008, 6 hours) (Preview)

T

  • Take, The (2006, 87 minutes)
  • Tank Man by Frontline, The (2006, 90 minutes) (Preview)
  • Ten Trillion and Counting (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • To Have and Have Not: Wealth and Poverty in the New China (2003, 60 minutes)

U

  • Uganda: A Different Drummer and two study guides (2001, 34 or 25 minutes, 2 study guides)

W

  • Warning by Frontline, The (2009, 60 minutes) (Preview)
  • Warrior Empire: The Mughals (2006, 91 minutes)
  • Wine Wars, The (2007, 53 minutes)
  • MicroCredit for Women: The Story of the Grameen Bank – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh (2006)
  • MicroCredit for Women: Small Change, Big Business – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh 10 Years Later (2006)
  • World Without Borders: What is Happening with Globalization (2000, 26 minutes)

Y

  • Your Cultural Passport to International Business (1995, 27 minutes)

 

DVD Descriptions

The Africans (1996) 1-9 Tapes

Beautifully filmed on location in 16 African countries, “The Africans” looks at the many influences that have shaped this complex continent, including indigenous roots, religion, and colonialism. Produced by WETA/Washington, DC, and the BBC. Released: 1986. – (1) Winner of the Japan Prize and a CINE Award (2) Addresses both contemporary problems, such as apartheid and famine, and historical events, including ancient Egypt and the slave trade. (3) Provides invaluable materials for the study of geography, history, anthropology, and comparative religion.

  1. The Nature of a Continent
    Geography’s influence on history is the topic of this episode, which explores the roles that water, desert, and equatorial climate have played in developing African culture and civilization.
  2. A Legacy of Lifestyles
    What constitutes “family” in African culture? This segment examines matrilineal, patrilineal, and polygamous traditions as well as the impact of modern cities on family ties.
  3. New Gods
    The roles of Christina missionaries, Western secularism, Muslim sects, Egyptian Pharaohs, and native religions are discussed in visits to Senegal, Zaire, and Egypt.
  4. Tools of Exploitation
    This program traces the colonial economic legacy, the development of slavery, and European control of Africa’s natural resources, with special attention to the roles played by Belgium and Great Britain.
  5. New Conflicts
    Urbanization, warrior traditions, European-created national boundaries, the Islamic Jihad traditions, and nationalist movements are problems of Africa’s post-colonial period, examined in this episode.
  6. In Search of Stability
    In a continent where more than 70 coups have taken place in the last 30 years, the question of governing effectively is critical. This segment compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique, and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire.
  7. A Garden of Eden in Decay?
    More than 70 million Africans suffer from malnutrition while their countries export food to Europe. Economic and agricultural failures and successes are examined in Algeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.
  8. A Clash of Cultures
    In every area of life — dress, behavior, law, worship, language — Africans have a triple heritage that often sends conflicting signals. The Africans struggle to evolve new, effective, and essentially African ways of doing things is the topic of this episode.
  9. Global Africa
    Africa’s role in international politics and economics, from U.N. participation to cobalt production and the political crisis in South Africa, is the focus of this concluding episode. Other issues include the International Monetary Fund, food aid, and tourism.

Economies in Transition (2000) 60 minutes

Information for life’s transitions. The political and economic situations in the former Soviet Union and the struggle to achieve stability after a near collapse of the economic system are presented. Shows why transformation to a market system from a command system is challenging and perhaps overwhelming. The problems associated with this transformation and some of the possible solutions are the focus of this program.

Foreign Exchange: Information For Life’s Transitions by ACT (2002) 12 minutes

Since 1971 when fixed exchange rates fell apart, the global economy has grown at an incredible pace. Today, whether a company uses sourcing strategies, futures contracts, or barter, the need to understand and adapt to the world’s financial markets will determine the success or failure of tomorrow’s businesses.

Globalization in Practice 62 minutes

This program features case studies of five companies, including Sony, Motorola, and Levi Strauss. The companies chosen are at varying stages in the process of becoming global corporations. Each company’s state in the process is explored. Students analyze the global status of the companies using concepts introduced by Ohmae. They also analyze the companies’ competitive strengths using a model developed by Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School.

Globalization in Theory 28 minutes

This program introduces Kenichi Ohmae’s theory of globalization and his vision of a borderless world. The reasons why a global strategy is important to corporations seeking to do business on a worldwide level are explained. Ohmae’s theory of The Three C’s — consumers, competition, and individual companies–and their relationship to a successful global business strategy is introduced and explained. The concept of the “insider” is explored, and the distinction is drawn between the traditional multinational corporation and the global corporation.

Journey of Man (2002) 120 minutes

How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the “global family tree” can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.

