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Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies (#504)

A country that was once a model of independence and Africa's fastest growing economy is now in a treacherous decline of hunger, poverty and fear. Zimbabwe's 82 year-old president Robert Mugabe, once hailed as a great liberation hero, has become Africa's longest standing despotic dictator. Opposition politicians and reporters have been jailed, beaten and tortured, and all foreign journalists have been expelled. Posing as tourists, FRONTLINE/World reporters Alexis Bloom and Cassandra Herrman travel undercover to meet secretly with leaders of the opposition and other dissidents to chronicle a country trapped in shadows and lies. Interviewing people at safe locations, using a hidden camera, and filming from a car with tinted windows, the FRONTLINE/World team taps the network of those brave enough to speak to the press. They also hear from people struggling to survive in the rural areas -- a population Mugabe keeps carefully hidden from foreign eyes. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Developed by FRONTLINE producers in conjunction with public television stations KQED San Francisco and WGBH Boston, FRONTLINE/World is a national public TV series that turns its lens on the global community, covering countries and cultures rarely seen on American television. Each episode of FRONTLINE/World features two or three "short stories" told by a diverse group of reporters and video journalists. These first-person stories will take viewers on adventurous journeys to foreign lands from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Taking advantage of easily portable digital cameras, our correspondents roam widely, observe closely, and when necessary, film surreptitiously.

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  • Episode #101

    PBS's premier public affairs series turns its lens on the global community in FRONTLINE/World, a new documentary series presenting stories from a small planet. Set in countries and cultures rarely covered by the U.S. media, FRONTLINE/World's debut episode presents three distinct segments: a look at how global black-market arms trafficking is wreaking havoc in war-torn Africa; a visit to Sri Lanka, where terrorist attacks and suicide bombings have been a part of everyday life for twenty-five years; and a look at how the arrival of cable TV has transformed the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    It's Halloween and Dracula is rising from the grave. In Romania, the vampire's legendary home, the government dreams that marketing Dracula to Westerners will attract tourist dollars. On the other side of the globe, far off in the Cambodian jungle, leaders of the notorious Khmer Rouge army are running brothels, nightclubs, and casinos-and hoping they will never be put on trial for war crimes. And in New Delhi, India, a computer executive is introducing hundreds of poor children to computers and the Internet in a bold experiment to bridge the digital divide. FRONTLINE/World, PBS's new series of "stories from a small planet," returns Thursday, October 31, with a report from Romania by writer Andrei Codrescu, a story from Cambodia, and a visit to the streets of India. "In this edition of FRONTLINE/World, we go on a journey of myth and memory," says Series Editor Stephen Talbot. "We explore the Dracula revival in a country still recovering from 40 years of totalitarian rule. We also travel deep into the heart of a country that doesn't know whether to bury or confront its violent past." [56 minutes]

  • Truth and Lies In Baghdad (#103)

    As the Bush administration attempts to build public support for military action against Saddam Hussein, FRONTLINE/WORLD journeys inside Iraq, where reporter Sam Kiley faces government intimidation and censorship as he investigates charges of brutal repression. Also featured: a report from the front lines of Colombia's civil war, where an American owned pipeline is fueling the battle between the army, left-wing guerillas and right-wing paramilitary groups. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #104

    PBS's international news series returns with more stories from a small planet. In this edition, FRONTLINE/World enters North Korea, one of the most restricted and forbidding countries in the world. Posing as tourists, and using a small camera, two BBC reporters offer a rare, unexpected, personal glimpse of life in this "axis of evil" state. Also featured: a report from Nigeria on the woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery and the Muslim-Christian rioting that forced the relocation of the Miss World pageant; and a visit to remote Reykjavik, Iceland, where up and coming avant-garde music groups are turning an icy backwater into a hip cultural hot spot. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #202

    PBS's international newsmagazine returns with more stories from a small planet. In this edition, FRONTLINE/World travels to Lebanon, where the terrorist group Hezbollah has become an accepted part of mainstream society-complete with its own uniformed army, political party, schools, hospitals, and stores that sell everything from Hezbollah perfume to postcards. Also featured: Reporter Sam Quinones journeys to the remote highlands of Guatemala and southern Mexico, where traditional coffee growers are being driven off their land, and are turning to "fair trade" gourmet coffee importers in the United States for help; and a journey to Nepal, where a group of Sherpa women attempt to make history as the first to climb Mount Everest. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #203

    In "The Road to Kirkuk," reporter Sam Kiley joins Kurdish soldiers and Green Berets as they fight their way into Kirkuk in northern Iraq-the Kurds' "Jerusalem"-and begin to reclaim and rebuild the city that Saddam Hussein had "ethnically cleansed." Correspondent Nguyen Qui Duc, meanwhile, returns to his native Vietnam, where he confronts his own war-shattered past and discovers a country rushing into the future in "Looking for Home." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #204

