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Beyond Our Borders

Taiwan (#114)

Known as the Ilha Formosa, or Beautiful Island, Taiwan is a lesson in contrasts--ancient and modern, bustling cities and peaceful retreats. These contrasts are explored with visits to such places as Taipei, said to be the second most densely populated city in the world, and the historical city of Tainan. Alishan, Beitou, Taroko Gorge, Penghu Island, Yenshui, and festivals at Taitung and Pingshi offer an additional glimpse into Taiwanese culture. [19 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: American students retain geography and history information better when they experience living images of world cultures. These programs about some of the world’s major countries help students understand other peoples’ environments, values, and significant historical contributions.

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  • Argentina (#101)

    Argentina's name derives from the Spanish word for silver, which brought the early Europeans to this land. The stark, spectacular beauty of the Patagonia and the Tierra del Fuego wildernesses is contrasted with the cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires. [28 minutes]

  • Brazil (#102)

    Brazil comprises 50% of the landmass and population of the South American continent. It's five distinct regions are covered. Brazil is a country with great potential, but facing serious challenges. [29 minutes]

  • Egypt (#103)

    One of the world's most enduring civilizations, Egypt now plays an important role in the Middle East. In Cairo, the capital, sleek office buildings tower over ancient alleys, bustling bazaars, and many mosques. [28 minutes]

  • England (#104)

    London, a world-class city where tradition and modern life co-exist side-by-side, sets the stage for this overview of the vital island nation of England. The southwest coastal fishing villages of Cornwall and Devon are contrasted with many regions to the north. [28 minutes]

  • France (#105)

    The cultural richness and the geographic variety of France are revealed, along with many historical influences. The intensity of Paris is contrasted with diverse rural economies and traditions, and France’s many contributions to the world are shown. [29 minutes]

  • India (#106)

    India is one of the most diverse nations on earth, the result of many historical invasions that brought new peoples and cultures. How these influences have impacted modern India, and how it reacts to influences from other modern cultures is discussed. [29 minutes]

  • Iran (#107)

    Iran (formerly Persia) is a land of contrasts, ancient and modern. Informative maps pinpoint Iran's major cities. Archival footage, artworks, and artifacts chronicle Iran's tumultuous past, while contemporary footage reveals how ancient traditions and modern ways coexist. [29 minutes]

  • Israel (#108)

    Israel's historical significance can be felt at the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy places of three religions. In Israel, ancient and new exist side by side in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and in the ruins of several civilizations. [29 minutes]

  • Italy (#109)

    From its Roman roots to ultra-modernistic styles in Milan, this program explores Italy’s people, history, and geography. The contributions of Rome, Florence, and Milan have left profound marks upon the world. [29 minutes]

  • Japan (#110)

    Japan enjoys a prominent place on the world stage as an economic power. It is both traditional and modern, making it one of the most fascinating countries in the world. [28 minutes]

  • Mexico (#111)

    From the arid deserts of northern Mexico to the Lacandon rainforests of southern Mexico, this program introduces the richness of Mexico's geography and history. Spanish language and culture dominate Mexico City and elsewhere, but 22 existing indigenous populations preserve traditional languages and cultures. [28 minutes]

  • Myanmar (Burma) (#112)

    Martin Sheen narrates this illuminating program that explores Myanmar's tumultuous history. He profiles key figures, including the late, feared ruler General Ne Win, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and presents rare footage of this profoundly Buddhist country's cultural treasures. [24 minutes]

  • Spain (#113)

    Visit Spain's most important regions and cities. In the southern region of Andalusia, the rich contributions of the Jewish and Moorish (Muslim) peoples to Spain are seen. Barcelona, Spain's second largest city is also visited. [28 minutes]

  • Zimbabwe (#115)

    Zimbabwe's rich history and culture come to life in Great Zimbabwe's architectural remains. The thriving capital city of Harare reflects the culture and economy of the British colonial settlers, along with the contemporary African population. [29 minutes]

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