The Last Frontier? Airbus Industrie of North America 28 minutes

The global economy – the global bazaar – the global village. Names for a quiet revolution affecting each and everyone of us. A world where national boundaries and frontiers are far less well defined. ‘Made in America’ is an emotive slogan, but few Americans realize the scale to which the global economy and global sourcing is providing new jobs and new opportunities for all areas of the U.S. ‘The Last Frontier?’ is a revealing examination of how the large aircraft manufacturing industry relies on many companies outside of its national boundaries to build modern aircraft. As an example of the strength of the global economy, Airbus Industrie, a European Consortium, is supplied by over 800 companies and thousands of workers in 40 states across America. Surprisingly, for what many believe to be such a European product, any one Airbus can contain up to 40% of components sourced in the U.S. The story unfolds in the voices of many of those American companies.

A Legacy of Excellence 12 minutes

Students, faculty, and staff striving toward new heights in teaching, research, and service. Produced by the Office of University Relations, Texas A&M University.

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization (2002) 6 episodes

Historian Michael Wood stands in the Iraqi desert amid crumbling ruins and dry desolation. He describes a once-thriving metropolis, where merchants brought their goods into the city over a network of lush canals. All that remains is a sea of golden sand, the once large population drifted away, the complex society vanished. As the world approaches the 21st century, this new series reminds us that other nations and cultures prospered for hundreds or even thousands of years. Now all that remains is the legacy of their civilizations, present and influential in our own. Shot on location on four continents, Legacy takes a different viewpoint from other series that concentrate primarily on the Western view of history. Visiting China, India, the Middle East, Greece, and Meso-America, this series traces the rise of both Asian and Western civilization.

Volume 1: Iraq – The Cradle of Civilization
After thousands of years as a hunter/gatherer, man built the first cities 5,000 years ago on the banks of the Euphrates in southern Iraq. Civilization began. City life transformed the human race with the glorious cultures of Mesopotamia such as Ur and Babylon.

Volume 2: India – The Empire of the Spirit
Ancient India is with us today in the living tradition of the Hindu religion, the basis of Indian culture. The traditions that are honored by millions of Hindus in the present were born in the Indus valley 5,000 years ago.

Volume 3: China – The Mandate of Heaven
Many breakthroughs on which the modern world is based were discovered in China long ago…iron-casting, gunpowder, even printing. When introduced to Europe, these things changed Western civilization. This episode presents the synthesis of East and West.

Volume 4: Egypt – The Habit of Civilization
Ancient Egypt was the first great nation on earth and endured for thousands of years. The god-like Pharaoh was the rock on which this civilization was built. Ancient traditions come together in the Moslem culture that is the Middle East today.

Volume 5: Central America – The Burden of Time
Isolated from the rest of the world, the Mayans and Aztecs created sophisticated civilizations that in many ways paralleled ancient Mediterranean empires. God-like kings and a priestly ruling class dominated splendid cities of temples and pyramids.

Volume 6: The Barbarian West
Civilization arose in Asia, but it was the West which would create the first world culture. This final episode traces the origins of western culture through Greece and Rome prevailing by borrowing from the legacies of the original five old world civilizations.

The Life of Muhammad (2011) 180 minutes

This is the story of a man who changed the world forever. In a journey that is both literal and historical, retrace the footsteps of the Prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his Prophetic role; from his flight to Medina to his subsequent military and political successes and failures–through to his death and his legacy.

The Madoff Affair by Frontline (2009) 60 minutes

In the mid-1960’s, Bernard Madoff tapped money from Jewish businessmen at executive country clubs with the promise of steady guaranteed returns on their investments. He then set his sights on Europe and Latin America, brokering deals with powerful hedge fund managers and feeder funds from Buenos Aires to Geneva. Billions of dollars were channeled to Madoff’s investment firm, and his feeders became fabulously wealthy. The competition wondered how the man could produce such steady returns in good times and bad. There were allegations that Madoff was “front-running” or operating a Ponzi scheme, which the SEC investigated several times over the last two decades. But Madoff remained untouched until December 11, 2008, when he admitted it was all “one big lie.” FRONTLINE unravels the story behind the world’s first truly global Ponzi scheme – a deception that lasted longer, reached wider, and cut deeper than any other business scandal in history.

Making Globalization Succeed 72 minutes

This program includes material in three segments. Executives interviewed in each segment discuss the factors that helped their particular company achieve success. Segment one includes factors related to corporate vision, values, and strategic issues. Segment two focuses on people, training, and development. A third segment discusses factors related to location, delegation and control, and government issues as they affect globalization.

