Power


  • 70% Female | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    This Wide Angle video features the women of Rwanda who have emerged as outspoken leaders and the great strides they have made toward rights and equality.  The social and governmental infrastructures of Rwanda faced a dramatic shift after the genocide of 1994. Women now make up 70 percent of the population and have become an active force in Rwandan society.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Affirmative Action and the USA | Wide Angle

    Brazil has labeled itself a "racial democracy," believing that it has escaped the racism that has plagued the United States. The introduction of U.S.-style affirmative action has forced the country to abandon this approach, and start addressing deep-seated racial issues that have long been denied or ignored. It has also created a whole new set of problems. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Brazil in Black and White," meet Humberto Adami, a civil rights attorney who has called in the help of lawyers from America’s NAACP in his effort to secure equal rights for Afro-Brazilians.

    Grades: 9-12
  • All-Female Enterprise | Wide Angle

    The Azka Pickle Cooperative is an all-female enterprise that has empowered a group of Palestinian widows. The women are faced with more challenges than a group of businessmen is likely to encounter, but are successful in meeting these challenges head-on with great benefit to their cooperative. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Pickles, Inc.," viewers experience the ups and downs of this all-female operated pickle business.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Breaking New Ground | Wide Angle

    After the genocide of 1994, the women of Rwanda emerged as leaders in their communities and government. This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Ladies First" introduces some of the challenges the women have faced, and how they have succeeded.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Censorship | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    In the Middle East, programs that broadcast on international satellite have more freedom to pursue a broader range of topics than those broadcast on terrestrial state television. This greatly benefits some stations which have found that addressing thought-provoking issues earns their programs higher ratings. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Dishing Democracy," learn about how people who work behind the scenes on the MBC hit Kalam Nawaem achieve the balance between social mores and the popular appeal of provocative content. The segment also includes a discussion of the channel’s plans to extend Kalam Nawaem to new platforms.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Detainees | Wide Angle

    The push for human populations to migrate often comes from unstable conditions in people's homelands. Corrupt and oppressive regimes force many to seek asylum in countries that allow their citizens more individual rights and freedoms. However, migrants are not always welcome and are often sent back to their native countries or detained. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," meet political asylum seekers from Zimbabwe who have been prevented entry to, and detained in, Botswana.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Female Workforce | Wide Angle

    The increase of women entering the workforce in Ireland has greatly benefited the economy, but it has also had an effect on the structure of the traditional Irish family. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," learn about the traditional roles of women in Ireland and their status today.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Mass Games | Wide Angle

    Communist governments seek total political and social control of a state and its individual citizens. Among the ways of achieving such a goal is the production of a mass organized spectacle or event. The “mass games” of North Korea are a synchronization of thousands of performers that celebrate the communist state’s achievements and anniversaries. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "A State of Mind," a young performer relates her experience participating in these epic exhibitions of ordered celebration.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Political Debate in Turkey | Wide Angle

    Secularists in Turkey are fearful that the ruling Islamic AK party will move the nation away from its secularism and impose Islamic law, resulting in a rise of Islamic fundamentalism. AK supporters feel that the party is compatible with modernity and harsh criticism from secularists has not been justified. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Turkey's Tigers," enter the debate on the roles and conflicts of secularism and democratic values with Islam in Turkey.  

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Power of Developers | Wide Angle

    The success of the market economy in China has led to a vast expansion in construction and property development projects across the country. The transition from a socialist legacy of collective ownership of land to a new system that allows for private ownership of property has not come easily, however, and many legal disputes have resulted. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," meet a family who have been pushed off their land and feel betrayed by the promises of property developers.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Small Business | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    The genocide in Rwanda left its people in many harsh predicaments. The main source of income for Rwandan families was the male head of the household; however, many men did not survive the genocide, forcing women, many inexperienced in producing a household income, to take their place. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Ladies First," meet Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a woman widowed by the genocide, as she establishes herself in Rwanda’s new economic landscape.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Trust in the Law | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    International and domestic pressure has forced China to reexamine its legal tradition that has long served the power and authority of the state as opposed to safeguarding individual liberties and freedoms. Although China has set forth reforms allowing for the development of civil rights for its citizens, senior judges and officials are still appointed and employed by its one-party government. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," Chinese citizens air their frustrations and grievances with a government that has not fully modernized and is unable to meet the increasing demands of its populace.  

    Grades: 9-12
  • Women in Parliament | Wide Angle

    Essential to the reconstruction of Rwanda after the genocide of 1994 was the formation of a new government. The women of Rwanda were an integral part of civic life post-genocide and their efforts have been recognized with formidable representation in Parliament. This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Ladies First" provides an overview of the role of women in Rwandan government.

    Grades: 9-12

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