    Reporter Orlando de Guzman travels to the Philippines, where he witnesses the war between the government and Islamic rebels on the island of Mindanao, and meets the U.S soldiers who may soon join that fight. Also featured: encore reports from Israel, where FRONTLINE/WORLD investigates charges that the Israeli Army is deliberately firing upon journalists; and remote Reykjavik, Iceland, where up and coming avant-garde music groups are turning an icy backwater into a hip cultural hot spot. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #205

    FRONTLINE/World joins forces with New York Times reporter Juan Forero to investigate the political crisis in Venezuela and nineteen unsolved murders that have bitterly divided the country. Also featured: a visit to India, where reporter Arun Rath finds the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden-or at least the actor who portrays him in a startling street theater performance of 9/11 and its aftermath; and a report from Hong Kong on the SARS epidemic. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #301

    PBS's international newsmagazine returns with more stories from a small planet. Among the stories featured: FRONTLINE/World travels to Afghanistan, where viewers meet Sarah Chayes, an American NPR reporter who covered the fall of the Taliban before trading her tape recorder for a pickaxe and shovel to help rebuild the war torn country. The report chronicles Chayes' bumpy transformation from objective journalist to impassioned aid worker, battling bureaucratic red tape and dangerous warlords in her quest to rebuild a village outside Kandahar. [56 minutes]

  • Forbidden Iran (#302)

    This edition of PBS's international newsmagazine includes a harrowing report from Iran, where reporter Jane Kokan risks her life to secretly film shocking evidence of a government-sponsored reign of terror. In "Forbidden Iran," Kokan escapes the constant surveillance of the Iranian authorities to record exclusive interviews detailing the systematic torture and execution of students opposed to the current regime. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #303

    This episode of FRONTLINE/WORLD follows reporter Sharmeen Obaid as she journeys across her native Pakistan to gauge the feelings of the Pakistani people regarding their president's crackdown on domestic terrorism and his efforts to secure peace with the country's bitter enemy, India. Also featured: a report from Kyrgyzstan, where the tradition of kidnapping brides has come back stronger than ever in the post-Soviet era; and a visit to Kenya, where local women are breaking records and breaking down social barriers by training to join the ranks of the world's elite long distance runners. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #304

    This edition of FRONTLINE/WORLD reports on the explosive growth of AIDS in India, where it is projected that some 25 million people will be infected by 2010 if drastic actions aren't taken to stem the spread of the disease. The program offers viewers a tale of two cities: Bombay, where more than 70 percent of the city's 10,000 sex workers are infected with HIV; and Calcutta, where a community outreach project has kept the infection rate among sex workers to less than 10 percent. Also featured: an intimate portrait of one of the hundreds of Mexican migrants to die each year attempting to cross the U.S. border in search of work; and a visit to Shanghai by night, where an underground art and youth scene is testing the limits of government tolerance. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #401

    PBS's international newsmagazine returns for a fourth season with a report on the dangers of covering the war in Iraq, where 62 journalists have already been killed during the conflict. The constant barrage of car bombings, ambushes, kidnappings and beheadings have turned much of the country into a "no go zone" for reporters. FRONTLINE/WORLD cameras follow reporters as they try to do their job and survive in the mayhem of Iraq. Also featured, a dramatic, close-up look at the war in Sudan's Darfur region including interviews with rebel army leaders and the African peacekeeping troops trying to end the killings; and a visit to northern Mexico to see how one man revived the ancient ceramic art of a lost Indian civilization and saved his village in the process. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #402

    PBS's international news magazine returns with a report from Lebanon, where revolution is unfolding. Following the recent assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri -- and decades of Syrian military occupation -- hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Lebanon, suspecting Syrian involvement in Hariri's murder and demanding the withdrawal of Syrian troops. FRONTLINE/WORLD reporter Kate Seelye --the daughter of an American diplomat who has lived in Lebanon and Syria for most of her life -- navigates a treacherous moment in the Middle East and asks whether democracy or war will be next for Lebanon. Two additional stories will also be featured. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #403

    PBS' international newsmagazine travels deep into Iran in search of answers to one of the world's most pressing security questions: Are the Iranians pursuing a nuclear bomb? With extraordinary access to a U.N. inspection team on a tour of Iran's most sensitive nuclear sites, FRONTLINE/WORLD and BBC reporter Paul Kenyon shed new light on the state of Iran's nuclear weapons program, and the complicated diplomacy aimed at stopping it. Also, a story about how the discovery of ancient Indian pottery saved a village in Mexico, and an encore of "The Kidnapped Bride," a segment on the disturbing resurgence of a banned custom within Krgyzstan. [56 minutes]