Kenichi Ohmae, Managing Director of the renowned consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, is described by the Financial Times as “Japan’s only management guru.” Respected adviser to many blue-chip international corporations, Ohmae’s reputation as a thinker and writer on global business practices springs directly from his efforts in helping companies overcome trade barriers across the United States, Japanese, and European markets.

Mexico en Breve (2003)

Can not give a description of the movie because it is listed in Spanish.
**The movie was given to CIBS by Roberto Solano-Mendez on 7/31/2007**

MicroCredit for Women: The Story of the Grameen Bank – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh (2006) 47 minutes

More than 100 million people live below poverty level in Bangladesh—many of them women. Thanks to the Grameen Bank and the small-business loans it makes to women only, many of them and their families are beginning to prosper. This program describes the philosophy, development, and function of the bank, then follows the daily activities of three women who have taken out loans to fund their cottage industries. We follow the women to bank-sponsored support groups and business classes, and watch as they sign their names and receive their loans. “Allah is going to punish anybody involved in the Grameen Bank!” shouts one Islamic leader, who, along with most males, opposes the loans as being contrary to Islamic law. But bank founder and economics professor Muhammad Yunus defends the bank’s policies, stating that women in the region are more competitive in business than men. The Grameen Bank model has been copied in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Portions are in Bangla with English subtitles.

MicroCredit for Women: Small Change, Big Business – The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh 10 Years Later (2006) 55 minutes

Micro credit—small loans administered with no collateral requirement—might represent the most powerful weapon in the fight against global poverty. But is micro credit a sustainable solution? This program follows up on the 1995 documentary ‘The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh’ (item #7129) which examined Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, a pioneering micro credit provider focused mainly on struggling women. Small Change, Big Business revisits loan recipients a decade later, studying the long-term effects of micro credit in their households and in their Islamic community. The video also interviews Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, who sheds further light on the bank’s methods and goals. Portions are in Bangla with English subtitles.

Millennium: The IMF in the New Century (2000, 54 minutes)

The story of the IMF, its origins and mission. The video which is divided into four parts, helps viewers begin to understand the world monetary system. The series opens with a brief overview of the IMF and its functions, and segues into:

Part 1 – “Out of the Ashes,” the story of the founding of the IMF. This section was shot on location in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Part 2 – “Keeping Track,” describes one of the core duties of the IMF, which is to monitor the economic health of its member countries. The video outlines the process of “surveillance” and how the IMF gathers information and advises member countries.
Part 3 – “The Sum of its Parts – How the IMF Lends,” illustrates the step-by-step process of financing and how the IMF lends to member countries facing economic difficulty.
Part 4 – “Korea – Conquering a Crisis,” summarizes the key factors which led to the Asian crisis and explains the recovery program crafted by Korea, with strategic assistance from the IMF.

Money Never Sleeps: Global Financial Markets (2004) 53 minutes

Money circulates through a multiplicity of financial markets at a dizzying speed and on a global scale. To make sense of the complicated world of high finance, this lively program profiles some of the people who keep the money moving. Nobel Laureate James Tobin, best-selling author John Murphy, fund managers, scholars, and day traders are captured at MIT Sloan, Yale University, Firebird Management, London’s foreign exchange market, the École Polytechnique in France, and trading rooms in the U.S. and Europe. Lending liquidity, handling mutual funds, stock speculation, charting, model-driven trading, and other topics are covered.

Money, Power, and Wall Street by Frontline (2012) 240 minutes

In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the origins of the financial meltdown and the battle to save the global economy. The films explore key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented moves by the government and banking leaders that have affected the fortunes of millions of people.

Multinational Enterprises and the End of Global Strategy 40 minutes

Professor Alan Rugman presents his views on “globalization” and the role of global strategies. Arguing that, despite all the hype, “globalization” has never really existed. Professor Rugman explores questions such as:

  1. What is Globalization?
  2. How Global Are Key Manufacturing and Service Sectors in Reality?
  3. What are the Managerial Implications of Triad-Based (or regional) competition for MNES Headquartered Within and Outside the Triad?

With graphics and question and summary slides of core arguments segmenting the presentation, this video offers the opportunity for both reflection and lively debate concerning the challenging, and sometimes controversial, theme of Multinational Enterprises and the End of Global Strategy. (ISBN:0 7334 1702 7).

Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (post 9/11) 75 minutes

Called “the most important intellectual alive” by the New York Times and “a rebel without a pause” by rock star Bono, Noam Chomsky is one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century and the world’s leading voice of dissent. In a post 9/11 world, Noam Chomsky speaks openly about the U.S. war on terrorism, media manipulation, and social activism to intimate groups and crowded venues. Chomsky analyses the roots of anti-American sentiment, defines terrorism in the new millennium, and examines the after-effects of 9/11 in honest and forthright terms, providing a critical voice that many audiences feel is missing in the world today. Featuring candid interviews with his wife and tour manager, Carol Chomsky, as well as activists, fans, and critics, REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE is a timely, must-see film that offers an alternative voice and explores the truths and myths about one of the most important intellectuals of our time.

NOW – Hosted by David Brancaccio on September 26, 2008

PBS Emmy Award-winning weekly newsmagazine, NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy, including public policy, the environment, and the media. Hosted by veteran journalist David Brancaccio, NOW investigates stories that concern all working Americans — job security, healthcare, and retirement.

NOW: Behind the Bailout (2008) 30 minutes
The government’s historic proposal to bail out the U.S. banking system is raising as many questions as it is offering solutions. Some in Congress are warning against reacting too quickly; others want conditions that protect homeowners, increase oversight, and limit the compensation of corporate executives. But the number one question on the minds of Americans: How will this effect me? NOW goes inside the round-the-clock efforts in Washington to craft a bailout plan of monumental proportions. NOW’s cameras follow Damon Silvers, an associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, as he works to get help for working Americans in addition to bailing out financial firms in distress. Silvers, an architect of the major provisions Congressional Democrats are pushing for in the bill, provides key insight on the stake ordinary working Americans have in the fate of this proposal and on what comes next.

NOW: Mortgage Mess (2007) 30 minutes
NOW travels to North Minneapolis to investigate the mortgage meltdown that has left the city scarred with boarded-up and abandoned houses. What’s happened in communities like this one has investors everywhere shaken. Wall Street firms are stumbling and people around the globe are nervous. Economists worry the mortgage bust may lead to a recession.

NOW: Stock Alert (2007) 30 minutes
NOW takes a close look at hedge funds — sometimes secretive and often very risky investment accounts that have brought incredible wealth and power to some but with the potential to spell dire consequences for ordinary Americans. Hundreds of billions of dollars are invested in hedge funds, which are not regulated, and there is a good chance some of your retirement money is in one. But many hedge fund managers say they won’t tell anyone how they make their money — not even the government. In its investigation, NOW interviews former SEC lawyer-turned whistle-blower Gary Aguirre. As part of his job, Aguirre investigated hedge funds and says he was banned from probing a Wall Street titan with close ties to the Bush Administration.

One Night in Bhopal (2005) 60 minutes

The world knows too little about what happened in the Indian city of Bhopal on December 3, 1984. This program provides a chilling reconstruction of the Union Carbide methyl isocyanate disaster and details its horrific and protracted consequences. Interviews with eyewitnesses—including medical personnel, a company technician, Bhopal’s police chief, and a young man orphaned by the tragedy—tell the story from the victims’ perspective, but the program also argues for further scrutiny, inquiring into the disturbing failure of corporate and government authorities to provide public disclosure or adequately compensate those who suffered most. A BBCW Production.

Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus (2005) 51 minutes

Blue-collar jobs have been leaving America for decades. Now, thousands of higher paying positions are also moving abroad. This program examines the pros and cons of white-collar outsourcing, highlighting emotional and ideological divisions on the topic. It also studies real-life examples of outsourcing in action. An in-depth look at India’s booming call center industry—which provides systematic training for Mumbai workers in American standards of speech and culture—illustrates the extent to which American business relies on overseas labor, while commentary from economists and policy makers explores the effect of outsourcing on America’s middle class.

Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis (2010, 47 minutes)

In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what happens when their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the very crisis? ‘Overdose’ is the story of the greatest economic crisis of our age – the one that awaits us. The documentary traces the origins of the financial crisis and explores the eerie similarities with today’s situation, where states like Greece, Iceland, and even the U.S. seem to be in danger of collapsing. Among those interviewed are experts who were mocked when they predicted the current crisis. Other interviewees include Nobel laureate Vernon Smith and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker (I.O.U.S.A).

Pathway to Growth (1996) 46 minutes

Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda – controlling their own destiny, overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. For these African nations, economic recovery depends on peace, political stability, a commitment to reform and the strong support of the international community. This video tells the story of three countries that have taken the path toward economic growth and stability.

Religions of the World (2003) 6 discs, 50 minutes each

Explore issues that probe the very core of our existence and gain new understanding about humanity. Travel to exotic locations and observe how religions have shaped cultures, changed history, brought us closer together, and thrust us into war. Original footage and vivid imagery provides a fresh perspective on the vast differences and striking similarities of the world’s many faiths. Journey into a world of new spiritual thought – and rediscover your own.