  • The Curse of Inca Gold (#404)

    Frontline/World and New York Times reporter Lowell Bergman travels to the peaks of the Peruvian Andes to uncover the story of a secret battle for Yanacocha, the world57;s richest gold mine. With undercover tapes and inside sources Bergman reveals high-level political intrigue and attempts to influence Peru57;s supreme court to rule in favor of an American Company. The program investigates Newmont Mining of Denver, Colorado, the company that won control of the Peruvian mine and has since become the world57;s most profitable gold mining company with operations in Indonesia, Ghana, and Uzbekhistan. Newmont publicly pledges that it operates using U.S. environmental and ethical standards overseas even in countries where corruption is the norm, but insiders say that just has not been true. Bergman meets the crusading priest who leads local campesinos who have opposed expansion of the mine after a toxic mercury spill by Newmont led to health problems in their community. [56 minutes]

  • Saddam's Road to Hell (#501)

    As Saddam Hussein faces trial for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the country he once ruled slides into potential civil war, veteran filmmaker Gwynne Roberts and a team of human rights investigators set off on a dangerous journey across Iraq to find out what exactly happened to 8,000 Kurdish men and boys who went missing in the early years of Saddam's rule. FRONTLINE/WORLD searches for a mass grave in the harsh desert of southern Iraq, telling a story about the country's violent past and its uncertain future. [56 minutes]

  • Israel: The Unexpected Candidate (#502)

    In the wake of a stunning electoral victory by the militant group Hamas in Palestine and with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a deep coma, veteran producer Ofra Bikel travels to Israel on the eve of the March 28th elections to take the measure of the man widely considered Sharon's successor. Acting prime minister Ehud Olmert --once more hardline than "The General" himself -- backed Sharon in the controversial unilateral withdrawal of soldiers and settlers from Gaza and has vowed to continue this policy of disengagement in the West Bank. With special access to Olmert, his family and closest advisors, Bikel explores what his election would mean for both Israelis and Palestinians at this historic crossroad in the Middle East. [56 minutes]

  • Inside Hamas (#503)

    Hamas pledged to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine. They reject Israel's right to exist. And now the Palestinians have voted them into power. FRONTLINE/WORLD reporter Kate Seelye travels across the occupied Palestinian territories to get inside the mindset of Hamas. In a journey across Gaza and the West Bank, Seelye, a veteran Mideast reporter, gains special access to Hamas, talking with jailed leaders, party strategists and militant hard liners to uncover how this Islamist party rose to power and whether it will restrain its terrorist wing. [56 minutes]

  • Burma: State of Fear (#601)

    Exposes the violence and repression being carried out by the government against its own people. [58 minutes]

  • News War: Stories from a Small Planet (#602)

    Explore Arab media's role in mitigating and exacerbating the clash between the West and Islam. [56 minutes]

  • The Cell Next Door (#603)

    Go inside a terror cell accused of planning mayhem and mass murder in Atlanta and Toronto in 2006. [56 minutes]

  • Afghanistan: The Other War (#604)

    Examine the West's struggling campaign in Afghanistan, with exclusive access to the NATO command. [56 minutes]

  • After The Wave (#605)

    A former rebel tries to make peace with the past in Indonesia. Trained rats discover landmines. [56 minutes]

  • Extraordinary Rendition (#701)

    An examination of the CIA's controversial practice of kidnapping terror suspects for interrogation. [56 minutes]

  • State of Emergency (#703)

    Venture deep into the mountainous Swat Valley where the Pakistani army is fighting the Taliban. [56 minutes]

  • Crimes at the Border (#704)

    The business of human smuggling from Mexico to the U.S. and corrupt border guards are investigated. [56 minutes]

  • Jesus In China (#705)

    A wave of Christianity has been sweeping across China and the ruling party is racing to control it. [56 minutes]

  • Taking on the Mafia (#801)

    The odyssey of men from rural China who spent years of detention in Guantanamo Bay is detailed. [56 minutes]

  • Children of the Taliban (#802)

    Examines the increasing influence of the Taliban in Pakistan and South Korea's internet addiction. [56 minutes]

  • Pakistan Under Siege (#803)

    The U.S. is pressuring on the Pakistani government to confront the mounting threat of the Taliban. [56 minutes]

  • Digital Dumping Ground (#804)

    The dumping of millions of pounds of electronic waste around the world each year is investigated. [56 minutes]

  • The Carbon Hunters (#901)

    Major American companies hunt for ways to capture carbon in the Amazon and rainforests of Brazil. [56 minutes]

  • Troubled Water (#902)

    The Play Pump was intended to provide fresh water in Africa, but fell short of its promises. [56 minutes]

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