The Road to 9/11: A Brief History of Conflict in the Middle East (2003) 60 minutes

Since September 11, 2001, Americans have wondered how their nation had become such an anathema in the Muslim world. ‘The Road to 9/11’ is a detailed look at the forces that have shaped the Middle East to give an understanding of the current crisis. Viewers are taken on a journey through a chronicle of steadily worsening social, political, and economic conditions, the growing power of religious fanaticism, and the increasing problem of terrorism.

The Shock Doctrine (2010, 83 minutes)

The film traces the doctrine’s beginnings in the radical theories of Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago and its subsequent implementation over the past forty years in countries and situations as disparate as Pinochet’s Chile, Yeltsin’s Russia, Thatcher’s Britain, and most recently the neo-con invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sick Around the World by Frontline (2008) 60 minutes

Other rich countries have universal health care. Why don’t we? Four in five Americans say the U.S. healthcare system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a healthcare system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand how other advanced capitalist democracies – United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland – deliver healthcare and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.

The Silk Road: The Ancient World of Adventure (2000) 12 episodes at approx. 55 minutes each

For thousands of years, the fabled Silk Road, as traveled by Marco Polo, was the link between the people of Europe and the vast riches of mysterious China. Spanning the deserts, grasslands, and seas between Istanbul and the major cities of China, the Silk Road witnessed an ongoing parade of goods and traders, carrying with them their art, religion, and culture. The impact of the Silk Road is immeasurable – giants such as Alexander the Great and tyrants such as Genghis Khan created our world’s history while striding along its path! Now, the Silk Road comes alive, in all its glorious colors, sounds, and historical drama, in an unparalleled documentary achievement. The first co-production of China Central TV and the outside world, this series was ten years in the making and produced at a cost exceeding $50 million. The entrancing soundtrack made the composer/performer Kitaro a worldwide star and has sold millions of copies to date. ‘The Silk Road’ has been aired to huge critical acclaim in over 25 countries and remains to this day the highest rated documentary series in Japan’s television history.

Glories of Ancient Chang-An (Disc 1, Episode 1)
Visit modern-day Xi-an, formerly Chang-an — the world’s largest city when it was the capital of the seventh-century Tan Dynasty China and the starting point of the Silk Road. See the incredible Clay Army of Emperor Qin Huang Di, who united China and built the Great Wall. Buried for almost 2,000 years, the unearthing of the Clay Army was an archaeological triumph — and The Silk Road crew were the first foreigners allowed to photograph it. You will thrill to the sculptures of Emperor Gao-zong’s tomb — the world’s largest. You will enter China’s most hallowed Buddhist temple, climb the Great Wall, and examine the hidden murals of Princess Yong-tai.

A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River (Disc 1, Episode 2)
Leave Xi-an and cross the Yellow River on a goat-skin raft. You will gaze in awe at the giant Buddha at Bing-li-si and enter the secret caves, never before filmed by a television crew. You will traverse the forbidding He-xi Corridor, a long and narrow defile between the Qi-lian Mountains and the Gobi Desert. This former battleground of the Huns was bitterly conquered by the Chinese for its real treasure — the Heavenly Western Horses which gave the Huns their fearsome military power. You will stroll the streets of the citadel town of Zhang-ye and visit the Nie-pan Buddha, already two hundred years old when Marco Polo lived here in the fourteenth century.

The Art in the Desert (Disc 1, Episode 3)
Tour the world famous Ma-gao Cave at Dun-Huang — over 500 caves, more than 30 miles in length, with 3,000 murals and statues — in the middle of the Gobi Desert! Dating from 366 A.D., and encompassing the art styles of Greece, India, and the many dynasties of China, these caves hand tunneled into the Mingsha Mountains are a tour-de-force of religious art. They exemplify man’s striving to create a legacy of his accomplishments and beliefs. Art scholars dream of visiting these caves — now you will examine these priceless treasures yourself and know why!

The Dark Castle (Disc 1, Episode 4)
Encounter the ghost castle of Khara-khoto, 250 miles from the oasis of Jui-chang, near the Qi-lian Mountains in the Gobi Desert. This legendary lost city was obliterated from the face of the Earth by Genghis Khan, who exterminated the Tangut people who built it. Buried by the Gobi sands, it was unearthed by the Russian explorer Koslov, who took its artworks to the Hermitage. The castle stood un-entered for fifty years, since the locals refuse to enter the cursed grounds. You will embark on a Mongol camel journey from Narnborg, traverse the desert, and enter the castle gates — alone!

In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-lan (Disc 2, Episode 5)
Experience the excitement of learning of the lost kingdom of Lou-lan, the city which vanished into the sands of the desert when the nearby lake Lop Nor moved away! You will join the first expedition in half a century to seek Lou-lan from the town of Yan-guan on the eastern tip of the Taklamakan Desert, 1,200 miles west of Xi-an, in a secure military zone normally forbidden to visitors. You will find relics of the Silk Road trade from over a millennium ago, and you will be the first to unearth a mummy from a grave hidden for more than 2,000 years!

Across the Taklamakan Desert (Disc 2, Episode 6)
Be the first foreign visitors in over seventy-five years to enter the ancient Buddhist city of Miran, situated southwest of the legendary kingdom of Lou-lan. You will meet the Uighurs of the oasis town of Cherchen, near the Kun-lun Mountains, and then attempt to cross “The place from which nothing living returns!”, the infamous Taklanakan Desert. After losing your way in the 120 degree heat of this great desert, you will stumble into the ruins of Niya and then attempt a night escape across the desert to safety!

Khotan – Oasis of Silk and Jade (Disc 2, Episode 7)
Climb the 20,000-foot-high Kun-Lun Mountains, where jade has been mined for over 2,000 years. Examine the fabulous jade burial site of a king. Prospect for precious jewels on the river beds below the mountains. Join the search for the rediscovery of Dandan Oilik, the great Buddhist temple city the British explorer Stein first uncovered in the beginning of the 20th Century. Hear the legend of the Chinese princess who smuggled silk worms out of China as a gift to her new bridegroom! Watch the Silk Dance of the Xin-Yu Song and Dance Troupe and see master rug weavers ply their ancient trade. Wander a Sunday market in Khotan and sample the food treats of the Uighur culture.

A Heat Wave Called Turfan (Disc 2, Episode 8)
Visit Turfan, the place once called “the Land of Fire”. Located between the Tian Shan Mountains and the Taklamakan Desert, the Turfan Basin summer temperatures average well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The nearby Fire Mountains shimmer in 150-degree heat, so deadly that no one ever dares to climb them — but you will climb up half-way to gaze upon the Thousand Buddha Caves, which dates over a thousand years ago. Tour Jiao-he Castle, a natural fortress carved out of the living rock at the top of a huge cliff. Travel the incredible “karez” underground aqueduct system that supplies 300 wells with cool water flowing 100 feet underground.

Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail (Disc 3, Episode 9)
A 300 mile journey will begin in the oasis city of Turfan and carry you to Korla. Your entire caravan (including camels) will board a train for the trip through the Gobi Desert and beyond the ominous Tian Shan mountain range. You’ll see treasures that were uncovered from ancient grave mounds during the building of the railway, including a priceless gold lion. Past the Hardahat Viaduct, you’ll climb the steep Chinese countryside and be within reach of the snow-capped mountain peeks. Meet the man who would have been the 48th king of the great Mongolian nomad tribe, the Torft. Then, mount your camel to cross a treacherously steep, 12,000-foot-high mountain pass.

Journey Into Music — South Through the Tian Shan Mountains (Disc 3, Episode 10)
See the “Pearl of the Desert” at the edge of the Taklamakan and pass through Tien-men-quan, the most formidable mountain pass in the world. You’ll shop with Uighurs at their traditional outdoor marketplace, enjoy a wedding ceremony, and learn about their traditions and customs. See Subashi Castle, the largest Buddhist ruins in all Western Lands, and the legendary Kuntura Thousand Buddha caves nearby. You’ll explore beyond the Salt River Canyon and venture into the famous Kysil Caves, dating from the third century. A treasure chest of Buddhist art, these wondrous caves are the home of great paintings, murals, and ancient musical instruments — many of which are found in Japan today.

Where Horses Fly Like the Wind (Disc 3, Episode 11)
Cross the imposing Tian Shan Mountains and meet the Kazakhs. These Kazakhs, commonly referred to as Cossacks, are descendants of the Mongols and are nomadic warriors who still uphold most of the traditions and daily routines of their Hun forefathers. Visit the Western Land, home to the legendary Heavenly Horses ridden by Genghis Khan during his military conquests. Watch an actual match of the former death sport of Diao-yang fought on horseback. Then enter into no-man’s land between the Chinese and Soviet border, a high security buffer zone used as a military check point between these two great powers.

Two Roads to the Pamirs (Disc 3, Episode 12)
Enter the oasis town of Kashgar in time to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, in the largest mosque of the Western Lands. Watch master craftsmen apply their ancient skills to wood-working, textiles, and jewelry as they did when Marco Polo passed through 700 years ago. See the Buddhist caves at San-xian-dong — built around 300 B.C.; they are the oldest Buddhist ruins in China. Stand on “The Roof of the World,” the Pamir plateau between three great mountain ranges. Join a Tajik wedding party as two young lovers conduct their traditional marriage ceremony. Enter Taskgurkan Castle — so old, it was cited by the Greek Geographer, Ptolemy!

Slavery and the Making of America (2005) 4 DVDs at 60 minutes each

A landmark, four part series that examines the history of slavery in the United States and the integral role it played in shaping the new country’s development. Breaking with conventional documentary approaches, the series producers, PBS’s Thirteen/WNET New York, have used dramatic re-enactments to take viewers back in time and deep into the slave experience. Much of the story is presented from a unique vantage point – through the eyes of the enslaved. As factually represented in this series, American slavery evolved from a loosely defined labor system which provided some protection under the law, into the tightly regulated enslavement without recourse, based solely on race. Underscoring how slavery impacted the growth of this country’s Southern and Northern states, the series examines issues still relevant today. The variety of cultures from which the slaves originated provided the budding states with a multitude of skills that have a dramatic effect on the diverse communities. From joining the British in the Revolutionary War, to fleeing to Canada, to joining rebel communities in the U.S., the slaves sought freedom in many ways, ultimately having far-reaching effect on the new hemisphere they were forced to inhabit.

The Downward Spiral (Volume 1)
Covering the period from 1619 through 1739, this first volume spotlights the origins of slavery in America. Focusing on Dutch New Amsterdam (later New York City), this chapter illustrates how slavery in its early years was a loosely defined labor source similar to indentured servitude. Africans and others of mixed race and/or mixed ethnicity had some legal rights. The enslaved could take their masters to court and they could even earn wages as they undertook the backbreaking labor involved in building a new nation-clearing land, constructing roads, unloading ships. This first hour culminates with the bloody Stono rebellion in South Carolina, which led to the passage of “black codes,” regulating virtually every aspect of slaves’ lives.

Liberty in the Air (Volume 2)
Spanning from the 1740s through the 1830s, this second hour explores the continued expansion of slavery in the colonies, the evolution of a distinct African American culture and the roots of the emancipation movement. This volume reveals the many ways the enslaved resisted their oppression, including their role on both sides of the Revolutionary War. Also examined is the strength and inspiration many slaves found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution despite the inherent contradictions between what those documents expressed and what this country actually practiced.

Seeds of Destruction (Volume 3)
The third hour looks at the period from 1800 through the start of the Civil War when slavery saw an enormous expansion and entered its final decades. As the nation expanded west, the question of slavery became the overriding political issue. These years saw an increasingly militant abolitionist movement and a widening rift between the North – which had largely outlawed slavery but still reaped the vast economic benefits of the system – and the South, now home to millions of enslaved black men, women, and children. By 1860, every attempt at striking an agreement had failed including the Missouri Compromise and the draconian Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 effectively splitting the Union apart.

The Challenge of Freedom (Volume 4)
The final volume of this series takes viewers through the Civil War, the Reconstruction, and beyond as it follows the life of Robert Smalls. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves under the control of the Confederate government. Once the South was defeated in 1865, the nation adopted the Thirteenth Amendment, effectively ending slavery. With the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, all African Americans were declared U.S. citizens and all African American males were awarded the right to vote. With Smalls as the framework, this final installment examines the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and militant white opposition to black rights. We also look at the end of the Reconstruction and the new form of legalized oppression that replaced it.

The Story of India (2008) 6 hours

Acclaimed writer and historian Michael Wood’s ‘ten thousand year epic’ uncovers the fabulous sights, sounds, and dazzling achievements of the world’s oldest and most influential civilization. In this captivating six-part adventure, Wood chronicles the history of the subcontinent, the incredible richness and diversity of its people, cultures and landscapes, the intense drama of its past, and the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas. From the deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass and the plains of Pakistan, from the Himalayas to the palm-fringed shores of Kerala, Wood discovers a land whose past is almost unimaginably rich and brings to life some of the most momentous events in world history. “An exuberant, plush and poetic geography-biography.” – THE GUARDIAN (DVD Special Feature: The Sights and Sounds of India)

The Take (2006, 87 minutes)

In the wake of Argentina’s spectacular economic collapse, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. Thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory in Buenos Aires, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Filmmakers Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein take viewers inside the lives of the workers and their families, who must fight for jobs and their dignity by confronting factory owners, politicians, and judges. The result is a real-life political thriller that pits ordinary workers against the local ruling elite and the powerful forces of global capitalism.

Ten Trillion and Counting (2009) 60 minutes

All of the federal government’s efforts to stem the tide in the financial meltdown that began with the subprime mortgage crisis have added hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt. FRONTLINE reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new Obama administration, and, on the growing chorus on both sides of the aisle that without fiscal reform, the United States government may face a debt crisis of its own, which makes the current financial situation pale in comparison. Through interviews with leading experts and insiders in government finance, the film investigates the causes and potential outcomes of – and possible solutions to – America’s $10 trillion debt.

To Have and Have Not: Wealth and Poverty in the New China (2003) 60 minutes

Every year this nation’s economy struggles to absorb millions of the unemployed, while the rich move to gated communities with private schools and tennis courts. That might sound like America, but it isn’t. This Wide Angle documentary studies the new China, once the home of Mao’s rigidly imposed social equality — and today, a member of the World Trade Organization containing both staggeringly wealthy and tragically destitute citizens. The country’s commitment to private enterprise and free markets may reshape China more in a single year than most countries change in a decade. This eye-opening program illustrates the effect of that dynamic on the people of China.

Uganda: A Different Drummer and two study guides, An IMF Video on Debt and Poverty Reduction in Uganda (2001) 2 Lengths: long, 34 minutes or short, 25 minutes

Uganda has begun eradicating poverty with a unique approach. Gone is the old way of government telling the poor what’s good for them. Instead – via community meetings around the country – the people are telling government what they want and government is responding. The results so far: better healthcare, free elementary education, new roads and agricultural extension programs. And the bright lights of transparency are exposing corruption. Uganda’s struggle to eradicate poverty and reduce debt is told in this video from IMF Video Project. With compelling images and interviews, the video traces the beginnings of the poverty and debt reduction initiative, implementation of the program and its impact on the people of Uganda.

The Warning (2009) 60 minutes

In the devastating aftermath of the economic meltdown, THE WARNING sifts through the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have gone much differently. Looking back into the 1990s, FRONTLINE discovers early warnings of the crash and uncovers an intense battle between high-ranking members of the Clinton administration vs. one woman trying to sound the alarm about the need to regulate the emerging, highly complex, and lucrative derivatives markets, which would become the ticking time-bomb within the American economy.

Warrior Empire: The Mughals (2006) 91 minutes

‘Warrior Empire: The Mughals’ is a sweeping, in-depth portrait of India’s most colorful, violent, and majestic era. From 1526 to 1858, this dynasty of nomadic warriors indulged their appetite for territorial expansion, spreading their rule throughout the Indian subcontinent. Though they conquered their kingdom with crushing brutality, the Mughals were also brilliant technological innovators and masters of art and architecture. This program offers lush, detailed images of Mughal accomplishments such as the glorious Taj Mahal, palaces, forts, water systems, elaborate gardens, and richly crafted artwork. Step-by-step scientific recreations of advanced Mughal metallurgy and weaponry show the meticulous production of chain mail armor for a battalion of elephants, lethally flexible composite bows, rocketry, and swordsmith techniques passed down through the generations and still alive today. Join us for an enthralling history of the inventive warfare, material excess, architectural marvels, and cultural flowering that shaped modern India.

The Wine Wars (2007) 53 minutes

Are French wine producers an endangered species? This documentary vividly illustrates the economic dynamics of the global wine wars, examining the explosion in New World wine-making and its implications for the French wine industry. Exploring the venerated Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon regions, the program also visits producers in California’s Napa Valley, the foothills of the Andes, and the Australian city of Adelaide. The film shows how the strictures of tradition and regulation have held back French producers, while technological innovations, new marketing strategies, and a dramatic rise in consumption have made vineyards around the world lucrative.

A World Without Borders: What is Happening with Globalization (2000) 26 minutes

As globalization gains momentum, industrialized and developing countries are becoming increasingly similar, with middle class luxury and abject poverty coexisting side by side. Explore the repercussions of globalization as well as the growing resentment toward the G8 countries and nongovernmental organizations. Concerns over third-world debt, environmental degradation, biodiversity, the concentration of power, and the future of democracy are aired by globally oriented young adults.

Your Cultural Passport to International Business (1995) 27 minutes

Learn how to greet and communicate with people from other countries, how to interpret body language of people from other cultures, acceptable dining etiquette in different countries, how certain cultures perceive the roles of men and women, how some cultures negotiate, how people from other countries perceive time, how businesses in other countries prepare contracts, and how cultural attitudes and values play a large role in business settings.

Economically speaking, a wealth of new international business opportunities is swiftly creating a world without borders. But from a cultural point of view, many potential barriers still exist. In this timeless program, people who have worked in different cultures offer insights into a variety of customs, including forms of greeting, body language, dining etiquette, and negotiation styles. This practical educational resource can help turn social liabilities into a rapport that profits all concerned. (A Meridan Production)